Job title: Employment Solicitor
Job purpose: To assist the Employment Counsel in providing and maintaining a comprehensive employment advice service for its members.
Reports to: Employment Counsel and Director of Legal and Regulatory Services r
Directorate: Legal and Regulatory
The Legal and Regulatory team advises the organisation’s members on a variety of legal and regulatory enquiries. The team also responds to claims and complaints. The Employment Counsel provides telephone and written advice to employees and employers on employment law issues and supports members through internal and grievance disciplinary procedures. Additionally, the Employment Counsel produces regular communications for members via OT and the AOP website on a variety of current topics.
1. Duties and key responsibilities
1.1 Legal advice
- Provide employment law advice service to members by email, telephone and face to face
- Respond to members’ employment law queries promptly and effectively
- Maintain an active caseload, including contentious and non-contentious matters. Maintain case records within a legal document management system ensuring they meet Law society requirements
- Carry out complex casework and research
- Assist and prepare members for forthcoming disciplinary and grievance hearings
- Liaise promptly and effectively with external solicitors, counsel and trade union representatives where required.
- Prepare written advice to members including employers, employees or self-employed practitioners
- Prepare, edit and review documentation for members to use in their HR and employment law matters
- Undertake contract reviews
- Drafting settlement documentation.
1.3 Additional duties
- Collating statistics and monthly reporting information
- Collating research and know how materials
- Assist with preparation of know how emails and articles for publications and website
- Assist Employment Counsel with membership advice initiatives including preparation of templates
- Be proactive in keeping up to date with employment law developments
- Operate within organisational policies, codes of conduct and practice and work collaboratively with staff across the association
- Contribute to team meetings and organisational priorities, strategic goals and Performance targets
- Be flexible and carry out other associated duties as may arise, develop or be assigned within the broad remit of the post.
Qualification and Experience
- Qualified solicitor with a minimum of 3 years post qualified experience
Skills and abilities
- Clear verbal and written communication skills with emphasis on accuracy in letters, calculations, preparing cases, opinions, reports and correspondence.
- Giving detailed and complex advice to clients in a clear and accessible format
- Analytical, prioritising and decision making skills
- Plan and manage a complex workload, meet deadlines and respond to unplanned demands.
- Ability to read complex information, summarise and to present complex information
- Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Word and Outlook
- Strong organisational skills
- Effective legal research skills to include summarising and tailoring advice to fit the members’ specific needs
- Clear appreciation of the need for integrity and confidentiality
- Can use initiative to deliver best results
- Comprehensive employment law knowledge
- Clear understanding of professional integrity and confidentiality in delivering advice
Personal attributes and other requirements
- Self motivated, ability to juggle priorities and work both alone and in a team
- Flexible and adaptable with the ability to work in a changing environment and manage multiple work activities, projects and deadlines.
- Committed to achieving a high quality service with good attention to detail
- Confident and assertive whilst approachable and client friendly
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a covering letter, explaining your suitability for the role, and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.