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 a range of sectors including
general commercial, energy & resource management, higher education
and financial services, complementing the firm's market leadership
within health and social care, housing and local government sectors.
We currently employ over 480 staff, including 82 Partners, and our
award-winning teams provide employment and litigation (commercial and
clinical negligence), construction, commercial, corporate, property
and regulatory advice.
Bevan Brittan was named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2021' and has
recently won three major industry awards, including Legal Adviser of
the Year by Health Investor, 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
Our Employment team has been a market leader in the
health and social care and local government sectors for many years.
The team remains a key player in those markets but in recent times
has grown the practice attracting clients in the commercial,
education and housing sectors.
The team sits within the Litigation, Advisory &
Regulatory department which deals with substantial commercial and
regulatory disputes. The Employment team primarily act for
employers, including national and multi- national organisations,
supporting them to improve their employment practices and manage
workforce issues, as well as defending employment litigation and
seeking to mitigate risks for clients.
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
In joining the team your role would
involve advising on both contentious and non-contentious workforce
matters, working as part of a national team, supporting partner
leads on more complex matters whilst being responsible for your own
case load. You would be advising on employer relations matters
including internal disciplinary /grievance/capability processes,
reviewing policies and procedures and contracts, advising on
equalities obligations, conduct of and/or support on Employment
Tribunals, advising on TUPE processes including inputting into
drafting of commercial agreements as well as delivering training on
a broad range of employment issues and supporting business development.
What we are looking for from you
The successful candidate will be involved
in providing sound, commercial employment advice and would have the
following skill set/experience:
A range of contentious and non-contentious
Case management of ET claims (either
managing your own caseload or supporting on more complex matters)
including drafting pleadings, witness statements
Advising on employer relations issues
including grievance, disciplinary matters and settlement negotiations
Advising on restructures/redundancy processes/TUPE
Experience of advising in health and social
care sector employers (whether NHS or independent /third sector
organisations) would be desirable but not essential
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.
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;
weekly zoom yoga sessions; "coffee with…" a colleague and much more.
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).