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Royds Withy King
Location: Oxford
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: PQE 4, PQE 5, PQE 6-9
Contact: chris watling
Sector: Employment
Category: Solicitor Jobs

About the Role

A city-centre location and top quality Employment work- what more could you want?! Our expanding Employment team in Oxford is looking for an ambitious Associate/ Senior Associate Solicitor to work closely with Partner Kate Benefer to provide exceptional legal advice to our broad base of employer and claimant clients.


You will be a straight-talking lawyer, used to providing commercially astute advice to your clients. We offer a really supportive environment but we’ll be looking for you to stand on your own two feet by managing your own workload and taking a keen interest in marketing and business development activities.


The key aspects of the role will include:

  • Manage a caseload of Employment files, dealing effectively with cases and transactions. The caseload will be a mix of both contentious and non-contentious work with a focus on working predominantly with Employer clients. You will also get involved claimant work.
  • Meet financial and operational targets and support the budgetary management of client matters. 
  • Build credibility with clients and develop your own client relationships through managing expectations regarding options, outcomes, risk and timescales.
  • Develop technical ability, seeking excellence at all times. Begin to develop a niche/ sector expertise.
  • Grow your internal and external networks of clients, intermediaries and contacts, building on your personal profile and reputation.
  • Take responsibility for managing aspects of department wide projects.
  • Take an active role in supervising a small team, delegating tasks and client work to junior lawyers and trainees, providing clear instructions and monitoring progress.
  • Ensure understanding of the firm’s strategic goals and sets own personal activities/ objectives to align.


About You

Skills & Experience:

  • Qualified Solicitor with a good depth of post qualification experience in Employment law- Essential

  • Broad employment experience having undertaken both contentious and non contentious employment work for a diverse range of clients- Essential

  • Ability to manage own files and delegate work to others- essential

  • Strong client management skills with a focus on delivery of excellent client service- Essential

  • Ability to coach and mentor junior lawyers- Desirable


  • Positive Attitude to Work- Approaches work with positivity and energy and thrives in a busy environment.
  • Effective Communicator- Clearly conveys information and ideas through the relevant media. Speaks in Plain English.
  • Self Aware- Recognises personal strengths and weaknesses and uses that knowledge to interact positively with others. Maintains a professional impression.
  • Team Player- Actively participates as a member of a team. Develops and maintains relationships with others.
  • Resilient- Functions effectively under pressure and handles difficult circumstances in a manner that is acceptable to others and Royds Withy King.
  • Open to Change- Receptive to new ways of working with the ability to be flexible in approaching tasks and problems.

About Us

We are a progressive UK Top 100 law firm known for our commercial, private client, clinical negligence and personal injury work. We were the winner of the Managing Partners’ Forum ‘Best Managed Firm’ award for 2019.


Our firm has 520 people with offices in Bath, Oxford, London, Swindon and Marlborough. 


At Royds Withy King, people come first. Our brand is built around being ‘Ahead of the Curve’. By this we mean always trying to put ourselves in our clients’ shoes, looking ahead to the future, anticipating their needs and coming up with solutions.


We also pride ourselves on providing a brilliant place to work. We recognise that investing in our people and their career is the only way we can succeed in achieving what is best for our clients. Our friendly, accessible and supportive culture is incredibly important to us and we are continually looking at new ways to nurture and enhance it. Our people tell us that this is a firm with a flat structure, where everyone has a voice and everyone’s opinions matter.




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