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Planning Managing Associate

£70000 - £85000 per annum

Join this forward-thinking, entrepreneurial firm as a Planning Managing Associate and have the freedom to shape the planning department in their Leeds office.

This Top 100 firm have reinforced their status as a regional heavyweight through their innovative thinking and ever-growing ambition to tackle new legal challenges. The numerous L500 Top Tier departments across their offices have allowed them to mark their territory as a leading player in the North and across the nation. Intrinsically, their client base includes some of the largest businesses and UHNW individuals domestically and overseas.

Their employee-focused approach is second to none and has been a catalyst for their success. Organic growth, through nurturing and developing talent, has allowed many individuals to progress through the ranks towards partnership.

Whilst the quality of work is that of an international firm, they offer the work/life balance of a regional, with many of their fee-earners working flexibly, from home or part-time hours.

The Role:

  • This is an exclusive opportunity for a Planning Managing Associate to join the firm's dynamic office in Leeds, with hybrid working in place
  • The Planning department work alongside some of Britain's biggest housebuilders, leading public sector organisations and national retail & leisure chains on a range of complex matters
  • To align with this, you will be a well-established individual with expert knowledge of the legal technicalities of all aspects of planning matters
  • You will manage a diverse caseload including complex planning applications & appeals, CPO & DCO work, s.106, 38, 278 & 104 agreements, enforcement issues, public inquiry work and judicial review
  • As a Managing Associate, you will take a lead role in the department, mentoring and supervising junior members of the Planning team as well as working with other seniors in the department to shape your practice, your way
  • You will also be given investment from the firm to progress on a clear route to partnership

The Ideal Candidate:

  • An experienced Planning Solicitor with a minimum of 8 years PQE
  • Strong business development capabilities
  • First-class communication and an entrepreneurial flair


  • Competitive salary above the market rate
  • Hybrid working - 2/3 day working week split
  • Extensive benefits package

This is an enriching opportunity for a Planning Managing Associate to join the firm's buoyant office in Leeds.

Apply now for immediate consideration, or feel free to give me a call for a confidential conversation.