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 corporate, 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 500 people, including over 80 Partners, and
our award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate,
property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and
clinical negligence) legal advice.
Bevan Brittan is named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2022' and has
recently either won or been shortlisted for a number of prestigious
awards including 'Property Law Firm of the Year' at the Insider
Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2021 and finalist for 'Law Firm of
the Year: Large' category at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2021.
Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes
applicants from all backgrounds.
Learn from the best
The role will include working closely with Christian Hunt, our
corporate partner in Leeds, and within our national corporate team to
deliver tailored and commercially focused advice on corporate advisory
and transactional matters to our expanding corporate client base.
The corporate team's aim is to deploy our skills and experience in
comprehensively advising clients on all aspects of their corporate
transactions and projects.
Whilst you would be part of a larger corporate department, this is an
opportunity to work in a smaller team develop an area of strategic
growth for the firm. The role offers plenty of opportunity to gain
experience in business development.
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.
"By far Bevan Brittan is the most flexible, pragmatic,
skilled and reliable legal firm I have worked with."- Chambers
Rise to the Challenge
We are looking for a Solicitor or Associate at 2-5 years PQE to join
us in Leeds. The successful candidate will join our corporate team,
providing services to clients from a wide range of backgrounds, including:
Regional and national private companies;
Business owners and stakeholders;
banks, secondary lenders and investment funds;
Central government bodies and local authorities;
Housing associations, as well as development and regeneration vehicles;
NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and GP
The team frequently advises on matters which have public and private
sector participants. Their experience of working at the interface
between the private and public sectors gives them a unique insight
into the opportunities which can be created through cross-sector
What we are looking for from you
Experience of corporate work (mergers and acquisitions, joint
ventures, restructurings, corporate governance and general company
law) is essential. Our team is hugely experienced in advising business
owners and stakeholders on corporate transactions, financing and
refinancing, and MBOs - as well as day to day corporate law advice.
Some banking/finance experience would be helpful in the role.
Confidence in speaking with and building strong working relationships
with clients, colleagues and fellow intermediaries is essential.
The successful applicant will also possess the following skills key
to the role:
Sound legal knowledge and commercial awareness, with an ability to
give tailored advice to clients and also colleagues as part of
A willingness and ability to support business development
activities and initiatives, in raising the profile of the team (in
the Yorkshire region) and the firm, which will also support
applicable Market Focus Group initiatives and the Leeds office plan.
A personable manner and a positive attitude.
Strong communication skills with a professional approach to work.
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).
Where possible, we want to offer all Bevan Brittan people flexibility
to work their week in a way that suits them - we operate a hybrid
working model based on the needs of our clients, teams and that of the
individual. Our core business hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday,
however we are open to individuals working more flexibly around those
times and would welcome a conversation with you if you have any questions.
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.
Bevan Brittan is proudly a carbon neutral firm. We have
achieved the UN's Climate Neutral Now accreditation and our
environmental sustainability plan is focussed on achieving our net
zero carbon target.
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), Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham),
Yorkshire Cat Rescue (Leeds), Great Western Credit Union (London),
and several others.