Employment Associate (Snr)

Employment Associate (Snr)

Herbert Smith Freehills

London, United Kingdom

The opportunity

Primary objectives:

  • Deliver excellent client service and manage and deliver discrete pieces of legal work;
  • Make an effective contribution to the firm’s work by aiming to meet and exceed target hours;
  • Build a solid foundation of commercial and legal expertise within a chosen area of law and strengthen relationships with clients, frequently acting as a direct point of contact;
  • Be responsible for some management and delegation of work to and support of junior colleagues.

Key responsibilities:

  • Role-specific - this role will entail a range of contentious, general advisory and transactional employment work as well as some industrial relations work;
  • Manage work to support optimal utilisation; assist senior lawyers as required, acting as lead lawyer, where appropriate; delegate and provide feedback to juniors and communicate progress on tasks to supervisor and team members, consulting and offering solutions on difficult technical client issues; and manage the billing process as appropriate;
  • Manage, develop and strengthen client relationships through anticipating client needs and expectations; and provide prompt responses and updates on progress;
  • Support the firm and others - establish effective relationships with individuals and groups, across the global network; uphold the firm’s values; contribute to the firm’s initiatives (eg corporate social responsibility and diversity and inclusion activities); mentor and support juniors; raise profile by being involved with external bodies and supporting and attending marketing/industry events; and assist with internal training and preparation of legal precedents;
  • Comply with risk requirements, firm policies and all relevant professional responsibilities and legislation and contribute to billing, engagement and client acceptance processes.

Skills, experience and qualifications

  • Qualified/admitted legal practitioner in relevant jurisdiction;
  • Ideally at least 5 years' post qualification experience, however we are open to considering candidates with more or less experience;
  • We would also consider practising Barristers who would like to transition into a role within a law firm;
  • Solid knowledge of Employment law as an area and relevant industry sector(s);
  • Strong legal skills, including drafting, negotiation and project management skills; foundation level people management and business development skills.Good understanding of law firm profitability and key drivers for financial efficiency; and ability to help manage costs and budgets.

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