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Job Title Clinical Negligence Solicitor 1-4 PQE
Location Leeds
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 health and social care, litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) construction, commercial, corporate, property, regulatory and employment 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

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

Our Clinical Risk team operates across all four offices, offering advice and assistance to health and social care organisations across a broad range of issues including clinical negligence and human rights claims, inquests, Court of Protection and public law matters.

We are one of ten firms that act for NHS Resolution, putting us at the heart of claims and complaints brought against the NHS. Our clinical negligence team is highly regarded for its work acting on behalf of NHSR, NHS Trusts and primary care organisations in the defence of clinical negligence cases. In addition, we undertake healthcare and clinical negligence work for a range of private insurers.

Rise to the Challenge

An opportunity has arisen for a 1 - 4 PQE Solicitor to join our Clinical Risk team in Leeds. Leeds is the newest of the four offices and our Leeds Clinical Risk team has rapidly established itself as a thriving team offering a wide range of skills and services to clients in the North and further afield.

We are seeking to recruit an additional clinical negligence lawyer. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to join an expanding team with an excellent client base and quality work.

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Management (under supervision) of a full caseload of pre-litigated and litigated matters for NHS Resolution and Insurers
  • Development of relationships with NHS Resolution/Insurer clients and Trust/Insured clients
  • Liaising with Primary Care practitioners of various specialties and backgrounds
  • Supporting the Partners, Senior Associates and Associates with business development and projects

What we are looking for from you

The successful applicant will possess the following skills key to the role:

  • Defendant clinical negligence experience
  • Ideally experience of claims against Primary Care practitioners
  • 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 senior levels
  • Excellent project management skills
  • The ability to provide supervision to more junior lawyers
  • A practical and commercial approach
  • An aptitude and willingness to learn new skills and gain an in-depth understanding of relevant healthcare sectors

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 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 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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