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Job Title 2-5 PQE Solicitor – Projects and Commercial (Health Sector)
Location Bristol
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.

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 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 'Legal Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Life Awards 2021 and 'Law Firm of the Year (Over 20 Partners)' at the Bristol Law Society Awards 2021.

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

Learn from the best

We are looking for a Solicitor to join our vibrant and growing team in the Commercial and Infrastructure Department to focus on projects and commercial work in the Health Sector.

We have four offices across the UK in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London. We are looking for someone who will work primarily with the Bristol team but who may also assist (remotely) colleagues in Leeds and London. Whilst the majority of us are working remotely at the moment, we would welcome applicants who will be able to spend time in the Bristol office in the future and/or to split their time between the Bristol office and remote working. We also anticipate that in the future we will again travel to meetings at our clients premises or at other solicitors' offices so a willingness to travel (when it is safe to do so) is a requirement of this job.

You will be joining a highly respected team who are at the forefront of health projects work nationally. Sharon Renouf and Rosemary Jago (both Bristol based) and Michael Boyd (Leeds) are recognised as "leading individuals" in legal directories, including Legal 500. The team has won Legal Advisor of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2020 (Health Investor Awards) for their role advising both public sector and private sector clients.

The NHS has seen unprecedented levels of activity as a result of the pandemic and has had unparalleled access to capital to make changes to its buildings and to increase capacity. Nightingale Hospitals have been "built" from scratch in a matter or weeks and a national vaccination programme is under way. All of this urgent activity is underpinned by contracts and/or policy guidance that this team advises on.

In parallel with this short term activity we have had huge success in growing our practice to deliver:

  • Work in connection with many of the HIP hospitals - the government's 10 year programme to deliver 40 new hospitals across the country. By way of example, we are the legal advisers to this amazing project: Hospitals of the future (leedsth.nhs.uk) and this one for the new Princess Alexandra Hospital https://www.pah.nhs.uk/newhospital; as well as Boris Johnson's new Hospital in Hillingdon and Future Whipps - Barts Health NHS Trust;
  • Best practice initiatives for health PFI contract management working with the Centre for Best Practice at Department of Health;
  • Ongoing PFI variations and forward planning for the expiry of early health PFI schemes;
  • A host of other developments including primary care centres, NHS key worker housing; hospital car parks, hospital retail, patient hotels and NHS private patient units.

The team also advises NHS commercial transactions including: joint ventures, commercial ventures and partnerships; managed equipment contracts; new models of care provision in the NHS; outsourcing and shared services and contract renegotiation and termination. The team works closely with colleagues across the firm, including those in our construction, corporate, procurement, property and employment teams.

The broader department is involved in a wider variety of commercial and complex contracting work including PFI/PPP, joint ventures, construction and engineering, outsourcing and commercial work in a wide range of sectors including Education, IT, Waste and Energy, Housing and Local Government services.

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

You will:

  • Assist the team on the delivery of a range of complex projects and commercial transactions to both public and some private sector clients. These transactions deliver new facilities or services for the NHS.
  • Learn about exisitng PFI contracts and assist with variations and advice on contract management.
  • Advise on shared services, new models/alternative delivery vehicles (including companies and limited liability partnerships).
  • Be a valued member of the team, supported, trained and developed by senior members of the team in a supportive environment.
  • Have the opportunity to engage regularly with clients, attend client meetings and work closely with other legal, financial and technical advisors.
  • Have the opportunity to develop your practice and your career, have responsibility appropriate to your knowledge and expertise.
  • Have the opportunity to develop your business development skills, network with other juniors across the firm, other firms in Bristol and intermediaries.
  • Have the opportunity to join in CSR activities across the firm and pro-bono work.

What we are looking for from you

You will have:

  • 2 - 5 years PQE
  • (Ideally) experience of advising health bodies or other public sector organisations, or the private sector on contracts with the public sector
  • A passion to learn, enthusiasm and the desire to excel as a lawyer
  • Ability to, or experience of, working in a team and coordinating advice with fee earners across a team
  • The ability to deliver clear, precise advice
  • Strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work through complex issues
  • A demonstrable ability to adopt a practical and commercial approach to legal issues
  • Ability to liaise effectively with clients and build relationships
  • Ability to operate with a high level of self-sufficiency combined with an awareness of own abilities
  • A positive and flexible approach
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage time effectively

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 Bristol is Great Western Air Ambulance

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).