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Employment Associate – 4-5 years’ + pqe

Reference
VAC-8073
Contract Type
Permanent
Sector
Legal
Location
London
Salary
Competitive
Expiry Date
13/03/2018
Slaughter and May has an integrated department of 5 partners, around 20 associates, 3 Professional Support Lawyers (including one dedicated to employment) and 3 trainees, advising on employment, pensions and share plans.

Job Description

Introduction

Slaughter and May is one of the world’s leading international law firms with an extensive corporate, commercial and financing practice. The specialist groups, including Tax, Competition, Financial Regulation, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate and Pensions and Employment, complement these main activities.

The firm is organised into groups that undertake a general spread of work, encouraging lawyers to work on an extensive range of financial and commercial matters as well as developing an expertise in specialist areas. Much of the work spans the globe, with transactions involving the firm’s overseas offices as well as leading independent law firms in other jurisdictions.

Unlike at other City firms, we do not have internal billing targets. The absence of billing or time-recorded targets benefits both our clients and our fee earners. While our clients appreciate the value we add, our lawyers are able to focus exclusively on the work in hand and are not burdened by an hours-driven culture.

The Team
Slaughter and May has an integrated department of 5 partners, around 20 associates, 3 Professional Support Lawyers (including one dedicated to employment) and 3 trainees, advising on employment, pensions and share plans. Many of our lawyers advise in two or more of these areas. This is in contrast to the common approach of having separate departments for each of these areas.
The department’s work in 2015 has included some of the largest corporate transactions (for example acting for Royal Dutch Shell on its £47bn combination with BG plc), advising on redundancies and corporate restructurings, acting for clients seeking to enforce restrictive covenants against former employees and advising on the termination or appointment of a number of listed company directors. 
Key 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

Requirements

Essential

• Works in a recognised employment practice
• Appropriate level of post-qualification experience (we anticipate between 4-5 years’ + pqe)
• Capable of substantial work with limited supervision
• 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 pension or share plans experience, but this is not essential – this is principally an employment role
• 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
• High level of professionalism and integrity
       

Location: EC1Y 8YY

Salary and benefits package: Competitive

Application deadline: 13/03/2018

The purpose of this description is to provide guidance in relation to the general requirements of the position referred to. It is by no means an exhaustive list of the responsibilities that will be involved.
Please note that any offer of employment with the firm is subject to the firm receiving a satisfactory report in respect of the successful candidate from its third party screening and vetting agency.