Associate/Senior Associate - Education - Cambridge

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The role

We have a vacancy for a solicitor (or barrister) to be based in our Cambridge office, working with partner Gary Attle (Head of Education & Governance), and other members of the Regulatory, Public Law and Commercial Disputes National Service Line ("NSL") across our six offices. The work primarily involves advising clients in the Education sector, including universities, further education colleges, academies and other educational bodies on a range of issues, including:legal issues in connection with students, such as safeguarding and immigration issues; equality and diversity issues (other than employment law obligations); drafting and advising on governance documents, policies and procedures; advising on the application of the freedom of information and data protection legislation; advising on existing and new legislation; conducting litigation (including judicial review and civil claims).

Reasons for applying

As a market leader in higher education, we are at the forefront of developments in the law in the sector, being involved in test cases, applying new legislation to the Education sector, developing new governance and collaborative arrangements.  The work is varied, interesting and intellectually stimulating.

Experience required

You will be at least 3+years PQE (solicitor or barrister) with experience in conducting litigation.  Experience of working in the education sector and/or advising in the areas listed above is not essential but appropriate relevant or similar experience will be helpful.

Skills and attributes required

You will have good academics and have experience of conducting litigation.  You will have excellent written English to be able to produce clear, logical drafting.  Key skills include good IT skills, lateral thinking and problem solving skills, the ability to build and strengthen relationships with clients and potential clients.  You will possess good research skills, including an ability to use online information sources, and have good negotiating skills.  In addition, you will have effective time and matter paper management skills with a systematic approach to work.  You will also possess excellent communication, interpersonal and team skills, including ability to work with others, influence and persuade, together with drive and commitment to see a job through

Desirable skills

Experience of public law and/or working with higher education or further education clients would be desirable, together with experience of Tier 4 of the immigration points based system, relating to students, marketing skills and advocacy,

Who would I be working with?

You will be working with Gary Attle (Head of Education & Governance) as your supervising partner in the Cambridge office and will be part of the cross- office Regulatory Public and Commercial Disputes NSL headed up by partner, Jamie Wheatley.

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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