Solicitor – commercial property team

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We are actively looking to expand our successful and ambitious commercial property team, and looking for a junior lawyer to help manage the increasing workload and maintain client service.

We are looking for a lawyer with a strong technical background who is confident working on complex commercial property matters and able to provide high levels of client service.

We continue to be one of the strongest and largest commercial property teams in the region and our work accounts for 25% of the firm’s total turnover.  

Type of work

We advise commercial clients on all their property needs including:

  • landlord and tenant work
  • high value and complex property development – this work has grown over the last 12 months
  • sales and purchases of owner occupied and investment property
  • secured lending.

Our clients

Our lawyers continue to work on notable property transactions not just in Hertfordshire, but across the UK. The quality of our clients and the nature of their property transactions mean we often have national and or multi-national firms on the other side, such as Dentons, Eversheds Sutherland, Gowling, Womble Bond Dickinson and Osborne Clarke.

We mainly help corporates, owner managed/family businesses, entrepreneurs and SMEs employees in a range of sectors including education and healthcare in Hertfordshire and London.

We also continue to advise a range of local and national clients including:

  • large corporates: long standing clients include Fujitsu and McNicholas Construction
  • ecclesiastical: providing specialist advice on diocese related property and trust matters. We are the sole retained property lawyers for the Diocese of St Albans which owns property investments worth £80million
  • charities: acting for local and national charities, including Crohn’s & Colitis UK, International Society for Krishna Consciousness and The Church Lands Trust
  • local council: advising several local parish councils
  • secured lending: working for banks on the financing of commercial buildings in Hertfordshire and London
  • hospitality: advising pubs, restaurants and hotels, including the McGowan Group, Sopwell House and St Michael’s Manor.

The essentials

  • Experience and interest in a career in commercial property law.
  • A client-centred focus, taking responsibility for service levels and proactively maximising and improving client relationships.
  • A can-do, motivated and positive attitude.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Good team player to include liaising with other teams.

A little more about Debenhams Ottaway

Debenhams Ottaway is a progressive law firm with a long history and a reputation built on providing outstanding service and legal advice. Based in the heart of St Albans with a London presence, we help individuals, families and businesses in Hertfordshire, London and across the UK.

We believe passionately in building long term relationships with our clients and people.  Our teams of talented and ambitious people work together to help clients succeed. This is an opportunity to join an exciting and demanding work environment that offers support and guidance. Our career framework provides the opportunity to learn and develop in a structured but flexible way.

If you have the energy and imagination to make a difference and share our values, then Debenhams Ottaway is the perfect fit for your next challenge.

To apply for the role please send your CV to Alexandra Langley –

Recruitment Agencies

We operate a preferred supplier list for all permanent, contract and temporary recruitment.

If you are interested in being part of our PSL, please email us and we will supply you with a copy of our terms.

We ask you not to send CVs or terms of business to or make contact with our staff, management or partners outside of HR, unless you have been authorised by our HR team to do so.

Any CVs sent contrary to this policy will will not be accepted as introductions in accordance with any terms of business that are sent to us and/or our terms. We reserve the right to make direct contact with the candidate without entering into your TOB. Agencies who are part of our PSL found bypassing this process may result in us terminating our working relationship with you.

All CVs need to be sent to Alexandra Langley at our recruitment email address –

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