Real estate PSL

We are recruiting a professional support lawyer into our commercial real estate group.

Macfarlanes recognises the vital importance of effective and proactive knowledge management in all areas of its practice.

The real estate partners see the PSL role as central to the continued success, competitiveness and collegiality of the team and are committed to ensuring that the chosen candidate is fully supported to make the role a success.

The group

Real estate is a core practice area for Macfarlanes, representing around 15% of the Firm’s turnover. The practice is characterised by its breadth and its commitment to quality, in expertise, service standards, and client and transaction profile. The real estate practice covers the following areas:

  • Development and investment
  • Corporate real estate.
  • Planning, environment, construction and residential.

Our commercial real estate group currently consists of nine partners including one construction partner, 36 solicitors, two professional support lawyers, five trainee solicitors, two paralegals and 12 secretaries.

Our clients range from private individuals and property companies to life and insurance companies, large corporates and public bodies, based both in the UK and internationally. The relationships we develop with clients are key to our success.

We sell ourselves to our clients as offering a partner-led service, and so our solicitors learn and develop through working closely with a senior member of the team. We staff projects with lean teams so all team members get real involvement in a project.

This is an ideal role for a candidate looking for a new challenge, covering all aspects of the PSL role and working as part of a friendly and collegiate team. 

The role

Key responsibilities:

Business development and marketing;

  • Supporting partners to attract clients and grow business in key areas using thought leadership techniques.
  • Focusing on innovative ways to share ideas and knowledge through social media.
  • Producing and updating business development notes, client eBulletins, journal and website articles, etc.
  • Assisting with and delivering external seminars to clients and others.
  • Participating in the London Property Support Lawyers’ Group and other relevant initiatives.
  • Regularly evaluating the value-add impact of business development and marketing activities, making the case for change where necessary.

Knowledge management;

  • Assisting with transaction debriefings in order to extract relevant know-how and example precedents.
  • Collecting and reviewing external and internal sources of material for relevant developments, know-how and example precedents.
  • Preparing regular practice newsletters and bulletins for internal circulation. Coordinate with our marketing department to produce the group’s weekly and monthly news updates, client-focussed board briefings and updates on specific news items.
  • Preparing/supervising the indexing and preparation of entries for, and input into, the firm’s computerised know-how system and keeping the entries in the system up to date.

Internal counsel support;

  • Assisting fee earners to locate and apply relevant know-how and example precedents.
  • Considering and implementing matters of common departmental interest.
  • Considering proposals for law reform and consultation topics.


  • Preparing new/revising and updating existing standard form precedents and guidance notes.

Education and training;

  • Assisting with the planning for, and organisation of, the real estate education and training programme.
  • Assisting with internal education and training at trainee, departmental and firm-wide level, including; regular group update meetings, delivery of training courses and leading practice area talks for business services and associates.

The successful candidate will no doubt wish to continue many of the tried and tested practices and procedures which the existing PSL has put in place, but will also be expected to look afresh at what we do and to impress his or her own mark on the PSL function within the Commercial Real Estate practice.

Please note that the job description is not exhaustive and may vary in line with changes in the team’s objectives and firm’s policy.

The candidate

Essential skills:

  • A solicitor or barrister with at least 5 to 6 years’ (and could be significantly more) PQE of commercial property practice. Some residential experience, though not essential, would also be an advantage.
  • A very good academic record (2:1 degree or better), an interest in academic aspects of law and a sound knowledge of property law.
  • Authoritative with a high level of self-motivation and willingness to take initiatives.
  • An ability to produce high quality material under pressure and to work to tight deadlines.
  • An ability and willingness to present and chair internal group update meetings and training courses.
  • An ability to motivate (and chivvy) others and highly developed personal and communication skills generally.
  • Commitment to providing expert technical legal support in a practical context to fee earners at all levels.

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