Legal Counsel - Employment Lawyer - Senior Manager, Open to flexible working

London (Central), London (Greater)
29 Apr 2022
29 May 2022
Contract Type

EY is a global network of professional services firms engaged in consulting, strategy and transaction, assurance, and tax services with member firms in over 1570 countries worldwide.  The UK firm of Ernst & Young LLP has over 700 partners and over 18,000 employees.

The UK Legal team is well established and highly regarded.  Led by our General Counsel, Lisa Cameron, we comprise 29 lawyers supported by 4 paralegals. The UK Legal team also forms part of a Global legal function.  

We have a vacancy for an additional employment lawyer within our high performing and ambitious in-house legal team. In line with our NextWave Strategy to create long term value as the world’s most trusted, distinctive professional services organisation we are disrupting ourselves for the future, focussing on asset-based services, emerging technologies and encouraging and enabling innovation.  We enjoy a challenging workload, supporting that Strategy by the prompt delivery of pragmatic, adaptable and commercial legal advice to all levels within our business.  

Your key responsibilities

The work carried out by our existing team of 3 London based employment lawyers within the UK Legal team is highly varied and covers all legal issues arising from the running of a professional services business.   

Your work will include:

  • Proactively identifying, assessing, and balancing employment law risk, and offering practical, business-oriented and creative solutions in partnership with key stakeholders on a broad range of partner and employment issues. 
  • Advising on complex grievance, disciplinary and dismissal processes as well negotiating and documenting settlements.  Where necessary managing and using outside counsel effectively.
  • Providing strategic litigation support to our Talent function on employment tribunal claims
  • Supporting commercial legal colleagues in negotiating employment related aspects of client contracts, master service agreements and tenders, with a particular focus on TUPE, including transfer of teams into EY.
  • Supporting employment aspects of corporate acquisitions.
  • Conducting sensitive and empathetic investigations in relation to business and conduct issues, including whistleblowing reports and external complaints.
  • Reviewing, amending and implementing changes to policies, procedures and standard documentation to reflect changes in the law as well as our commitment to building a better working world.

Skills and attributes for success

  • Strong team player with excellent negotiation and communication skills. 
  • Demonstrable commitment to the attributes of our highest performing teams – focus on results, accepting of accountability, committed, embraces healthy conflict, builds trust.
  • Keeps calm and copes well with conflicting and ever-changing deadlines.
  • Ability to lead, provide a view, take responsibility and ownership of issues, including an ability to take difficult decisions and provide substantiated arguments.
  • Commercial awareness of the business issues facing us as we evolve, coupled with an active desire to get alongside our business, offering legal insight and support. 
  • Ability to thrive in our fast-paced collaborative culture

To qualify for the role, you must have

  • At least 10 years of post-qualification employment law experience 
  • Gained either in a reputable City law firm (or equivalent) and/or in-house

What we look for

A self-starter, adept at responding promptly/juggling deadlines who actively looks to build relationships based on trust and confidence.

What we offer

We offer a competitive remuneration package where you’ll be rewarded for your individual and team performance. Our comprehensive Total Rewards package includes support for flexible working and career development, and with FlexEY you can select benefits that suit your needs, covering holidays, health and well-being, insurance, savings and a wide range of discounts, offers and promotions. Plus, we offer:

  • Continuous learning: You’ll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We’ll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

Please note

Prior to finalizing your application, you will be asked to provide personal information across several dimensions of diversity and inclusiveness. The information you provide is kept entirely confidential and will not be used to evaluate your candidacy. We collect this data to help us analyse our recruitment process holistically and implement actions that promote diversity and inclusiveness. While optional, we encourage you to provide this information to hold us accountable towards our goal of building a better working world. We ask because it matters! 

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

The exceptional EY experience. It’s yours to build.

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