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Job Title Knowledge Paralegal
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds

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 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 sources usage;
  • 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

You will:

  • 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 to detail;
  • 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).

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 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 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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