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Job Title x2 IP/IT Associates (4-7 PQE), Bristol or Birmingham
Location Bristol and Birmingham
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 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.

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.

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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