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Job Title Commercial Solicitor (NQ-4PQE)
Location Bristol or Leeds

Job Title: Commercial Solicitor (NQ-4 PQE)

Location: Bristol and Leeds

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, Leeds, Birmingham 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 & social care.

We currently employ over 500 people, 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 Winner of 'Legal Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Life Awards 2021 and Finalist for 'Law Firm of the Year: Large' category at the Yorkshire Legal Awards 2021.

We are driven by our 4 values: Relationships, Results, Reputation and Responsible. These give us a sense of purpose and ensure we always work collaboratively with clients and colleagues, continually improve, make the right choices and act with integrity.

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

Learn from the best

We carry out a wide range of commercial work for our public and private sector clients across Health, Housing, Hospitality and Retail service sectors. The team works closely with colleagues across the firm, including those in our construction, corporate, procurement, property and employment teams.

Our work includes:

  • General advice on commercial matters for a range of clients
  • Drafting and negotiating commercial contracts, variations and contract novations
  • Advising on outsourcing contracts
  • Advising on managed equipment services procurements
  • Advising on commercial joint ventures
  • Advising on contracts for the supply of goods and services
  • Opportunities to specialise in a specific market sector or work cross sector

The broader department is involved in a wider variety of commercial and complex contracting work including PFI/PPP, joint ventures, construction and engineering, outsourcing and commercial work in a wide range of sectors including Education, IT, Waste and Energy and Local Government services.

Bevan Brittan has strong recognition in the independent legal directories - Chambers & Partners and The 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

We are looking for a Solicitor to join our vibrant and growing team in the Commercial and Infrastructure Department to focus on a wide variety of commercial and complex contracting work.

We have four offices across the UK in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London. We are looking for someone who will work primarily with the Bristol team but who may also assist (remotely) colleagues in Leeds and London. Whilst the majority of us are working remotely at the moment, we would welcome applicants who will be able to spend time in either the Bristol or Leeds offices in the future and/or to split their time between the one of those offices and remote working. We also anticipate that in the future we will again travel to meetings at our clients' premises or at other solicitors' offices so a willingness to travel (when it is safe to do so) is a requirement of this job.

You will:

  • Assist the team on the delivery of a range of commercial transactions to both public and private sector clients.
  • Be a valued member of the team, supported, trained and developed by senior members of the team in a supportive environment.
  • Have the opportunity to engage regularly with clients, attend client meetings and work closely with other legal, financial and technical advisors.
  • Have the opportunity to develop your practice and your career, have responsibility appropriate to your knowledge and expertise.
  • Have the opportunity to develop your business development skills, network with other juniors across the firm, other firms in Bristol/Leeds and intermediaries.
  • Have the opportunity to join in CSR activities across the firm and pro-bono work.

What we are looking for from you

You will have:

  • 0 - 4 years PQE
  • Experience of advising public sector organisations or the private sector.
  • A passion to learn, enthusiasm and the desire to excel as a lawyer
  • Ability to, or experience of, working in a team and coordinating advice with fee earners across a team
  • The ability to deliver clear, precise advice
  • Strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work through complex issues
  • A demonstrable ability to adopt a practical and commercial approach to legal issues
  • Ability to liaise effectively with clients and build relationships
  • Ability to operate with a high level of self-sufficiency combined with an awareness of own abilities
  • A positive and flexible approach
  • Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage time effectively

Work-life Balanc

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.

Our current selected charities in Bristol and Leeds are Great Western Air Ambulance and Maggie's Cancer Care.

We want to demonstrate our commitment to these causes through actions 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
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Wellbeing

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.

Bevan Brittan is proudly a carbon neutral firm. We have achieved the UN's Climate Neutral Now accreditation and our environmental sustainability plan is focussed on achieving our net zero carbon target.

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), Moseley Road Swimming Baths (Birmingham), Yorkshire Cat Rescue (Leeds), Great Western Credit Union (London), and several others.