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Solicitor/Associate- Employment (4594)

We’re a national law firm with a local reach. Our philosophy is ‘we're legal and financial experts that care’ – something you’ll find in the way we work with our clients and how we support our teams. But we’re more than just a law firm – we’re a team of people 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 push boundaries to achieve incredible things and make a real difference to our clients and communities.

We're always looking to support our colleagues to work in a way that works best for them and everyone else, including our clients, the business, and the regulators. Please speak to one of our Talent Acquisition team to find out more.


The Team and The Role

The Team

The team specialises in all areas of Employment Law, both contentious and non-contentious. We advise businesses and individuals, with a focus on respondent work. Our clients are in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, consumer, hospitality, education and charities. Day to day, you’ll see us advising on redundancies, disciplinary and grievances, settlement agreements, TUPE, absence management, discrimination, whistleblowing and employee status issues, to name a few. We also regularly get involved in project work for clients – corporate support, training programmes on topics such as sexual harassment, equality and diversity or performance management. We also undertake a lot of Employment Tribunal claims.  and support our colleagues, if they wish, to do their own advocacy.

You’ll benefit from being part of a local, regional and national team, benefitting from the close working relationships in a supportive environment. Our national employment team is over 60 people strong and we are growing year on year with the number and type of clients that want to work with us. 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 Employment team is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in a wide variety of work with a respondent focus. We act for charities, education organisations, SMEs and large household name companies and have a mix of advisory and contentious work. As such, you can expect a role which is varied and enables you to develop a good-rounded skillset with opportunity to specialise in sectors or particular areas of law.

You’ll be part of a highly collaborative regional team of over 20. We work closely together to ensure our clients receive excellent support. Expect to be working on day to day HR Advisory work, advise on settlement agreements, assisting or running your own Tribunal Claims and getting involved in project work such as holiday pay, TUPE, corporate support and ED&I training or advice, to name only a few. You’ll benefit from supportive supervision that is focussed on each on of our team contributing to our outstanding client service and recognising the importance of individual professional development.

You’ll benefit from being part of a larger national employment practice of over 70 employment lawyers – we have a regular programme of legal training and wider support from practice development lawyers to help us keep up to date with changes. There will be opportunities to get involved with business development opportunities or to lead client relationships, depending on level of experience.

The right candidate will be an exceptional team player with a client facing approach to how you work.  You will have experience of working on a variety of employment law matters, ideally be 2-6 year PQE (but all interested candidates considered), be organised, be a good communicator and enjoy a busy, varied workload. 


About You
  • 2 PQE +
  • Team player
  • Technical ability and client facing approach to delivery of advice
  • 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

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 holidays as standard plus bank holidays - You can ‘buy’ up to 35hrs of extra holiday too.
  • Generous and flexible pension schemes.
  • Volunteering days – Two days of volunteering every year for a cause of your choice (fully paid)
  • Westfield Health membership, offering refunds on medical services alongside our Aviva Digital GP services.

We also offer a wide range of well-being initiatives to encourage positive mental health both in and out of the workplace and to make sure you’re fully supported.  This includes our Flexible by Choice programme which gives our colleagues more choice over a hybrid way of working subject to role, team and client requirements.

We have been ranked in the Best Workplaces for Wellbeing for Large Organisations for 2024!

Our responsible business programmes are fundamental to who we are and our purpose. We’re committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace where our colleagues can flourish, and we have established a number of inclusion network groups across our business to support this aim. 

Our commitment to Social Responsibility, community investment activity and tackling climate change is a fundamental part of who we are. It’s made up of four strands: Our People, Our Community, Our Environment and Our Pro Bono.


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, colleagues, clients, partners and other stakeholders.

We carry out pre employment screening to establish your eligibility to work in the UK, criminal record and financial checks ­with our trusted 3rd parties.

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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4 Wellington Place, Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, LS1 4BZ

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

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    Commercial, Advisory & Disputes
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    IM LLP
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