Part time 3 day a week or equivalent. Full time available if have own following.
MDY Legal is a multidisciplinary law firm providing legal advisory and programme management services with a focus on international development. MDY Legal provides legal services to approximately 30 key clients and programme management services to two high profile international development programmes funded by international aid agencies in the infrastructure and health sectors (PIDG www.pidg.org and HANSHEP www.hanshep.org).
Main Purpose of Role
To develop the employment law practice of MDY Legal.
- As the appointed Employment Lawyer you will be reporting directly to the Partners and assisting the Partners in building up the employment law practice.
- Working with clients on principally non-contentious work including employment documentation, workplace issues and policies, data protection, discrimination, restructuring and redundancies, executive issues and the impact of corporate M&A and restructurings. Many of the Firm's clients operate on an international platform. This means that workplace issues have multiple dimensions: a strategic level, a cross-border level and a local dimension on the ground.
- Advising on all aspects of TUPE including business transfers and service provision changes relating to the public sector.
- Recruiting senior executives, drafting service agreements and settlement/compromise agreements, advising on secondments and terminations.
- Advising on redundancy & reorganisation, site closures and departmental reorganisations, varying terms and conditions.
- Advising on performance management, absence management, discipline & grievance, equal opportunities and discrimination, family-related rights and collective issues.
- Reviewing and amending employment contracts and consultancy contracts, HR policies and staff handbooks to ensure they are comprehensive, up to date and compliant with current employment law and best practice.
- Designing and delivering public and in-house bespoke training sessions on e.g. TUPE, equal opportunities, handling discipline and grievance, data protection and employment law updates.
- Advising on all aspects of employment law as well as ad-hoc, day to day support to client employers.
- Drafting consultancy contracts for MDY Legal consultants and liaising with MDY Legal Finance Department to monitor consultant inputs against agreed milestones. Drafting extensions and amendments to consultancy contracts where required.
- As part of consulting teams, advising on employment aspects of consultancy projects undertaken by MDY Legal (either alone or in consortium with others) e.g. institutional development projects in developing countries funded by multi-lateral donors.
The Employment Lawyer will also be responsible for strengthening MDY’s brand position as a leader in providing Legal and Programme Management services for international development by
- Contributing to content relating to employment law on MDY Legal’s website.
- Assisting with the identification of new business opportunities and the preparation of bids/tenders for new business.
Skills and Experience
- A minimum of 5 years’ post-qualification experience of employment law (mainly non-contentious)
- Significant in-house counsel or private practice experience that can cross a range of disciplines (including some experience of data protection issues) and market sectors including private sector, public sector, third sector and infrastructure and/or health (desirable)
- Good client and stakeholder relationship building skills and effective communication with clients, project teams and business managers
- Commercially aware, strong team player, effective management skills, versatile
- Ability to communicate and work well with people at all levels
- Attention to detail and a well organised approach to work
- Ability to work with numerical information, plus analytical and problem-solving skills
- Diplomatic approach and the confidence to liaise with high profile company staff and board members
- Integrity and discretion when handling confidential information
- Shared vision of growing an employment practice in the International Development Sector
- Enthusiastic participation and deployment of your employment law specialisation in the day-to-day management of a niche practice is essential
The ideal Employment Solicitor will be able to work independently, have a genuine interest in the International Development Sector, have the initiative, motivation and drive to add value to our niche team