Senior Solicitor or Associate, Planning/Property Litigation

Morton Fraser HR Assistant Ailsa Cameron
HR Assistant
Permanent, Full Time
Closing date:
23rd September 2022

This role will be based in our Edinburgh office for administrative purposes. We operate our business on an agile basis reflecting the needs of our clients and our people to deliver outstanding client service. We will agree a suitable office/homeworking arrangement with all candidates.

Job Title: Senior Solicitor or Associate (Planning/Property Litigation)

Division: Litigation

Location: Edinburgh 

Details: Permanent, Full Time 


About Morton Fraser

At Morton Fraser we are a different kind of law firm, independent by choice and a place where we make our own decisions and our people can have their own say. Our culture empowers all of our people to be the best they can be.

You'll get responsibility early on and the support to make great things happen. And because we understand that hard work comes from people who are empowered to be at their best more of the time, we offer an agile working environment.

We are charting our way to become the best in our field, so if you share our ambition, come chart your best course with us.

Summary of Role

To work as part of a team, led by 2 Partners, dealing with a broad range of interesting and challenging real estate and planning disputes.

Key Tasks

  • Provide all forms of contentious planning advice (including appeals, public inquiries, compensation claims, judicial challenges and enforcement action)
  • Deal with all aspects of property litigation including commercial lease disputes, Lands Tribunal applications, title disputes and claims concerning commercial property generally.
  • Manage your workload competently, professionally, efficiently and cost effectively with minimum supervision to achieve client and firm objectives.
  • Be pro-active in the financial control of all your own and team matters, including accurate time recording and prompt feeing.
  • Contribute constructively to the work of other team members in the Litigation division and contribute to delivering technical training within the division.
  • Keep up to date with case law and legislative changes with relevant law.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 2+ years PQE
  • A knowledge of Scottish environmental law and the various enforcement regimes would be an advantage but not essential.
  • The successful candidate would be expected to have relevant experience of conducting litigation in the Court of Session and the Sheriff Court and ideally experience also in managing major planning, roads and related inquiries.

Person Specification

  • You have excellent communication skills, you are articulate, you communicate clearly, concisely and without any jargon.
  • You enjoy working within a team and autonomously on your own initiative.
  • You are personable and good at building and developing client relationships.
  • You are confident and you have a strong belief in yourself and your own ability.
  • You are committed to providing a good client experience and willing to put in extra time and effort when required

Find out more about our great total reward package or find out more about working life at Morton Fraser please visit us here.

To apply

Please complete the application form and email to Ailsa Cameron at

Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview.


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