Commercial & Projects Solicitor (2-6PQE)
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 600 people, including over 90 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 2023' 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.
We are looking for a Solicitor or Associate to join our vibrant and growing team in the Commercial and Infrastructure Department to focus on projects and commercial work in the Health Sector.
You will be joining a highly respected team who are at the forefront of health projects work nationally. Sharon Renouf and Rosemary Jago (both Bristol based) and Michael Boyd (Leeds) are recognised as "leading individuals" in legal directories, including Legal 500. The team has won Legal Advisor of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2020 (Health Investor Awards) for their role advising both public sector and private sector clients.
The NHS has seen unprecedented levels of activity as a result of the pandemic and has had unparalleled access to capital to make changes to its buildings and to increase capacity. Nightingale Hospitals have been "built" from scratch in a matter or weeks and a national vaccination programme is under way. All of this urgent activity is underpinned by contracts and/or policy guidance that this team advises on.
In parallel with this short term activity we have had huge success in growing our practice to deliver:
- Work in connection with many of the HIP hospitals - the government's 10 year programme to deliver 40 new hospitals across the country. By way of example, we are the legal advisers to this amazing project: Hospitals of the future (leedsth.nhs.uk) and this one for the new Princess Alexandra Hospital https://www.pah.nhs.uk/newhospital; as well as Boris Johnson's new Hospital in Hillingdon and Future Whipps - Barts Health NHS Trust;
- Best practice initiatives for health PFI contract management working with the Centre for Best Practice at Department of Health;
- Ongoing PFI variations and forward planning for the expiry of early health PFI schemes;
- A host of other developments including primary care centres, NHS key worker housing; hospital car parks, hospital retail, patient hotels and NHS private patient units.
The team also advises NHS commercial transactions including: joint ventures, commercial ventures and partnerships; managed equipment contracts; new models of care provision in the NHS; outsourcing and shared services and contract renegotiation and termination. The team works closely with colleagues across the firm, including those in our construction, corporate, procurement, property and employment teams.
The broader department is involved in a wider variety of commercial and complex contracting work including PFI/PPP, joint ventures, construction and engineering, outsourcing and commercial work in a wide range of sectors including Education, IT, Waste and Energy, Housing and Local Government services.
- Assist the team on the delivery of a range of complex projects and commercial transactions to both public and some private sector clients. These transactions deliver new facilities or services for the NHS.
- Learn about exisitng PFI contracts and assist with variations and advice on contract management.
- Advise on shared services, new models/alternative delivery vehicles (including companies and limited liability partnerships).
- Be a valued member of the team, supported, trained and developed by senior members of the team in a supportive environment.
- Have the opportunity to engage regularly with clients, attend client meetings and work closely with other legal, financial and technical advisors.
- Have the opportunity to develop your practice and your career, have responsibility appropriate to your knowledge and expertise.
- Have the opportunity to develop your business development skills, network with other juniors across the firm, other firms in Bristol and intermediaries.
- Have the opportunity to join in CSR activities across the firm and pro-bono work.
What we are looking for from you
You will have:
- A passion to learn, enthusiasm and the desire to excel as a lawyer
- (Ideally) experience of advising health bodies or other public sector organisations, or the private sector on contracts with the public sector, although broader corporate/commercial experience is also advantageous
- Ability to, or experience of, working in a team and coordinating advice with fee earners across a team
- The ability to deliver clear, precise advice
- Strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work through complex issues
- A demonstrable ability to adopt a practical and commercial approach to legal issues
- Ability to liaise effectively with clients and build relationships
- Ability to operate with a high level of self-sufficiency combined with an awareness of own abilities
- A positive and flexible approach
- Excellent organisational skills and ability to manage time effectively
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. 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 - Each lawyer has the opportunity to undertake pro bono legal work for local charities and not-for-profit organisations. We also play an active role through our local office communities, in 2022 we fundraised and donated a total of £80,000 to our four regional office charities, with each charity receiving £20,000 to help fund their vital services.
- Environmental Sustainability - Bevan Brittan is proudly a carbon neutral firm. We have achieved the UN's Climate Neutral Now accreditation and our environmental sustainability plan is focused on achieving our net zero carbon target.
- Equality, Diversity & Inclusion - We have a strong and vibrant diversity programme that gives colleagues across the firm an opportunity to take part, led by our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee and supported by our Ambassadors, who drive engagement in our strategy and raise awareness across the firm.
- Wellbeing - We are proud of our open culture, where colleagues feel empowered to speak openly about physical and mental health issues and to seek out support when needed. We have trained 21 colleagues across the firm as Mental Health First Aiders and established a programme of initiatives including our informal 'coffee with' scheme.
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.