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Job Title Construction Solicitor/Associate, Non-Contentious (1-6PQE)
Location Birmingham, Bristol or Leeds
Description

Job Title: Construction Solicitor/Associate, Non-Contentious (1-6PQE)

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 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.

Learn from specialists

You will be a member of a nationally recognised construction team led by Andrew Tobin, Helen Andrews and Jonathan Turner, each of whom specialise in non-contentious construction projects.

Our market-leading construction team consists of 7 partners and 13 further lawyers and works on a national basis for our clients across the UK. Our reputation in education, housing and local authority sectors is second to none and is complemented by a strong practice advising clients operating in health and social care, highways, leisure, waste management and renewable energy, acting for employers and contractors in those market sectors.

We advise clients on the delivery of projects using and adapting industry standard forms or bespoke documentation. You will gain experience in negotiating construction and engineering contracts plus all related documents in a wide range of project types and using many of the industry standard forms (particularly JCT and NEC) plus supply chain contracts on PPP projects. We are involved in a number of the major construction programmes for delivery of new hospitals, social housing, schools and highways.

Rise to the Challenge

As our team continues to grow, a vacancy has arisen for a solicitor or associate to be part of the team working mainly on non-contentious construction work. We are, however, interested to hear from candidates who have experience of a balanced role with contentious construction and who are looking to develop their career towards non-contentious work.

You will be working on high value, complex instructions including developers, contractors, end-user clients, central and local government, NHS Trusts and housing associations. Some recent examples include advising on the following projects:

  • City of London on the construction of the new Museum of London at Smithfield Market
  • A global healthcare product manufacturer on construction of its new UK headquarters
  • A number of care home operators, developers and funders on the construction of a wide range of care facilities
  • Peabody Trust on the delivery of 11,500 new homes at Thamesmead
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust on the construction of the new Leeds General Infirmary
  • Places for People/Balfour Beatty joint venture on the construction of 1,500 new homes adjacent to the Olympic Park
  • University of Oxford on a range of construction projects.

What we can offer

  • Involvement in a range of work, managing projects individually and/or as part of larger multi-disciplinary team
  • Client facing work on a day-to-day basis
  • Opportunities to be involved in developing business and growing client relationships across a wider range of market sectors
  • Excellent training and supervision
  • A collaborative and supportive team ethos

The successful candidate will have strong drafting and legal analysis skills (commensurate with their level of experience) and have an ability to liaise effectively with clients. Most importantly we are looking for ambitious lawyers who want to take on challenging work in the development of their careers. We are happy to consider candidates who are looking to work flexibly in terms of location and/or weekly input. The team is continuing to grow and so career prospects are excellent for the right candidate.

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 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.