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Job Title Banking & Finance Solicitor (NQ – 2 PQE), London
Location London
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Job Title: Banking & Finance Solicitor (NQ - 2PQE)

Location: London

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 London, Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.

The firm advises businesses across financial services, construction, energy & resource management and higher education, 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 have an ambitious and growing team of banking and finance specialists who act for a wide range of clients across a number of sectors, with a focus on the housing association, local authority and healthcare sectors. We act for both funders and borrowers including large and small corporate entities, charities, housing associations, local authorities, property developers, large institutional investors as well as banks.

As a small team, this is an exciting opportunity to get involved in a large variety of work and to contribute to the growth of the team by building relationships with clients and supporting on business development initiatives. The team regularly advise on high-value and complex transactions and in the last 12 months we have worked on a wide variety of matters include a £30m private placement for a housing association, advising on a green retail bond, restructuring a £110m loan, funding for several joint venture arrangements with national house builders, funder consent requirements for a merger and a £50m loan for a property investment portfolio. We work closely with colleagues in other departments including property, corporate, governance and construction teams.

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 successful candidate will have completed a banking seat during their training contract and enjoy being part of a transactional team. The role will involve advising clients on a full range of banking matters and to be involved in transactions from start to finish. It is not necessary to have any specific sector experience, although property finance, housing finance and/or capital markets experience would be helpful. However it is more important to be a team-player with the drive and enthusiasm to help us grow our banking practice.

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 Bevan Brittan people a high degree of self-determination around how they work their week and we operate a hybrid working model based on the needs of our clients, and all of our modern offices are COVID-19 secure. Our core operating hours are 9am - 5:15pm Monday to Friday, however we are open to considering requests to work more flexibly around those times.

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 charity in London is 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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