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 property litigation, 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 property, construction, commercial,
corporate, 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
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.
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
A vacancy has arisen within the growing Property Litigation team in
our Leeds office. This role will involve advising clients on a wide
range of property-related disputes which include landlord and tenant,
land and development matters, and providing advisory support for
transactional colleagues. For this role you will have demonstrable
experience of dealing with:
Business tenancy renewals
Commercial tenancy disputes relating to breach of covenants,
service charge, forfeiture and rent reviews
Land-based disputes in respect of restrictive covenants,
easements, trespass and claims for possession
Residential tenancy disputes and claims for possession
Proceedings in the High Court and First-Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber).
Experience of work for banks, private equity companies and fixed
charge receivers would be helpful, but is not essential.
What we are looking for from you
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
A keenness to work collaboratively with colleagues at junior and
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 Leeds is Maggie's Cancer Care.
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).