Legal Counsel - Employment
Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the UK’s leading childcare provider, and it’s our people who allow us to achieve this. With a portfolio of over 300 nurseries, and a 30 year history, we are proud to have been trusted by many families to provide their children with naturally inspiring, exceptional care and education for the early years, and proud to have been voted Great Place to Work for the last 13 consecutive years.
Our in house Legal department cover all legal issues which arise from operating a business in the early years, well-being and work / life sector. Working in partnership with many departments, covering a variety of legal areas such as; contracts, leases, employment, acquisitions, risk mitigation, legal dispute resolution, litigation and general legal advice. Much of the legal work is at the cutting edge of business practice, as Bright Horizons continues to grow and find innovative ways to help support its customers. The primary focus for this role will be to support the areas of employment and personal injury.
This role will need to be based from our Rushden, Northamptonshire office 1 to 2 days per week. The rest of the week, the location base of the role can be flexible. A willingness to travel within England, when required to support or attend meetings, will be required.
- Protect/ represent the business’ interests and support maintaining its operations within the scope established by law
- Stay abreast of legal developments affecting the business, its clients, and sector. Utilising the information to incorporate it into the business’ practices
- Advise the business on relevant laws, risks, and legal areas
- Draft, review and negotiate a broad range of legal documents
- Support the development of risk mitigation strategies for operations, commercial documents, and acquisitions
- Counsel, advise, and consult company stakeholders based on an accurate interpretation of the law, commercial documents, and the facts of a business opportunity of risk
- Support the development of internal guidelines, toolkits, and packaged knowledge on various legal and business issues
- Support, promote and implement initiatives in partnership with various departments such as Operations, Acquisitions, Client Services, Client Relations, Health and Safety, Facilities and Marketing
- Fully qualified solicitor, with previous experience practicing employment law post qualification, to include representing respondents and conducting own advocacy at Tribunal.
- Experienced within Personal Injury Law either pre, during, or post Training Contract is advantageous, but not essential.
- Holds a strong knowledge and understanding of employment and basic personal injury law, as well as a basic understanding of the principals relating to contracts, intellectual property, data protection, and commercial litigation
- Confident in providing commercially practical legal advice that balances and protects the risks to the business
- Outstanding people and relationship building skills
- Able to translate complex legal concepts to non- legal audience
- Able to manage multiple projects at one time, with the focus and drive
Because of the nature of this job, it will be necessary for the appropriate level of criminal record disclosure to be undertaken. Therefore, it is essential in making your application you disclose whether you have any pending charges, convictions, bind-overs or cautions and, if so, for which offences. This post will be exempt from the provisions of Section 4 (2) of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Therefore, applicants are not entitled to withhold information about convictions which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provision of the Act, and, in the event of the employment being taken up, any failure to disclose such convictions will result in dismissal or disciplinary action. The fact that a pending charge, conviction, bind-over or caution has been recorded against you will not necessarily debar you from consideration for this appointment.