Working at Linkcity: Q&A with Leasha Newman
One of the best things about Linkcity is our people. To celebrate this, we have launched a series of Q&As to showcase our diverse, talented team and the variety of roles available here. This time we hear from Leasha Newman, a Solicitor at Linkcity UK.
Who are you and what is your role?
My name is Leasha Newman and I am a Solicitor for Linkcity. I trained in-house with Bouygues UK and Linkcity and qualified as a Solicitor in 2019. I am one of the project lawyers for the Hallsville Quarter development, leading on retail and estate management matters. I also assist the Linkcity Head of Legal, Amanda Child, on multiple other projects and legal matters.
What does a normal day look like to you?
A normal day is difficult to describe as every day is different and brings new challenges. Generally, I would spend my day reviewing and drafting project documents, which could include appointment contracts, NDAs, agreements for lease or lease documents (to name but a few). If we have an external law firm assisting on a project, I will liaise with them to provide instructions, ask for updates on progress and review their work. There are also always queries related to project work both internally and externally which must be answered.
What’s the biggest challenge in your role?
Time management is definitely the biggest challenge. As in-house lawyers, we are often involved in multiple projects, so need to be able to deal with competing deadlines and manage client expectations to ensure that tasks are prioritised accordingly.
What are you most proud of since starting out at Linkcity?
I am most proud of the progress I have made in terms of my legal work and being trusted enough to take a lead on elements of project work, even whilst I was a trainee, but even more so now as a qualified junior lawyer. This has helped improve the confidence I have in my own work.
What is a common misconception about your role?
The most common misconception I have come across about lawyers is that our working life is like the TV drama Suits! As much as we would all like to think we are as cool and high flying as the likes of Jessica or Harvey and spend most of our days at fancy restaurants with our clients, our job is not quite as glamorous…. and we do a lot more work!
What do you like most about working at Linkcity?
The variety and quality of work I have been involved in. I have been fortunate enough to be involved in Linkcity’s highest value project, Hallsville Quarter Phase 3, on which we managed to reach financial close in the middle of lockdown. In addition to this, I have been involved in the estate management of the existing Phases of Hallsville Quarter, as well as leading on the retail elements of the Hallsville Quarter, Bath Court and Canterbury Riverside projects.
How would you describe life at Linkcity?
Life at Linkcity is very enjoyable thanks to a combination of the high-quality projects and its people. Linkcity is a very accommodating and understanding business, that cares about the wellbeing of its staff. This always makes the work environment more enjoyable and in turn, increases productivity as you feel valued for your efforts.
Where do you see yourself this time next year?
I would like to think that I will be back in the office in more of a ‘normal’ working routine. I hope to take on more responsibility in Linkcity’s other exciting new projects, helping to progress them from the early stages to financial close and beyond.
What would you say to someone considering a career in this industry?
I would say that there is a lot of satisfaction to be found, especially because there is usually a tangible product at the end (i.e. a building). It is very fulfilling, and I feel proud when I see a completed building or project that I was involved in.