Associate/Senior Associate

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Qualified Lawyer
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The Role

We are in the market for top quality employment lawyers to undertake a broad mix of contentious, non-contentious and transactional work with appropriate supervision as needed, predominantly for employers.You can be based in any office except London.  You will be part of the national employment group which consists of over 60 lawyers who are supported by two professional support lawyers who deliver our monthly in-house updates and assist with our know-how, precedents and client training.  We also have an in-house advocacy unit which supports some of the group‘s Tribunal work.As well as advisory work, you will be involved in delivering our annual programme of training, seminars and legal updates to clients and targets.

The person

You will have 3+ years‘ experience gained in a reputable firm with an established employment law practice

Skills and attributes required

Essential:Strong experience of acting for employers on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious mattersGood academicsClear drive and enthusiasm for employment lawExcellent written English for drafting purposesWell-developed presentation skillsSelf-starting with common sense, initiativeThe ability to work effectively both within a team and also independentlyAn appetite to work on complex mattersProactive case management skillsKeen attention to detailAbility to establish personal chemistry and build effective and long lasting relationships with colleagues, clients, targets and multipliersAppropriate IT skills, including an ability to use online information sourcesSound research skillsAn understanding of business management and an ability to deliver profitable workA desire to develop yourself and your career within the teamPrevious experience of advising commercial clients in relation to a broad range of employee relations matters including workplace conflict (discipline and grievance), workforce planning (redundancy and reorganisation), capability and performance management (including ill health matters) and equality, diversity and inclusion mattersExperience of drafting contracts of employment, executive service agreements, policies and procedures, settlement agreements and COT3sPrevious experience of providing employment law support and input to corporate transactions, including undertaking due diligence and drafting and advising on the employment / TUPE provisions in transactional documentsAbility to lead on Employment Tribunal matters, including drafting pleadings, Tribunal applications, case management agendas, witness statements, handling disclosure and conducting/concluding without prejudice negotiationsExperience of conducting some Tribunal advocacy or an interest in doing so

Information about the firm

This is an ideal opportunity to build your skills and experience 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. Mills & Reeve is ranked in joint second place with an overall score of 88% in RollonFriday's Firm of the Year 2021. 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, life sciences, private wealth, real estate investment, sport and technology. Clients include businesses from PLCs to start-ups, landowners, high net worth individuals, household and high street names, more than 120 universities, colleges and education bodies and over 100 NHS and private healthcare organisations.

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.

More information can be found here.


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 access your character and suitability

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 diversity and inclusion at Mills & Reeve.

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