Associate OR Senior Associate - Employment (Norwich)

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We are looking for an employment solicitor to join our top-ranked team based in Norwich.  You will undertake a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious work for predominantly commercial sector clients.


The Norwich team works for a wide range of clients including commercial, higher education, charities and health clients.  It is part of the cross office Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL which is headed by David Mills, and supported by professional support lawyers who assist with training, precedents and client seminars.  There are monthly cross-office NSL training sessions delivered by our professional support lawyers, and an annual away day for the whole team.


You will be involved in training to individual clients and also to wider groups of clients/targets.


At this level, you will be expected to perform as follows:


Client service

-        Deliver outstanding client service to both internal and external clients to encourage client retention and referrals

-        Have a sound understanding of clients' legal, commercial and service requirements within your practice area

-        Develop commercial and personable client contact skills


Technical excellence

-        Have strong technical competence and legal knowledge in your practice area

-        Deliver accurate, technically correct advice that delivers advice in writing, on the telephone and in person


New clients, new work

-        Assist business development with existing and new clients and other professionals as part of the National Service Line


The person


You will have 3+ years' experience gained in a reputable firm with a substantive employment law practice.


What skills and attributes would I need?



-                 2.1 degree or equivalent with good A levels or equivalents

-                 Solid employment experience

-                 Clear enthusiasm for employment law

-                 Excellent written English for drafting purposes

-                 Excellent presentational skills

-                 Self-starting with common sense and initiative, and ability to work as a team-player working on complex matters

-                 Very good time and documentation management skills

-                 Keen attention to detail

-                 Ability to build very good relationships with clients, potential clients and multipliers

-                 Very good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources

-                 Excellent interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence and persuade

-                 Keen interest in developing client training skills

-                 High level of IT skills

-                 Marketing and business development skills



-                 Previous experience of advising commercial clients, including dealing with day to day queries, drafting contracts, employment handbooks, policies and procedures.

-                 Previous experience of providing employment law support and input to corporate transactions, including undertaking due diligence and drafting the employment provisions in transactional documents.

-                 Ability to lead on Employment Tribunal matters.

-                 Project management skills.

-                 Advocacy.


Who will I be working with?


You will assist the team, which in Norwich consists of 1 partner, 2 consultants, two principal associates, one associate and an NQ.


What else should I know?


This is an ideal opportunity to develop your skills and experience further with a major UK law firm, listed as one of the “Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last 17 years - the only law firm to achieve this. We were named as Roll on Friday¿s Firm of the Year for 2020. We have also achieved the much sought after Three Star Accreditation and been named as one of 100 Best Mid-Sized Companies to Work For as a result of outstanding levels of staff engagement and the firm¿s commitment to creating a positive working environment for all employees.


Mills & Reeve is a major UK law firm renowned for its outstanding service to national and international clients, for its collaborative culture and for its deep sector expertise.


The firm has a strong sector focus with expertise in agriculture, charities, education, food and beverage, health, insurance, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology. Clients include businesses from PLCs to start-ups, high net worth individuals and landowners, more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 healthcare organisations.


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 access your character and suitability.


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.


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.


And finally


Mills & Reeve is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive working environment. We are happy to consider flexible working arrangements and endeavour to achieve the right balance for both our people and the business. This attitude to flexible working ensures we continue to provide outstanding service to our clients, whilst allowing our people to develop their careers in the knowledge that personal priorities will remain just that.


Mills & Reeve is committed to promoting equality, diversity and to providing an inclusive and supportive environment. Please click the link below to find further information regarding our diversity policy.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy


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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.

More information can be found here.

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