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 & 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.
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.
Rise to the Challenge
We are looking for a Senior
Associate to play a key role in our Commercial/IT team, led by
Partner Richard Lane, to be based in either our Birmingham, Bristol
office or Leeds.
With in-depth, industry-focused
expertise, the team advises on a wide range of high profile and high
value commercial/ICT projects, outsourcing arrangements and general
commercial contracts to a wide range of public and private sector
clients. In an increasingly complex and competitive commercial
landscape, the team is helping more and more clients keep pace with
change - making this an exciting time to join. You would be joining
a quickly expanding team and would have the chance to be part of,
and help shape, our ambitious growth plans.
Your work will focus on major IT and business process outsourcing
projects for the likes of Central Government bodies (and range of
arms' length bodies and executive agencies), NHS bodies, local
authorities and Housing Associations, as well as private sector companies.
In particular your role will include taking a leading role:
Working within a multi-disciplinary team on a major, mission
critical outsourcing programme of work, led by Richard Lane as lead
partner, which is set to run for the next 3-4 years;
On a range of interesting and varied projects with other partners
within the team and across other teams within Bevan Brittan; and
In supervising junior members of the team on a range of commercial agreements.
Your remit will be broad and interesting, giving you extensive client
contact and responsibility from the outset. Throughout, you'll be well
supported in an experienced, inclusive team.
What we are looking for from you
The successful candidate will
possess the following skills:
Good experience in drafting and
negotiating contracts (including IT contracts), commercial
transactional projects and contract management support
Demonstrate a real interest in
IT or technology law, with a keenness to develop further.
Ability to work in a team,
coordinating advice with other fee earners across a wide range of disciplines
Experience on advising on
non-contentious intellectual property matters would be an
advantage but is not a requirement
Ability to liaise effectively
Practical and commercial approach
Excellent organisational skills
and ability to manage time effectively
Additionally, you may have worked
in Private Practice, establishing yourself as a reliable and capable
commercial lawyer dealing with a breadth of clients. We'd equally
like to hear from you if you've worked in-house at a tech firm or
within the public sector, and are looking to make the move to a law
firm. Whatever your work background, you must be excellent in front
of clients, ready to play an active role in growing the team and
eager to drive your career forward in a progressive and ambitious practice.
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 are Great Western Air Ambulance
Charity (Bristol), InUnity (Birmingham), and Maggie's Cancer Care in (Leeds).
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.