Employment Solicitor/Associate

  • Preston
  • Permanent
  • £45,000 - £50,000 per annum

At Clayton Legal we are working in partnership with one of the North West’s Leading Law Firms.
We are looking for an Associate/Senior Associate to join their award-winning Employment team based local to Preston/Blackburn,
This is a full-time role working 36.25 hours per week, Monday- Friday, 9am until 5pm.  Hybrid working arrangements may be available depending on operational requirements.

This is a great opportunity for someone to join our Employment Team, to progress in their current career and bring their current skills and knowledge to a collaborative and professional team. Whilst the role will be working to the fast-paced, customer focused and high standards of a law firm, the role will also provide a sustainable work-life balance and relate to the regional area in which it is based.

The role will be responsible for delivering successful outcomes such as:

  • Handling a varied case load of employment matters – primarily consisting of   Education, Housing and Local Authority matters
  • Attending/Representing at Tribunal hearings for a wide variety of hearings, including:-
    • Unfair dismissal
    • Discrimination
    • TUPE
    • Redundancy
  • Representation at internal client hearings such as disciplinaries, dismissals, grievances, appeals and conducting investigations;
  • Provision of written and verbal advice in litigated and non-litigated matters;
  • Communications with client, opponents, Courts/Tribunals and third parties to progress files;
  • Provision and supervision of value-added services e.g. client helpline calls/emails, legal surgeries, briefing notes etc.
  • Supporting the Head of Department, Partners and other advisors on their own cases, and the delivery of the departmental strategy and business objectives;
  • Management, supervision, training, coaching and mentoring of (and delegation of work to) Solicitors, Caseworkers and Paralegals – to facilitate the achievement of their business objectives and professional development goals;
  • Ensuring compliance with internal and external business requirements including ISO:9001 quality control, SRA Principles / Code of Conduct, Court & Tribunal deadlines;
  • Monitoring and reporting on own financial and business performance, and of colleagues under the Associate’s management / supervision responsibilities, to deliver work in a profitable manner;
  • Contributing towards internal continuous improvement, innovation and knowledge sharing;
  • Inter-departmental support and collaboration on joint files, projects and events;
  • Contributing to the development of the departmental business plan;
  • Building positive relationships with current/prospective clients and enhancing the firm’s profile, to drive business growth;
  • Contributing to business development including training events, articles/newsletters, Chambers & Legal 500 submissions, etc
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