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Job Title HR Administrator
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 84 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 2021' 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, 'Law Firm of the Year (Over 20 Partners)' at the Bristol Law Society Awards 2021 and Legal Category at the Bristol Property Awards 2021.

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

Rise to the Challenge

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic recent graduate, or someone looking to take the next step in their career, to join our HR team, based in our newly refurbished Bristol office (once COVID restrictions are eased), located just a short walk from Cabot Circus, Castle Park and Bristol Harbourside.

This is a fantastic time to join Bevan Brittan's HR team. The business is growing and there will be plenty of opportunity to learn and make a difference for someone who is flexible, proactive, highly organised and keen to support and work collaboratively with HR colleagues.

The role will involve supporting the team with all HR administrative duties with a particular focus on general HR administration. The successful candidate will also be assisting the HR team with projects as required, and playing a key part in the development and delivery of high quality HR and recruitment support across the firm.

Prior to the pandemic, we already worked in an agile away, providing staff with the equipment needed to work effectively from home and we envisage this agile / hybrid way of working continuing once restrictions have eased


  • Input data onto the firm's HR database (currently OpenHR)
  • Producing ad-hoc data reports from the HR database as required
  • Update the firm's intranet pages that relate to HR or the Responsible Business Programme
  • Assist with project work for the Responsible Business Programme, which encompasses Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability.
  • Together with more senior members of the HR team, help implement process improvements
  • Responsible for responding to and actioning queries in the HR Inbox, escalating when necessary to more senior members of the recruitment and/or HR team
  • Provide administrative support for the coordination of HR projects and cyclical processes such as Pay Review as required.
  • Maintain an efficient, accurate electronic filing and archiving system in compliance with GDPR.
  • Coordinating the administration of HR tasks including; maternity, paternity and other HR related actions
  • Accurate processing of the firm's core and voluntary benefits, private medical insurance, cycle to work scheme, season ticket loans and childcare vouchers
  • Arranging ad-hoc meetings and appointments as required
  • Assist with project work for the Responsible Business Programme, which encompasses Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Wellbeing, Community Engagement and Environmental Sustainability.
  • Support business continuity for the firm as required using Everbridge.

Find our how far you can go

Experience and Skills Required:

  • Excellent administration skills, with previous HR administration experience desirable
  • Excellent prioritisation and time management skills
  • Organised approach with excellent attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills with a professional and confidential approach to work
  • Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with technical knowledge of formatting documents
  • Excellent initiative and a process improvement focus
  • Ability to establish strong working relationships with the HR team and wider firm
  • An ability to coordinate with other members of the HR team to ensure that all tasks are completed on time

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 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.

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 Charity.

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).