Senior Employment Solicitor


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Our employment team is renowned for its expertise, with a focus on providing exceptional legal services to clients across various industries.

We are looking for a senior employment solicitor (of 10 years plus PQE) with both contentious and non contentious experience and with a strong Respondent background, to join our team of talented professionals.

Who we are

Harper James is a national commercial law firm designed to support entrepreneurial businesses from start-up to exit. We aspire to disrupt the model for which legal services are provided to businesses. The firm’s innovative approach to delivering highly tailored and accessible legal advice is considered genuinely different to the establishment.

Harper James was founded in 2014 and continues to grow at c40%+ year on year. Today we are more than 117 people, who will support more than 2500 businesses this financial year and will turnover around £13m. We expect to double in size over the next 3 years.

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, Southampton 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. 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.

What does the ideal candidate look like?

We are looking for a senior employment lawyer of 10 years plus 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.

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.
  • Competitive salary and bonus, pension, holiday and healthcare
  • Full time or part-time hours are available as part of a fully remote and collaborative team (we are looking for a minimum of 4 days a week)

Ready to apply?

If you are ready to apply this role, please complete the application form using the link below.

Alternatively, if you would like to have an initial informal chat with our Head of talent, Leah Horwood, to find out more about the role, you can call her direct on
07809 475202 or arrange a convenient time to speak by emailing her via Please be assured that all conversations are confidential and we will act discreetly throughout the process.

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Our offices

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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.

Head Office

Floor 5, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Regional Spaces

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
1st Floor, Dearing House, 1 Young St, Sheffield, S1 4UP
White Building Studios, 1-4 Cumberland Place, Southampton, SO15 2NP
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