Senior Lawyer, Employment
The BBC Employment Law Team has a vacancy for an employment lawyer, reporting to the Legal Director, Employment Law. The role would suit a specialist employment lawyer from a leading employment firm or in-house team. Whilst the BBC is open to considering applicants of any qualification, the role on offer would suit a lawyer with a minimum of 5 years' PQE. This is a twelve month role, based in London.
The BBC Legal Division is responsible for providing legal advice to the BBC and for developing and implementing the BBC’s legal strategy. The BBC Legal Division is led by the BBC’s General Counsel and provides legal assistance & advice across the BBC. It is made up of the following departments: General Counsel's Office, Workplace and Information Rights, Intellectual Property , Employment , Litigation, Programme Legal Advice, Commercial, Design and Engineering and Competition Law.
Our overall structure is similar to that found in private practice firms and we support on a wide range of diverse matters. Whilst this means the work can be challenging and relatively fast-paced at times, we are open to discussing agile ways of working to support our staff, where appropriate and in line with our flexible working policies.
The BBC's employment lawyers are responsible for providing a high quality legal advisory service for senior managers and HR professionals across the BBC and its commercial subsidiaries. The work is challenging and fast moving. Working within the BBC’s legal division, you’ll be providing advice on a variety of issues. This will include autonomously handling employment litigation cases, and advising on grievances and disciplinaries, redundancy, discrimination, and TUPE.
Are you the right candidate?
You’re a solicitor specialising in employment law, with experience with a leading law firm and/or specialist employment team. You’ll have excellent academics and a good track record in and knowledge of employment law. You’ll be experienced in advising and/or working on a range of varied, challenging and high quality employment legal matters (including experience in handling employment tribunal cases). You’ll be team player with excellent analytical, document management, organisational and communication skills, and the enthusiasm, resilience and flexibility for the challenges of this role. You’re confident working with clients at all levels of an organisation.
Contract type: 12 month contract - with potential to be offered on 4 or 5 day working basis.
We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.
- Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
- Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
- Benefits- We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
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