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Job Title September 2021 NQ Solicitors, various departments
Location Any Office
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 corporate, 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 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 pleased to offer 5 additional NQ vacancies for September 2021, as part of the firm's continued growth agenda. We welcome applications from ambitious individuals who want to take on challenging work and grow their careers; it's an exciting time to join Bevan Brittan!

Please find details of all available roles below. When submitting an application, please ensure you mention which vacancy you are applying for.

1. Banking & Finance - London (preferred)

We have an ambitious and growing team of banking and finance specialists who act for a wide range of clients across a number of sectors, with a focus on the housing association, local authority and healthcare sectors. We act for both funders and borrowers including large and small corporate entities, charities, housing associations, local authorities, property developers, large institutional investors as well as challenger banks.

As a small team, this is an exciting opportunity to get involved in a large variety of work and to contribute to the growth of the team by building relationships with clients and supporting on business development initiatives. The team regularly advise on high-value and complex transactions and in the last 12 months we have worked on a wide variety of matters include a £30m private placement for a housing association, advising on a green retail bond, restructuring a £110m loan, funding for several joint venture arrangements with national housebuilders, funder consent requirements for a merger and a £50m loan for a property investment portfolio. We work closely with colleagues in other departments including property, corporate, governance and construction teams.

The successful candidate will have completed a banking seat during their training contract and enjoy being part of a transactional team. It is not necessary to have any specific sector experience, although property finance, housing finance and/or capital markets experience would be helpful. However it is more important to be a team-player with the drive and enthusiasm to help us grow our banking practice.

2. Clinical Negligence - Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham or London

Our Clinical Risk team operates across all four offices, offering advice and assistance to health and social care organisations across a broad range of issues including clinical negligence and human rights claims, inquests, Court of Protection and public law matters.

We are one of ten firms that act for the NHS Resolution, putting us at the heart of claims and complaints brought against the NHS. Our Clinical Negligence team is highly regarded for their work acting on behalf of NHSR and NHS Trusts and in the defence of clinical negligence cases.

An opportunity has arisen for a number of NQ Solicitors to join our Clinical Negligence team, based in Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham or London. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidates to join an expanding team with an excellent client base in this fascinating area of work.

Joining us would give your exposure to high quality work in an environment where you will maximise the opportunity to your grow your skill set with a dedicated supervisor. You may also have the opportunity to spend a period of time on secondment to the NHS.

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Management of a caseload of pre-litigated and litigated matters for NHS Resolution and Insurers
  • Development of relationships with NHS Resolution/Insurer clients and Trust/Insured clients
  • Liaising with Primary Care practitioners of various specialties and backgrounds

The ideal candidate will have worked with a NHS Resolution panel firm. Candidates with Claimant clinical negligence or Defendant PI experience would also be considered.

3. Construction - Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds

As our nationally recognised construction team continue their ambitious growth plans, we are looking to recruit an NQ to join the team working on contentious construction dispute resolution and advisory work, led by Louise Robling and Judith Hopper.

As an NQ, you will be part of an ambitious and supportive team that advises on a wide range of construction dispute matters, ranging from traditional final account/loss and expense type claims, to significant defect issues and PFI/projects disputes. Our panel appointments mean that you will have the opportunity to work on high value, complex instructions for clients including local authorities, NHS Trusts and housing associations, as well as private sector developers and contractors.

In the past 12 months matters the team have acted on include: an adjudication win on a matter of contractual interpretation on a highways PFI worth approximately £5 million; advising on a number of multi-million pound fire defects claims across the country and an adjudication concerning delay / loss and expense where the contractor was claiming an additional £2.5 million.As an NQ you can expect to play a pivotal role, working alongside partners, senior associates and associates.

The ideal candidate will be organised, good at communication and enjoy working in a team handling technically complex claims.

4. Corporate (not for profit) - Birmingham

We have an exciting opportunity for an NQ to join our corporate team in Birmingham, working on corporate governance matters primarily for our housing sector clients.

As an NQ, you will work closely with the lead in this area and the wider team to deliver strategic projects including mergers and joint ventures, and advisory work in relation to constitutional changes, establishing new corporate entities and governance best practice.

Whilst you would be part of a larger corporate department, this is an opportunity to work in a smaller team, developing an area of strategic growth for the firm. The role offers plenty of opportunity for growth, including gaining experience in business development.

The successful candidate will have completed a corporate seat during their training contract, with experience advising charities desirable. An interest in advising the not-for-profit sector is essential.

5. Projects & Commercial (Health) - Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds or London

You will be joining a highly respected team who are at the forefront of commercial healthcare projects nationally and internationally. Vincent Buscemi and Carly Caton are both well known within the sector and Vincent leads our firm's independent health and social care team whilst Carly leads the firm's international healthcare practice. The team has won Legal Advisor of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2020 (at the Health Investor Awards) for their role advising both public sector and private sector clients in the health sector.

The team advises on all sorts of commercial matters and transactions across both the NHS and the independent health and social care sectors. Including matters such as: joint ventures, commercial ventures and various partnering arrangements; mergers and acquisitions within the sector, primary care matters, managed equipment contracts, ICS activity and market consolidation, commercial contracts advice, 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.

As a newly qualified in our team you would get an exciting and varied experience of different commercial matters spanning the sector and working across both the NHS, independent health and social care sector.

The broader department is involved in a wider variety of commercial and complex contracting work including PFI/PPP and the new HIP 1 and 2 programme, 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.

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 Bevan Brittan people a high degree of self-determination around how they work their week and we operate a hybrid working model based on the needs of our clients, and all of our modern offices are COVID-19 secure. Our core operating hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday, however we are open to considering requests to work more flexibly around those times.

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.

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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