2-5 PQE Solicitor – Projects and Commercial (Health Sector)
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 480 staff, including 82 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
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:
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.
A very supportive firm with the depth of skills in its teams to
provide a full service. - Chambers 2021
Rise to the Challenge
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
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
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
Have the opportunity to join in CSR activities across the firm and
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
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
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.
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
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).