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Legal Counsel

Job Description

Job Description

We're looking for our next Senior Legal Counsel (Employment). As the sole Employment Lawyer within Group Legal, you will be the legal business partner to the HR function - ensuring that we're meeting the needs and requirements of… our people.

You'll need to have commercial acumen as well as the legal expertise to operate comfortably and to promptly identify risks and mitigate as you'll be the sounding board to various HR stakeholders (e.g. Employee Relations, Reward, Recruitment).

We want to manage our employment tribunals in-house; like our values, we want to take ownership. That means managing it all - including drafting pleadings and statements, preparing bundles and, in some cases, defending us, when needed.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Undertaking all aspects of the Group's Employment Tribunal claims, only relying on and managing external support where necessary.

  • You will create and implement strategic management information in relation to Employment Tribunal claims and internal grievance cases to provide appropriate information to the business and to develop and implement strategies to respond to emerging trends.

  • Delivering clear, accurate and succinct advice, adopting a commercial and proactive approach .

  • Partnering with the Human Resources function and the wider business to understand their needs and provide strategic legal input to implementation of business objectives, including case advice and TUPE guidance.

  • Enhancing the capability of the relevant HR teams in understanding and complying with DLG and legal requirements, including those under the Data Protection Act, actively coaching and developing the People and Talent Partners, Employee Relations Manager, Case Consultants and HR Advisory colleagues as appropriate.

  • Maintaining strategic oversight to ensure that all employment legal support complies with Direct Line Group Policy and the legal and regulatory framework within which Direct Line Group businesses operate.

Candidate Description

  • Deep experience in employment law, gained from both private practice and in-house roles/secondments - ideally in large financial/corporate institutions

  • Knowledge of and experience of applying TUPE regulations

  • Understanding of current employment law legislation, guidance, and processes and the desire to keep up to date on relevant legal and market developments

  • Ability to establish, build, and maintain strong relationships across Direct Line Group, working collaboratively and appropriately challenging up to, and including, Board level when needed

Employer Description

We are Direct Line Group - home to some of the country's best-known brands including Direct Line, Churchill, Privilege, Greenflag and NIG. Our vision is to create a world where insurance is personal, inclusive, and a force for good, and our purpose is to help people carry on with their lives, giving them peace of mind now and in the future.

The Group is made up of over 10,000 employees across the UK and we're looking to change the way we operate as a business - which includes but isn't limited to: new recruitment efforts and new ways of working in a post-pandemic environment. And our fantastic Group Legal team enables us to do what we're doing in a safe and compliant way with our customers and our employees at the forefront of it., Direct Line Group is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity and we're committed to making DLG a truly inclusive place to work.

We recognise and embrace that people work in different ways and we'll always adapt as much as possible so you have the best and most comfortable working environment that we can offer. We know you're more than a CV, and the things that make you, you, can bring real potential to DLG.

If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process, speak to our recruitment team who will be happy to support you.