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Job Title Banking & Finance Solicitor (2-5 PQE)
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Job Title: Banking & Finance Solicitor (2-5 PQE)

Location: London, Birmingham, Bristol 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 London, Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds.

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

Following continued growth, we have an exciting opportunity for a Solicitor/Associate (between 2-5 PQE) to join our Banking & Finance team.

  • We are a small, ambitious team of banking & finance specialists, who act for a wide range of clients across a number of sectors, including social housing, property development, local authority, healthcare and education.
  • This is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a large variety of high quality work across different sectors.
  • The team regularly advise on high-value and complex transactions for all sorts of borrowers including large and small corporate entities, charities, housing associations, local authorities and property developers, with some recent examples being:
  • A £150m private placement for Havebury Housing Partnership
  • Acting for Pocket Living in relation to over £32m development funding for two sites
  • Refinancing £115m funding for ForHousing Limited
  • Advising Adept Care Homes in relation to its £32m group refinance
  • Acting for Care Concern Group on multiple acquisitions for development
  • We also act for banks and large institutional investors, such as M&G Investments, OakNorth, ARA Venn, Charity Bank and THFC, with some recent examples being:
    • Acting for OakNorth in relation to its funding of Melrose Education
    • Acting for M&G in respect of private placements to various housing associations
    • Acting for ARA Venn on the government backed affordable housing guarantee scheme
  • We also work closely with colleagues in other departments; including property, corporate, governance and construction teams.
  • We are ranked in the top tiers for social housing, healthcare and local authority work by both Chambers and Legal 500 and recently won the HealthInvestor 2022 Legal Advisor of the Year - Transactional and Private Awards.

What we are looking for from you

  • The successful candidate will have Banking & Finance experience, and enjoy being part of a transactional team.
  • This role will involve advising clients on a full range of banking matters and transactions from start to finish.
  • It is not necessary to have any specific sector experience, as there will be a diverse range of work available along with support.
  • It is more important to be a team-player, with the drive and enthusiasm to help us grow our Banking & Finance 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 The Talent Tap (London), InUnity (Birmingham), Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (Bristol) and Maggie's Cancer Care (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.