Senior Associate - Employment (Health Sector)

  • Mills & Reeve
  • Birmingham, UK
  • Feb 11, 2021
Full time Management

Job Description

The role

We are looking for an employment law solicitor to join the Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL, based in our Birmingham office, working predominantly for employers in the health sector. 

The role will involve working closely with Jog Hundle, Partner and other team members. 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 Birmingham.  Advocacy experience is welcome.

The person

You will have 4+ years' employment 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.

Essential

  • Good academics - 2.1 degree or equivalent with good A levels

  • 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

 Desirable

  • Previous experience of advising large employers in either the health sector or a comparable sector such as education, housing, government or charitable

  • Advocacy experience

Who will I be working with?

You will work with Jog Hundle and other members of our Birmingham employment team and will be part of the cross office Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL which is headed up by partner, David Mills.  As part of that cross office team, you may also be required to assist colleagues in other offices.

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. This year we were named as Roll on Friday's Firm of the Year. 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.

Benefits

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.

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.