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Job Title Commercial Disputes/Regulatory Solicitor (3-5PQE)
Location Any Office

Job Title: Commercial Disputes/Regulatory Solicitor (3-5PQE)

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 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 local government, housing 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.

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Our Litigation, Regulatory and Public Law team is a market leader in the health, social care and local government sectors and continues to grow its profile and client base in the financial services, commercial, and higher education sectors. The team sits within the Litigation, Advisory & Regulatory department which deals with substantial commercial, regulatory and public law disputes. The team primarily acts for public bodies such as local authorities, health trusts, regulators, oversight bodies, statutory bodies, and we also act for higher education institutions and corporates.

In joining our growing team, you will have the opportunity to work for a number of the firm's key strategic clients and a range of partner leads and colleagues, across several of the firm's key sectors, whilst managing your own caseload. Given the nature of our clients the cases on which we work regularly touch on live socio-economic or political issues whether that be within local government, health, higher education or financial services; often raising novel issues. We find that our work is highly rewarding as a result. We have strong and trusted partnerships with the clients we work with who genuinely value our support and tell us so.

The team wholeheartedly embrace hybrid working with each colleague having flexibility to self-determine what works for them. The firm has an exciting and ambitious strategic growth plan for the next 5 years, which means there is significant opportunity to support career progression for the right candidate.

Rise to the Challenge

We are recruiting a solicitor (3-5PQE) to join our busy and diverse litigation, advisory and regulatory team working for a range of public sector and private sector clients spanning local government, health and higher education. The role will focus on the commercial disputes and regulatory work that we do. The successful candidate will be involved in:

  • Advising on the merits of bringing and defending claims for breach of contract, mis-selling, negligence and fraud
  • Corporate disputes - breach of warranty, unfair prejudice
  • Representing clients engaged in litigation and advising on the various stages through from pre-action to trial
  • ADR including mediations and local dispute resolution
  • Dealing with complex multi-jurisdictional and multi-party litigation
  • Financial services disputes
  • Instructing and working with experts and counsel
  • Advising regulators, including on responding to adverse events, interpretation of and use of powers, challenges to enforcement action
  • Regulatory/own initiative investigations

Experience of acting for or an interest in public bodies would be advantageous. The successful candidate will work with partners and associates on business development, so an interest in supporting business development activities and initiatives would be beneficial.

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.