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 health &
social care, local government and 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 including.
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
Our close knit team undertakes a range of public law,
governance and advisory work, primarily for NHS commissioners and
providers. We also undertake work for Local Authorities and social
care providers. We advise on high profile and complex matters,
supporting our clients through the many challenges which they
Due to team growth, there is an exciting opportunity
for a 5 to 8 year qualified lawyer to join us.
This role will give the successful applicant the chance
to work at the forefront of NHS public law, advising on
commissioning responsibilities, powers, duties and
decision-making/governance. The range of topics includes responsible
commissioner issues, S117 aftercare, NHS Continuing Healthcare and
Personal Health Budgets. We also advise on Care Act
duties/responsibilities and NHS/social care commissioning policies.
We adopt a multidisciplinary team approach, working
closely with colleagues across our Bevan Brittan teams. This
provides opportunities to work with different teams/people,
providing expert advice to support for example, litigation and
We are currently advising a number of clients/local
health and social care systems on commissioning and partnership
arrangements, ahead of the changes to the structure of the NHS which
are due to come into effect in July 2022. We have also advised on
the complex roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Whilst the role is generally advisory, there is an
opportunity to get involved with some contractual work, including
Section 75 partnership agreements and primary care contracting.
The work we do supports local health and social care
commissioners and providers in their decision making processes. Our
work is important and has a real purpose - ensuring public body
decision making is sound and fair.
We are looking for a 5-8PQE lawyer to join our highly
respected and supportive Health Commercial and Public Law Team, to
focus on advisory work in the public sector.
In this role, you will:
Have the opportunity to work and learn from
experienced lawyers whilst supervising more junior members of the
team where appropriate;
Work as part of a close-knit and supportive team;
Have access to high quality interesting work - no two
days are ever the same; and
Opportunities to have direct access to clients and to
assist on complex advisory work.
What we are looking for from you
The successful applicant will be a 5-8PQE lawyer who
enjoys advisory work and has a keen interest in public services,
alongside a passion for learning. You will possess the following
skills and experiences key to the role.
An eye for detail and the ability to process and
understand complex legal concepts and apply them to factual scenarios
An aptitude for drafting and legal analysis
Experience working with health or local authority
clients (or in-house) would be beneficial, but not essential
A passion to learn, enthusiasm and the desire to
excel as a lawyer
An interest in the health or broader public services sector
Ability to, or experience of, working in a team and
coordinating advice with fee earners across a team
The ability to deliver clear, precise advice
Strong technical skills and an ability to understand
and work through complex issues
A demonstrable ability to adopt a practical and
commercial approach to legal issues
Ability to liaise effectively with clients and build relationships
Ability to operate with a high level of
self-sufficiency combined with an awareness of own abilities
A positive and flexible approach
Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage
Working across legal departments with others as part
of a project team
A genuine interest in business development and the
ability to retain existing clients and attract new business
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 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:
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.