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Job Title Senior Projects Lawyer (6+ PQE)
Location Any Office
Description

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 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, projects/PFI/PPP, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Bevan Brittan is named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2022' and has won a number of prestigious awards including 'Legal Firm of the Year' at the Bristol Life Awards 2021 and 'Law Firm of the Year (Over 20 Partners)' at the Bristol Law Society Awards 2021.

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

Learn from the best

You will be joining a highly respected team who have advised on award winning PPP and infrastructure projects. The team has been shortlisted as a Finalist for "Organisation/Team of the Year" at the PPP Partnerships Awards and regularly receives positive testimonials from the legal press:

"Bevan Brittan LLP is well versed in assisting clients from the public and private sector alike and has particular industry expertise in waste, energy, health and property regeneration infrastructure ." (Legal 500)

The team is led by Nadeem Arshad (Partner) and Nathan Bradberry (Partner) - both of whom are ranked in the legal directories, such as Legal 500, for their expertise in Energy, Project Finance and PFI . They advise on PPPs, PFIs, project finance, construction & engineering and commercial transactions across the following sectors:

  • Waste/Resource Management and Energy from Waste
  • Net Zero, Energy and Renewables
  • Infrastructure

" … the firm's national energy practice … has standout capabilities in energy-from-waste, energy innovation and renewable energy. District energy is another bedrock of the firm's work ." (Legal 500)

The team has an exceptional reputation in acting for project developers, project companies, contractors, investors, local authorities and sub-contractors. Some of our clients include Engie, Viridor, Legal & General, Cemex, SDCL, Argent, Wates and many UK wide public sector organisations.

We have had huge success in growing the practice in the last 24 months and our achievements are demonstrated by some of the high profile projects on which we have been advising:

  • a bidder on the £1 billion Bristol City Leap Zero Carbon and Smart Energy PPP;
  • a bidder on a £400+ million Energy from Waste and Carbon Capture Usage and Storage PPP;
  • a bidder on the £1 billion Silvertown Tunnel PFI; and
  • a local authority on their £500 million Waste and Resource Management PPP

Rise to the Challenge

We are looking for a Senior Lawyer (6+ years' PQE) to join our vibrant and growing team. In this role, you will:

  • support on the delivery of market leading PFI/PPP projects, including advising the procuring local authorities, or a bidder, sub-contractor, or investor during the procurement process
  • provide contract management advice through the construction and operational periods of signed PFI/PPP projects, including on complex contract variations, asset management, refinancing, changes in law, expiry and handback issues
  • advise on commercial contracts across the broader infrastructure and energy sectors
  • have lots of client contact and responsibility (appropriate to your knowledge and expertise)
  • undertake negotiations and client meetings
  • receive support, training and development by senior members of the team
  • develop your marketing and business development skills

In light of the ambition and potential growth plans for this team, for the right candidate and with a business case, there is the prospect of progression to Partner.

What we are looking for from you

We will consider candidates from a range of backgrounds and experience including, for example, a lawyer with projects, construction, FM, investor or finance expertise without direct experience of our specific sectors. We will provide support and training to the successful candidate who will gain excellent experience, development and career opportunities.

One of the key attributes that we look for in applicants is a passion to learn, enthusiasm and the desire to excel as a lawyer in our sectors. We will provide support and training to the successful candidate who will gain excellent experience, development and career opportunities.

The successful applicant will possess the following:

  • 6+ years' PQE
  • Private practice or in-house experience
  • Experience of working in a team and coordinating advice with fee earners from other disciplines
  • Knowledge of key areas of the law and the ability to deliver clear, precise and practical advice
  • Experience of supervising junior team members
  • Ambitious, committed, ability and interest in growing business
  • 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 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 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.

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.