Ocado Group is hiring a

Property Lawyer

Hatfield, United Kingdom

We’re in an exciting period of transformational change at Ocado. We're seeing significant developments in our Solutions business, while our Retail business continues to grow as part of a new joint venture with M&S.

An opportunity has arisen for a Property Lawyer to assist the Legal, Governance and Intellectual Property Team with its real estate matters, helping to meet Ocado Group’s continued requirements for growth, both in the UK and internationally and drive for efficiency.

If you are looking for an in-house role that gives you autonomy in a successful team and growing organisation, where your advice and guidance is highly valued and will contribute directly to the success of an ambitious business, please read on and apply!

What you’ll do:

  • Draft and negotiate leases, agreements for lease, sale agreements, transfers and surrenders.
  • Review responses to commercial property standard enquiries and raise appropriate further queries.
  • Review official copy entries and plans along with associated deeds and documents and perform due diligence on properties including the raising of searches and reviewing search results.
  • Oversee post-completion matters such as SDLT returns and Land Registry applications.
  • Complete requests for information from, and make submissions to, Local Authorities and the Valuation Office.
  • Review and negotiate licences for alterations, wayleaves and other property management documents.
  • Deal with landlord and tenant issues and liaise with landlords.
  • Review and negotiate heads of terms for new property acquisitions.
  • Support the acquisition of property in foreign jurisdictions and manage foreign  lawyers working on these projects.
  • Assist funders to acquire security over properties.
  • Respond to queries from colleagues and assist them with their real estate/planning-related issues. It will be beneficial to have familiarity with planning law and the ability to spot planning issues in order to refer them for specialist planning advice.
  • Produce and assist in giving training to colleagues.
  • Assist with the property aspects of construction and engineering transactions.
  • Identify and manage legal risks within property contracts.

About you:

  • You will be a qualified solicitor or barrister with specialism in Commercial Property Law of 3 – 5 years’ PQE.
  • Experience in private practice with a keen interest and desire to work in house.
  • Prior experience of working with foreign property lawyers on international projects.
  • Clear understanding and experience of supporting construction lawyers as part of their transactions.
  • Comfortable working and communicating with people at all levels of seniority. 
  • Strong commercial awareness and ability to work under pressure.

Ocado Group is an equal opportunities employer and as such makes every effort to ensure that all potential employees are treated fairly and equally, regardless of their sex, sexual orientation, marital status, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion, age, disability or union membership status.  

For more reasons to apply, please visit: Working at Ocado Group, Diversity & Inclusion at Ocado Group, Core Pillars

About Ocado Group 

When our journey started, we were all about changing the way people shop for groceries. 20 years later, we’re a FTSE 100 business developing our own ground breaking technology, opening multiple sites at an accelerating rate and engaging in exciting new business partnerships around the world!

Transforming an industry also means transforming the way we do business. As we continually develop new technologies and customer propositions, we’re looking for the brightest talents to lead us into the next stage of our evolution: enhancing our capabilities, inspiring our teams and developing new ways of working.

Benefits 

Ocado employee experience is very important to us. As well as keeping a smile on your face with weekly massages, our head office boasts a games room, coffee shop, weekly food samples and amazing food hall to satisfy your daily breakfast and lunchtime taste buds! All Ocado employees are offered a benefits package of 25 days holiday, 15% discount on your weekly Ocado shop, pension, share options, discounts on gym memberships and family friendly offers.

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