Senior Level Employment Associate


  1. London
  2. Lawyers
  3. Permanent
  4. Clifford Chance

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Job Description

Job Overview

We are a market leading full-service global employment team, routinely advising global corporations and financial institutions on the most sensitive, high value matters. We provide strategic, decisive advice to deliver effective business solutions across an enviable range of mandates.

Our work is strategically important to the Firm's ability to offer a full client service and is typically split in equal portions between advisory, litigation and corporate/transactional. 

We advise on the full spectrum of employment issues.  These include litigation and dispute resolution, works councils and unions, day to day advisory and employment compliance and the employment aspects of all types of corporate transactions.

We are also expert in more specialist areas that are increasingly relevant in the current financial climate, such as remuneration reform, senior managers regime, regulatory investigations and corporate governance. 

One of the major attractions of the group is the variety of work and opportunity to work with senior client stakeholders. You will be called upon to advise on high profile litigation, investigations and risk management.

You will play a key role in the delivery of the largest and most complex transactions (often multi-jurisdictional), works counsel and union negotiations and on the employment aspects of all types of corporate transactions.

Culture is key to our clients and you will help us assist them address employment aspects of ESG and D&I initiatives and employment compliance in the regulated sector. 



Who you will work with

You will be joining a team of 3 partners, 14 employment lawyers, 3 trainees and knowledge director in London.  The team has the benefit of being part of an international Employment network with over 80 employment lawyers. This is a chance to work with senior people in a highly driven collegiate team and to accelerate your development across a wide range of employment law issues.

 You will have the chance to manage work on a pan-European or global basis for companies looking to us to act as their single legal advisor. You will also work alongside our dedicated Pensions and Share Schemes/Benefits teams (which sit with us in the firm's Tax, Pensions and Employment department) to aid in the delivery a full suite of advice to our clients.


What you will be responsible for / do

Areas will include but not limited to: -

  • employment litigation, mediation and dispute resolution
  • employment contracts and policies
  • appointment and severance of senior executives
  • outsourcing of services
  • discrimination and equal opportunities
  • new and proposed employment legislation
  • downsizing and dismissals
  • team moves and protecting confidentiality
  • employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions, TUPE
  • collective disputes and industrial action
  • works councils and trade unions
  • The PRA/FCA Remuneration Code and related issues
  • Employee/regulatory investigations


Your career experience so far

We are currently seeking an outstanding Senior level Employment Lawyer with extensive relevant post qualification experience to join our highly regarded London team.

  • You will have worked at one of the recognised employment practices in the City or in a leading national firm specialising in employment law.
  • You will ideally have exposure to transactional, advisory and litigation; financial regulation e.g.; remuneration code or senior manager certification regime as an advantage and whistleblowing.
  • England and Wales (E&W) qualified Lawyer or equivalent with demonstrable UK employment law working knowledge.
  • Excellent Academics.



In order to provide outstanding client service, we need to understand, anticipate and fulfil the unique needs and expectations of each client. We call this "Client Focus" and to help deliver this core part of our business strategy, we want to recruit lawyers who not only have the very highest level of technical skills but are also Client Focused: -

- can demonstrate a keen interest and enthusiasm to learn about our clients' business;

- can work in teams, sharing knowledge and motivating and coaching their juniors and contributing to overall success;

- are empathetic, responsive and reliable;

- are commercial and innovative in the solutions they deliver to clients;

- are good at fostering relationships with clients.


How we will support you

We will support the development of your skills, knowledge and expertise to the very highest professional level. This will include formal training, informal coaching and mentoring and skills-based and technical training and of course on the job learning. You will work with all the partners in the team and will be assigned a career development partner. We invest considerable time developing and supervising our team and our approach is personable and collegiate.

Company Description

Who we are

We are one of the largest international law firms in the world. With over 30 offices across the globe, we strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, providing them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.

Our firm, work and people span jurisdictions, cultures, and languages. We offer our clients a truly international perspective. We believe every career should be rewarding and stimulating - full of opportunities to learn, thrive, and grow. That’s why we’re so proud of our inclusive, friendly, and team-based approach to work.

Our one firm global strategy is focused on targeted growth led by the needs of our core clients, those who we can best support with the breadth and depth of Clifford Chance expertise, across the sectors and geographies, which matter most to them.

You’ll find our clients in commercial and industrial sectors, the financial investor community, governments, regulators, trade bodies, and not-for-profit organisations. But no matter who they are or why they’ve reached out to us, we provide a world-class service every step of the way. And that’s possible thanks to the entrepreneurial spirit and conscientious approach to work that you’ll find across all of our teams.

Whichever area of the business you join, you’ll become an integral part an innovative, diverse and ambitious team of people. Clifford Chance is a place where the brightest minds and the best of colleagues meet.


Hybrid Working

This role follows our 'balanced' hybrid working approach and as long as business needs allow, you will be supported to work in a hybrid way with the expectation of working from the office for a minimum of 50% of your time.

Additional Information

Equal opportunities statement

At Clifford Chance, we understand that our true asset is our people. Inclusion is good for our team and their families, our firm and society.

We are committed to treating all employees and applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, gender identity and expression, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age.  This applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

We have a variety of flourishing employee networks. These networks are a place for colleagues to share experiences and advocate for change wherever they see an opportunity for improvement.

Our goal is to deliver an equality of opportunity, an equality of aspiration and an equality of experience to everyone who works in our firm. 

Find out more about our inclusive culture here.




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