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Associate - Planning Solicitor

£80000 - £85000 per annum Negotiable Excellent Benefits
City South West London London City of London

Are you a junior planning solicitor seeking to join an award-winning, Legal 500 recognised planning department? This Top 40 UK law firm is undergoing continued growth, making it an exciting time to join its City of London team.

This pioneering department is ranked in the top-tiers of the Legal 500, offering a superb quality of work, with a high-quality client base. You will benefit from first-in-class training with superb long term career prospects.

The Firm

This London law firm is a pioneer in the legal industry, dealing with the highest quality of work while providing employees with the opportunity to truly make a difference without simply being a small cog in a big machine.

It is common for Associates and Partners to be working side by side. Fee earners of all levels have the opportunity to be involved with business development. It is common for fee earners to gain such a level of exposure they gain PQE beyond their years.

You will find a creative, supportive, dynamic, forward-thinking, and progressive culture. They invest heavily in their staff, with industry-leading training and a natural platform for progression.

With a broad range of international offices across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, there are many global and UK clients.

The firm has been quick to adapt the "new normal" and as a result offers a flexible approach to hybrid working, including for junior staff.

The Role

This premium UK law firm is recruiting for a Planning Solicitor (NQ-1 year PQE) to join its City of London office.

This firm believes in empowering its junior associates and as a result you will gain early opportunities to gain direct client contact and build lasting relationships. You will be encouraged to manage your own caseload with supervision from the Partnership when required.

The team is one of the foremost planning departments in the UK, providing you with access to some of the highest profile and most lucrative clients in the country; including landowners, developers and investors.

The team has a national reputation for high-level strategic planning advice on major residential-led schemes, having won multiple awards.

The role will involve advising on planning strategy, applications and appeals, court challenges and enforcement. You will also assist on CIL, section 106 and infrastructure agreements.

Other duties will include due diligence checks as well as researching and advising on legislative and policy changes.

This position will provide the opportunity to engage in business development - equipping you with the skills to progress your career in law.

You will receive excellent support and training from some of the best planning solicitors in the country.
Applicants from both the private and public sectors are encouraged to apply.


  • England and Wales qualified solicitor with NQ-1 years PQE
  • Trainee solicitors nearing qualification are encouraged to apply
  • Experience in planning law is essential
  • Able communicator with a client focus
  • Good work ethic and a commercial mindset


  • Above market rate salary
  • Private healthcare
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Hybrid and flexible working options
  • Training from top planning partners

This is a superb planning role for a junior solicitor to join a pioneering and flexible firm in the City of London.

Apply now for immediate consideration, or feel free to contact Jonathan Kitto at JMC Legal Recruitment for a confidential conversation.