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Job Title Employment Solicitor (1 - 5 yrs PQE)
Job Location Exeter
Department Employment

The role

We're seeking to recruit a confident and highly-motivated employment Solicitor (1-5 years PQE) to join our award-winning and highly-regarded Employment team, splitting your time between our offices in Taunton and Exeter and with opportunities for home working.

As we have previously been ranked as 'Employment Team of the Year' in The Lawyer Awards, and regularly achieve high rankings in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners, you'll be part of a high-performing team which provides pragmatic, rigorous and commercial advice to clients in both the public and private sector, locally, nationally and internationally.

You'll be providing expert advice to a range of clients including employers and senior employees/executives in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including complex employment issues and disputes, and general HR advice to businesses across all sectors, as well as providing employment support on corporate matters.

You will be responsible for dealing with high-quality, high-value work, so we will encourage and enable you to lead your own matters from the outset.

Reporting directly to a Senior Associate, you will play an integral part in a wide range of employment work, with the opportunity to also work alongside other senior lawyers in the team.

About You

You will already be experienced in advising on employment matters, preferably with an employer focus, and with running your own Employment Tribunal litigation cases. A strong communicator, you will excel at gaining the confidence of the clients you are working with, and handle their matters with empathy and sensitivity.

You will need the ability to build strong and lasting relationships with clients.

Naturally resilient, you will be able to cope with stressful and demanding situations, and be accustomed to working under pressure to meet challenging deadlines . You will be tenacious and thorough with good commercial judgement, in order to find the best possible outcomes for our clients in often challenging circumstances.

We will encourage you to take a high degree of responsibility for the cases you're working on, but we'll take every opportunity to support and develop you, providing cross working opportunities to increase experience across the team. This is a great opportunity if you're ambitious and eager to make a reputation for yourself in a highly-regarded firm with national quality work.

About Us

With more Legal 500 ranked lawyers across our South West offices than any other firm, we are proud of being a professional and collegiate firm, where our people enjoy working together to achieve great results.

Working for Ashfords, you can expect to be provided with excellent training and development opportunities, in order to further your career in a stimulating yet supportive, forward thinking firm. We're ambitious - for ourselves, and for our people - and want to support you to realise your full potential, whilst enjoying a positive work-life balance in a beautiful South West location.

You'll also enjoy our range of flexible benefits, which include:

  • Pension (5% Ashfords contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • 25 days' annual leave, all bank holidays plus your birthday off and an extra day at Christmas. Your holiday entitlement increases with length of service.
  • Holiday Purchase Scheme
  • Enhanced Maternity & Paternity Pay
  • Free Legal Services to Staff: Including wills and conveyancing
  • Medicash: Health care cash plan for employees
  • Cycle To Work Scheme
  • Free Eye Tests
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • PeopleValue: Employee discount site


During these uncertain times, we have continued to work together to ensure that our people feel safe, supported and able to achieve our usual high standards of work, for each other and for our clients. With wellbeing being our priority, we have adapted our ways of working to ensure that new and existing colleagues get the support they need, when they need it. Interviews are taking place via Microsoft Teams and induction processes are being coordinated remotely at present, to enable people to begin working for us from home until such time as it is possible to return to the office. In the meantime, we have adapted our office environments to ensure they are 'Covid secure', if people do need to attend the office.

We will continue adjusting our approach as things change, so please do feel free to ask us about our response to the Covid-19 pandemic during our recruitment process, if you would like to know more.

Find out moreā€¦

For an informal and confidential discussion about this opportunity, please contact Charlotte Ferguson, Recruitment Manager, on 01392 333854 or c.ferguson@ashfords.co.uk

Or apply now, and we will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

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