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Job Title Knowledge Business Partner
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 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 two pro-active, highly engaged and adaptable Knowledge Business Partners to work closely with our Knowledge Director to make the most of our combined knowledge and experience to deliver exceptional service to our clients. We have a new five year Firm and Knowledge Strategy 2021-2026 to deliver. Our plans are ambitious as we look to grow as a responsible, inclusive and forward-thinking firm.

This is a fantastic opportunity to play a pivotal role in taking Bevan Brittan to the next level. There will be plenty of opportunity to add value and to make a difference, for someone with excellent legal and technology knowhow, commercial nous and gravitas to quickly build strong working relationships with key stakeholders.

The role can be based in any of our offices with considerable scope for flexible working. There will be occasional requirements to travel to any of our office locations (with overnight stays) when needed and safe to do so. Each role will initially support two of our four legal departments. We are open to consider part-time working arrangements for the right candidates (subject to a minimum of 0.6 FTE).

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

The Knowledge Business Partner role is a new role within Bevan Brittan responsible for co-ordinating the delivery of a knowledge plan for each allocated department, working closely with and supported by the Knowledge Director. The role will:

  • report directly into the Knowledge Director;
  • provide shared resource to designated legal departments (with one role initially allocated to our Commercial & Infrastructure and Property departments and the other allocated to Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory and Clinical Risk departments);
  • regularly liaise with the Knowledge Partner within their allocated departments and run a group of knowledge reps within each department (along with the Knowledge Partner) to help shape knowledge initiatives and projects and to support the new role with their subject matter expertise;
  • create a valuable bridge linking knowledge activities and expertise to positive change initiatives driven by colleagues within our transformation team and business development team developing content for our clients.

Applicants must have experience in working with fee-earning professionals within the legal sector.

In this role you will:

  • Pro-actively partner and engage with departmental Knowledge Partners to ensure that they and their teams have access to high value, relevant knowledge resources and systems (including ensuring that we obtain best value from our increasing investment in online and digital resources);
  • Work closely with our Knowledge Director and Director of Transformation & Operations to help identify and drive improvements in legal service delivery utilising knowledge resources and systems across the firm.
  • Help shape and deliver each allocated department's knowledge plan which is clearly linked to our new five year Firm and Knowledge strategies.
  • Be the first point of contact for your business areas for all knowledge related matters.
  • As a trusted adviser, use your expert knowledge and strategic awareness to give pragmatic, clear and commercially balanced advice and guidance, assessing proposed initiatives to ensure that resources are focussed on the right opportunities.
  • Lead and deliver both strategic and departmental knowledge projects.
  • Help to nurture our supportive and employee centric knowledge sharing culture in order to equip and develop the firm's most talented people.
  • Support the firm's annual appraisal and ongoing performance management processes related to knowledge for your department, monitoring and driving engagement where needed.
  • Be the Knowledge Lead for one area of our key knowledge strategic work streams which include "Knowledge at Your Fingertips" and use of legal technologies.
  • Support, coach, line manage and mentor more junior team members as appropriate.

Find out how far you can go

  • Demonstrable experience of providing strategic input, working to a strategic plan and delivering against it;
  • Demonstrable experience in driving knowledge sharing activities bringing together people, processes and technology (including innovative approaches) to deliver sustained improvements in working effectively;
  • Excellent practical knowledge and experience of legal technology combined with a good awareness of the market and likely future developments;
  • Demonstrable experience of taking a pro-active role in delivering fast-moving projects with change and project management expertise ideal;
  • Demonstrable experience of developing communication plans and the ability to present to large audiences;
  • Ability to quickly build strong working relationships with key stakeholders and across all levels of the business, establish personal credibility and have the confidence to have challenging conversations where necessary.
  • Significant legal experience working as a lawyer in practice or in-house with +6 yrs post-qualification experience in either general commercial/corporate non-contentious work or general commercial litigation ideal.
  • Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behavioural change.
  • Commercially oriented with good business acumen.
  • Positive, results-focused and have a flexible approach; taking ownership of issues; and pro-active in terms of making improvements to processes.
  • As a member of a small team, you must be able to think strategically and also to execute at an operational level.
  • A collaborative team player who works with others effectively.
  • Line management experience would be beneficial.

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 office charities are InUnity, Great Western Air Ambulance and The Talent Tap.

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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