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Job Title Corporate Associate / Senior Associate (4-10PQE)
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds

Job Title: Corporate Associate / Senior Associate (4-10PQE)

Location: 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 Birmingham, Bristol, 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 staff, 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 an Associate / Senior Associate (4-10PQE) to join us in Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds. The successful candidate will join our corporate team, providing services primarily focused on:

  • regional and national private companies;
  • business owners and stakeholders; and
  • management teams.

In addition the successful candidate will support the wider corporate team acting for clients from a wide range of backgrounds in the firm's market focus areas including:

  • Central government bodies and local authorities;
  • Housing associations, as well as development and regeneration vehicles; and
  • NHS Trusts, Foundation Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and GP consortia

The role will include working closely with our Birmingham corporate team lead by Monica Macheng, and within our national corporate team to deliver tailored and commercially focused advice on corporate advisory and transactional matters to our fast expanding corporate client base.

The corporate team's aim is to deploy our skills and experience in comprehensively advising clients on all aspects of their corporate transactions and projects.

Whilst you would be part of a larger corporate department, this is an opportunity to work in a smaller team develop an area of strategic growth for the firm. The role offers plenty of opportunity to gain experience in business development.

What we are looking for from you

Strong experience of corporate work (mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, restructurings, corporate governance and general company law) is essential. Our team is hugely experienced in advising business owners and stakeholders on corporate transactions, financing and refinancing, and MBOs - as well as day to day corporate law advice.

The successful applicant will also possess the following skills and experiences key to the role:

  • Good core skills and experience in supporting Partners, other Senior Associates, Associates and Solicitors on M&A transactions of varying sizes on mergers, business acquisitions and disposals, private equity, venture capital investments, joint ventures and general company law.
  • Take primary responsibility for the day to day delivery of projects and client work for your team, ensuring timely delivery to high quality standards.
  • Work on large client projects with limited or no supervision from senior colleagues.
  • Interact with clients up to the most senior levels advising and consulting as appropriate.
  • Ensure comprehensive working knowledge of specialist areas of law and act as a recognised expert in own field.
  • Draft complex documentation, possibly without precedent, identifying and analysing all legal and commercial issues.
  • A personable manner and a positive attitude.
  • A willingness and ability to support business development activities and initiatives.
  • Strong communication skills with a professional approach to work.
  • A keenness to work collaboratively with colleagues at senior and junior levels.

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 biannual 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.

Our current selected charity in Birmingham is InUnity.

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.

Each lawyer also 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.