Senior Associate - Employment (Health) - Birmingham

Location: Birmingham
Discipline: Employment Pensions & Immigration
Contact name: Himpal Bains

Contact email:
Contact phone: 0121 4568003
Vacancy reference: 014190
Published: 10 months ago
Duration: Permanent
Closing date: 30 September 2022

The role

We are looking for a senior employment law solicitor to join our Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL, based in our Birmingham office, working predominantly for employers in the health sector.  You will be advising employers on a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious employment matters, as well as engaging in business development activity to promote the Firm’s practice.  Advocacy experience is welcome.

The team

The Birmingham employment team works for a wide range of sectors predominantly covering commercial, health, higher education, sports and charities.  We are part of the cross-office Employment, Pensions and Immigration NSL of 60 lawyers, supported by two professional support lawyers. The role will involve working closely with Partner, Jog Hundle, and Principal Associates Fiona Longden, Rebecca Harker-Smith and Joanna Burrows and our cross-office team of health employment lawyers.

The person   

You will have 4+ years’ employment experience gained in a reputable firm/in-house  with a substantive employment law practice.  You will be required to deliver outstanding client service and will have a sound understanding of client’s requirements and have effective client relationship and client service skills.  You will have strong technical competence and legal knowledge in employment law.

Skills and attributes required 

It is likely that your background and experience will include:

  • good academics for example a 2:1 degree or equivalent with good A levels or equivalent

  • clear enthusiasm for employment law

  • excellent written English for drafting purposes

  • excellent presentational skills

  • very good time and documentation management skills

  • keen attention to detail. 

  • leading on Employment Tribunal matters and run cases with minimal supervision

  • ability to supervise and assist junior lawyers

Previous experience of advising large employers in either the health sector or a comparable sector is desirable.

Pre-employment screening

Please note that, in the event that we make an offer of employment, we will conduct pre-employment screening that includes checks relating to your professional and academic qualifications, references from previous employers, your eligibility to work in the UK and any disciplinary history recorded with the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA). You will also be required to complete a self-declaration to assess your character and suitability.

Disclosure and barring service check and security clearance

This post is also subject to a satisfactory response from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) (to check for any previous criminal convictions) and, given the nature of the work-type, you may also be required to undergo national security vetting to SC level – the latter can be undertaken following commencement of employment.

And finally

Mills & Reeve is committed to building a diverse workforce and fostering an inclusive environment in which all our people can thrive. We hire people from a wide variety of backgrounds because it makes our firm stronger, and we have a collaborative culture that celebrates different perspectives and values respect for one another, working together, and openness and integrity. Our approach to flexible working means that we work in a way that achieves the right balance for our people, our clients and for our business.