Employment vacancy, 1 to 6 years' PQE

South East England
05 Aug 2017
02 Sep 2017
Contract Type
The Employment Group is seeking to recruit a solicitor with 1 to 6 years' post-qualification experience on a fixed-term contract.

About the team

The Employment Group comprises two partners, seven solicitors, one PSL and one trainee solicitor. The team is known as being very friendly and collegiate, and so the right person would need to fit well within the group.

About the work

The team offers a full employment service to our clients covering employment advisory work and employment litigation, as well as transactional support to the Corporate and M&A Group. We closely track the division of the practice between work categories: currently advisory work (including contract work, restructuring disciplinaries and grievances, terminations etc) represents approximately 50% of the group's work; transactional support work is currently about 35% of the practice, and employment litigation represents approximately 15% of our work. Occasionally we represent senior executives; however, this is a very small part of what we do. The mix of work ensures the team has a good grasp of the full range of employment law. Few of the team's instructions are for routine or commoditised work, reflecting the group's quality and breadth.

We have separate teams (outside the Employment Group) advising on immigration, data protection, pensions and benefits. While our Employment team handles all kinds of employment tribunal litigation as well as team moves and restrictive covenant work, formal High Court litigation is handled outside the group in the Firm's thriving Litigation Department. We work closely with our colleagues in the Litigation Department as part of a cross departmental group.

Our client mix leans towards financial services, from large organisations such as Legal & General and Schroders, to boutique private equity houses and hedge funds. Here the team has particular expertise in complex LLP and remuneration structures. Other important areas include advertising, sport and hotels, management teams and senior executives on occasion.

About the role

The individual will provide employment advice to a range of clients, as well as to colleagues seeking advice from various practice areas within the firm. The candidate will have good experience of:

Advising employer clients on a range of HR issues, in both contentious and non-contentious settings;
Drafting and negotiating bespoke contracts; and
Winning the confidence of clients by delivering quality legal advice in a commercial way.

About the candidate

We want to recruit a lawyer that fulfils the following criteria:

1 to 6 years' PQE with experience gained within a Magic Circle, Silver Circle, US firm or an employment practice ranked tier 1 or 2 in The Legal 500;
Strong academic qualifications from A Levels (or equivalent), with a minimum 2:1 degree in Law (or equivalent) from a highly regarded institution;
Articulate and confident to deliver at the highest standard within a team of highly competent solicitors;
Willing to take on responsibility;
Be committed and motivated; and
Possess excellent interpersonal skills at all levels.

Competitive salary and benefits package

Opening date: 4 August 2017

Closing date: 1 September 2017

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