Senior/Principal Associate - Transactional Construction - Oxford

Location: United Kingdom
Office: Oxford
Discipline: Corporate & commercial
Contact name: Georgia Jackson

Contact email: [email protected]
Contact phone: 0161 234 8802
Vacancy reference: 023409
Closing date: 30 August 2024

The role 

We are looking for a talented transactional 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, and to support a highly regarded partner in spearheading growth from our newest office in Oxford.

You will have the chance to work on complex and innovative projects, with everyone involved in the construction and engineering industry across the private and public 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 Oxford office, which opened a couple of years ago and is growing fast.  You will be integral to our strategy for the Thames Valley region and will be involved in cross-regional and national projects, with a focus on the ‘Golden Triangle’ of London, Oxford, and Cambridge.

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.  Current focusses include MMC and ESG, with emphasis on how the construction and engineering industry can help achieve the nation’s net zero targets.

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 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 team (and a firm), we pride ourselves on outstanding client service and the delivery of commercial and cost-effective advice.  You will play a key role in this, including scoping and agreeing the cost of any matter and ensuring it is delivered on time and on budget.

With supervision as appropriate, you will be given the opportunity to help with all of the work of the team, including:

  • Drafting amendments to the standard forms including the JCT and NEC suites
  • Advising on construction obligations in property documents
  • Bespoke drafting of consultant appointments, collateral warranties, parent company guarantees, bonds and other documents
  • Negotiating with all of the other parties in a particular project
  • Reviewing or drafting sub-contracts and collateral warranties from sub-contractors and sub-consultants
  • Bespoke drafting of other forms, including purchase orders and vesting agreements
  • Assisting with corporate, real estate and funding due diligence
  • Drafting advice reports to clients
  • Leading on post-completion matters
  • Legal research
  • Assisting our clients’ in-house legal teams

Experience required

You will be 5+ years PQE and have an experienced background in construction work gained post qualification.

Skills and attributes

  • Excellent written English
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to build relationships with clients and potential clients
  • Good research skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others
  • Strong IT skills and literacy, including good knowledge of MS Office
  • Ability to work under pressure with good time and paper management skills
  • Enthusiastic and hard-working
  • Pro-active
  • Flexible in approach
  • Experience of providing quality client care

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer for a role, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes, but is not limited to, a basic DBS check, right to work check, any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability for the role.  A full policy of the screening the firm undertakes is available on request.

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.