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Applications for our 2024 summer vacation scheme open on 9 October 2023 and close on 27 February 2024 at 1:00pm.
We offer 12 training contracts each year, with an intake in September. We fill most of our training contract spaces directly through our vacation scheme, so we recommend all candidates apply via this route. We do also consider direct applicants for training contracts, with applications for any spaces in 2024, 2025 and 2026 now open – the deadline to submit is 15 April for the 2024 intake or 14 May for the 2025 and 2026 intake.
You can find more information regarding our vacation scheme, training contracts and legal apprenticeships on our website, here.
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Bevan Brittan LLP is a UK Top-100 commercial law firm which operates nationally across construction, energy and resource management, higher education and financial services sectors, complementing the firm’s market leadership within housing, local and central government and health and social care, with the firm’s award-winning legal and regulatory teams based across its offices in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London.
The teams work within one of four departments: property (including the commercial property, healthcare property and social housing teams), clinical risk (clinical negligence and health, care and regulatory teams), litigation, advisory and regulatory (including the litigation, employment and procurement teams), and commercial and infrastructure (including the construction, energy and resource management, corporate, IT and commercial health teams).
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 which you can read more about on our website here.
Bevan Brittan is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.
Who should apply
As a UK top-100 law firm, we are looking for strong academic achievement from applicants; ABB at A level and a 2:1 at degree level is our expectation (the degree does not have to be in law). We also recognise the value of relevant, strong, commercial work experience and welcome applications from individuals who can demonstrate this, but may not fully meet our academic requirements. When applying, please do let us know of any clear mitigating circumstances, or if you have at least three years' relevant commercial work experience.
We recognise that the most important prerequisite of quality service is a team of lawyers dedicated to service excellence. Our success is maintained by attracting and keeping talented legal minds. We are looking for bright people with sound common sense and plenty of energy, drive, commitment, willingness to take responsibility and the ability to work and relate well with others.
Our vacation scheme is a paid placement that runs for two weeks during the summer in each of our offices. During the placement you will get to work in one of our departments, enabling you to gain first-hand experience of the work our lawyers get involved in. You will also get the chance to meet and speak with trainees and colleagues across all of our departments, to get a real taste of what life at Bevan Brittan is like.
You will be given real work to do and detailed feedback by each member of the team you work with, to help you start developing your skills as a future solicitor.
Our trainee solicitors get a tailored training and development programme that gives them early exposure to real work for real clients, and this careful management of the learning process allows confidence to grow alongside experience. From the outset, you will be given real responsibility. The emphasis is on getting stuck in and learning. You will be taking part in client meetings, doing your fair share of research, drafting and attending court hearings from the off.
We believe it is crucial that our trainees have access to an extensive support network. For each seat you will be supervised by an experienced lawyer, alongside a buddy. You will also have the support of our early talent team who are always available to answer any questions or generally offer advice. The firm is friendly and supportive with an open-door policy along with a range of social, sporting and cultural activities.
From our September 2024 trainee intake, we will be introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Exam (SQE) route to qualification, replacing the need to complete the GDL and LPC. We will sponsor our future trainees through the SQE exams and our preferred preparation courses, the Post Graduate Diploma in Law (non-law students) and the LLM (all trainees) with The University of Law.
SQE1 will assess your legal knowledge through multiple-choice examinations and an online assessment in legal research and writing. SQE2 will assess your legal skills through practical examinations and assessments.
After you have completed the SQE preparation courses and examinations, you will complete your training contract with the firm, comprising four six-month seats offering you the opportunity to gain experience across our practice areas. This will satisfy the requirements to complete two years of qualifying work experience (QWE).
If you have already completed the GDL prior to accepting a training contract offer, you will need to complete the LLM through The University of Law before commencing the two-year training contract with us. If you have already completed the LPC prior to accepting a training contract offer, you will not need to complete any SQE courses or examinations.
