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National Head Of Employment

Job Title: National Head of Employment

Reporting to: Regulatory

Department: Employment

Location: Nottingham/Midlands

Job Purpose: 

  • To deliver the smooth operation and growth of the Employment Department in line with Firm objectives
  • Providing technical expertise acting on both claimant and respondent cases
  • Advising on all aspects of employment law & HR best practice
  • Managing the employment team on a day to day basis, ensuring the team provides a first class service to it’s clients

Performance Measures:    

  • Manager/client satisfaction
  • Running own caseload with supervision of the employment team
  • Quality of work drafted and completed
  • Time recording targets
  • Costs/fees targets

Job Description

  • Covering all aspects of employment work, you will conduct matters for clients, managing own caseload as well as providing technical expertise and guidance to team members
  • You will manage and supervise solicitors, trainee solicitors and paralegals to manage appropriate caseload types and complexities
  • Assisting with the identification and delivery of appropriate training and development opportunities within the Team
  • Recognise and enable business development opportunities for the department nationally
  • Delivery of a high standard of client care
  • Cross referral of work within the Firm where appropriate
  • Comply with solicitors accounts rules and code of conduct and money laundering regulations in accordance with SRA guidance
  • Manage a varied employment caseload including contentious and non contentious work, settlement agreements, claimant employment litigation, disability and discrimination, sexual harassment, negotiating settlements, Unfair dismissal
  • Growing the team nationally


Finance and Departmental Performance

  • Draft, maintain and update Departmental business plans
  • Provide input to the budget process
  • Provide financial and people management across the department
  • Attend and contribute to management meetings
  • Advise as to over or under capacity in the department


  • Champion the CK core values
  • Chair monthly departmental meetings and 1:1s with staff, engaging & motivating the team
  • Be available to all staff in the department to advise and support 
  • Ensure there is full co-operation in the department across all offices
  • Ensure work levels are balanced and reasonable
  • Assist with recruitment
  • Identify department and staff training needs 
  • Manage the appraisal process 
  • Manage leave authorisations, sickness and approve expense and overtime claims for the department

Quality and Compliance

  • Ensure that work for self and team is of a high standard, compliant and billed correctl
  • Allocate work across the department 
  • Promote best practice across the department
  • Provide appropriate resources and support for any audit activity
  • Ensure departmental input on improvements and changes to workflow, case management, Law Fusion and systems and processes

Marketing and Business Development

  • Support and drive acquisition of new work to the department including webinars & media activity
  • Proactively identify and report opportunities for expansion & acquisition of individuals or teams
  • Draft maintain and drive the departmental marketing plan

Person Specification

Skills, Knowledge & Experience

  • Experience of working in a multi-site, fast-paced legal business in an Employment Solicitor role working across all areas of claimant and defendant matters
  • Working knowledge of HR best practice and a good understanding of Employment law
  • Experience in own advocacy is an advantage
  • Demonstrates a positive, friendly, flexible, and capable manner, and can build relationships quickly
  • Has strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent networking and communication skills with ability to promote the firm to generate new business
  • Has excellent time management, organisational and computer skills including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well as document management systems
  • Strong customer facing and good influencing skills, able to deal with queries both verbally and in written format, in a jargon-free manner
  • Proven experience of supporting colleagues in a supervisory capacity
  • Works to ambitious targets with stretching KPI’s

Education/qualification requirements

  • Must be an Employment Solicitor with at least 8 years’ PQE
  • Must have clean, valid Practicing Certificate at time of application
  • Advocacy experience is advantageous

Would suit someone who:

  • Is an expert in the field of Employment Law
  • Possesses strong management skills and can develop others
  • Is a committed team player with the ability to approach team concerns fairly, fostering a culture of positive change
  • Encourages cross-referrals and seeks collaboration before competition
  • Has been in an Employment Solicitor role elsewhere maybe looking for their first Head of Department role
  • Is used to being busy and can manage a fast pace
  • Wants to grow the business nationally through networking and other business development activities
  • Is keen to develop themselves with support from the Firm i.e. putting themselves forward for  appropriate legal awards/recognition
  • Is genuinely passionate about Employment and delivering a first class legal service 
  • Has a good sense of humour

If you meet the required skills and experience and would like to apply for the role, please email your cover letter and CV to with reference to the job role in the subject of the email. 

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