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Job Title Employment Solicitor 1 - 4 PQE
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds

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 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 employment experience
  • 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
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Reviewing/drafting policies
  • Contractual advice
  • 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

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.

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; 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).
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