7 months ago
The Birmingham employment team forms part of the leading national Employment and People Services Team at Gateley Plc. Highly ranked in both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, the Birmingham team acts for a wide range of clients in numerous sectors including retail, financial services, manufacturing, leisure and others. Examples of our clients include AGA Rangemaster Group, Arts Council England, BNP Paribas, Cox Automotive, Dune Group, Leadec, SEMTA, Sevacare and Tyrrells Crisps. By way of an example of the high quality work undertaken by the team, we are currently acting on one of the most high profile pieces of employment litigation of 2017 – a multi-claimant and multi-respondent claim involving national minimum wage compliance in the social care sector, which has received extensive national media coverage. The claim also involves complex issues concerning the application of the TUPE regulations.
Our clients say that “Regardless of how unusual the situation may be, they will find a solution and reassure us along the right path. They keep it simple and provide a quick turnaround”.
The team is experienced and driven and comprises two Partners and two Assistants. The Partners consider that the recruitment of a candidate with the requisite PQE will form a valuable mid-level support to both the Partners (in respect of client development and business development) and the Assistants in respect of guidance and support. The successful candidate will be joining a hardworking and supportive team and will have partner support on tap. The team has a clear desire to nurture and develop the candidate throughout their career. The candidate will be given responsibility from the outset, being exposed to high quality work and working alongside the Partners on a number of high profile cases and projects. They will be involved in the development of client relationships from an early stage and have supervisory responsibilities.
Duties & Responsibilities
This role will involve a mixture of non-contentious and contentious employment work and the successful candidate will be expected to want to excel in both areas. The candidate will have a wide and varied work load to include (amongst others) some or all of the following areas:
* Drafting employment contracts and policies;
* Day to day advice to clients on their employee relations issue including by telephone and email, as well as drafting and checking of related letters;
* Project work relating to restructuring and TUPE;
* Corporate support work regarding M&A and outsourcing;
* Enforcement of restrictive covenants and confidentiality clauses;
* Employment Tribunal case handling and advocacy;
* Negotiating and drafting of settlement agreements;
* Delivery of training and development of new business opportunities.
Key Skills & Experience
We are looking to recruit a Solicitor or Associate from 3 to 6 years post qualification experience with high quality employment experience gained in a leading national or regional practice, with strong technical skills and the ability to manage a large and varied caseload with appropriate supervision. Experience in supervising colleagues (formally or through informal guidance) is valued. The successful candidate will possess a genuine desire and proven ability to develop relationships with clients, a strong commercial mindset, and a passion for delivering excellence in everything they do.
They will also be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
* first class academic and excellent training record
* an eagerness to develop and grow the business
* a strong team work ethic
* outgoing disposition and “can do” attitude
* drive, commitment and self-motivation
* discretion and professionalism
* strong interpersonal skills and confident manner with the ability to relate to people at all levels
* ability to work effectively under pressure
* organised with time and documents
Trading as Gateley Plc we are a leading national, commercial law firm. Operating in 10 UK cities and with an office in Dubai, the firm helps clients meet their commercial goals through the delivery of clear and pragmatic legal advice and solutions.
In 2015 Gateley made legal history by becoming the first UK law firm to list on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange. As a plc, Gateley is able to fulfil its growth strategy: differentiate; incentivise and diversify.
Differentiate: by listing, Gateley demonstrated its progressive and entrepreneurial mind-set – a distinctive approach, which appeals to clients.
Incentivise: Gateley has a unique offer to its staff – equity in the business. An employee share scheme enables everyone working at Gateley Plc to have a stake in its continued growth and success.
Diversify: the Gateley Group provides clients with more than legal advice thanks to its recent acquisitions.
Gateley is a full-service legal business which is home to market-leading real estate, corporate, banking & finance and corporate recovery practices.
Gateley is committed to the regional communities in which it is based, and actively supports a number of causes both nationally and regionally. The firm has a reputation as a friendly and sociable place to work and is committed to equality and diversity throughout its offices.