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Legal Counsel

Per Annum

We are currently recruiting for a Legal Counsel to join our growing team based in Huntingdon.

We are an award-winning and accredited education services business with over 25 years of expertise and are delighted to have recently won the ‘Payroll & HR Provider’ Award 2020 from The Rewards for the third consecutive year and the ‘Education Business Services’ Award from the Education Investor Global UK Awards 2020.

We are 100% dedicated to education and our expert team of over 240 highly qualified employees support more than 2,350 Schools and Trusts nationwide.


Purpose of the Job

The role is a key leadership role reporting directly to the Director, HR working within our HR Advisory teams, you will advise and coach on a full and varied caseload of employment matters. Within an education setting, you will be providing general employment law advice on a broad range of topics, including but not limited to HR policies; disciplinary and grievance processes; performance management;, restrictive covenants; restructurings and TUPE transfers; data subject access requests; employment litigation, contingent labour matters; and executive recruitment and terminations.

With a passion for blending your technical expertise with your outstanding communication and customer service skills, you will take pride in delivering a first class service to our customers. Having the confidence and ability to take appropriate daily decisions on cases to ensure swift progression will be key to your success.

Main Responsibilities/Duties of the Job

  • Support the HR Advisory teams in providing advice and guidance on complex employment matters
  • Assist with the strategic growth by networking, marketing and working with the rest of the team Develop a HR customer support strategy and execution plan for the HR Advisory, internal team
  • Act and advise in relation to the full spectrum of employment work
  • Draft and prepare legal documentation
  • Liaise with the HR Advisory teams and other professionals
  • Advising customers, colleagues and third on the merits, prospects and/or quantum of claims
  • Keep up to date with developments in employment legislation, human resources best practice and relevant case law
  • Arrange and manage employment updates and training sessions to ensure the upskilling of our HR Advisory team


What will it take to be successful?


  • Degree level (or equivalent qualification) 3+ years PQE in employment law
  • 3 years + PQE and experience working within an employment team
  • Able to demonstrate a broad range of knowledge and experience across a range of employment disciplines


Why chose EPM?

There’s a reason people have stayed with EPM for a number of years, we offer a wide range of benefits:

  • 26 days annual leave
  • A generous pension package
  • BUPA Cash Payment
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Company events
  • Tailored learning and development programmes