Employment Solicitor - Junior & Senior Opportunities

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Harper James Solicitors is a growing, ambitious commercial law firm like no other. We are now looking to recruit our next Employment Solicitor of 2+ years PQE.

Who we are

Harper James is designed specifically to support entrepreneurial businesses from start-up to scale-up and beyond.

Toby Harper, its founder and CEO, previously worked in-house for a well-known venture capital firm. During his time there, he saw first-hand the barriers growth businesses faced in accessing quality legal advice, and decided something needed to be done.

Harper James aspires to disrupt the model for which legal services are provided to businesses. The Netflix of the legal world, the firm’s innovative approach to delivering highly tailored and accessible legal advice is considered genuinely different to the establishment.

Harper James is in its 8th year and hitting a £6m turnover. We have plans to triple this income by 2025. Getting in the right talent to support our growth is a key part of our strategy.

What we offer

Our lawyers work on an employed and flexible basis, working remotely with access to meeting space in Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield.

We work really hard to ensure our lawyers still feel part of a team so they can collaborate, share ideas and enjoy each other’s company. The remote set up allows people to work from wherever they want, to give people the flexibility they need, for whatever reason. But, we want people to feel that they belong to an ambitious company and that their contribution towards our growth is recognized individually and as a team. As long as you want to work with entrepreneurial businesses, we will discuss any idea you have to do it.

The bottom line

  • Work where and when you want.
  • No client following is required. We care about experience, expertise and commitment to our clients.
  • An environment with no politics, no bureaucracy and a great team of people who all play a fundamental part in the success and continued growth of the business
  • A career opportunity for all levels of experience that meets your needs and that is capable of evolving as you evolve… whether that means intellectually stimulating work for interesting and grateful clients, building a team or, for more junior lawyers, an opportunity to accelerate your career in a role supported by an experienced mentor…or all of the foregoing!
  • Competitive salary and bonus, pension, holiday and healthcare equivalent to much of UK top 100 firms.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

We are looking for a solicitor of 2+ years PQE, with the following experience:

  • advising on both contentious and non-contentious matters.
  • drafting contracts of employment, policies and procedure.
  • advising on the difference between employed, worker and self-employed relationships.
  • drafting Consultancy Agreements.
  • some knowledge of IR35.
  • managing disciplinary and grievance processes.
  • advising on discrimination and whistle-blowing cases.
  • assisting with TUPE transfers and other corporate transactions.
  • business restructures & redundancies.
  • being able to advise upon and negotiate during the ACAS Early Conciliation process.
  • defending Employment Tribunal claims.
  • enforcement/defence of restrictive covenant claims.
  • handling senior exec severances.

You will have the following attributes and approach:

  • friendly, positive and can-do attitude
  • collaborative team-worker
  • proactive
  • good communicator
  • commercial, practical and pragmatic.

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Ready to apply?

We’d like to start the process by inviting you to an informal chat with our Head of talent, Leah Horwood. Be assured that all conversations are confidential and we will act discreetly throughout the process. You can call Leah direct or arrange a convenient time to speak by emailing her.

Leah Horwood

Leah Horwood

Head of Talent

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Harper James by the numbers

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Office Locations
Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield
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Our offices

A national law firm

A national law firm

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Floor 5, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
2-5 Velocity Tower, 1 St Mary’s Square, Sheffield, S1 4LP
A national law firm

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