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Employment Associate 0-5 PQE

Reference
VAC-17322
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Legal
Location
London, City of London
Salary
Competitive
Expiry Date
11/05/2019
Slaughter and May is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The firm has an extensive corporate, financial institutions, commercial and financing practice.

Job Description

Slaughter and May is one of the world’s leading international law firms. The firm has an extensive corporate, financial institutions, commercial and financing practice. It also has strong practices in Pensions and Employment, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Financial Regulation, Tax, Competition and Real Estate.

The firm is organised into groups that undertake a general spread of work, encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of matters. Much of the work spans the globe, with transactions involving our overseas offices as well as leading independent law firms in many other jurisdictions.
The matters we work on are generally challenging and sophisticated. We do, however, aim to give associates as much responsibility and client contact as they are ready for. At your level we would expect you to be the day to day contact with a client, with guidance and supervision from a partner.

Structure of our Pensions and Employment practice
The department’s work has included the employment, pensions and incentives aspects of some of the largest corporate transactions (for example acting for Royal Dutch Shell on its £47bn combination with BG plc) or for Standard Life in its merger with Aberdeen Asset Management, as well as advising on business transfers, redundancies and corporate restructurings.  On the advisory side, we advise our substantial corporate client base on the termination or appointment of directors and senior employees on enforcing restricted covenants and general employment advice.

Role and responsibilities
• Acting as the day-to-day contact for advising clients on a wide range of employment issues
• Taking responsibility for the employment aspects of corporate transactions of all kinds, including share and asset sales and outsourcings;
• Developing the practice by promoting the Firm and its work – both to existing and potential clients.
• Drafting, reviewing and amending the legal and commercial aspects of documentation
• Providing efficient professional support for partners
• Developing professional relationships with clients
• Supporting the wider team in developing business and raising the profile of the firm
• Managing/supervising the work of others including trainees

Key skills and attributes
• Works in a recognised employment practice
• Has between 0-5+ years’ post qualification experience in employment and is capable of substantial work with limited supervision
• Has a strong academic background and a demonstrable, high level of intellectual rigour
• Has experience in employment aspects of transactions and in dealing with employment issues in relation to directors and senior executives
• Could also have some pensions or share plans experience, but this is not essential - this is principally an employment role
We are also looking for candidates who demonstrate:
• Ability to draft, advise and negotiate in relation to complex transactions and cases
• First rate legal/commercial knowledge and analytical skills
• Excellent client relationship skills
• Excellent efficiency and transaction management skills
• Ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually challenging environment
• Resilient under pressure with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
• Experienced in running negotiations/meetings under minimal supervision
• High level of professionalism and integrity

Salary: Competitive 
Location: London
Closing Date: 11/05/2019