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 & 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
Our Employment, Pensions and Immigration team continues
to be a market leader in the health and social care and local
government sectors whilst growing its profile and client base in
some of our emerging markets including the insurance and finance,
commercial, education and housing sectors.
The team sits within the Litigation, Advisory &
Regulatory department which deals with substantial commercial and
regulatory disputes. The Employment team primarily act for
employers, including national and multi-national organisations,
supporting them to improve their employment practices and manage
workforce issues, as well as defending employment litigation and
seeking to mitigate risks for clients.
Bevan Brittan has strong recognition in the independent
legal directories - Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. In both
guides we are consistently ranked in the top tier for our practices
across the UK, with multiple individuals recognised as leading lawyers.
"The employment team at
Bevan Brittan truly listen. They take the time to understand a
challenge from all angles and provide commercial, sensible
solutions. So often lawyers claim they can speak the language of
their clients, rarely is this true. Bevan Brittan's employment
team are easy to use, speak in plain English and are able to
communicate well at all levels."- Legal 500, 2022
Rise to the Challenge
We are looking for an Associate to join us, based in
our Bristol, Birmingham or Leeds offices. Working as part of a
national team, you will have the opportunity to support a diverse
range of national and regional based clients across the range of
sectors in which we work.
The depth and breadth of the markets in which we
operate will provide the opportunity and flexibility to work on
novel and complex employment law issues across both contentious and
non-contentious matters. There is also scope to develop expertise in
immigration and/or pensions work, if of interest.
It is envisaged that you would manage your own caseload
whilst working with a number of our partner leads and colleagues
across all 4 of our offices but with a focus on advice to Local
Authorities and Central Government clients.
You would be advising on employer relations matters
including internal disciplinary/grievance/capability processes,
reviewing policies and procedures and contracts, advising on
equalities obligations, conduct of and/or support on Employment
Tribunals, advising on TUPE processes including inputting into
drafting of commercial agreements as well as delivering training on
a broad range of employment issues and supporting business development.
With approximately 100 new litigation instructions
every year, our Employment team's litigation experience is second to
none. Whether in the Tribunal, the EAT, the Court of Appeal or the
High Court you will have the chance to be involved in
ground-breaking employment litigation.
What we are looking for from you
The successful candidate will be involved
in providing sound, commercial employment advice and would have the
following skill set/experience:
A range of contentious and non-contentious employment
experience, ideally gained across one or more of our key markets,
including local government, financial services, general
commercial, higher education, housing, health and social care (NHS
Case management of ET claims (either managing your own caseload
or supporting on more complex matters) including drafting
pleadings, witness statements
Advising on employer relations issues grievance, disciplinary matters and
Advising on restructures/redundancy processes/TUPE
Undertaking transactional due diligence, often as
part of a wider corporate or commercial transaction
Good client management skills and an interest in
We offer a structured career pathway to
meet both your and our needs.
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 charities are Great Western Air
Ambulance Charity (Bristol), InUnity (Birmingham) 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
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.