BT Employment Lawyer in Bristol, United Kingdom

Employment Lawyer

Location: London, Bristol or Bletchley

Our purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. For each other, for our customers, for society and our communities. We need you to help us do this.

Why this role matters

  • You’ll give expert legal advice that’s clear, practical and commercial;

  • Enable BT to do business and deliver excellent customer experience; andManage BT’s legal risk, reputation & brand

All in line with both the BT and the Employment Team Strategy and Purpose.

What you'll be doing

You’ll be accountable for:

  • Single point of contact (SPOC): The legal advice in any SPOC area assigned to you from time to time.

  • The stakeholder relationship in your SPOC area and/or Line of Business.

  • Delivering your team goals (set each year) as well as any personal goals.

  • Developing and coaching other lawyers, graduates and paralegals whose work you supervise from time to time.

  • Give legal advice in all practice areas.

  • Build strong relationships with your individual stakeholders and the wider team’s stakeholders

  • Help to create simple processes, guidance and templates.

  • Support the Senior Employment Lawyers and Chief Counsel to deliver our strategy.

  • Deputise as needed.

This means you’ll give legal advice in the key practice areas (including):-

  • Employment Tribunals (ET’s): Run ET’s (including drafting, negotiating, settling and where needed advocacy).

  • Deals – Advise HR, Legal and the bid teams on TUPE, deals, procurement, M A, and exits; draft, review, and negotiate people clauses; represent BT during negotiations; flag risk during due diligence.Settlement Agreements (SA’s): Draft, review, negotiate and advise HR on SA’s (including Executive SA’s)

  • Case Management : Advise HR and Line Managers on grievances, investigations, disciplinary, performance and attendance cases (and any other case management queries).

  • Reward : Advise on all things related to employee reward, restrictions, T&C’s, working time, pay and benefits, including drafting contracts and policies.

  • Trade Unions & Employee Relations (ER): Advise on all things related to unions and ER, including collective bargaining, recognition and industrial action and employee representatives.

  • HR Change Projects: Advise on key projects (e.g. performance, attendance, etc.)

  • Business Change Projects: Advise on reorganisations, redundancy, T&Cs changes.

  • Other Projects: e.g. advice on regulatory or litigation investigations that need employment support.

  • Immigration : Advise on right to work, visas, and HR processes.

  • Stakeholders: Be responsible for the stakeholder relationships in your SPOC areas or Corporate Unit; help to build strong relationships with the team’s wider stakeholder population (HR Directors, Centres of Expertise, General Counsels and Finance).

  • Team Goals: Take action to deliver your team goals (set each year).

  • SPOC: You’ll act as SPOC for areas or topics assigned to you. You’ll undertake the work and delegate to the team

Be consistent and keep up to date, you’ll :-

  • Consistency: Use the standard systems, processes, guidance and templates available in each practice area (as well as improving them).

  • Horizon scan and keep your legal knowledge up to date; ensure stakeholders and colleagues are kept up to date, including designing and delivering training.

You’ll also contribute to BT developing great people by:-

  • Coaching, developing and supervising other people who do work for you.

  • Support Senior Lawyers and Chief Counsel deliver consistent performance management.

In the first 12 months you'll:

  • Get to know our stakeholders and our business.

  • Master the art of being an in-house lawyer.

  • Build your advocacy skills in the Employment Tribunal.

  • Make us even more brilliant by sharing your skills and ways of working

We'll also need to see these on your CV

You’ll be:

  • A qualified solicitor with current practicing certificate in England Wales and/or Scotland

  • An experienced legal practitioner with a wide range of experience in private practice or in-house with around 3 years' post qualification experience as an employment specialist

  • Advocacy and employment tribunal experience desirable

  • Be able to effectively engage with stakeholders at all levels in order to advise and shape BT’s employment law agenda.

Why choose us?

We’re a business that likes to play hard, but always by the rules. In legal, regulation and governance, we make sure BT works well with others, and that they treat us fairly in return. And because we’re such a key player in the telecoms world, we also play a big part in shaping European and UK regulation too.

The Employment Team supports one of BT’s fundamental assets, its people. That means we’re at the core of BT and its business. The quality of work is great. You’ll help to shape the future of BT by working on our strategic projects, work that just doesn’t come up that often in private practice. You’ll also get a chance to exercise your advocacy muscles, with the satisfaction of seeing a case through from beginning to end. You’ll have exposure to senior stakeholders, who love collaborating with our team to solve some of our really big challenges. On top of all of that you get to work with a genuinely lovely bunch of people who really support each other.

BT will offer you the opportunity to take on new challenges and flourish in a career you deserve. We will support, invest in you and provide you with a platform like no other. Added to this we offer fantastic salary and range of benefits package including free superfast broadband and BT TV, discount on BT products, generous pension, bonus structure, company car and private medical insurance for you and your family. This is an exciting opportunity not to be missed.

We value different perspectives, skills and experiences. Diversity makes sense for us, our customers and our ambitions. We’re creating an inclusive working culture where people from all backgrounds can succeed. That’s why we welcome applications from all parts of the community.

Job: Commercial, Contentious

Title: Employment Lawyer

Location: GBR %26 Ireland-GBR-Avon-Bristol

Requisition ID: 86017