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
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
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
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
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
A collaborative team player who
works with others effectively.
Line management experience would be beneficial.
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 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
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).