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Job Title Data Privacy/ Information Lawyer (NQ - 5PQE)
Location Any Office

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 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.

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

Learn from the best

We have a role for a junior lawyer in our Information Law & Privacy Team. Our specialist team advises clients from all sectors on all aspects of information law and, due to an increase in workload, we are looking to grow the team. The management of information and data privacy is an increasingly important issue for clients and the legal and reputational issues are complex and intricate.

The role would be ideal for someone who is keen to get involved in business development, with scope for writing articles, providing training and winning new work. This is an incredibly exciting area of law and we are looking for lawyers who want to work with us to grow the team further.

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 a solicitor to join the Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory department to specialise predominantly in information law and privacy. Working in a specialist team allows our lawyers to focus entirely on this area of law, ensuring we can provide the best quality advice to clients. We work with a large number of public sector clients, including those in the NHS and Local Authorities alongside providing regular advice to a huge range of clients, including those in fashion, entertainment, central government, finance and digital health.

You will be responsible for working with clients and advising them on a wide range of information law, data protection and privacy queries. Alongside working directly with clients, our Team also works closely with a range of other internal departments to provide information law input.

With privacy a real growth area we consider that for the right candidate there would real opportunities for career progression.

What we are looking for from you

The role ideally requires experience of all aspects of information including GDPR, UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018. The Team also advises on wider rights of access including the Freedom of Information Act and Environmental Information Regulations. The successful candidate will be able to provide sound, commercial advice on the following areas:

  • Data Protection
    • Commercial Data Protection issues, including the drafting of commercial agreements, privacy notices and other GDPR documentation
    • Advising on lawful basis
    • Cross border GDPR issues
    • Subject Access Requests
    • Data breach advice and cyber security issues
    • Information sharing
    • GDPR compliance
    • Compensation claims
  • Freedom of Information Act 2000
  • Environmental Information Regulations
  • Common law duty of confidence
  • Liaising with the Information Commissioner and Information Law Tribunal matters
  • Policies and Protocols in relation to the above

Whilst not essential, broader regulatory & compliance experience would also be advantageous including CQC, Health and Safety, Fire Safety; Environmental; Consumer/Trading Standards; Licensing; Bribery & Corruption.

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.

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).