Bevan Brittan is a UK-Top 100 commercial law firm providing a
comprehensive range of legal services from offices in Bristol,
Birmingham, 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 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.
In the last 12 months Bevan Brittan has been recognised as one of the
'The Times Best Law Firms 2021' and in the last 12 months winner of
Law Firm of the Year at various prestigious legal awards including
Health Investor; Bristol Property; Bristol Life; Bristol Law Society;
Insider Property South West; Insider Property Midlands and Legal 500.
"By far Bevan Brittan is the most flexible,
pragmatic, skilled and reliable legal firm I have worked
with."- Chambers UK, 2022
Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and
welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.
Rise to the Challenge
We are looking for a pro-active, engaged and organised HR Advisor to
join our HR team on a full-time and permanent basis. Applicants will
ideally have HR experience in working with fee-earning professionals
and even better within the legal sector.
This is a fantastic time to join Bevan Brittan's HR team. The
business is growing and there will be plenty of opportunity to make a
difference for someone who is flexible, keen to learn, support and
work collaboratively with colleagues across the entire employee life cycle.
The role will report to our Senior HR Business Partner (SHRBP) and
will be based in our newly refurbished Bristol office. Prior to the
pandemic, we already worked in an agile way, providing staff with the
equipment needed to work effectively from home and are continuing to
work in a hybrid way across the firm. We can therefore offer a high
level of flexibility in terms of how you want to split your working week.
We are keen to fill the role quickly (but are of course happy to wait
for the right candidate to serve any notice needed) and therefore
encourage you to apply as soon as you are able.
On joining, you would:
Work closely with the HR team to provide a high quality,
pro-active and solutions-focussed generalist HR service to the firm.
Support and advise managers on a wide variety of HR and Employee
Relations matters in accordance with current legislation and best
practice and in a way that builds management capability.
Develop strong and trusted relationships with the individuals and
managers you speak to on a regular basis.
Manage and assist with HR processes such as disciplinary and
capability, providing appropriate support and advice and escalating
to the wider HR team where necessary.
Work with others in the HR team to maintain systems and processes
in line with best practice and employment law changes.
Together with more senior members of the HR & Recruitment
team, help to implement process improvements.
Support managers and the HR team with both strategic and
operational HR projects and processes. These include but are not
limited to the performance review and pay review processes and the
implementation of a new HR system.
Actively monitor and analyse attendance, and coach managers to
manage this appropriately, including Aviva referrals. Flag cases of
potential concern to the SHRBP.
Assist with project work for the Responsible Business Programme,
which encompasses Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing,
Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability.
Carry out key processes in the employee life cycle such as
inductions and exit interviews.
Hold maternity meetings and manage maternity checklists.
Assist with queries that are sent to our HR inbox.
Input data onto the firm's HR system (currently Open HR).
Manage the IT systems used to support key HR processes across the
firm such as Compliance training (Vinci Works) and Health &
Produce ad-hoc data reports from our HR system as required.
Maintain an efficient, accurate electronic filing and archiving
system in compliance with GDPR.
Revise the firm's intranet and website with any updates needed to
our HR content.
Assist with the processing of benefits and automatic enrolment
Support business continuity for the firm as required using Everbridge.
What we are looking for from you
CIPD qualified (or have equivalent experience) with up-to-date
working knowledge of current employment law and HR best practice.
Experience of operating within an HR team, ideally within the
legal sector or in a Professional Services environment.
Experience of advising on core HR processes such as performance
and absence management.
Team focused with a desire to work collaboratively to achieve
shared goals and improve processes.
High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
Excellent planning, organisation and administration skills, able
to prioritise and manage multiple and sometimes conflicting priorities.
Someone who takes ownership of issues; pro-active in terms of
finding solutions to problems / queries.
Positive, results-focused and a flexible approach. Willing to get
stuck in and support others on the team.
Able to build strong working relationships with the HR team and
Strong communication skills with a professional and confidential
approach to work.
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 9 am - 5:15 pm 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 charity in Bristol is Great Western Air
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).