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Job Title Construction Solicitor (2-6 PQE)
Location Any Office
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 Birmingham, Bristol Leeds and London.

The firm advises businesses across construction, energy & resource management, higher education and financial services, 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'. The firm has also recently won several major industry awards, including 'Legal Advisor of the Year' at the Bristol Property Awards and 'Legal Advisor of the Year' at the Midlands Insider Awards.

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

Learn from the best

You will be a member of a nationally recognised construction team led by Andrew Tobin and Jonathan Turner, both of whom specialise in non-contentious construction projects.

Our market-leading construction team consists of 6 partners and 13 fee earners and works on a national basis for our clients across the UK. Our reputation in education, housing and local authority sectors is second to none and is complemented by a strong practice advising clients operating in health, highways, leisure, waste management and renewable energy, acting for employers and contractors in those market sectors.

We advise clients on the delivery of projects using and adapting industry standard forms or bespoke documentation. We are at the forefront of long-term outsourcing and partnership working arrangements and have extensive experience of advising on all the PPP models, including the PFI market. We are involved in a number of the major Government construction programmes for delivery of new hospitals, social housing, schools and highways.

Our experienced team also advises clients on all their informal and formal dispute resolution needs. We advise on adjudications, expert determinations, Court proceedings and arbitrations as well as mediation and dispute avoidance strategies. Our team has developed a significant reputation for our contract review and re-negotiation services in the context of large, long-term public/private contracts.

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 across the UK, including construction, 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 team continues to grow, a vacancy has arisen for a solicitor to be part of the team working mainly on non-contentious construction work. We are, however, interested to hear from candidates who have experience of and/or an interest in undertaking a balanced role with contentious construction.

You will be working on high value, complex instructions including developers, contractors, end-user clients, central and local government, NHS Trusts and housing associations. Some recent examples include advising on the following projects:

  • City of London Corporation on the new Museum of London
  • Peabody Trust on the delivery of 11,500 new homes at Thamesmead
  • Three NHS Trusts on new hospital projects under the Governments Health Infrastructure Plan
  • The Developer (a JV formed by Places for People and Balfour Beatty Investments) on the delivery of a 1,500 unit mixed tenure development at the Queen Elizabeth Park, London

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

The successful candidate will have the ability to manage their own time efficiently, possess excellent drafting and legal analysis skills and have an ability to liaise effectively with clients. Most importantly we are looking for ambitious lawyers who want to take on challenging work in the development of their careers, and we are happy to consider candidates who are looking to work flexibly. The team has grown in recent years and the partners have ambitious plans to continue that growth. Career prospects are therefore excellent for the right candidate.

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.

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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