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Job Title Senior HR Advisor
Location Bristol

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 Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and London.

The firm advises businesses across 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 people, 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.

Rise to the Challenge

We are looking for a pro-active, engaged and adaptable Senior HR Advisor to join our HR team on a full-time and permanent basis. Applicants will ideally have HR experience in working with fee-earning professionals and even better within the legal sector.

This is a fantastic time to join Bevan Brittan's HR team. The business is growing and there will be plenty of opportunity to make a difference for someone who is flexible, keen to learn, support and work collaboratively with colleagues across the entire employee life cycle.

The role will report to our recently appointed Senior HR Business Partner (SHRBP) and will be based in our newly refurbished Bristol office (once COVID-19 restrictions are eased), with the requirement to undertake some travel to our other office locations when needed.

Prior to the pandemic, we already worked in an agile away, providing staff with the equipment needed to work effectively from home and we envisage this agile / hybrid way of working continuing once restrictions have eased.

We are keen to fill the role quickly (but are of course happy to wait for the right candidate to serve any notice needed) and therefore encourage you to apply as soon as you are able.

In this role you will:

  • Work closely with our HR Business Partner (HRBP)s and wider HR team to provide a high quality, pro-active and solutions-focused generalist HR service to the firm.
  • Be the first point of contact for our Business Support Services Team (circa 100 staff across our 4 offices) for all generalist HR matters.
  • Advise managers on a wide variety of HR and Employee Relations matters in a way that builds management capability.
  • Together with more senior members of the HR team, support our Responsible Business Programme, which encompasses Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Sustainability.
  • Play a key role in the successful execution of the firm's cyclical HR processes such as performance reviews.
  • Help more junior members of the team to deal with queries sent to our HR Inbox, e.g. requests from Bids to help support tenders.
  • Be responsible for ensuring that Bevan Brittan's Induction is kept up-to-date and be the main Lead for its delivery to all new starters.
  • Hold maternity meetings and manage maternity checklists.
  • Actively monitor and analyse attendance, and coach managers to manage this appropriately, including Occupational Health referrals. Flag cases of potential concern to the SHRBP.
  • Carry out exit interviews.
  • Become the expert within the team on our HR Systems and be the main contact for our outsourced providers such as Objective Manager.
  • In time, lead our monthly Payroll process for the whole firm, which involves preparing detailed Payroll instructions for our outsourced Payroll provider.
  • Assist with the processing of benefits and automatic enrolment when needed.
  • Support HR colleagues with project work and process improvements.

What we are looking for from you

  • Preferably you will have experience of operating at an HR Advisor level in a Partnership environment.
  • CIPD qualified (or have equivalent experience) with up-to-date working knowledge of current employment law and HR best practice.
  • The ideal candidate will have worked in the legal sector.
  • A collaborative team player who works with others effectively.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent planning and organisation skills, able to prioritise and manage multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities.
  • Someone who takes ownership of issues; pro-active in terms of finding solutions to problems / queries.
  • Positive, results-focused and a flexible approach. Willing to get stuck in and support others on the team.

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 9 am - 5:15 pm 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. Our current selected charity in Bristol is St Peter's Hospice.

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).

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