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Job Title Children’s Lawyer (Public Law), 2 - 5 PQE
Location Any Office

Job Title: Children's Lawyer (Public Law), 2 - 5 PQE

Location: Any office (Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds or London)

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 inBristol, 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, housing, and local government.

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 Health, Care and Regulatory Law team provides advice and support to health, social care, education and housing organisations across the public and independent sector. We are a team of 32 colleagues operating out of four offices. We take pride in providing high-quality support to our clients which is clear, user-friendly and responsive. We are able to work flexibly and are open to discussions about alternative working patterns.

Rise to the Challenge

A vacancy has arisen for a children's law (public law) lawyer to join our team in Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds or London (with flexible hybrid working), offering the opportunity to be a part of a diverse and rich practice area that's intellectually stimulating and hugely rewarding.

The role will involve advising clients on a range of child health, social care and education issues, both contentious and non-contentious. This will include a mixed caseload of: Special Educational Needs and Disability work; Family and High Court cases around care and treatment; as well as advising around safeguarding and child protection cases.

The role offers both advisory and litigation experience and will involve advocacy in the First Tier Tribunal and the Family/High Court as appropriate.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage a varied caseload of both advisory and contentious matters in children's public law;
  • Advocacy in the First Tier Tribunal and the Family Court (in appropriate cases); and
  • Active involvement in client care and business development.

What we are looking for from you

  • An interest in developing a career in health, social care and education law;
  • An ability to work confidently and effectively with others, clients and colleagues alike;
  • Technical excellence, organised, lateral thinker with an eye for detail;
  • Experience in children's law and a good understand of the Children Acts;
  • (Ideally) advocacy experience (including preparation, attendance and representation at hearings when appropriate);
  • Team player, with the temperament to form strong and sustained working partnerships; and
  • Practical and commercial approach.

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 The Talent Tap (London), 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.