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Senior Employment Lawyer

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2 Feb 2021

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Senior Employment Lawyer: ESP (Homeworking)

An award-winning firm ‘with a difference’ seeks senior employment lawyer keen to drive market change.

In the crowded employment law market, openings for experienced legal professionals are arising on an almost daily basis – not least due to COVID-19. 

But rarely does an opportunity emerge for a high calibre employment lawyer (7+ years’ PQE) to join the team of an award-winning firm committed to putting Employee Relations (ER) on the strategic agenda. Not to mention one which has offered flexible and home working as standard, long before the pandemic!

This role would suit a talented lawyer with an innovative mindset and a genuine commitment to leveraging change – not just within their customers’ organisations, but the world of ER on the whole.

The company – Employment Law | Online ER Support | ER Technology Solutions

Our client was purposefully established as an ABS law firm, 5 years ago, in an attempt to drive the much-needed revolution of an otherwise static market. This mission quickly gathered pace – in fact, fast forward to 2021, and their determination to act as an extension of their customers’ HR teams and provide integrated support services built around people, processes and technology, means they now support over 200 organisations (1,000-10,000 employees typical size), via a fixed annual subscription pricing model.

These businesses – including Greene King, GVC Holdings and Randstad – chose our client not just due to their rounded and innovative proposition in a relatively staid market, but also because of how they treat their people. Some of the most experienced employment lawyers in the UK have turned their backs on the city centre rat race, to join a close-knit team, delivering first-rate advice collaboratively – but remotely – from locations throughout the country.

Pursuing a continued growth trajectory which shows no sign of slowing, the firm has an impressive customer roster, but an even more eye-catching pipeline, rich with modern HR teams seeking to achieve more from their ER strategy.

The opportunity

Given approximately 70% of our client’s work is retained, billing pressures are significantly reduced, freeing up the lawyer’s time to truly foster strategic relationships and bring the power of ER to life without the shackles of a stopwatch or restrictive fees that often prevent HR customers from seeking support.

So, with no billing or sales targets to hit, this is a role which breaks away from the long hours typically demanded by a traditional busy practice. Instead the focus is on forming deep customer relationships that enable the provision of highly commercial, business-focused advice.

While naturally challenging and complex, this position therefore purposefully exists to provide more balance while allowing the individual to work across a caseload of quality employment legal matters.

This opportunity is ripe for an individual who:

  • Is excited by the client’s proposition – not least its technology focus (unable to find a ready-made, fit-for-purpose ER case management tool, for example, the client built their own!)
  • Buys into this business model and the opportunity to be part of a more consultancy-style organisation
  • Is eager to deliver complex, senior-level legal advice to an increasingly advancing base of ‘A-list’ customers, without the constraints of traditional billing models
  • Wants to join an already premier legal team to advance customer standards
  • Seeks a truly flexible role with home working offered as standard

The package

Our client is looking for a technologically savvy individual, embracing of change and passionate about ‘what could be’ in the world of employee relations. In handling a respondent employment caseload covering the full spectrum of work, the successful candidate will naturally see things from customers’ perspectives and have intuitive CRM skills that will only serve to bolster an already impressive customer retention rate.

In return our client will provide:

  • A highly competitive remuneration package

Their priority is to secure the right people to empower the organisation to move to the next phase of its development. The package can therefore compete head-on with current/desired salary/benefits scheme.

  • Flexible working as standard

Team meetings and professional development days in Leeds, Manchester and London bring the team together to collaborate in person – and also enjoy social time out. However, aside from any requirements to meet customers face-to-face, this role offers utmost flexibility in terms of location.

  • Room to breathe

Our client recognises the varied advantages associated with a balanced work/home life, plus a break away from the rigour and structure of the traditional law firm.           

How to apply

To find out more about this unusual and exciting opportunity contact either :

Rachael Mann on 0113 467 7111 or 

Sophie Linley on 0113 236 6711


at Sacco Mann.

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