If you’re just starting out your career in law, choosing what practice area you want to work in can be a pretty difficult decision.

As someone who joined Brodies’ Real Estate team in 2018 as a fresh-faced NQ, I can highly recommend it as a great option. Here are my five reasons why:

  1. No day is the same. With Real Estate, you never know what tasks are going to fall on your desk on any given day. Clients have a wide range of issues to be addressed, from acquisitions and sales, to asset management. You could be reporting on a title for your client for a multi-million pound acquisition one minute, and being asked to draft an urgent notice to quit at short notice the next.
  2. You get to work with an exciting range of clients. Brodies’ Real Estate clients are some of the most influential and powerful in the field. In the past 12 months alone the team has supported clients in the delivery of deals worth over £2.5 billion. These include some of the biggest developers and investment funds in the country as well as high end, household names in retail, leisure and other sectors.
  3. Client contact is an important part of the job. You’ll be contacted regularly by clients or their agents with requests for updates, advice and giving new instructions. Being exposed to so much client contact is a great opportunity to develop confidence and communication skills at an early stage in your career.
  4. There are great opportunities to network and grow your own brand. Working in an industry which relies upon several other services allows you to meet and build relationships with like-minded young professionals.  We work with surveyors, bankers and property agents among others on a daily basis and meeting these contacts out of the office, whether it is at seminars or for a drink, is an important, enjoyable part of the job.
  5. You’ll never be short of support. As the biggest practice area, in the largest firm in Scotland, Real Estate is full of lawyers who are experts in their field. Whether it be an issue surrounding retail, leisure or rural, to name just a few, someone in the team is likely to know the answer. Regular training is organised for junior lawyers, allowing you to learn from those who are more senior and far more experienced.

To apply for one of our NQ roles, visit Brodies’ careers page.

Gareth Hall

Solicitor at Brodies LLP
Gareth joined the Commercial Property team in October 2018 as a newly qualified solicitor, focusing on asset acquisition and disposal and the interim asset management work in respect of industrial, retail, leisure and office buildings.
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