The Regeneration (Legal) Group support large scale complex/strategic projects across Manchester contributing towards making Manchester a great place to live, work and invest. Nationally, we’re seen as a forward-thinking and outstanding legal group and Council.
At the heart of everything we do is:
The cities of Manchester and Salford are both undergoing a period of sustained regeneration. The projects are revitalising and rejuvenating the Cities and the region.
The Regeneration Group is part of a team contributing to the creation and delivery of significant infrastructure projects and services.
Look across the Manchester and Salford skylines and note the number of cranes and new buildings coming out of the ground.
Where the art of the future will be made. A new venue for performing arts, visual arts and popular culture. Designed by leading international architectural practice OMA, the Factory will combine digital capability, hyper-flexibility and wide open space, encouraging artists to collaborate in new ways and imagine the previously unimagined. It will be a new kind of large-scale venue that combines the extraordinary creative vision of Manchester International Festival (MIF) with the partnerships, production capacity and technical sophistication to produce and present innovative contemporary work year-round.
Historic 24-acre Mayfield site near Manchester Piccadilly station. The Mayfield Development Partnership brings together the London and Continental Railways (LCR, wholly-owned by the Department for Transport), Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, and regeneration and property development company U+I. The joint venture Partnership’s ambitious plans are to create a new £850m mixed-use community, transforming the area into a high quality urban neighbourhood in the heart of the city.
A partnership between Far East Consortium, Manchester City Council and partners to invest over £1billion in developing the Northern Gateway to deliver a series of new neighbourhoods: new homes, health and social care, schools together with connected public spaces and travel links.
Advising on and drafting proposals for the devolution of powers to the GMCA, establishing Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation, the first Mayoral Development Corporation in the country to be used to support the regeneration of a town centre; facilitating connectivity via the roll out of full fibre broadband to public buildings and advising on GMCA funding arrangements.
Salford City Council and the University of Salford have joined together to deliver their £800m masterplan for Salford Crescent. Salford Crescent will see the University of Salford campus and the surrounding area turned into a new city district that will include a residential neighbourhood, the redevelopment of the university campus, an industry innovation park and a cultural quarter.
Working in partnership with Vital Energi to create the Manchester Civic Quarter Heat Network. The network will provide a highly efficient, environmentally-friendly heat and power solution for some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings, making significant carbon reductions
including Euro Womens 2021 Tournament, Rugby League World Cup, and Park Life.
Advising the Greater Manchester Authorities in relation to their ownership in the Airport.
We also advise on and deal with a wide range of matters and transactions involving planning and highways - including CPO’s; property matters - including development agreements, leases and ancillary matters; commercial and corporate matters - including funding agreements, company structures, state aid, procurement and construction and governance … to name but a few.
Teamwork - Collaborating, working together, helping and trusting each other;
Knowledge - combining our experience, and sharing our knowledge and expertise to get the right result;
Innovation - the art of the possible - working closely with client teams to try new methods and find innovative delivery solutions.
We pride ourselves on being a professional, friendly, supportive and very skilled team going above and beyond to ensure the successful and effective delivery of projects. This promotes learning and a strong sense of belonging and common purpose, creating good working relationships - both within and across the teams and also with clients - to help us achieve our team’s, and the Clients’ goals.
This is a real and rare opportunity to join a “premier league” in house, local government Regeneration (Legal) Group.
We are looking for enthusiastic, experienced, forward thinking and flexible lawyers who are good communicators and can quickly establish good working relationships. Lawyers that don’t like standing still and like a challenge; want to work in a great team and are team players themselves and can think creatively on their feet!
Here’s what some of our trainees and newly qualified/appointed lawyers say about Manchester Legal Services (these are extracts from blogs used at a Manchester Law Fair in summer 2019) and demonstrates the Manchester Legal Service “ethos” which runs through from the top down and what we are saying in this blog about our service ...
A newly qualified lawyer -
“The training contract was brilliant. I got involved with some really interesting, complex, high value matters in new areas of law. I was given lots of responsibility; and I was really pushed out of my comfort zone! I worked with fantastic legal teams, and I was well supported throughout the process by my training principal and by managers in each seat. During my final seat, I was delighted to successfully interview for a newly qualified solicitor role in the Commercial Team, which I started in January 2019. I'm very proud to be part of the Legal Team in Manchester City Council!”
