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 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.
Learn from the best
The role of the Knowledge Paralegal is to support the Information
Services and Knowledge team to provide an efficient, proactive legal
and business information service of the highest quality to the firm's lawyers.
In this role, you will support the
central team and work closely with the Knowledge Business Partner
for C&I and Property. This role will contribute to providing an
efficient, proactive legal and business information service of the
highest quality to the firm's lawyers and provide plenty of
opportunities to work directly with lawyers in delivering this.
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
We are looking for a pro-active,
highly engaged and adaptable Knowledge Paralegal to work as part of
our Information Services & Knowledge team 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 full-time role can be based
in any of our Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds offices with considerable
scope for flexible working. There may be occasional requirements to
travel to any of our office locations when needed and safe to do so.
Main Responsibilities of the role
To provide quick and accurate responses to legal research queries
working closely with the information specialists within the team;
To assist with the updating of content located on our knowledge
database and intranet;
To support the team with business research queries;
To support the team with collating data in relation to research
To assist with inductions and refresher courses for lawyers to
ensure good use of the firm's knowledge resources;
To assist the Knowledge Business Partner with other departmental
initiatives and projects as required
Find out how far you can go
Be a proactive team player committed to our firm values;
Have at least three months' previous experience of working in a
law firm or similar professional services environment;
Have successfully completed legal training as a Paralegal Level 3
Apprenticeship; or a law degree (LPC also ideal); or other degree
plus GLD; or you may be able to demonstrate good experience in legal
research or a similar role involving complex research queries;
Be able to demonstrate how you achieve a high level of attention
Have excellent verbal and written communication skills;
Be able to demonstrate that you have strong time management,
planning and organisational skills;
Be able to demonstrate that you have an ability to work under
pressure as part of a high performing team to challenging deadlines;
Have strong IT capabilities with good knowledge of MS Office;
Have a good level of competency in using online legal research
platforms (with previous knowledge of iManage FileSite, Microsoft
SharePoint and HighQ Collaborate highly desirable).
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 charities in Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds
are InUnity, Great Western Air Ambulance and Maggie's Cancer Care respectively.
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).