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Job Title Banking & Finance Senior Associate (6+ PQE)
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 and social care.

We currently employ over 480 staff, including 82 Partners, and our award-winning teams provide construction, commercial, corporate, property, regulatory, employment and litigation (commercial and clinical negligence) legal advice.

Bevan Brittan was named among 'The Times Best Law Firms 2021' and has recently won three major industry awards, along with being shortlisted as a Finalist for a further eleven.

Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.

Learn from the best

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.

A very supportive firm with the depth of skills in its teams to provide a full service. - Chambers 2021

Rise to the Challenge

Following continued growth, we have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Associate to join our Banking & Finance team.

  • We are an ambitious, growing team of banking and finance specialists who act for a wide range of clients across a number of sectors, with a focus on the housing association, local authority and healthcare sectors. We act for both funders and borrowers, including large and small corporate entities, charities, housing associations, local authorities, property developers, large institutional investors as well as banks.
  • The team regularly advise on high-value and complex transactions. In the last 12 months, we have worked on a wide variety of matters, including:
    • A £150m private placement for Havebury Housing Partnership
    • Acting for Pocket Living in relation to over £32m development funding for two sites
    • Refinancing £115m funding for ForHousing Limited
    • Advising Adept Care Homes in relation to its £32m group refinance
    • Acting for Care Concern Group on multiple acquisitions for development
    • Acting for OakNorth in relation to its funding of Melrose Education
    • Acting for M&G in respect of private placements to various housing associations
    • Acting for ARA Venn on the government backed affordable housing guarantee scheme
  • We are ranked in the top tiers for social housing, healthcare and local authority work by both Chambers and Legal 500 and recently won the HealthInvestor 2022 Legal Advisor of the Year - Transactional and Private Awards.
  • This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in a large variety of work, and a great chance to meaningfully contribute to the growth of the team and wider firm, by building relationships with clients and supporting on business development initiatives.
  • There will be significant progression opportunities available, and this role will offer the successful applicant the opportunity to truly make their mark on the practice.

What we're looking for from you

  • The successful candidate will have Banking & Finance experience, and enjoy being part of a transactional team.
  • This role will involve advising clients on a full range of banking matters and transactions from start to finish.
  • It is not necessary to have any specific sector experience, however property finance, housing finance and/or capital markets experience would be beneficial.
  • It is more important to be a team-player, with the drive and enthusiasm to help us grow our Banking & Finance practice and deliver an area of strategic growth for the firm.

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).

Due to COVID-19, all of our roles are currently home-based until it is safe to return to our modern office spaces. The hours are 36.25 per week, working shifts between 08:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday, however we are open to considering requests to work more flexibly.

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. This has laid the foundations for our Responsible Business strategy.

In December 2020 we donated a total of £40,000 to our four regional office charities, with each charity receiving £10,000 towards the causes colleagues support throughout the year. The donations went towards providing vital services after a particularly challenging year.

We want to demonstrate our commitment to these causes through action 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
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Wellbeing
  • Environmental Sustainability

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.