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
'Property Law Firm of the Year' at the Midlands Insider Awards and
'Legal Advisor of the Year' at the Bristol Property Awards.
Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes
applicants from all backgrounds.
Learn from the best
The Property Department has experienced significant growth over the
last couple of years and that growth is set to continue, with major
tender wins on high profile projects and clients across the country.
This growth has been driven by successful implementation of the
strategy of growing private sector work, as well as traditional core
areas of local authority, housing and health.
We work in partnership with a wide range of clients including housing
associations; local authorities; central government; the NHS and
private sector businesses.
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, with multiple individuals in our Property team recognised as
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 within the Commercial Property team in our
Bristol or Birmingham office. The successful candidate will be a
commercial property solicitor able to take on an existing caseload
within the busy public sector focused regeneration team. There are
genuine promotion prospects for those with the ambition and skills to
This role will involve advising clients on the full range of property
matters, but with particular emphasis on property development work for
local authority clients involved in the delivery of regeneration
projects. However the ability to deal with the following would be a
Negotiation of acquisitions, disposals and development agreements
Preparation of robust reports on title and advice notes
Preparation of reports on documents and executive summaries
Both freehold and leasehold transactions
Negotiating with bidders during a competitive dialogue process.
What we are looking for from you
Experience of development work is essential as is an interest in
local authority regeneration projects and a desire to specialise in
public sector development.
The successful applicant will possess the following skills key to the role:
Strong communication skills with a professional approach to work
Confidence in working directly with clients
An ability to build strong interpersonal relationships
An aptitude for drafting and legal analysis
Enthusiastic outlook and a keenness to work collaboratively with
colleagues at junior and senior levels
Excellent project management skills and the ability to work
efficiently to meet deadlines
A practical and commercial approach
An interest in business development
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.
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,
and in Birmingham is Bowel Cancer UK.
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: 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).