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  • Job ID: 1009627

  • Salary: Up to £48,000 plus excellent benefits

  • Hours per Week: 37.5

  • Closing date: 11-08-2022

Claimant Employment Solicitor
Up to £48,000 plus excellent benefits including 28 days holiday, employee discounts, 10% pension contribution, Work level 6A
Manchester city centre, M4 4GL
We’re now working in a hybrid way, with colleagues dividing their time between working from home and from the office. You can visit our Hybrid Working Policy for more information (https://colleagues.coop.co.uk/hybrid-working-policy)

We’re looking for a claimant employment solicitor to join our Co-op Legal Services team.

Here at Co-op, we’re committed to a better way of doing business. The work you do will make a real difference to building better communities for our members, customers, and colleagues. In this role, you’ll provide outstanding customer care across a varied and complex case load, using your professional expertise to reach a constructive resolution. We’ll also look to you to keep up to date with insights and opportunities in the market to make sure we’re getting the most out of our business partner relationships. You won’t need to bring a following of clients with you as we use innovative technology to support your delivery, allowing you to focus on supporting our customers. 

What you’ll do:

•    line management responsibilities for a small team, developing them in an inclusive way
•    work closely with our existing business partners through continued growth of the department, using market insights to advise on opportunities to improve
•    provide advice to clients around employment law matters via phone, email and letter, and face to face meetings
•    draft ET1 claim forms and grounds of claim
•    handle disclosure and compile documents for hearings in tribunal and county court
•    take and draft witness statements, conduct preliminary hearings, attend court and conduct advocacy 
•    advise and represent clients in settlement agreements and negotiations
•    assist senior team members with more complex claims when required (e.g. discrimination, equal pay, whistleblowing and TUPE)
•    manage workload effectively making sure that targets are met, and case progression is clear

This role would suit people who have:

•    post qualification experience as a claimant employment solicitor
•    experience in contentious employment law
•    previous experience of building business partner relationships 
•    the ability to build meaningful professional relationships with a range of people
•    good general IT skills with the ability to use a case management system
•    strong written and verbal communication skills
•    excellent attention to detail

Why Co-op? 

Here you’ll do work that matters. We’re a commercial organisation with a purpose beyond profit, you’ll have an opportunity to help us build a stronger Co-op and stronger communities. You’ll also get a package that includes:
•    competitive salary
•    coaching, training and support to help you develop
•    pension with up to 10% employer contributions
•    annual incentive scheme 
•    28 days holiday (rising to 32 in line with service)
•    discounts on Co-op products and services
•    free support for your physical, mental, and financial wellbeing
•    Wagestream – a money management app that gives you access to a percentage of your wage as you earn it

Building an inclusive work environment 

We’re actively building diverse teams and welcome applications from everyone. But simply having a diverse workforce is not enough. We aim to build an inclusive environment, where everyone can contribute their best work and develop to their full potential. We celebrate our differences, and recognise the importance of teams reflecting the communities they serve.

We can make reasonable adjustments to our interview process according to your needs. And we offer a flexible working environment so you can adjust your hours to suit your personal circumstances. You can find out more about Co-op people policies at coop.co.uk/peoplepolicies.

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