We are looking for an employment law solicitor to join the Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL, based in our Leeds office, working for clients in the government, health, commercial and education sectors.
The role will involve working closely with a Partner, and his team, assisting him with developing and promoting our fast growing 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.
Why should I apply?
This is an ideal opportunity to join a growing national firm. The firm has been listed for a record 16th year running as one of the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For and winner of Roll On Friday Firm of the Year 2019.
You will have 4+ years' experience gained in a reputable firm with a substantive employment law practice.
What skills and attributes would I need?
Given the challenges of this role, it is likely that your background and experience will include the following.
- Good academics - 2.1 degree or equivalent with good A levels or equivalents
- 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 lead on Employment Tribunal matters and run matters with minimal supervision
- Ability to supervise and assist junior lawyers
- 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 NHS and other health sector clients and knowledge of relevant policies, procedures and issues within the health sector
- Advocacy experience
What else should I know?
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.
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.
As you would expect, the firm offers a generous salary and benefits. The firm's standard benefits are detailed in the following link:
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.
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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.
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