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Aviation Finance Counsel

Salary Details Available on Request


Ross Crouch
0203 633 0962


With in-house opportunities becoming increasingly rare, we are very excited to be working on a new in-house role with a global lessor, based in Ireland.

Our client is a global leader in aviation leasing, with one of the largest commercial fleets. Our client operates a diversified portfolio with an exceptional array of young aircraft, including a number of 787 Dreamliners, in addition to a substantial Airbus fleet.

Offering a great work life balance and placing a genuine emphasis on people development to ensure they get the most out of their team, this is a fantastic opportunity for those in Aviation Finance looking to take the next step in their career.

They are seeking a motivated and ambitious finance solicitor to provide expert counsel and advice to the firm’s executives. The ideal candidate will be capable of handling and managing a broad array of transactional agreements covering lease contracts, restructurings and maintenance. You will be a self-starter, be detail-oriented and importantly have a hunger to thrive and succeed.

As Wadkins Associates has a very strong relationship with this aviation lessor, combined with our unrivalled expertise in the sector, we will be able to assist you to ensure that you represent yourself to the best of your ability.

You will have at least 3 years’ post qualification experience in asset finance, particularly aircraft leasing, gained from leading international firms and be looking for an exciting position in Dublin.

For more information on the position; to discuss the market and opportunities; or if you would like guidance on the next step in your career, please do not hesitate to contact Ross Crouch at Wadkins Associates on 0203 633 0962.

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