Bevan Brittan has been named the Law Firm of the Year (National) at the prestigious Birmingham Legal Awards 2022.
Paralegal Samantha Ross was also named Apprentice of the Year and Solicitor Amelia Bauer Trainee Solicitor of the Year at the awards organised by the Birmingham Law Society which recognises the top legal talent in the region’s legal community.
The award wins come following eight years of sustained growth for the UK Top-100 firm. Bevan Brittan has seen growth across the business, within its emerging market areas such as energy, financial services, higher education and construction, as well as established markets – local and central government, health and social care and housing.
Over the last few years Bevan Brittan has advised locally on a number of major developments including the Birmingham Smithfield regeneration scheme; Icknield Port Loop and the Roundhouse Birmingham restoration.
Last year was particularly successful for Bevan Brittan as it secured major new national clients plus appointed to the Crown Commercial Service Central Government Legal Services Panel; the higher education national legal framework London Universities Purchasing Consortium and being reappointed to the EM Lawshare used by local authorities.
Bevan Brittan grew its presence in Birmingham by a quarter last year and now has nearly a 100-strong team based in the city further bolstered with the recent recruitment of new partners Ash Woodcock, Helen Andrews and Rachel Soundy, who are specialists in procurement, construction and higher education respectively.
Bevan Brittan is also heavily involved in supporting the local community, including support for InUnity a social mobility charity based in south Birmingham; contributing towards the Birmingham Legal Advice Clinic (BLAC) and pro-bono legal support for local projects such as Moseley Road Baths.
Bevan Brittan’s Managing Partner Duncan Weir said: “This recognition is down to the high performing team we have built in Birmingham, who are delivering outstanding support for clients across the Midlands and UK. Our presence in the city is growing and we are proud of the active role we play in Birmingham’s thriving business community.”
Apprentice of the year winner Samantha Ross is working towards becoming a fully qualified solicitor with the firm through her apprenticeship and is based in the healthcare team in Birmingham. Commenting on Samantha’s success Duncan Weir added:
“As a firm we believe strongly in developing our people and creating new pathways into a legal career. Apprenticeships are a key part of that, so we are delighted that Samantha has been recognised for her dedication and hard work with the Apprentice of the Year award.”