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Job Title Commercial Solicitor 2-5 PQE, Bristol
Location Bristol
Description

Join a team that makes real changes

Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 commercial law firm providing a comprehensive range of legal services from offices in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and London.

The firm advises businesses across financial services, construction, energy & resource management and higher education, complementing the firm's market leadership within housing, local government and health and social care.

We currently employ over 480 staff, including 82 Partners, and our award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate, property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Bevan Brittan was named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2021' and has recently won three major industry awards, along with being shortlisted as a Finalist for a further eleven.

Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Learn from the best

On joining, you will be a member of an award-winning Commercial & Infrastructure team led by Partner David Hutton. David leads Bevan Brittan's Local Government practice across the country.

You will be part of team that is at the forefront of helping local authorities shaping options to develop and grow their public services; bring services back in-house; deliver new infrastructure as well as contract management large complex outsourced contracts, such as building highways, homes, leisure facilities, energy provision and regenerating the local environment.

With so much change happening across Local Government, the need for strategic legal support to develop and deliver solutions has never been greater. With new levels of investment in infrastructure being promised, we anticipate a further increase in activity in forms of social, economic, energy and digital infrastructure. With many local councils declaring a climate emergency we are one of the first law firms providing legal advice on all critical decisions that can impact a council's own climate change objectives.

Bevan Brittan has strong recognition in the independent legal directories - Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. In both guides we are consistently ranked in the top tier for our practices, including Local Government, across the UK, with multiple individuals recognised as leading lawyers.

A very supportive firm with the depth of skills in its teams to provide a full service. - Chambers 2021

Rise to the Challenge

As our Commercial & Infrastructure department continues to grow, a vacancy has arisen for a solicitor to join our Bristol office. Primarily advising Local Government on their procurement of major infrastructure projects and service provision across England & Wales.

As a member of the team you would also have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of commercial and complex contracting work on some of the largest and ground breaking projects in the country.

What we are looking for from you

  • Flair for creative thinking
  • Unparalleled drive and energy
  • Truly dedicated to delivering value to clients
  • Willing to learn
  • A good team player
  • Commercial experience

We are open to accommodating particular interests and maximising your opportunities across Bevan Brittan.

Work-life Balance

We offer a substantial benefits package to all employees, which includes 25 days holiday (plus the option to buy up to an additional 5 days), a generous pension scheme and private medical insurance through Vitality (including "phone a GP service", discounted gym membership and 'Vitality' Partner discounts).

All of our people are entitled to a biannual private health assessment through Nuffield Health and are included in the group life assurance scheme. We also have an Employee Assistance Programme (free telephone support and counselling service) and a cycle scheme (Save Tax & NI on a bike for cycling to work).

Due to COVID-19, all of our roles are currently home-based until it is safe to return to our modern office spaces. Our core operating hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday, however we are open to considering requests to work more flexibly.

Responsible Business

To us, being a responsible business is second nature; a core part of Bevan Brittan's identity, running through our culture and embodied by the clients we serve.

Bevan Brittan seeks to play an active role within its local office communities. Through regular fundraising events, support for local initiatives and annual charity donations at Christmas, we have established a culture of giving within the firm. This has laid the foundations for our Responsible Business strategy.

In December 2020 we donated a total of £40,000 to our four regional office charities, with each charity receiving £10,000 towards the causes colleagues support throughout the year. The donations went towards providing vital services after a particularly challenging year. Our current selected charity in Bristol is St Peter's Hospice.

We want to demonstrate our commitment to these causes through action rather than words; colleagues from across the firm are already heavily involved, living and breathing the four pillars of our Responsible Business strategy:

  • Community Engagement
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Wellbeing
  • Environmental Sustainability

Collectively, these four pillars ensure we look after our colleagues' wellbeing; offer an environment in which all can progress on merit, regardless of personal circumstances or background; give something back to the communities in which we work; and protect the environment.

Some recent initiatives include:

  • Strava running club: a virtual firm-wide running club on Strava, with regular challenges to keep us all motivated to stay active.
  • Live Cook Along for Black History Month: We hosted a live virtual 'Cook Along' to share the connective power of food and community.
  • UK Disability History Month: We supported the event with informative pieces and real life stories, reflecting our commitment to supporting those of our colleagues who have a disability or who care for someone with a disability.
  • Each lawyer has the opportunity to undertake pro bono legal work for local charities and not-for-profit organisations. This has seen colleagues support the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (Bristol), St Werburgh's City Farm (Bristol) and Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham).

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