Main purpose of the role:
For the BGC Partners and Cantor Fitzgerald group of companies:
- to advise on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, in the UK and Internationally with the aim of ensuring senior management and Human Resources understand the employment legal obligations in each jurisdiction and can make informed commercial decisions;
- to draft legal documentation, in particular bespoke contractual documentation;
- to assist in the handling of all employment litigation; and
- to seek to minimise the employment legal risks so far as possible.
As Employment Counsel, your work will be fully supervised but as experience is obtained, it is anticipated that you will demonstrate the ability to get the job done and an increasing degree of self-sufficiency and autonomy.
The type of work will vary but essentially includes the following:
- drafting bespoke contracts, secondment agreements and amendments for employees, LLP members and contractors in different jurisdictions; particularly in the UK and Asia;
- drafting additional bespoke employment documentation including loan and other compensation documentation;
- assisting with advice on employee relations issues and staff exits (including redundancy exercises); advising the business/HR, drafting relevant documentation and negotiating exits;
- Assisting with the conduct of employee litigation in the Employment Tribunal, the EAT and the High Court, including disclosure, bundle preparation, drafting pleadings, drafting witness statements, witness proofing, assisting with all steps of getting cases to full trial;
- Project work such as large scale contract review and M & A due diligence exercises - which can require turning around a large volume of work, usually within a tight deadline while maintaining attention to detail;
- Being ever alert to Conduct Risk issues, specifically the risk of harm to client interests, market integrity and/or competition in financial markets due to inappropriate practices or behaviours across the firm.
Skills / experience required:
- It is expected that this role would suit a newly qualified lawyer or a lawyer with up to 2 years post-qualification experience in employment law (although all relevant applications will be considered);
- Ability to take ownership of requirements/issues and ensure they are resolved to meet objectives; being responsive to client demands;
- Attention to detail is absolutely critical to this role;
- Team player and "can do" attitude is another essential part of this role - ability to work effectively as part of a team both within the legal department and alongside other departments (e.g. colleagues from HR, compliance, PR, finance departments as well as the business stake-holders);
- Confidence to clarify instructions at the outset;
- Ability to prioritise work and ensure that more senior lawyers are informed of progress so that all deadlines (individual and/or team deadlines) can be met and expectations can be managed;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills - as the role develops, the individual will be expected to demonstrate ability to update senior executives and lawyers in an appropriate manner including understanding the remit of being in a control function;
- Competent in use of technology - and able to take on administrative tasks as and when required including the ability to self-organise and manage own diary effectively. (There is only limited administrative support available);
- Legal research skills;
- Ability to think commercially and anticipate the business's objectives.
- Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Document Locator (a document management system).
- Personal and professional integrity;
- Professional credibility and good academics;
- Independent and lateral thinker (both legally and commercially);
- Pro-activity and flexibility in time and approach;
- Ability to think outside the box;
- As further experience in the role is obtained, ability to get the job done and a degree of self-sufficiency;
- Highly effective communicator (both written and verbal);
- Attention to detail.