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Job Title Housing Management Solicitor (NQ-4 PQE)
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds
Description

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.

We currently employ over 480 staff, including 83 Partners, and our award-winning teams provide property, housing, construction, commercial, corporate, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Housing is one of our core markets and focus areas for growth. Our Housing Management team operates as one team with lawyers based in all four of our offices. We advise a considerable number of registered providers, ranging from many of the top ten largest providers in the country at one end of the spectrum to smaller, specialist providers at the other and everything in between. Whilst the majority of our work is for housing associations, we also increasingly provide housing management services to a range of other types of organisation including local authorities, care providers, the NHS, universities, charities, and private landlords.

Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Learn from the best

The Bevan Brittan Housing Management Team has experienced significant growth over the last couple of years and is now one of the largest housing management practices in the country. Our track record of delivering high quality advice means that growth is set to continue, with a number of major tender wins adding to an already impressive list of clients based across the country and nationally.

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

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.

Rise to the challenge

A vacancy has arisen for a Solicitor to join the Housing Management Team in either our Bristol, Birmingham or Leeds offices. The role will involve advising social landlords (and other landlords) on a wide range of housing management issues, including:-

  • Possession claims
  • Injunction claims
  • Cases involving the Equality Act 2010 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Breach of tenancy claims
  • Disrepair
  • Access injunctions for gas and electricity safety
  • Failed succession cases
  • Leasehold management advice
  • Service charge disputes

What we are looking for from you

Previous experience of work for social landlords is essential, with experience of acting for housing associations being desirable. The successful applicant will possess the following skills, which are key to the role:

  • Strong communication skills with a professional approach to work
  • Confidence in working directly with clients
  • An ability to build strong interpersonal relationships
  • An aptitude for drafting and legal analysis
  • A team player with a keenness to work collaboratively with colleagues at junior and senior levels
  • A practical and commercial, 'can do' approach to problem solving
  • Commitment to the social housing sector
  • 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).

This is a hybrid role, with the successful candidate working partly at home and partly in the office. Our core operating hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday, although 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. This is particularly true of our Housing Management Team.

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 is Great Western Air Ambulance in Bristol, InUnity in Birmingham and Maggie's Cancer Care in Leeds.

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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