Employment Lawyer

  • FT Perm
  • Sheffield
  • Competitive DOE USD / Year
  • Salary: Competitive DOE

Andy File Associates Limited is working as a Recruitment Agency on behalf of our client with regards this permanent position.

 

Job Purpose

Our client is a unique ABS which is owned by two unions and provides a range of services to union members, including advising on employment matters, vetting employment cases and negotiating settlement agreements. They are looking for an experienced employment lawyer with a passion for customer service and an understanding of the work of the unions as developing relationships with the unions will be a vital aspect of this role

  • Assessing employment cases
  • Negotiating and advising on settlement agreements
  • Handling claimant employment tribunal claims

You will be responsible for handling your own caseload within the employment law department.

Scope of the Role

  • The jobholder will deliver excellent levels of client service and keep the client regularly updated in line with department service level agreements and individual targets
  • They will be responsible and accountable for promptly handling all matters related to assessing claims, giving both verbal and written telephone advice, running Employment Tribunal claims and negotiating, advising on settlement agreements, providing employment law training and supervising junior staff
  • This is a self-supporting role

Principal Accountabilities/Tasks

  • To promptly and efficiently negotiate amendments to settlement agreements
  • To advise clients as to the terms and effect of settlement agreements
  • To review information and documentation received to assess potential claims and to advise clients as to the merits of their claims and, if appropriate, request further information / consider any further information supplied
  • To conduct Employment Tribunal advocacy and represent clients at full merits hearings
  • To comply with all Tribunal directions and deadlines
  • To provide telephone advice to union members and representatives
  • To work in any other areas as required by the firm if necessary, which may include other offices and those of clients
  • To create and deliver training on Employment Law to staff and clients
  • To draft updates in the law for newsletters and bulletins
  • To attend marketing events on behalf of the firm
  • To supervise junior staff in respect of all aspects of the above

Person specification

Essential

  • Previous experience as an Employment Lawyer
  • Able to prioritise workload and take decisions commensurate to the role
  • Demonstrates a proactive and client-centric approach
  • Able to comply with agreed process and best practice
  • Demonstrates an organised approach to handling a large volume of cases
  • Able to work flexibly as needed to hit set targets and deadlines
  • Able to work on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Able to work with a considerable amount of detailed information

Experience    

Essential

  • Dealing with a large and varied ET caseload, advice work and settlement agreements (claimant experience preferred)
  • Using a case management system
  • Working in a legal, insurance or professional environment

Technical skills and qualifications

Essential

  • Excellent knowledge & understanding of employment law & the ET process
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Good comprehension skills relating to the understanding of a range of documents related to a case
  • Excellent telephone manner and verbal communication skills
  • Able to collect and assess evidence, determine prospects, provide appropriate advice to clients, and progress matters efficiently
  • Competent use of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and general computer skills

Working hours are 35 hours either 8am – 4pm or 9am – 5pm

 

Benefits include

  • Holidays 25 with an extra day accrued for each year worked up to a maximum of 31 + Bank Hols.
  • Death in service – 2x gross salary
  • Maternity/shared parental leave
  • Study leave – 5 days
  • Free parking
  • Subsidised canteen
  • Pension – standard workplace pension
  • Simply Health – employer/employee contribution

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