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Job Title Solicitor (NQ-3PQE) or Legal Executive, Litigation (Insurance), Bristol
Location Bristol
Description

Job Title: Solicitor (NQ-3PQE) or Legal Executive, Litigation (Insurance)

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 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.

Bevan Brittan was named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2022' and has recently won a number of prestigious awards including 'Legal Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Life Awards 2021, 'Law Firm of the Year (Over 20 Partners)' at the Bristol Law Society Awards and also shortlisted for many others including 'Advisory Firm of the Year' award at the Business Leader Awards 2019.

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

Learn from the best

Our Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory department deals with a substantial volume of often high profile commercial and regulatory disputes involving both private and public law.

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

Due to a range of new client wins a vacancy has arisen for a solicitor or experienced (qualified) legal executive to join the Insurance team in our Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory department. The role will involve defending personal injury and property damage claims for a range of private and public sector clients including insurers, local authorities, and other public sector bodies.

This role will involve:

  • Handling a caseload of injury and property damage claims, from small claims up to multi track
  • Preparing standard pleadings, disclosure lists, witness statements and other usual documents on liability claims
  • Reporting to clients on progress/developments
  • Providing support to other team members on ad hoc tasks such as interviewing witnesses, instructing medical and other expert witnesses
  • Preparing cost schedules for summary assessment
  • Assisting with producing Precedents H, R and T

This vacancy is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic department who are recognised market leaders for litigation work for clients who are focused on the delivery of public services.

What we are looking for from you

  • Experience of handling personal injury claims, property damage claims and coverage disputes for insurers
  • Strong drafting and legal analysis skills
  • Experience of working directly with clients, and ability to build interpersonal relationships with clients
  • Experience of running own files (under supervision)
  • Practical and commercial approach
  • A keenness to work collaboratively with colleagues at junior and senior levels
  • Strong communication skills with a professional approach to work

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 charity in Bristol is Great Western Air Ambulance.

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) .