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Associate- Employment- Manchester (4114)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. But, we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team, working together to help individuals and businesses navigate life’s ups and downs.

Working here you’ll feel a part of our friendly and inclusive environment. We’ll value you for who you are and what you bring. We support each other and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

We recognise that the office 9-5 isn’t for everyone. That’s why we’ve introduced ‘Flexible by Choice’ allowing colleagues to work from both home and our offices. We trust each other to support our clients, colleagues and communities at the right time and in the right way. We work hard to look after our colleagues’ wellbeing and professional development; helping us to make this firm a great place to work.

Your Role and What You'll Be Doing

The Team

The team specialises in all areas of Employment Law, both contentious and non-contentious. They advise businesses and individuals on all aspects of employment law, with a focus on respondent work for high-profile, reputable businesses in sectors such as Leisure, Hospitality and Retail. The work includes redundancies, disciplinary and grievances, Settlement Agreements, TUPE, absence management, status issues, IR35 and also diversity and inclusion. We also undertake a wide range of Employment Tribunal claims.

You’ll be part of a national employment team which is over 60 people strong. The work we all do has been recognised with awards including a third nomination for Personnel Today, Employment Law Firm of the Year 2023, something we’re proud to have won twice.

Your Role

Working in our Manchester Employment team is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in challenging and complex cases, whilst learning from the very best. Using your understanding of this interesting area of law, you’ll work to participate in relevant practice development initiatives, seek to get involved with business development opportunities and keep up to date with changes in relevant law and practice. To drive best practice further, you will be an exceptional team player with the ability to work collaboratively to deliver the best outcomes for our clients and to develop other team members.

Your role will focus on the full range of employment issues advising on matters including Corporate Support, TUPE, International Project Work, HR Advisory work and Tribunal Claims, working with UK-based and international businesses, including medium, large and listed companies and reputable high street names in sectors such as Leisure, Hospitality and Retail.

You will gain plenty of hands on experience from the outset with support from senior members of the team who are leading experts in this area, to further your development.

About You

What We’re Looking For

  • 4-8 PQE
  • Experience in Corporate Support, TUPE, International Project Work and HR Advisory work
  • A high level of accuracy
  • An enthusiasm for advising on a varied range of employment law issues and taking on new challenges
  • The ability to manage a busy and varied workload
  • An interest in business development

We’re proud of our values, and we’re looking for people who share them:

  • To be pioneering with an imaginative outlook
  • To be approachable and caring
  • To be tenacious in the pursuit of our objectives
  • To be efficient in the provision of our services
  • To work with a foundation of integrity.

If this sounds like you, we’d love to receive your application.

Our Benefits - What We Can Offer You
  • 25 days annual leave, with the opportunity to buy additional leave
  • Two fundraising days in a year to give back to the community (fully paid!)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering discounted leisure and travel and refunds on medical services

We also offer a huge number of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace as well as flexible working options to ensure that you are fully supported to work the way that best suits you. Our social responsibility programme is fundamental to who we are. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish. We have a range of groups to celebrate our people across sexuality, disability, age, gender and culture. 

We welcome applications from all diversity groups and backgrounds. We’re committed to enabling everyone to thrive and understanding and celebrating our differences is a key part of that. We’re proud of our work on the Disability Confident scheme, on the Race At Work Charter and as Stonewall Diversity Champions. We also have a range of networks for LGBT+, disability, generations, gender, social mobility, ethnicity, faith and culture to celebrate our people and to enable everyone to thrive.


Additional Information

As part of the Irwin Mitchell Group’s on-boarding process all successful applicants are required to complete the group’s employment screening process. This process helps to ensure that all new employees meet our standards in relation to honesty and integrity therefore protecting the interests of the Group, existing employees, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

Depending on the role you apply for we may carry out checks that will establish your eligibility to work in the UK, and criminal record check and financial checks ­with a credit reference agency will also be undertaken.

The employment screening process will fully comply with Data Protection and other applicable laws.

Irwin Mitchell LLP is an equal opportunity employer.

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One St Peter's Square, Manchester, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 3AF

We're proud of our values, and we're looking for people who share them

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