x2 IP/IT Associates (4-7 PQE), Bristol or Birmingham
Bristol and Birmingham
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 83 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
We are looking for two Associates to play a key role in our IP/IT
team, led by Partner Richard Lane, to be based in either our
Birmingham or Bristol office. With in-depth, industry-focused
expertise, the team advises on the procurement, licensing and supply
of tech products and services to a wide range of public and private
sector clients. In an increasingly complex and competitive commercial
landscape, the team is helping more and more clients keep pace with
change - making this an exciting time to join.
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 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
Your work will focus on major IT and business process outsourcing
projects for the likes of Central Government bodies, NHS bodies, local
authorities and central government agencies, as well as private sector companies.
In particular your role will include working within a
multi-disciplinary team on a major outsourcing programme of work, led
by Richard Lane as lead partner, which is set to run for the next 3-4 years.
Your remit will be broad and interesting, giving you extensive client
contact from the outset. Throughout, you'll be well supported in an
experienced, inclusive team.
What we are looking for from you
The successful candidate will possess the following skills:
4-7 Years PQE
Good experience in:
drafting and negotiating contracts (including IT contracts);
commercial transactional projects;
contract management support
Demonstrate a real interest in IT or technology law, with a
keenness to develop further.
Ability to work in a team, coordinating advice with other fee
earners across a wide range of disciplines
experience on advising on non-contentious intellectual property
matters would be an advantage
An ability to liaise effectively with clients
Practical and commercial approach
Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage time effectively
Additionally, you may have worked in Private Practice, establishing
yourself as a reliable and capable commercial lawyer dealing with a
breadth of clients. We'd equally like to hear from you if you've
worked in-house at a tech firm or within the public sector, and are
looking to make the move to a law firm. Whatever your work background,
you must be excellent in front of clients, ready to play an active
role in growing the team and eager to drive your career forward in a
progressive and ambitious practice.
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.
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).