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Job Title Senior Associate Birmingham or Bristol – 5 PQE +
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 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 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 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 do so.

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 real plus:

  • 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

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, 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 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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