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Solicitor - Employment Law Advisory Team (ELAT)

Date: Jan 19, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Job Title: Solicitor, Employment Law Advisory (UK)
Level of Qualification: Manager level, No fixed PQE required but aimed at candidates between 2-4 years PQE

Office Location: London, Canary Wharf
Duration: Permanent



KPMG is a leading ‘big four’ professional services firm. With over 16,000 employees in the UK alone, KPMG faces all the challenges that a high calibre employment solicitor would expect to meet in private practice and now has a vacancy for an employment lawyer with experience in employment litigation, internal investigations, transaction support and general advisory work to join its employment team. Basic knowledge of business immigration law is also required.


The Role

The role is to provide in-house employment law related advisory service on demand and proactively on initiative, to clients of the ELAT team, principally being human resources professionals within KPMG, who in turn are dealing with employment law issues on a day to day basis. The proposal is that the solicitor will be responsible for all of the employment law requirements and undertake investigations in high-risk or sensitive conduct cases as and when required.

Advice will be on both contentious and non-contentious employee related matters which occur in KPMG’s offices throughout the UK. This will include providing advice to the in house employee investigations team. Employment litigation experience is required including experience of appearing at Employment Tribunal (e.g. Preliminary Hearings).

In carrying out the role, the solicitor will be required to work as the junior employment lawyer in the existing team currently comprising three solicitors (including Head of ELAT).

The successful candidate will also be required to liaise with and manage external law firms and barristers when appropriate. However, most of the employment legal advice is currently carried out in house.

The successful candidate will also be asked to co-ordinate and/or present training/update seminars on relevant topics for internal clients.

The successful candidate will be degree educated (minimum 2:1) or equivalent and will have gained solid employment knowledge (contentious, transaction support and advisory) and trained and worked in a reputable employment legal team.

Key responsibilities and accountabilities:

The successful candidate will be comfortable managing their own files and time and interested in a role which varies in scope from day to day.

Experience of both contentious and non-contentious matters is a requirement and experience in advocacy is highly desirable.


The role involves advising on all aspects of employment law and experience in the following is sought:

- Employment litigation including drafting claim responses, conducting case management discussions, preliminary hearings and judicial mediation in person, managing disclosure;
- Significant practical knowledge and experience of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE) essential, ideally with some public sector TUPE experience;
- Outsourcing including drafting and negotiating appropriate warranties and indemnities and advising on best practice in consultation;
- Transaction support, all aspects – including advice in relation to due diligence and post acquisition integration issues;
- Advising on collective redundancies, employee consultations and alternatives to redundancy;
- Advising on performance management cases with significant legal and/or reputational risk;
- Advising on terms of engagement and recruitment of employees;
- Advising on internal employee and partner investigations;
- Advising on corporate governance issues, including phased payments and avoiding rewards for failure;
- Advising on enforceability of restrictive covenants and associated litigation issues;
- Discrimination, equal pay and the increasingly regulated areas of working time, health and safety and 'family-friendly' policies;
- Impact of EU legislation on UK employment matters;
- Reviewing, drafting and updating employment practices and policy; and
- Basic understanding of business immigration law.
Key person requirements:

- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Broad and sound technical knowledge of all aspects of employment law;
- Ability to operate in what can be a stressful environment and prioritise and manage tight deadlines;
- A proactive and pragmatic approach to problem solving;
- The ability to respond to challenging client demands;
- Excellent organisation and project management skills;
- The ability to process wide amounts of complex information quickly and identify and understand the key issues;
- Strong contract drafting and negotiation expertise;
- The ability to work independently and collaboratively, as necessary;
- Excellent communication skills (oral and written), with ability to communicate complex issues concisely and clearly;
- Resilience and calmness; and
- Enthusiasm and a strong team work ethic.


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