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22 days ago
Location: Bristol
Job type: Temporary
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: PQE 1, PQE 2
Contact: Hr & Recruitment Team
Sector: Litigation
Category: Lawyer Jobs

Maternity Cover (up to 15 months)

To undertake fee earning work for the firm on behalf of clients in general employment law.

Ideal role for a solicitor or CILEX with at least 1-2 years PQE looking to specialise in employment law. Will need to have experience of working within employment law. Have handled own employment law caseload previously.

Fee earner in the Litigation Department

Key responsibilities

Undertake certain elements of fee earning work under supervision including:

General employment law for both employees and employers, including


Maternity + paternity rights

Sickness + capability


Settlement agreements + COT3

 Early conciliation + ACAS

Tribunal proceedings, inc Case Management Conferences

Equalities legislation + discrimination

Workplace harassment + victimisation

Service agreements

Advice, re: directors

Consultancy agreements

Grievance + disciplinary issues Unfair, wrongful + constructive dismissal


Restrictive covenants + confidentiality clauses

Transfer of Undertakings (TUPE)

HR support

Managing and responsible for your own case load (under supervision).

Providing advice to other departments and teams eg: litigation, company commercial, commercial property, family, debt recovery, probate, etc

Taking instructions, keeping detailed file notes of instructions received and of advice given and of any other attendances upon clients and other parties

Preparing cost estimates for matters

Drafting and issuing “Client Care Letters”

Taking forward matters including drafting and/or considering relevant documents such as pleadings, statements, schedules of loss, bundles, Applications & Orders

Engaging in ACAS early conciliation + tribunal proceedings

Advising clients as to the progress of matters and updates of costs periodically throughout matters

Maintaining an adequate and up to date knowledge of the law and practice

Compliance with the procedures in the Office Manual and solicitors accounts rules

Participating in 1:2:1s and the PDR process

Any other reasonable duties as directed by your manager

Preparing or supervising preparation of & checking Court bundles

 Advocacy in Court where required and appropriate, bearing in mind cost-benefit analysis

Agreeing and negotiating terms of settlement and other relevant documents

Checking and signing files prior to closure

Dealing with fax, email and telephone communications promptly

Maintaining an adequate and up to date knowledge of the law and practice

Subject to partner approval, giving undertakings in the approved form in specific matters

Notifying relevant partner as to any complaints received in respect of work undertaken

Supervising other members of the team as necessary

Marketing and development of work – in conjunction with the established Marketing department.

Attending networking events

Developing sources of work

Involvement in marketing strategies and initiatives

Developing the employment law webpage and other marketing material for the department

Cross department working to raise profile and understanding of the work and identify cross-selling


Account Procedures

Preparation of bills of costs, and obtaining the approval of Accounts of all bills prepared

Obtaining payment on account from clients

Requesting cheques

Obtaining partner’s signature to cheques

Preparing written requests for bankers drafts

Notifying accounts of incoming telegraphic transfers

Making request for telegraphic transfers

Notifying accounts of telegraphic transfers requested

Preparing written request for telegraphic transfer for authorisation

Counting money received from clients as payments in

Requesting transfer of money between client accounts

 Requesting transfer of money between client and office account

Referring amendments to cheques and bills to partners for approval and dealing with the formalities for such amendment

Perusing monthly print outs and taking the required action including ensuring that all client money is placed on deposit when required

Attending monthly review meetings to report on outstanding bills and disbursements as requested

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