Firm Profile > Bevan Brittan LLP > Bristol, England

Bevan Brittan LLP
KINGS ORCHARD
1 QUEEN STREET
BRISTOL
BS2 0HQ
England

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP acts for key clients such as NHS Resolution in test cases such as those involving Do Not Resuscitate Orders, establishing remit of victim status and successfully challenging attempt to establish systematic failure as a ground for recovery. Practice head Joanna Lloyd has a particular emphasis on brain injury cases as well as on group and cohort action. The firm also handles historic abuse claims.

Key clients

Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Somerset Partnership NHS Trust

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

2Gether NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT

University Hospitals Bristol NHS FT

2Gether NHS Foundation Trust

Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP  has a standout capability handling employment law matters for clients in the local government arena; its team acts for over 100 local authorities. The scope of the work includes advice on staffing models, senior-level disputes and departures, and redundancy programmes. The healthcare sector is another area of strength; the firm acts for private and third sector clients, as well as NHS providers and commissioners. Sarah Lamont has expertise in restructurings, changes to terms & conditions, redundancy programmes, Employment Tribunal claims, discrimination claims and TUPE . Julian Hoskins is another name to note.

Key clients

Local Government Association

Richmond LBC

Wandsworth LBC

Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

West of England Combined Authority

Plymouth NHS Trust

Liverpool City Council

Professional Cricketers Association

Cross Manufacturing

RUH Bath NHS Trust

Southern Housing Group

Local Government Ombudsman

Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Fire Authorities

Northern Devon Healthcare

North Somerset Council

Bristol City Council

4 R Group

Kingston RBC

Sutton LBC

Catalyst Housing

Simply Serve Ltd

Brent LBC

Barnet LBC

Hackney LBC

London Borough of Kingston

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Sanctuary Housing

Wiltshire Council

Driver Group

Surrey County Council

Northamptonshire County Council

Healthcare Financial Management Association

Sirona CIC

North Somerset Community Healthcare NHS Trust

Places for People Leisure

Health Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP’s ‘excellent’ market-leading health practice stands out for its assistance to an impressive number of NHS providers and commissioners, as well as other clients, such as independent health sector organisations and community health partnerships. The team advises on regulation, commissioning, integrated care systems and accountable care organisation, partnering arrangements, PFI variations and disputes, and business development strategies abroad. As head of the commercial health practice, Sharon Renouf handles procurements of outsourced services, and assists trusts with establishing internal subsidiaries and shared service arrangements. Rosemary Jago’s practice focuses on public private partnership (PPP) procurements. Vincent Buscemi advises on primary, community and secondary care, as well as pharmaceutical services.

Key clients

2gether NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust

University College London NHS Foundation Trust

Local government Tier 1

Bevan Brittan LLP's Bristol team, which is part of a larger national operation, which spans four offices. Its recent work included advice to clients on the commercialisation of public services, including new housing vehicles. The group also advises on property regeneration and housing, local government governance and reorganisation, contract management advice to councils and contractual disputes. The ‘certainly impressiveDavid Hutton, who leads the practice nationwide, assists clients with developing their strategies on transport, housing and other infrastructure matters. Sarah Lamont provides employment advice to councils, housing associations and education bodies. Chris Jarman retired from private practice in 2018.

Testimonials

Certainly a leader in the field

The go-to team for local government matters

Key clients

Sheffield City Council

Surrey County Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Havering

Bournemouth Borough Council

Slough Borough Council

Brighton and Hove City Council

Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP is a first port of call for many housing associations, health organisations and local authorities in complex development and regeneration projects. It also generates work from private sector entities. The team is led by Mark Calverley, who has an outstanding track record advising on major regeneration and development projects nationwide. Illustrative of its excellent reputation, the group advises on some of the biggest disposals and redevelopments of hospital sites in London. Another key figure in the team is Alison Buckingham, who leads the social housing practice in the South West region. Rob Harrison is noted for his work in the health property space.

Key clients

NHS Property Services

Sovereign Housing Group

Police and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire

Yarlington Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing Association

Canal & River Trust

London Borough of Waltham Forest

London Borough of Hounslow

Places for People Group

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

Slough Borough Council

Construction Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP is widely recognised for its work for public sector clients, and it advises a number of local authorities on construction-related issues. It also has a growing private sector client base, which turns to the firm for advice on complex projects. The firm's construction work spans a broad cross-section of areas, including urban regeneration, healthcare, urban regeneration, education, social housing, waste and energy projects. Louise Robling, who heads up the department in Bristol, has expertise in complex private finance initiative (PFI) contracts, and advises on related renegotiations and disputes. Jonathan Turner is knowledgeable about construction issues in the housing sector. Senior associate Jessica Evans moved to Burges Salmon LLP.

