Senior Associate - Employment (Health) - Birmingham

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The role

We are looking for a senior employment law solicitor to join our Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL, based in our Birmingham office, working predominantly for employers in the health sector. You will be advising employers on a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, as well as engaging in business development activity to promote the Firms practice. Advocacy experience is welcome.

The team

The Birmingham employment team works for a wide range of sectors predominantly covering commercial, health, higher education, sports and charities. We are part of the cross-office Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL of 60 lawyers, supported by two professional support lawyers. The role will involve working closely with Partner, Jog Hundle, and Principal Associates Fiona Longden, Rebecca Harker-Smith and Joanna Burrows and our cross-office team of health employment lawyers.

The person

You will have 4+ years employment experience gained in a reputable firm/in-house with a substantive employment law practice. You will be required to deliver outstanding client service and will have a sound understanding of clients requirements and have effective client relationship and client service skills. You will have strong technical competence and legal knowledge in employment law.

Skills and attributes required

Given the challenges of this role, it is likely that your background and experience will include good academics for example a 2:1 degree or equivalent with good A levels or equivalent. You will have clear enthusiasm for employment law, have excellent written English for drafting purposes, and excellent presentational skills. Very good time and documentation management skills are important, as well as keen attention to detail. You will need to be a strong team player. You will also need to be able to lead on Employment Tribunal matters and run cases with minimal supervision and will also have the ability to supervise and assist junior lawyers. Previous experience of advising large employers in either the health sector or a comparable sector is desirable.

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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