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 480 staff, including 83 Partners, and our
award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate,
property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and
clinical negligence) 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
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.
A very supportive firm with the depth of skills in its teams to
provide a full service - Chambers 2021
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).
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. 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.
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).