Principal Associate – Transactional Construction - Norwich

Location: United Kingdom
Office: Norwich
Discipline: Corporate & commercial
Contact name: Aimee Kaja

Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: +447795113816
Vacancy reference: 022209
Closing date: 17 November 2023

The role 

We are looking for a senior construction solicitor to join our market-leading national construction practice.  This is a fantastic opportunity for you to advance your career at a top-ranked firm, within an established and top-rated team of 4 partners and 15+ lawyers.  

You will have the chance to work on complex and innovative projects across a range of sectors.  Our diverse client base includes central government departments, world leading universities, life sciences developers and institutional investors.

The role will be based in our Norwich office where you will be able to work alongside real estate colleagues on high-profile-regional and national projects.  This will be the first construction appointment in our Norwich office and an exciting opportunity to be at the core of our Norwich development practice.

You will have the opportunity to work with all of the major industry forms combined with an innovative use of AI technology to help with bespoke drafting.

You will enjoy working as part of a great team with excellent support from our executive assistants and regular training and updates from our construction team in-house senior legal advisor, Alison Garrett.  You will also play a role in our business development activities – including being part of the “face” of M&R at external construction events, helping with our construction blogs (Blog | Construction | Mills & Reeve ( , training seminars (in person and on-line) and thought leadership reports (Building towards net zero | Mills & Reeve ( .

As a senior member of the team you will lead a variety of high profile work including:

  • Drafting and negotiating amendments to the standard forms including the JCT and NEC suites
  • Ongoing project and wider strategic legal advice
  • Drafting and negotiating consultant appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees, bonds and other documents
  • Negotiating key construction terms
  • Assisting with substantial corporate, real estate and funding transaction

Experience required
Ideally, you will be 8+ PQE with experience in construction work gained during training and post qualification.

Pre-employment screening 

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability. 

Disclosure and barring service check and security clearance 

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions and cautions) and, given the nature of the work-type, you may also be required to undergo national security vetting to SC level – the latter can be undertaken following commencement of employment. 

And finally 

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.