Associate/Senior Associate - Development

  • Location/s
  • Bahrain
  • Experience Level
  • Intermediate
  • Term
  • Permanent
  • Working Hours
  • Full Time
  • Practice Area / Department
  • Real Estate
  • Trowers & Hamlins is a City-led, international and national law firm with over 130 partners and 830 staff. With offices across the UK, Middle East and Far East, we provide a full-service integrated offering.

    Our clients operate in diverse industry sectors such as construction, transport and infrastructure, banking and financial services, distribution and logistics, education and health, hotels and leisure, defence, engineering and surveying, charities, retail and energy and natural resources. We also act for many high net worth individuals.

    We are different and we believe it is our people that make us unique. We expect and respect that you and your talents are too. The truth is we don't prescribe who you are or how you ought to be. It's what you can do that interests us most.

    While the work on offer is rewarding and often complex, the qualities we look for are simple. The ability to get on with people from all walks of life, for example. To talk and to listen. To develop the sorts of relationships that mean you win the friendship and loyalty of clients and colleagues alike. In short, to connect. These are the characteristics our people all have in common. They are vital, as is the drive and imagination to use your unique talents to the full. We will help you in this. In fact, we will support you in every way we can.

  • Job Summary:

    An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our market-leading Real Estate team in Bahrain and to specialise in mixed-use development and large scale project work, as well as commercial property investment and landlord advice for the letting of properties at prestigious malls/office complexes.  Our work spans development from the small to the large and complex and we are active in creating structures for complex projects within a brand new regulatory framework.

    Specifically we're looking for somebody primarily with development expertise and experience in mixed use development, community frameworks, development joint ventures, and ideally concession and PPP agreements. While based in Bahrain, the work will cover our offices across the GCC. As the number one firm in Bahrain we are often involved in first-in-country transactions and in developing new concepts and so it is a role that requires creativity whilst at the same time providing the opportunity to demonstrate strong business development skills with a fast moving and high profile client base.  The role requires a high level of interaction with clients. We also regularly team up with UK-based colleagues to advise on UK deals for Middle Eastern clients.

    Principal responsibilities:

    • Involvement in all property aspects of development schemes;
    • Advising on and undertaking acquisitions of development sites  for private sector developers and investment houses;
    • Undertaking a mix of property work for private developer clients including acquisitions, disposals and contract and asset management;
    • Advising on airport concession agreements and housing PPP agreements;
    • Advising on FM and hospitality-related management agreements and other forms of commercial contracts;
    • Strategic land acquisitions including options and development agreements
    • Advising on the letting of commercial property;
    • Legal research;
    • Running own files;
    • Comply with core competencies as appropriate to the fee earner level of qualification;
    • Building and maintaining effective client relationships;
    • Active participation in marketing initiatives;
    • Participating in firm-wide and departmental training sessions;
    • Training and development of junior legal staff and PA (where appropriate).

    Person specification:

    The firm has a Career Development Framework which sets out the competencies we expect of those at different levels.  In particular, for this role we require:

    • Proven ability to take on responsibility, and manage and progress matters independently where appropriate;
    • Flexibility and 'can-do' attitude;
    • Excellent technical skills and innovative approach to their application;
    • Strong client focus;
    • Drive and enthusiasm;
    • Commercial awareness;
    • Credibility;
    • Client management experience;
    • Proven track record in origination/business development;

    Experience and qualifications:

    • Excellent academic record;
    • Qualified solicitor;
    • Proven expertise in mixed-use development; and
    • Experience of working with funders and banks would be beneficial.
  • Additional Information
  • As part of our firm recruitment policy our candidates are subject to employment screening background checks. These checks include personal details, education and employment history, professional qualifications and credit and criminal checks as appropriate.

    Trowers & Hamlins is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.