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Job Title Public Procurement Lawyer (NQ – 6PQE Solicitor/Associate)
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Job Title: Public Procurement Lawyer (NQ - 6PQE Solicitor/Associate)

Location: Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds or 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 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 local government, health & social care housing.

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

Bevan Brittan is growing its nationally recognised procurement team. We are looking for individuals who work well as a team and who are enthusiastic about growing their skills and career opportunities in this exciting area.

Bevan Brittan has a highly renowned team of procurement specialists, with a long heritage in delivering innovative solutions. In joining the team your role will involve advising on structuring and conducting major procurement exercises for a range of public bodies including local authorities, NHS bodies and central government clients.

This will be across a range of industry sectors including building and regeneration, waste management, energy, information and communications technologies, outsourcing, FM, highways infrastructure, education, leisure services as well as NHS health and community care services.

You will also have the opportunity to provide advice on procurement law issues including cooperation arrangements between public bodies, changes to contracts and exemptions to competitive tendering.

The role would be primarily on non-contentious legal areas of work but there are opportunities to work as part of our procurement litigation team on procurement challenges.

The team also advises on subsidy control and competition law issues and there are opportunities to advise on or develop skills in those areas.

This role presents an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and intellectually curious individual to grow their career within a leading procurement team.

What we are looking for from you

The ideal individual will have the following skills and experience:

  • NQ to 6 years PQE with experience in public procurement law, gained ideally across a range of public sector clients and industry sectors
  • Experience in contract drafting and an awareness of public & administrative law and subsidy control would also be useful
  • Flair for creative thinking
  • Unparalleled drive and energy
  • Truly dedicated to delivering value to clients
  • Willing to learn
  • A positive and flexible approach
  • A good team player
  • 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 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 (Leeds) and The Talent Tap (London).

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.