Key clients

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust

Plymouth City Council

Kajima Partnerships

Sovereign Housing Association

Places for People

Midas Construction

University of Oxford

NHS Property Services

London and Quadrant Group

Peabody Housing Group

Sanctuary Housing Group

Together Housing Group

Southern Housing Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Health and safety Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP predominantly acts for public sector clients, including NHS trusts, ambulance trusts, local authorities and housing associations. Simon Lindsay is the key name in the Bristol office.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP handles cases involving fractures as well as spinal, head and shoulder injuries arising from road traffic and workplace accidents. The practice is also experienced in handling public liability and contractual indemnity claims. Practice head Paul Taverner also advises on claims arising from diseases and accidents in the construction sector, which includes illnesses caused by dangerous building materials such as asbestos.

Key clients

Covea Insurance plc

Nottingham County Council

Neon (formerly Marketform)

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

CNA Europe

Newham Learning Partnership

Ageas

Beazley

Renaissance Re

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP provides advice on new PPP projects and delivery models, as well as on PFI and PPP variations, refinancing and disputes. The team has recognised expertise in the field of waste management, which is an area of specialism for department head Nadeem Arshad. Other sectors of focus include energy, health, education, leisure, rail, property regeneration and university accommodation. On the private sector side, the team acts for clients such as project developers, sub-contractors, and fund managers. It also generates work from public sector entities, such as local authorities, NHS trusts and government agencies.

Key clients

Viridor

Morgan Sindall Investments

Engie Urban Energy

Sheffield City Council

North Yorkshire County Council

Birmingham City Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust

Property litigation Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP’s practice is led nationally by Bristol-based Steve Eccles. Its team specialises in acting for public sector organisations in fields such as health, local government and social housing. Areas of expertise include contentious matters involving telecoms masts, commercial landlord and tenant disputes, development risk advice, housing litigation and dilapidations disputes.

Key clients

University of Oxford

Canal & River Trust

Birmingham City Council

Barts Health NHS Trust

Rentokil Initial

NHS Property Services Ltd

Places for People

Yarlington Housing

Sanctuary Housing

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Hounslow

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Insite

London Borough of Brent

Well Pharmacy

L&Q

LiveWest Homes

Social housing Tier 2

Bevan Brittan LLP combines skillsets across multiple disciplines to provide a comprehensive range of services. Its acts for over 70 housing associations and also generates work from local authorities, developers and funders. The firm is well-known for its strengths in property and development work, which includes assisting housing associations with site acquisitions (for development) and joint ventures. It also has a strong capability in social housing corporate and finance matters; areas of expertise in this space include bond finance, development finance, corporate acquisitions and disposals and housing association mergers. Elsewhere, the firm excels in construction, planning and housing management. Alison Buckingham, who leads the social housing team in the South West, is the key contact among housing providers for advice on high-value and complex development schemes. Jonathan Turner is the overall head of the housing group nationally.

Key clients

Places for People Group

Sovereign Housing Association

Yarlington Housing Group

LiveWest Homes

Sanctuary Housing Group

L&Q Group

Catalyst Housing Group

Network Homes

Peabody Group

Hyde Group

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP is best known for handling disputes arising from the delivery of public infrastructure, which encompasses the IT, technology and energy issues associated with such projects. Its key clients include healthcare sector manufacturers, large purchasers of outsourcing services and energy and waste companies. Department head Emily Heard is recognised for her expertise in procurement litigation and judicial review.

Key clients

Ontix Ltd

SRCL Ltd

Sysmex UK Ltd

Oxford University

Wychavon District Council

G4S Secure Solutions

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Shropshire Council

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

Energy Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP's Bristol office leads the firm's national energy practice, which has standout capabilities in energy-from-waste, energy innovation and renewable energy. District energy is another bedrock of the firm's work. The client base is varied and includes generation plants as well as property developers, banks and equity funders, and public sector organisations. Nadeem Arshad, who heads up the practice, has a strong track-record acting for public and private sector clients. Nathan Bradberry’s practice focuses on infrastructure projects in the energy, environment and waste sectors.

Testimonials

The team is highly professional and easy to work with

Key clients

Argent

Legal & General

North Yorkshire County Council

Viridor

Sheffield City Council

Whitehill & Bordon

Engie

Liverpool City Council

Birmingham City Council

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Newcastle University

Planning Tier 3

Bevan Brittan LLP acts for a growing client base of housing associations, health organisations and local authorities. Led by practice head Kathryn Lawrance, the team focuses on non-contentious work, which includes advising clients on complex development and regeneration projects (often involving joint venture structures). Although the group is based in Bristol, it regularly operates in all four of the firm's offices nationwide.

Key clients

London Borough of Hounslow

London Borough of Enfield

London Borough of Bromley

West Oxfordshire District Council

Cotswold District Council

Places for People Group

NHS Property Services

Sovereign Housing Association

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Rother District Council

Surrey & Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Sedgemoor District Council

Thanet District Council

London and Quadrant Housing Trust (L&Q)

Email: info@bevanbrittan.com Website: http://www.bevanbrittan.com/

THE FIRM

Bevan Brittan LLP is a full-service law firm with 71 partners, 286 lawyers and over 450 staff based in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds and London. The firm advises a range of clients across a number of markets, including over 800 businesses and is market-leader within health and social care, housing and local and central government.

PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK

As a UK Top 100 commercial law firm, Bevan Brittan provides a compre­hensive legal and advisory service, including commercial contracting, corporate transactions, governance, property, commercial and clinical litigation, regulatory and employment law.

Health and Social Care

Bevan Brittan is one of the UK’s leading health and social care legal and regulatory advisors. The firm advises half of all NHS Trusts and over 150 independent health and social care providers and suppliers.

The firm has won the following HealthInvestor Awards:

  • 2019 Legal Advisor of the Year (Private)
  • 2018 Legal Advisor of the Year (Public)
  • 2018 Legal Advisor of the Year (Public Transactional)

Bevan Brittan advises a range of NHS organisations, including NHS Resolution and NHS Property Services and advises the NHS on Private Public Partnership schemes.

The firm continues to advise the major insurers and brokers on clinical and personal liability claims and the firm’s Independent Health & Social Care practice advises a breadth of clients including large health providers, digital start-ups, funders and suppliers, including Barchester Healthcare. The firm recently advised AMP Capital on the successful acquisition of the Care Management Group.

Housing

Bevan Brittan is a leading advisor within Social Housing. The firm has a new London-based Housing Finance Team, and advises some of the largest Housing Associations in the country on the delivery of housing developments and housing management services such as Places for People, Sanctuary Housing and L&Q. The firm also advised on the successful merger of Catalyst Housing Group and Aldwyck Housing Group.

Bevan Brittan plays a significant role in advising public and private sector housing developers to meet the growing housing shortage, such as advising Royal Borough of Greenwich to help deliver its aim to build more homes, and advising on the Icknield Port Loop redevelopment scheme in Birmingham. The firm also supported the Bristol Housing Festival, which showcased innovative new methods of delivering energy efficient housing schemes.

Central and Local Government and agencies

Bevan Brittan is a leading advisor within Central and Local Government providing extensive commercial, governance, property and sensitive employment advice. The firm has advised on a number of urban regeneration schemes within the West Midlands and a number of London Boroughs and is appointed to the CCS Wider Public Sector framework, as well as continuing to advise authorities on all other major frameworks, including EMLawShare, Surrey Legal Services and the London Borough Legal Alliance.

The firm advises other regulatory bodies, such as the Financial Services Compensation Scheme and has advised on a number of High Court litigation cases. Bevan Brittan also advised the Canal & River Trust in the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary, British Waterways Marinas Limited (BWML).

Commercial Services

The firm advises over 800 businesses, specifically in the provision of commercial, construction, property, litigation, employment legal advice and procurement challenges, with clients including Wates Construction and Engie.

Continued growth in Leeds and Yorkshire

Now entering its fourth year, Bevan Brittan’s Leeds office has continued to grow with over 40 staff members. The firm recently refurbished and expanded its office space as it prepares for future growth, including introducing new agile and flexible working facilities. The office provides a broad range of services across commercial, property, construction, housing management, clinical negligence and employment law.

OTHER OFFICES

Birmingham, Leeds and London.

CLIENTS

Local Government Association, NHS Resolution, NHS Property Services, Community Health Partnerships, Education & Skills Funding Agency, Places for People, Sanctuary Housing, London & Quadrant, United Communities, Sovereign Housing, Yorkshire Housing, Canal & River Trust, Wates Construction, Engie, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Barchester Healthcare, Shawbook Bank, Rehability UK, A Shade Greener Finance Services along with a significant number of NHS Trusts and Local Authorities across England and Wales.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Duncan Weir
Senior Partner Joanne Easterbrook
Commercial and Infrastructure Andrew Tobin
Clinical Risk Tim Hodgetts
Commercial Dispute Resolution Adam Kendall
Property Mark Calverley
Number of UK partners : 71
Number of other UK fee-earners : 286

The Lex 100 Verdict

Bevan Brittan's 'strong client base in the public sector', in particular its 'reputation and experience in the health industry' was a clear draw for trainees. Almost all respondents referred to the 'approachable partners and supervisors' with whom they share office space and who are 'keen to help you meet your training objectives'. This helps considerably with 'building up confidence'. A Lex 100 Winner gong has been awarded to Bevan Brittan for its work/life balance. Thanks to the national firm's sector specialism, fee earners have 'considerable expertise' and trainees are given the opportunity to 'undertake high-quality work for some big-name clients'. The main bugbears for recruits were the 'lack of transparency around seats and NQ positions' and the 'poor communication within the firm'. Others felt that Bevan Brittan is 'not as widely known as it should be'. However, a plethora of standout work moments kept trainees on their toes, such as 'attending a mediation with a local authority over a construction dispute' and 'a six-day trial in the High Court'. Although there were some grumbles about 'admin tasks, such as court bundles', it was generally recognised that this is 'a small part of a bigger process'. Undertaking a client secondment with a large NHS trust was a noteworthy experience for one trainee, who was afforded the opportunity to 'gain a true insight into our client's objectives'. Corporate Social Responsibility is 'extremely important' at the firm, with 'some form of CSR happening every couple of weeks'. For a firm with a 'public sector focus' and a 'good reputation for training and work/life balance', take a closer look at Bevan Brittan.