Junior – Mid Level Real Estate Finance Associate


  1. London
  2. Lawyers
  3. Permanent
  4. Clifford Chance

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Job Description

The Role

Our dedicated Real Estate Finance team is consistently ranked as Tier 1 real estate finance in the UK, Europe and globally. 

The Real Estate Finance Group provides the firm's UK and international clients with a single source of multi-disciplinary advice that covers all aspects of the transactions which we are engaged on (finance, real estate, tax, corporate, capital markets and restructuring advice).

Our experienced international team provides a full-service approach not just in the UK, but in Europe, the Middle East, the US and Asia Pacific. Their combined expertise spans the complete spectrum of asset classes involving real estate finance products including:

  • commercial real estate loan origination investment finance
  • development finance
  • mezzanine/junior finance
  • CRE restructurings and work-outs
  • real estate infrastructure finance (including data centres)
  • Islamic real estate finance
  • complex cross border and multi-jurisdictional financings
  • performing and non-performing loan portfolio sales, purchases and financings
  • CMBS, CRE CLOs and other structured deals financing commercial real estate assets
  • CRE loan-on-loan and other back leverage structures

We advise across the entire range of market participants, including lenders, sponsors, issuers and originators, arrangers and dealers, trustees, swap providers and servicers through to governments and regulators and rating agencies.


Who you will work with

You will be part of our combined Real Estate Finance & Structured Debt team, which remains at the cutting edge of the market. Uniquely among our competitors, we combine our real estate finance and our structured debt practice into one group, thereby enabling our team to advise on all aspects of the transactions listed above.

You will be delivering to a wide range of clients, particularly European and US commercial and investment banks, non-bank debt providers, funds, real estate investors and developers and corporates.

The Real Estate Finance and Structured Debt team in London is made up of 12 Partners and approximately 65 lawyers and trainees.


What you will be responsible for

You will advise clients on all aspects of the transactions listed above both in the UK and internationally. You will be regularly working as part of cross-border and interdisciplinary teams essential to the delivery of the complex and multidisciplinary transactions we offer our clients.

As a lawyer, your remit will be to:

  • Draft core legal documents clearly, accurately and quickly.
  • Deliver clear, concise and tailored legal advice to clients.
  • Grow and expand your legal knowledge and technical expertise.
  • Manage complex transactions and drive the execution process.
  • Help to develop client relationships, including through client training and organising and attending suitable networking events.
  • Carry out effective matter administration including preparing fee quotes, file opening and conflicts clearance processes, providing fee updates and assisting in fee discussions.
  • Drive the efficient delivery of our transactions by using our multiple best delivery tools: e.g. templates, Legal Support Centre, Resource Management, Legal Project Managers, Matter Balance Reports.



Your Experience

Who we are looking for

A Junior-Mid Lawyer who can demonstrate experience in real estate finance.  Your knowledge and experience will probably have been gained at a leading practice with a reputation for work in real estate finance.

An outstanding academic history and proven first rate legal skills, combined with a strong reputation amongst existing clients for providing commercial solutions to complex problems and demonstrating excellent transaction management skills.

You will naturally be able to demonstrate document drafting skills. You should demonstrate strong communication and analytical skills, along with a high level of commercial awareness.

You will have some experience of collaborating with multi-jurisdictional and multi-disciplinary teams.

It is crucial that you can demonstrate an appetite for business development, client relationship management and thought leadership.


How we will support you

From your first day with us, you will have varied opportunities to continuously grow and develop your skills and knowledge. You will have two career development partners assigned to you with whom you can discuss all aspects of your career development in a confidential setting.

You will receive formal training on all aspects of our practice both on technical skills and soft skills, legal updates from our knowledge team together with informal coaching and mentoring.

You will be actively supervised and mentored by partners and senior people on matters and so benefit from on the job learning. Our group has a resource manager to assist with the staffing of transactions to ensure a fair allocation of matters, as well as dedicated HR support.  


Company Description

Who we are

We are one of the largest international law firms in the world. With over 30 offices across the globe, we strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, providing them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures, and languages. We offer our clients a truly international perspective. We believe every career should be rewarding and stimulating - full of opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. That’s why we’re so proud of our inclusive, friendly, and team-based approach to work.

Our one firm global strategy is focused on targeted growth led by the needs of our core clients, those who we can best support with the breadth and depth of Clifford Chance expertise, across the sectors and geographies, which matter most to them.

You’ll find our clients in commercial and industrial sectors, the financial investor community, governments, regulators, trade bodies, and not-for-profit organisations. But no matter who they are or why they’ve reached out to us, we provide a world-class service every step of the way. And that’s possible thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and conscientious approach to work that you’ll find across all of our teams.

Whichever area of the business you join, you’ll become an integral part an innovative, diverse and ambitious team of people. Clifford Chance is a place where the brightest minds and the best of colleagues meet.


Additional Information

Hybrid Working

This role follows our 'balanced' hybrid working approach and as long as business needs allow, you will be supported to work in a hybrid way with the expectation of working from the office for a minimum of 50% of your time.


Equal opportunities statement

At Clifford Chance, we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

We have a variety of flourishing employee networks. These networks are a place for colleagues to share experiences and advocate for change wherever they see an opportunity for improvement.

Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. 

Find out more about our inclusive culture here.




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