A trainee solicitor -
Following graduation in summer 2018, I successfully applied for a Legal Officer role within the Council's Commercial Legal Team. I have enjoyed a wealth of opportunities and worked on major projects such as HS2 and the multi-million pound Greater Manchester Housing Fund. I feel the legal team is really committed to the development of its staff and has supported me to be able to undertake my LPC at the same time as working. Also, despite only having worked for the Council for 9 months I was encouraged by my manager and team to apply for a training contract. I was successful and began as a trainee solicitor in July 2019. My first seat is in Children and Families legal, an area of law that is completely new, and am really enjoying it so far. ”
A newly qualified lawyer -
“Something that quickly became apparent is the Council’s genuine desire and intention to ‘grow their own’ and support staff to qualify and progress their careers. The Council operates a flexible working policy, which helped me to manage my hours around my university commitments. I also had a supportive manager and was surrounded by solicitors with vast legal experience and knowledge, who were more than happy to help me or answer any questions I might have. Working for the Council brings cases and work, which present a huge variety of legal issues and challenges, some of which are unique to councils as a public body and that you simply cannot experience anywhere else.
The experience and achievements I have been fortunate to cultivate so far in my career are without a doubt the result of the Council’s resources, opportunities and support always being equal to my own desire and determination at every step of the process.”
A Legal Officer -
"I was interested to see if the legal work differed at the Council from that of a private law firm; so applied for the Council’s 5-day work placement. I spent time in the Property Team and found my placement well planned and structured. Each day I spent with a different person, learning and discussing different aspects of the work they did. People were interested in what I had to say, and even though my legal knowledge was limited, I was asked to do some research and help in important matters that they were working on.
On my third day I joined two solicitors from the Property and Commercial Teams on a walk to a site visit. They both explained to me the big project they were working on, were happy to answer any questions I had and seemed genuinely interested in me and my studies at the time.
In the final two days of my placement, I worked with the Commercial and Strategic Projects Team. Before my work placement, I had no idea that the Council is involved in such huge projects and that the legal team play such a huge role in it. As I enjoyed my work placement so much, I applied for the Legal Officer role that was available. I now work for the Property Team and absolutely love it."
We offer our lawyers flexible start and finish times with an effective remote working-practice model. There’s opportunity for development and variety thanks to the way our teams practise in our Lexcel-accredited and supported legal service.
Legal work for public services in Manchester, Salford and Rochdale Councils and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority puts you among the few practitioners in England’s first, and biggest, devolved region, where major decisions are now taken in-house rather than in Whitehall and by NHS administrations.
We are a supportive public service team.
Relocation expenses will be considered.
We want everyone to support one another to be their best selves at work every day, and for them to be their best selves at home too – with a wide range of health and wellbeing strategies that include:
“Great knowledge and experience”
“Straight forward advice, ability to describe the advice in an understandable and accessible way”
“Helpful and extremely knowledgeable with reference to relevant legislation and case histories. High level of understanding of our needs. We often have complex issues to discuss and we are always offered a range of possible solutions and an analysis of the risks and practicalities associated with them. Good knowledge of historical aspects of the Council's position in relation to complex structures - e.g. Joint Ventures and partnerships”
“Approachable, professional, responsive and a great understanding of the complex environment / legal frameworks relating to the services for which I am responsible”
“The ability to understand the client's needs as a Local Authority”
“Being able to respond in a clear and detailed manner to my queries”
“Have to deal with a range of requests and are able to adapt to the situation, whilst still protecting the interests of the Council”
“Good understanding of the service, a willingness to help and largely solution focussed”
“The breadth of knowledge is excellent”
“Being able to explain legal issues in plain English and offer solutions to issues that we encounter”
“Knowledge of our area and generally providing options rather than reasons not to”
“Very approachable, helpful, providing excellent service, good understanding of the client needs and timescales”
“Staff take time to understand the issues; good knowledge of local government and service issues. Quick and thorough responses”
“Provide a really good service and address my requirements/instructions in a timely manner”
“Helpful and knowledgeable staff”
“Very pleasant people, very approachable and knowledgeable”
Manchester was named 2018 the best UK city to live in by The Economist’s Global Liveability Index last year, based on factors including political and social stability, crime rates, education, and access to healthcare. Manchester’s rating puts it 13 places ahead of London. It is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact, sports clubs and transport connections.
We’d love you to be part of it.