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Job Title Property Associate/Senior Associate, 5+ PQE – any office
Location Any Office
Description

Join a team that makes real changes

Bevan Brittan is an award- winning 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 83 Partners, providing 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, including the Health Investor "Transactional" Award 2020, along with being shortlisted as a finalist for a further eleven. The firm has also recently won several major industry awards including 'Property Law Firm of the Year' at the Midlands Insider Awards and 'Legal Advisor of the Year' at the Bristol Property Awards.

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

Learn from specialists

We buy, build, sell, scale, develop, dispose and finance our clients' health and social care property. We have experienced significant growth in our property work in this sector over the last couple of years. This growth is set to continue, with major tender wins on high profile projects and clients across the country.

The real estate team advises all major sub-markets in independent healthcare (including all types of social care, independent hospitals, primary care and retirement living) for the widest range of clients; from investors and funders to developers and operators, consortiums to suppliers.

Not only will you develop your technical skills and knowledge of the healthcare sector, you will also have plenty of opportunity to meet clients, grow your own network and develop other business development skills

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 in our Property team 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

Due to our growth, a vacancy has arisen within the Commercial Property Healthcare team.

The successful candidate will be a commercial property solicitor able to take on an existing caseload within the Health and Social Care Team. There are genuine promotion prospects for those with the ambition and skills to do so, plenty of variation in the work and plenty of support from both the property team and the wider firm to help you develop your own practice.

This role will involve advising clients on the full range of property matters, but with particular emphasis on corporate support work and development work for our wide range of clients within the sector.

Experience and confidence in dealing with the following would be a real plus:

  • negotiation of acquisitions, disposals and development agreements;
  • reparation of reports on title, certificates of title and advice notes;
  • both freehold and leasehold sale and acquisition transaction;
  • reviewing, amending and negotiating asset or share purchase agreements; and
  • working across legal departments with others as part of a project team;

What we are looking for from you

The successful applicant will ideally have experience of:

  1. corporate support work (such as share or asset purchases);
  2. working on health or social care transactions/ projects;
  3. development work in general;

And will possess the following skills key to the role:

  • strong communication skills with a professional approach to work;
  • confidence in working directly with clients;
  • an ability to build strong relationships with clients and intermediaries;
  • an aptitude for drafting and legal analysis;
  • a keenness to work collaboratively with colleagues at junior and senior levels;
  • excellent project management skills and the ability to work efficiently to meet deadlines
  • a practical and commercial approach; and
  • an genuine 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).

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. Our current selected office charities are St Peters Hospice, Bowel Cancer UK, Maggies Cancer Care and Crisis.

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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