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Job Title Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory Associate / Senior Associate (4+ PQE)
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Job Title: Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory Associate / Senior Associate (4+ PQE)

Location: Bristol, London, Leeds or Birmingham

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 health and social care, construction, energy & resource management, higher education and financial services, complementing the firm's market leadership within housing and local government.

We currently employ over 500 staff, including over 80 Partners, and our award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate, property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Bevan Brittan is named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2022' and has recently either won or been shortlisted for a number of prestigious awards including 'Legal Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Life Awards 2021, 'Pro Bono Award' at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards 2020/21 and shortlisted for 'Property Law Firm of the Year' at the Insider Yorkshire Property Industry Awards 2021.

Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Learn from the best

Our Litigation and Regulatory and Public Law team is a market leader in the health, social care and local government sectors and continues to grow its profile and client base in the financial services, commercial, higher education and housing sectors. The team sits within the Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory department which deals with substantial commercial, regulatory and public law disputes. The team primarily acts for corporates, regulators and other oversight and statutory bodies and wider public sector clients. We support them in improving the management of their organisation including performance of their contracts, corporate governance related disputes, effective decision making and bringing as well as defending litigation in both the county and high court and seeking to mitigate risks/costs.

In joining our growing team, you will have the opportunity to work for a number of the firms key strategic clients, whilst working with a range of partner leads and colleagues, whilst managing your own caseload. Given the nature of our clients the cases on which we work regularly touch on live socio-economic or political issues whether that be within local government, health, higher education or financial services often raising novel issues and can be highly rewarding to work on as a result. We have strong and trusted partnerships with the clients we work with who genuinely value our support and tell us so. The team wholeheartedly embrace hybrid working with each colleague having flexibility to self-determine what works for them within the parameters the team as a whole agree supports our clients and the firm's strategic aims. A new partner is joining the team on 1 November and the firm has just set an exciting and ambitious strategic growth plan for the next 5 years which means there is significant opportunity to support career progression for the right candidate.

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.

"By far Bevan Brittan is the most flexible, pragmatic, skilled and reliable legal firm I have worked with."- Chambers UK, 2022

Rise to the Challenge

We are recruiting an Associate or Senior Associate (4+ PQE) to join our busy and diverse litigation, advisory and regulatory team working for a range of public sector and private sector clients spanning higher education, local government and health.

The successful candidate will be involved in providing sound, litigation advice on the following areas:

  • Public law decision making and disputes (including complaints and judicial review challenges)
  • Commercial disputes including breach of contract claims
  • Procedural steps of litigation in the County and High Court in those areas through to trial
  • ADR including mediations and local dispute resolution
  • Instructing and working with experts and counsel
  • Regulatory/own initiative investigations

Experience of acting for or an interest in clients in the Healthcare sector (public and private) and/or local government would be advantageous. The successful candidate will work with partners on business development, so experience of and an interest in supporting business development activities and initiatives 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 charities are InUnity, Great Western Air Ambulance, Maggie's Cancer Care 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) .