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Job Title Risk & Best Practice Lawyer
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds

Job Title: Risk & Best Practice Lawyer

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 and social care.

We currently employ over 500 people, including 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 have an exciting opportunity for a lawyer to join Bevan Brittan's growing Risk & Best Practice (R&BP) team, supporting the Director of Risk in the delivery of a professional and first class risk and regulatory service to the firm. Whilst the R&BP team is based in Bristol, suitable candidates based close to our Birmingham or Leeds offices would also be considered, with hybrid working.

The team is responsible for operating, maintaining and monitoring the firm's Management System (ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 14001), ensuring firm-wide compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and promoting Best Practice within the firm and by third parties working with the firm.

Current R&BP team members include:

  • Director of Risk :A board member and head of the R&BP team, has overall responsibility for Best Practice, Information Security and Environmental Management at strategic level.
  • R&BP Lawyers: Providea front-line risk and regulatory advice service to the firm, and the firm's management.
  • Information Security Manager (CISM) :Oversees the day-to-day operation and maintenance of the firm's Management System (ISO 9001, ISO 27001, ISO 14001 and Cyber Essentials Plus), plus the firm's Cyber Security and Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery (BC/DR) improvement programmes.
  • R&BP Assistants :Provide administrative support to the R&BP team, including the logging of information security and data protection incidents, and assisting the R&BP Lawyers and the CISM with the management of the firm's internal and external audit programmes.
  • Due Diligence Officers :Support fee earners with the onboarding of new clients, including compliance with our obligations under the Money Laundering Regulations.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Advice to the firm's fee earners, business support departments and management:
    • General ethical advice
    • SRA Standards & Regulations
    • GDPR/DP including Data Subject Access Requests
    • Other law & regulation including Market Abuse, Bribery Act, FATCA etc.
  • PI claims and complaints handling:
    • Advising fee earners on claims/claim circumstances
    • Reporting to insurers
    • Maintaining claims records
    • Responding to first tier complaints from clients and third parties
    • Appointing Investigating Partner and liaising with them in responding to the complaint
  • Money Laundering/Proceeds of Crime:
    • Supporting the Due Diligence team in client onboarding requirements
    • Advising on potential suspicions and reporting to NCA
    • Supporting the MLRO/MLCO
  • Contractual terms:
    • Reviewing and advising on client terms including Outside Counsel Guidelines
    • Advising on supplier terms, including data processing clauses
    • Updating the firm's engagement letters and terms of business in light of changes in law and regulation
  • Policies and procedures:
    • Drafting new policies and updating existing ones
    • Formulating and implementing new or updated procedures
    • Communication of, and training on new policies and procedures
    • Monitoring for compliance and supporting internal audit programme
  • Training:
    • Participating in induction training
    • Leading bespoke training on risk and compliance issues (including via webinar/Zoom)
  • Renewals and registrations:
    • Assisting in the annual renewal of the firm's PI and other insurances, and the annual PC renewal (RF1)
    • ICO, Companies House and other registrations
    • Supporting the CISO in the annual ISO audits/Cyber Essentials Plus recertification
  • SRA and client audits and inspections:
    • Participating in SRA relationship management visits, and client onsite and remote audits
    • Assisting the CISO in completing periodic InfoSec and other questionnaires for key clients

Find out how far you can go

The ideal candidate will be a qualified solicitor or barrister in England & Wales with a current practising certificate and a strong track record in law firm risk management. A professional negligence or litigation background is an advantage but not essential.

Relevant knowledge, awareness and skills will include:

  • Advanced knowledge of relevant statute law (PoCA, Bribery Act, GDPR/Data Protection Act), regulations (ML Regulations etc.) and the SRA Standards and Regulations.
  • Ability to advise on contractual issues relating to client retainers including limitation of liability; knowledge of key aspects of common law and UCTA.
  • Familiarity with the principles of negligence and ability to identify potential claims and/or circumstances which should be reported to insurers
  • Familiarity with law firm ethical principles including on client care, conflict, confidentiality & disclosure, duties to the Court, Introductions and Referrals, SRA Transparency Rules, undertakings, outside interests.
  • Awareness of the key aspects of the Solicitors Accounts Rules
  • Familiarity with ISO 9001 and 27001 and 14001 and/or experience of supervising or conducting internal quality audits will be an advantage
  • Familiarity with Microsoft applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint Designer and Visio) an advantage.
  • Calm, professional and commercially-aware approach
  • Effective communication and presentation skills, able to deliver messages confidently and at all levels
  • Proactive, self-motivated and flexible approach
  • Strong team player - ability to work diplomatically, but effectively, with others in order to meet the Risk & Best Practice team's objectives
  • In dealings with external third parties, being an effective ambassador and advocate for the firm, its culture and values.

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 charity in Bristol is Great Western Air Ambulance.

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.