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Job Title Associate - Employment
Closing Date 07-Oct-2022
Work Type Full Time
Location London
Practice Area/Department Employment
PQE Level 3-5 PQE

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Travers Smith

Travers Smith is a leading full-service law firm, with a wealth of experience in its areas of specialisation. The firm has a market-leading reputation for its international expertise in Asset Management, M&A and Dispute Resolution & Investigations. Clients include asset managers across the alternative asset classes (private equity, venture, credit, infrastructure and real estate), publicly listed and private companies, financial institutions, and other business enterprises involved in large and complex UK and cross-border matters, transactions and disputes. Our purpose is to provide the highest quality of service to our clients whilst enabling our people to achieve professional fulfilment in a supportive, inclusive and enjoyable working environment.

The Role

Travers Smith's Employment team is a growing, market-leading team with an international focus. The team of over 20 lawyers partners with our broad range of employer clients to provide them with innovative and brave solutions focussed advice which helps them develop and protect their businesses. We strive to work efficiently and remain highly profitable, but in a collaborative, positive and supportive environment so that our lawyers can develop their careers and fulfil their potential at Travers Smith.

As an Associate at Travers Smith, you will be given a significant amount of client contact and responsibility whilst working in a collaborative environment to provide advice and assistance to high quality clients.

Key Responsibilities

Whilst workloads will vary, an Employment Associate will typically spend around 80% of their time on contentious and advisory work and 20% of their time on transactional support. Typical work includes the following:

  • Contentious advice
  • Senior exits and settlement agreements
  • Restrictive covenant breaches, planning team moves
  • Other contentious advice (e.g. grievances, disciplinaries)
  • Other advisory
  • Change projects (e.g. redundancy and TUPE processes)
  • Contracts, bonus schemes and handbooks
  • Business immigration
  • Other ad hoc advice (e.g. gender pay gap reporting, holiday pay, furlough)
  • Disputes
  • Tribunal litigation (e.g. unfair dismissal, whistleblowing, discrimination)
  • High Court litigation (e.g. team moves and bonus claims)
  • Investigations
  • Strike ballots and union activities
  • Training and horizon scanning
  • Cross-departmental and/or transactional support
  • Corporate: deals, investee company executive exits, IPOs
  • Commercial: on outsourcings, GDPR
  • Real estate: TUPE issues

With an ability to demonstrate versatility and work in an advisory and strategic capacity, this role offers the opportunity to work with the firm's diverse range of clients.

Person Specification - Mandatory Knowledge, Skills & Experience required

  • An outstanding academic record;
  • Qualified Solicitor in a Common Law jurisdiction;
  • Competent in advising on all aspects of Employment law;
  • Experience of working in both an advisory and strategic capacity;
  • Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • An ability to demonstrate proactivity in a proficient manner;
  • A team player who thrives working within a collegiate environment; and
  • A willingness to show commitment and engagement to the firm's culture.