Employment Paralegal

Summary

Salary
£Competitive
Team
Legal
Location
Malmesbury - United Kingdom

Description

We seek a Paralegal to support the Employment Law Team and broader business functions. This is a role that provides an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and contribute as part of a dynamic and ambitious in-house legal team.  As an Employment Paralegal, you will report to the Senior Employment Counsel – Europe and partner regularly with other Employment Law Team members to deliver advice and assistance to a variety of departments, with a focus on human resources. 

Accountabilities

This Employment Paralegal position will be dedicated to providing day-to-day support on a number of litigation and employment matters and general project advancement. This position will afford invaluable experience and exposure to an array of legal issues and the opportunity to develop professionally within a fast-paced and dynamic organisation.

Your day to day duties will involve:

  • Supporting on UK and European employment issues across the business, helping to navigate complex issues with an output and delivery focus

  • Co-ordinate multi-jurisdictional legal advice by managing external counsel and internal stakeholders

  • Help to prepare and update risk assessments, settlement proposals, project plans and status updates on all material projects and risk areas identified by the Employment Law Team in Europe 

  • Own and drive projects through to completion – collaborating with internal stakeholders to ensure efficient and timely execution

  • Support on the effective management of UK employment litigation and contentious matters by preparing bundles, drafting witness statements, collating and reviewing disclosure documents and generally assisting with internal and external stakeholders to drive to a favourable outcome

  • Assist the Professional Support Lawyer with drafting and reviewing policies, template contracts and HR precedents in the UK and Europe 

  • Supporting the Professional Support Lawyer with the creation and maintenance of precedent documents for the Employment Law team, such as contracts of employment, consultancy agreements, employment agency agreements, template legal pleadings and settlement agreements 

  • Supporting the Senior Employment Counsel – Europe in the management of larger scale collective employee issues in the UK and Europe such as redundancies, restructures, TUPE and changes to terms and conditions

  • Supporting with the preparation and delivery of relevant training programmes for HR and line managers

  • Maintaining an up to date and comprehensive knowledge of developments in your area of law, and supporting with the dissemination of that information to peers and the business accordingly

  • Conduct research on applicable regulations, laws, and legal articles

  • Collaborating with other members of the legal team and the business to devise efficient strategies for the provision of legal services that are fit for future growth and match our blueprint for success

  • Attend to basic clerical tasks, such as photocopying, making and receiving phone calls, and fielding correspondence

Skills

You will have:
  • Law degree or equivalent 
  • Ideally at least one year’s experience at a reputable law firm or within a large business environment 
  • Familiarity with electronic document management and filing systems
  • Superior research skills
  • Advanced experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook required
  • SharePoint and Relativity proficiency preferred

How you will do it.Whenever you provide support to the Employment Law Team, you will: 
  • Use excellent verbal and written communication skills, tailoring messaging to the audience
  • Have high attention to detail
  • Use commercial and pragmatic judgment 
  • Have good time management and organisation
  • Have enthusiasm for employment law and employee relations issues
  • Have sound knowledge of law and the UK legal system
  • Find solutions for the business which are legally compliant
  • Manage risk in accordance with Dyson’s approval processes 
  • Ensure that your knowledge is up to date 
  • Support with precedent creation and maintenance 

Whatever your interactions, you will:  
  • Seek to build trusted relationships with colleagues and key stakeholders
  • Be clear and timely in your communications 
  • Act as a partner and take joint ownership of the tasks required by the Employment Law Team  
  • Use excellent interpersonal skills
  • Maintain a high level of discretion with confidential matters 
  • Focus on output and delivery
  • Provide training and supporting materials where required

Team RelationshipsWhatever your role, which may involve the management of others, you will:
  • Manage yourself and how you respond to others effectively and appropriately 
  • Work well with different personality types
  • Demonstrate an ability to work with a minimum level of supervision 
  • Make a wider contribution, and be prepared to support others in team, as well as supporting or leading on things outside of your core role 
  • Support in the development and delivery of the Employment Law Team and wider legal team strategy  
  • Support your manager and take ownership of the team’s success 
  • Play your part in owning and delivering the team plan 

BehavioursWhatever you are doing and whoever you are working with, you will:
  • Be a self-starter, with confidence to independently seek resolutions to issues when appropriate
  • Be proactive and able to anticipate needs based on changing circumstances
  • Be adaptable to a fast paced and changing environment and departments
  • Have the ability to foresee and react to department needs to help improve its function
  • Demonstrate hunger and passion for your role 
  • Act ethically
  • Have an appetite to learn and develop
  • Coach and be coachable

Benefits

  • 27 days holiday plus eight statutory bank holidays
  • Pension scheme
  • Performance related bonus
  • Life assurance
  • Sport centre
  • Free on-site parking
  • Subsidised café and restaurants
  • Discounts on Dyson machines

Posted: 12 September 2019