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Associate/Senior Associate (5+PQE), Local Government
Associate/Senior Associate (5+ PQE), Local Government
Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and London
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 & 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 'Legal Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Life 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 have an exciting opportunity for an Associate or Senior Associate
to join the Commercial and Infrastructure Department to focus on
advising our local and central government clients primarily on
governance and administrative law matters. The role will also include
elements of commercial work.
You will be joining a highly respected team who are at the forefront
of local authority innovation (and who work in a collegiate way) and
that regularly advises on award winning projects, high profile issues,
and complex governance and vires matters. The team is experienced in
all local authority work and supports colleagues across the firm.
The team has an exceptional reputation being ranked number 1 in
Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 directories.
The team is involved in interesting and innovative work which is
wide-ranging and includes governance, vires, ethical standards,
constitutions and policy frameworks, inquiries and investigations,
senior officer disciplinary, commercial projects, complex outsourcing
and partnership working, joint ventures, and state subsidy to name a
few. The team operate within a range of disciplines often working
alongside colleagues with in-depth specialisms, for example in
employment, litigation, housing, education, health and social care,
IT, transport and waste.
The team's client base is diverse and includes local authorities,
central government and agencies, combined authorities, police and
fire, housing associations, wholly owned companies, and private sector.
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
Rise to the Challenge
You will advise on and be involved in developing solutions to
governance issues across the whole spectrum from vires to decision
making and constitutions.
You will have a good amount of client contact, the opportunity to be
involved in business development activities, responsibility
appropriate to your knowledge and expertise, and you will assist the
team in the delivery of complex projects and transactions to both
public and private sector clients.
Additionally you will advise upon and draft documentation on shared
services, alternative delivery vehicles (including companies and
limited liability partnerships), devolution and reorganisation, and
cross sector collaboration between public bodies.
What we are looking for from you
For this role we are looking for you to demonstrate at least 5 years
PQE with direct experience of advising local authorities on governance
and commercial issues, and a clear understanding of how public sector
bodies work. Experience as a Monitoring Officer or Deputy Monitoring
Officer, and advising at the most senior levels within local
authorities, is desirable. Experience of advising on state subsidy
(formerly state aid) is desirable but not essential.
You will have excellent organisational skills and the ability to
manage time effectively. Strong technical skills and an ability to
quickly understand and work through complex issues is essential to the
role, and the ability to operate with a high level of self-sufficiency
Experience of or ability to work in a team coordinating advice with
other fee earners as well as liaising effectively with clients to
build and maintain relationships is important.
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 biennial 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.
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. In December 2021 we
donated a total of £60,000 to our four regional office charities, with
each charity receiving £15,000 to help fund their vital services.
Our current selected charities in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and
London are Great Western Air Ambulance, InUnity, Maggie's Cancer Care
and The Talent Tap, respectively.
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
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
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.