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Senior Assistant/Associate General Counsel - Employment (EMEA)

Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins

London, UK
Posted on Friday, May 19, 2023
Job Description

Latham & Watkins, a global law firm consistently ranked among the top firms in the world, is seeking a Senior Assistant General Counsel/Associate General Counsel - Employment (EMEA) to join our dynamic Office of the General Counsel team in London. Occasional travel will be required.

About Latham & Watkins

Latham & Watkins is dedicated to hiring and developing the best and brightest. A key to Latham’s success and our continued ability to deliver the highest quality service to our clients is our “one-firm” culture – a spirit of teamwork and shared commitment to quality across our offices worldwide that has long distinguished Latham from other law firms.

About The Role

As a Senior Assistant General Counsel/Associate General Counsel - Employment (EMEA), you will be responsible for working with the Deputy General Counsel – Employment on all employment issues pertaining to the firm’s attorneys and business professionals in our European, Middle East, and Asia (EMEA) offices. Other key responsibilities include:

  • Serving as a knowledge expert on workplace trends, novel employment law matters and employment legislation in the jurisdictions in which the firm operates in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia to ensure the firm is compliant and competitive in the industry; requiring ongoing extensive expertise of relevant local employment laws in the UK and a working knowledge of relevant local employment laws in the other jurisdictions in EMEA.
  • Independently and proactively providing guidance on range of employment law matters in EMEA while ensuring the Deputy General Counsel – Employment is apprised and aligned.
  • Serving as a health and safety legal advisor for the firm, including, but not limited to, advising Firm Administration, Firm Operations / Workplace Experience, Global Benefits & Well-Being, and Global Security & Risk Management.
  • Spearheading process changes necessitated by local employment legislation and caselaw (e.g., HR policy and process modifications, amendments to templates and forms).
  • Providing guidance on thorny and novel employment law matters and coordinate with OGC colleagues in relation to regulatory issues including the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
About You

Join our team if you:

  • Have a broad knowledge of employment laws/regulations in the UK and a familiarity of and desire to learn employment laws/regulations in the countries in EMEA in which we have offices.
  • Exhibit the ability to successfully interface with, and build the trust of, firm leaders.
  • Possess the ability to lead cross-departmental projects.
And have:

  • Qualified as a solicitor, barrister or equivalent foreign lawyer with an unfettered right to practice in their home jurisdiction.
  • Legal experience with employment law advice and counselling, as well as employment law litigation
  • Prior experience as an in-house employment lawyer.
  • Prior experience as a revenue-side employment lawyer at a peer law firm.
We encourage you to apply!

Successful candidates will not only be provided with an outstanding opportunity, but will also be provided with a generous total compensation package with bonuses awarded in recognition of both individual and firm performance. Eligible employees can participate in Latham’s comprehensive benefit program which includes:

  • Health insurance as well as group income protection and life assurance
  • A pension plan
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee discounts
  • And more!
Latham & Watkins is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity, equal opportunity and sustainability enables Latham & Watkins to draw from a remarkable wealth of talent to create one of the world's leading law firms.

Latham & Watkins' lawyers, paralegals, and professional staff worldwide comprise a rich mixture of different races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientations, cultures, and primary languages. Our diversity makes us who we are.

What sets Latham & Watkins apart is our commitment to our pro bono work and sustainability initiatives. Latham's dedication to pro bono work is a source of pride and reflects a fundamental part of the firm’s culture. For more information about our pro bono work, please click here.

Latham & Watkins is committed to supporting the long-term sustainability of the environment, you can find more information on our sustainability programs by visiting our Latham Sustainability webpage.