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A fantastic opportunity has arisen to join our Legal-500 recommended Employment practice as a partner, based at either our Derby or Birmingham office.

This role is responsible for managing a significant personal caseload of employment matters, this includes conducting own advocacy where necessary/appropriate. As a senior member of the Employment team, this role is also responsible for taking an active lead on team development & mentoring, leading business development efforts and taking on more complex fee-earning matters.

Reporting directly to the Head of Employment, the Employment Partner should assist with setting team strategy and managing performance in accordance with financial & team targets as required.

Key Responsibilities


  • Manage a varied caseload of complex matters that will include:
  1. Providing employment law advice to education and commercial clients;
  2. Drafting advice reports, supporting clients with processes and other documentation such as settlement agreements;
  3. Assisting clients with HR processes and procedures;
  4. Handling cases through tribunal proceedings;
  5. Providing support on employment issues arising in transactions.
  • As well as managing a personal caseload of more complex matters, the Employment Partner is responsible for taking on additional workload where necessary in the instance that the department is nearing full capacity.
  • Provide ongoing technical support on matters for more junior fee-earners.
  • Ensure personal Employment knowledge is kept up to date and new advancements are communicated to the wider team.

Assisting Management

  • Attend monthly fee-earner meetings with the wider Employment team. Contribute where required as a senior member of the team.
  • Attend regular one-to-one meetings with the Head of Employment – report on departmental priorities and financial performance as necessary.
  • Provide supervision of matters for more junior fee-earners, sign off work as and when required.
  • Ensure appropriate allocation of fee-earning matters within the team – regularly assess capacity of fee-earners and delegate work effectively where required by the Head of Employment.
  • Work alongside the Head of Employment to proactively drive performance of the team – conduct meetings with more junior fee-earners where necessary.

Business Development

  • Take an active lead in managing the client experience. Attend client meetings where necessary.
  • Assist the Head of Employment to ensure the renewal process for existing clients is seamless and proactive in its approach.
  • Prepare and conduct external training sessions on employment law for prospective & existing clients.
  • Report regularly on business development figures to senior management.

You will:

  • Have experience of dealing with contentious and non-contentious employment law matters.
  • Possess good knowledge and experience of tribunal procedures and protocols.
  • Have a high level of knowledge and understanding of employment law for high profile clients.
  • Possess exceptional client care skills.
  • Be highly motivated and able to add value to the role.
  • Be able to demonstrate proactive management of matters.
  • Possess networking and client development skills.

Disclosure will be required in the event that a position is offered.

The successful candidate will be required to attend an induction and a period of training at the firm’s Derby office.



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