Bevan Brittan pride themselves for promoting equality, diversity and inclusion within their workforce, reflected in their recruitment and promotion processes. Read more about their diversity initiatives here.
Bursary and funding for PGDL and SQE available.
- Employment & pensions
- Criminal regulatory & compliance
- Public law & regulatory
- Procurement & competition
- Information law & privacy
- Housing management
- Communities & local government
- Property litigation
- Energy & resource management
- Local authority
- Clinical negligence
- Care & regulatory
- Corporate & Commercial
- General Commercial
Administrative & public law
Public law comprises several interlinking practice areas that concern relationships between people, government and other public bodies.
Banking & finance
Sponsored by Milbank LLP. Banking and finance involves many financial products, from bank loans to companies to highly structured financing arrangements across multiple jurisdictions.
Charities lawyers advising the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector cover a vast area of legal ground, from wills and trusts to commercial and real estate law.
Commercial property/real estate
Sponsored by Mills & Reeve LLP. Commercial property lawyers work on a wide range of transactions including offices, retail developments and infrastructure projects.
Company & commercial
Sponsored by Gowling WLG (UK) LLP. Commercial lawyers focus on trade, from commercial agreements about supply, manufacture and distribution to identifying the best routes to market.
Competition & EU law
Sponsored by Ashurst LLP. Competition and regulatory work includes merger control, regulatory and court proceedings, issues arising from sector-specific regulation and utility procurement issues.
Construction & engineering
Sponsored by Charles Russell Speechlys LLP. Contentious construction work involves the resolution of disputes while non-contentious work involves drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on projects.
Corporate finance/mergers & acquisitions
Sponsored by Baker McKenzie. Corporate finance lawyers advise companies on all aspects of the buying and selling of whole businesses or business assets.
Sponsored by RPC. Commercial litigators represent and advise commercial clients when disputes arise from joint venture projects, civil fraud, commercial and banking transactions, corporate governance, financial services regulation and professional negligence.
Employment, pensions & incentives
Sponsored by Lewis Silkin. Employment lawyers work across all areas of employment law, including handling discrimination complaints, staff restructuring and whistleblowing issues.
Energy & natural resources
Sponsored by Norton Rose Fulbright. The energy sector is an important part of the legal landscape and is making more headlines than ever before.
Sponsored by Osborne Clarke LLP. Issues such as biodiversity loss, climate change, the demand for global sustainability and the need for alternative energy sources make environmental laws more important than ever.
Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, the covid-19 pandemic and various financial scandals, there is always lots going on in this area.
Housing/landlord & tenant
Sponsored by Trowers & Hamlins LLP. Relationships between the owners and occupiers of properties, both residential and commercial, can be fraught with problems.
Immigration lawyers deal with all legal matters relating to immigration and nationality.
Restructuring and insolvency lawyers are necessary when a company, individual or other organisation is in financial difficulties.
Sponsored by Bristows LLP. Intellectual property is an umbrella term for a variety of different rights which protect intellectual creations, such as inventions, brands, designs, and literary and artistic works.
Outsourcing has grown increasingly more prevalent in the public and private sectors since it emerged in the 1980s.
Sponsored by Kennedys. Personal injury law falls under the law of tort and involves civil claims brought to obtain compensation for injuries.
Professionals such as doctors, dentists, nurses, teachers, lawyers, social workers and police officers must comply with the standards set by their professional regulatory bodies.
Professional negligence occurs when a professional fails to carry out their responsibilities to the required standard, or they breach a duty of care.
Sponsored by White & Case LLP. Large projects involve lawyers specialising in finance, construction and corporate law.
Phone: 0370 194 1786
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- Birmingham Legal Advice Centre
- Legal Advice Centres
- Disability Confident Leader
- Diversity Access Scheme - Law Society
- Legal Apprenticeships
- Leonard Cheshire Change 100
- Mindful Business Charter
- Rare Recruitment
- Sutton Trust
- The Talent Tap