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Job Title Health and Social Care Law Solicitor (2-10 PQE), Bristol
Location Bristol

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 finalist for 'Law Firm of the Year: Large' category at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2021.

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

Learn from the best

Our health and social care law team provides advice and support to public sector and independent health and social care organisations; commissioners and providers. We are a team of 29 lawyers operating out of all four of our offices. We take pride in providing high-quality support to our clients which is clear, user-friendly and responsive. We are able to work flexibly and are open to discussions about alternative working patterns.

The team's services include management of complex litigation in the Court of Protection, human rights, inquests, mental health, safeguarding, patient safety, serious incident response, complaints and disputes, HSE/CQC enforcement, challenges to decision-making and general clinical practice.

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

A vacancy has arisen for an individual (2-10PQE) to join our team in Bristol. It offers the opportunity to be a part of a team with a diverse and rich practice area that's intellectually stimulating and hugely rewarding. The role will involve advising clients on a range of health and social care issues, both contentious and non-contentious. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Court of Protection or High Court Inherent Jurisdiction - regarding residence, contact, treatment and care packages - including injunctive relief.
  • Inquests - including Article 2 and jury inquests concerning physical treatment, mental health detention and treatment, community mental health and prison mental health - as well as Regulation 28/preventing future death reports.
  • Mental Health Act matters - the validity of detention decisions, s.17 leave, transfers under s.19, identification and consultation with the Nearest Relative, scope of and responsibility for s.117 aftercare services.
  • Mental Capacity Act matters - Articles 5 and 8 ECHR, capacity, best interests and deprivation of liberty.
  • Safeguarding Investigations - complex investigations under the Care Act 2014, disclosure and information sharing.
  • Judicial Review Challenges - for example concerning admission/detention, treatment and commissioning decisions.
  • Information Governance - duty of confidentiality and GDPR obligations, public interest disclosures, protecting third party data and subject access requests.
  • Complaints - investigating and responding to complex complaints as well as vexatious complainants.
  • Regulator Compliance Action - including HSE improvement notices and CQC warning notices.
  • Internal Incident Investigation - Terms of Reference, investigation and draft reports as well as potential use/impact in/on other processes and learning lessons.
  • External Investigations - such as commissioner (regional or national), professional regulator (GMC, NMC etc.), HSIB investigations and public or independent inquiries.
  • First and Upper Tier Tribunals - regarding patients both in secure settings and general acute settings.
  • Policy Review and Training - such as incident reporting and investigation, complaint management and capacity and consent policies.


  • Manage your own varied caseload;
  • Advocacy at inquests, Court of Protection hearings and Tribunals;
  • Active involvement in client care and business development; and
  • Assist with the wider management and supervision of the team (as appropriate).

What we are looking for from you

  • Experience in health and social care law;
  • Advocacy experience (including preparation, attendance and representation at hearings);
  • Understanding of mental health and mental capacity law, inquests and Court of Protection;
  • Technical excellence, organised, lateral thinker with an eye for detail;
  • Enthusiasm to develop their legal skills and challenge themselves;
  • Previous successful management of existing and developing new client relationships (as appropriate);
  • Team player, with the temperament to form strong and sustained working partnerships; and
  • Practical and commercial approach.

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 Great Western Air Ambulance, Maggie's Cancer Care, The Talent Tap and InUnity.

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) .