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Legal Counsel Employment Law

Job ID: R0092138 Location: Crawley, England, United Kingdom
Full time, Fixed Term / Temporary
Location: Crawley, United Kingdom

In fast changing markets, customers worldwide rely on Thales. Thales is a business where brilliant people from all over the world come together to share ideas and inspire each other. In aerospace, transportation, defence, security and space, our architects design innovative solutions that make our tomorrow's possible.

Together we offer fantastic opportunities for committed employees to learn and develop their career with us. At Thales UK, we research, develop, and supply technology and services that impact the lives of millions of people each day to make life better, and keep us safer. We innovate across five major industries; Aerospace, Defence, Ground Transportation, Security and Space. Your health and well-being matters to us and that’s why we offer you the flexibility to do what’s important to you; whether that’s part time hours, job sharing, home working, or the ability to flex your start and finish times. Where possible, we support a working pattern that suits your lifestyle and helps you reach your ambitions.

Legal Counsel – Employment Law - UK Based role with home-working and travel to Thales UK sites.

This is a UK role, which will involve some home-working and also travel to Thales UK sites, as required.

The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a 4+ year PQE employment lawyer to join the Employment Law team within the UK Legal function, as maternity cover for a fixed term of 12 months. This is a UK role, which will involve some home-working and also travel to Thales UK sites, as required.  Proximity to Thales sites in Crawley or Glasgow is preferred, but not essential.  . Reporting to Head of Employment Law (interim), the job-holder will work very closely with HR and the business and, depending on the candidate’s level of experience, may be required to provide support to a more junior employment lawyer within the team.

This is an important role, supporting all Thales businesses in the UK, advising on a wide range of employment matters, both contentious and non-contentious.  This is a perfect role for someone who is looking for a varied and interesting workload, and who is used to adopting a commercial and risk-based approach to employment law issues.   

Key Responsibilities and Tasks:

  • Providing ad hoc advice to HR on a wide range of employment issues including complex grievances and disciplinary / performance processes, alleged discrimination, redundancies and senior exits
  • Tribunal claims
    • Running own cases
    • Leading negotiation strategies for settlement
    • Conducting preliminary hearings
  • Restructuring, Commercial / Bid support and M&A - advising on the employment law aspects of:
    • Restructuring projects
    • TUPE advice on:
      • Insourcing/outsourcing of services
      • Commercial contracts
    • M&A activity
    • Change programmes
  • Training - preparing and presenting training materials (presentations, case studies, workshops etc.)
  • Industrial relations - advising on potential industrial relation disputes and trade union issues
  • Immigration – supporting on immigration matters

Skills and Behaviours:

Thales is a growing company and we are looking for exceptional people with positive, can do attitudes. Here are some of the key skills, experience and attributes we are looking for in this role:

  • Barrister or Solicitor
  • Considerable employment law experience, ideally having trained and qualified with a reputable law firm. In-house experience is desirable
  • Great team player
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a small team
  • Excellent organisation skills and ability to prioritise in a busy role
  • Ability to advise the businesses from both a legal and commercial standpoint, and offer pragmatic solutions
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with and influence stakeholders at different levels of the organisation
  • Supervisory experience is desirable
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills

In line with Thales' Baseline Security requirements, candidates will be asked to provide evidence of identity, eligibility to work in the UK and employment and/or education history for up to three years. Some vacancies may require full Security Clearance which can require further evidence to be provided. For further details of the evidence required to apply for Baseline and Security Clearance please refer to the Defence Business Services National Security Vetting (DBS NSV) Agency.

At Thales we provide CAREERS and not only jobs. With Thales employing 80,000 employees in 68 countries our mobility policy enables thousands of employees each year to develop their careers at home and abroad, in their existing areas of expertise or by branching out into new fields. Together we believe that embracing flexibility is a smarter way of working. Great journeys start here, apply now!


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