Associate - employment - Leeds

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The role

We are looking for an employment law solicitor to join the Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL, based in our Leeds office, working for employers in the commercial, education, government and health sectors.The role will involve working closely with, Partner, Stuart Craig.  Depending on experience, you will be assisting Stuart with developing and promoting the Leeds employment practice as part of the firm‘s ongoing investment in its Leeds office.You will be advising employers on both contentious and non-contentious employment matters, as well as engaging in business development activity to promote the firm‘s practice in Leeds.  Advocacy experience is welcome.

The person

You will be NQ+ years‘ experience gained in a reputable firm with a substantive employment law practice.

Skills and attributes required

Essential skills

Given the challenges of this role, it is likely that your background and experience will include good academics - 2.1 degree (or equivalent) and good A levels (or equivalent).  You will have clear enthusiasm for employment law, have excellent written English for drafting purposes, and excellent presentational skills.  You will be self-starting, possessing common sense and initiative, and the ability to work as a team-player working on complex matters.  You will also have very good time and documentation management skills and have keen attention to detail.  You will be able to build very good relationships with clients, potential clients and multipliers, possess very good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources.  Excellent interpersonal and team skills are required, including the ability to work with others, influence and persuade. 

Specific skills for the role

You will have the ability to lead on Employment Tribunal matters and run matters with supervision.  You will have a keen interest in developing client training skills, possess a high level of IT skills, together with marketing and business development skills


 Previous experience of providing employment law support to corporate transactions, including drafting contracts, settlement agreements and undertaking due diligence is desirable.

The Team

You will work with Stuart Craig and Rebecca Pallot and other members of our Leeds employment team and will be part of the cross office Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL which is headed up by partner, David Mills.  As part of that cross office team, you may also be required to assist colleagues in other offices. In particular, the Leeds and Manchester teams work closely together.

Disclosure and barring service check

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) to check for any previous criminal convictions.
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As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. Everyone has different priorities and preferences, so at Mills & Reeve you can choose the benefits that appeal to you. From buying holiday and undergoing health screening to leasing a bicycle – the choice is yours.

Our core benefits are:

  • Equal all staff bonus based on the firm’s financial performance
  • Generous pension including the option to salary sacrifice
  • Five weeks' annual leave and the option to buy or sell a week each year
  • Extra day of leave for wedding/civil partnership, religious holiday and house moving
  • Bonus week leave every 11th year of continuous service
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Income protection after two years’ service
  • Life assurance with the choice of covering between two and 10 times annual basic salary
  • Confidential employee assistance programme providing guidance on every day issues to more complex matters and both telephone and face to face counselling.

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The firm

What really sets Mills & Reeve apart from other law firms is the way we work with our clients. We understand that clients, in the 21st century, no longer want a traditional law firm – they want one that embraces forward thinking approaches to service, billing, commercial know-how, innovation, people management and community engagement. 

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.

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