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Employment Associate

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Allen & Overy
09 May 2014
05 June 2014
Experience Level

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Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy LLP is a leading international legal practice with a truly global presence. We are renowned for the high quality of our banking, corporate and international capital markets advice but also have major strengths in areas such as litigation and dispute resolution, employment and benefits, real estate and tax.

Our deals often make headline business news and we work with a large number of the top financial institutions and governments. With many of our partners acknowledged as leaders in their fields, and with all our staff demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism, we have a strong reputation for delivering excellence in all that we do.

Department Purpose and Structure

Recognised as one of the market’s leading employment practices, we have experience of working with clients on both contentious and non-contentious work including employment documentation, workplace issues and policies, data protection, discrimination, restructuring and redundancies, executive issues, employment-related litigation and the impact of corporate M&A and restructurings.

Many of our clients are heavily invested in globalisation and continue to expand their international platform. This means that workplace issues have multiple dimensions: a strategic level, a cross-border level and a local dimension on the ground. With over 110 employment lawyers in 26 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the U.S., we work in partnership with clients to develop individual, sophisticated and creative solutions to modern workplace issues.

Our team is renowned for being at the forefront of using innovative tools to assist clients to meet their needs and challenges on HR-related matters. With a client-centric approach we cover not only standalone advisory and corporate transactional support but also provide clients with a more bespoke approach which includes providing training, regular legal bulletins and a broad range of value added services. We are committed to the development of best practice within employment and devote a considerable amount of time and resources to training our lawyers to ensure our clients receive the best, practical and robust advice.


Role and Responsibilities

  • Providing strategic guidance to clients
  • Advising on restructuring programmes, employment contracts, HR policies, diversity initiatives in addition to general employee relations and employment related cases
  • Managing employment tribunal claims in addition to corresponding litigation and mediation
  • Attending client meetings
  • Managing client expectations and project delivery appropriately
  • Business development - development of personal plan; assistance with and implementation of business development campaign
  • Legal research
  • Drafting, reviewing and amending documentation
  • Supervision of junior team members



Key Requirements

  • Qualified lawyer (at least 2.5 years qualified)
  • Strong technical knowledge with regards to employment law
  • Strong transactional experience
  • Outstanding academic credentials
  • Intellectual curiosity and versatility
  • Self starter with the desire and ability to continuously acquire, build upon and share knowledge
  • Detail-focused and self-motivated approach
  • Strong organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
  • Excellent client relationship skills
  • Sound experience of operating at associate level within a complex international organisation
  • Strong commercial/business acumen with the ability to deliver creative and pragmatic solutions and advice
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interface at all levels and particularly to win the respect of the partner and fee-earner community, building strong relationships with both internal and external stakeholders
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to develop and work in a fast paced, intellectually rigorous environment
  • A person of sound judgment, able to establish a high level of credibility



Who We Are Looking For:

We are ideally looking for a highly motivated lawyer who combines good academic credentials with sound practical experience, good business judgement and strong interpersonal skills.  Candidates should be articulate, show a genuine interest in the subject and be committed to their continuing development as a lawyer.  We are looking for a lawyer with the potential and ambition to be a leader in their field and who takes responsibility for, and pride in, the team's work product.  You should be keen to be primarily responsible for building and maintaining the client relationships assigned to you.



Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is a leading international legal practice with a truly global presence.