Senior Associate - Employment - Manchester

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We are looking for an experienced employment solicitor to join our team based in Manchester.  You will undertake a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious work (largely acting for employers) which includes; drafting contracts/settlement agreements/policies; corporate support work; Tribunal representation; advising on helpline type enquiries from clients; restructuring and outsourcing advice amongst other issues. You will also be expected to help plan and deliver training to clients and other third parties.


The Manchester team works for a wide range of sectors predominantly covering commercial, education, and charities.  It is part of the cross-office Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL of 60 lawyers (including an employment judge) which is headed by David Mills, and supported by two professional support lawyers.  There are monthly cross-office NSL training sessions delivered by our professional support lawyers, together with cross-office and sector away days (when not subject to pandemic restrictions on meeting up).


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

-       Have effective client relationships and client service skills


Technical excellence

-       Have strong technical competence and legal knowledge in employment law

-       Deliver high quality and commercially focused advice

-       Take on supervisory duties in relation to more junior members of the team


Business development

-       Assist in business development with existing and new clients and other professionals

-       Take a lead on agreed business development projects


The person


You will have 4+ years' experience gained in a reputable firm with a substantive employment law practice.


What skills and attributes would I need?



-               Excellent employment law knowledge and experience

-               Good academics 

-               Clear enthusiasm for employment law

-               Excellent written English for drafting purposes

-               Very good presentational skills

-               Self-starter 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

-               Supervision skills



-               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

-               Client following

-               Client training skills

-               Advocacy experience


Who will I be working with?


You will primarily work with Sara Barrett (partner) along with colleagues from our Manchester employment and Corporate teams.


What else should I know?


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. 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.

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If you would like any more information about Mills & Reeve, you can visit our website by clicking on the following link:


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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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