Projects and Commercial Health Solicitor (2-5 PQE)
Join a team that makes real change happen
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 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 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' for the third year in a row at the Health
Investor Awards and 'Legal Advisor of the Year' at the Bristol
Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes
applicants from all backgrounds.
Learn from the best
You will be joining a highly respected team who are at the forefront
of commercial health work nationally.
The NHS has seen unprecedented levels of activity as a result of the
pandemic and has had unparalleled access to capital to make changes to
its buildings and to increase capacity. Nightingale Hospitals have
been "built" from scratch in a matter of weeks and a national
vaccination programme is under way. All of this urgent activity is
underpinned by contracts and/or policy guidance that our Commercial
Health team advises on.
In parallel with this short term activity we have had huge success in
growing our Commercial Health practice to deliver:
Advising on new NHS Hospital builds as part of the UK Government's
10 year programme to deliver 40 new hospitals across the country. We
are currently advising: Hospitals of the future, the new Princess
Alexandra Hospital, the new hospital in Hillingdon and Future Whipps
- Barts Health NHS Trust.
Best practice initiatives for health PFI contract management
working with the Centre for Best Practice at Department of Health.
Ongoing PFI and LIFT variations and forward planning for the
expiry of early health PFI schemes.
NHS key worker housing, in particular following Covid-19.
A host of other developments including primary care centres;
hospital car parks, hospital retail, patient hotels and NHS private
The team also advises NHS commercial transactions including: joint
ventures, commercial ventures and partnerships; managed equipment
contracts; new models of care provision in the NHS; outsourcing and
shared services, contract renegotiation and termination. The team
works closely with colleagues across the firm, including those in our
construction, corporate, procurement, property and employment teams.
The broader department is involved in a wider variety of commercial
and complex contracting work including PFI/PPP, joint ventures,
construction and engineering, outsourcing and commercial work in a
wide range of sectors including Education, IT, Waste and Energy,
Housing and Local Government services.
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 in the South West and across
the UK for our Healthcare practice with multiple individuals in the
team 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
A vacancy has arisen for a Solicitor to join our vibrant and growing
team in the Commercial and Infrastructure Department to focus on
projects and commercial work in the Health Sector.
We are looking for someone who will work primarily with the Bristol
team but who may also (remotely) assist colleagues in Leeds and
London. Whilst the majority of us are working remotely at the moment,
when feasible we would welcome applicants who will be able to spend
time in the Bristol office and/or to split their time between the
Bristol office and remote working. We also anticipate that we will
attend meetings at our clients' premises or at other solicitors'
offices, so a willingness to travel (when it is safe to do so) is a
requirement of this job.
For this role, you will:
Assist the team on the delivery of a range of complex projects and
commercial transactions to both public and some private sector
clients. These transactions will aid the delivery of new facilities
or services for the NHS.
Learn about existing PFI contracts and assist with variations and
advice on contract management.
Advise on shared services, new models/alternative delivery
vehicles (including companies and limited liability partnerships).
Be a valued member of the team, supported, trained and developed
by senior members of the team in a supportive environment.
Have the opportunity to engage regularly with clients, attend
client meetings and work closely with other legal, financial and
Have the opportunity to develop your practice and your career,
have responsibility appropriate to your knowledge and expertise.
Have the opportunity to develop your business development skills,
network with other juniors across the firm, other firms in Bristol
What we are looking for from you
2 - 5 years PQE.
Experience of advising health bodies/other public sector
organisations or the private sector.
A passion to learn, enthusiasm and the desire to excel as a lawyer.
Ability to, or experience of, working in a team and coordinating
advice with fee earners across a team.
The ability to deliver clear, precise advice.
Strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work
through complex issues.
A demonstrable ability to adopt a practical and commercial
approach to legal issues.
Ability to liaise effectively with clients and build relationships.
Ability to operate with a high level of self-sufficiency combined
with an awareness of own abilities.
A positive and flexible approach.
Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage time effectively.
We offer a substantial benefits package to all employees, which
includes 25 days holiday, 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.
Being part of a 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
Diversity & Inclusion
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 2020: 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 is encouraged to undertake several hours of 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).