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:-
Cases involving the Equality Act 2010 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
Breach of tenancy claims
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
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.
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
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
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).