< Back to jobs

Job Title Corporate Solicitor/Associate 2 - 5 PQE, Leeds
Location 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 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 staff, 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 UK, 2022

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;
  • Management teams;
  • 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 consortia; and
  • Insolvency practitioners.

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 partnership working.

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 cross-discipline offerings.
  • 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 senior levels.
  • A practical and commercial approach.
  • An interest in business development.

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).

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.

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).