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Job Title Commercial/IT Senior Associate (5+ PQE)
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds
Description

Job Title: Commercial/IT Senior Associate (5+ PQE)

Location: Bristol, Birmingham, or 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, 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 with clients
  • 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.

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 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.

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. 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 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.