Employment law consultants will work within the HR sector to provide employment law advice to managers, employees and board members around the latest issues affecting the sector.
Being a good communicator, trustworthy and confidential is key. Knowledge of the latest UK employment law issues and experience in employment tribunals is vital.
What does an employment law consultant do?
Working alongside the HR team, the main responsibility of an employment law consultant is to assist and advise on all aspects of employment law and employee relations issues to external stakeholders.
Representing clients’ interests online and communicating via email, telephone and face-to-face will be a key part of this job, therefore strong written and relationship building skills are important. It is vital that you are organised and adaptable as day-to-day tasks will change depending on the client’s needs. You must be able to work to deadlines and under pressure when required.
Sample employment law consultant responsibilities
Your responsibilities as an employment law consultant will include:
- Understanding and advising on all features of the employment contract
- Producing employment contracts which will include the employment handbook if necessary and the main terms and conditions of employment
- Representing clients at Employment Tribunals and negotiating and creating settlement agreements
- Logging all advice given on case management through reports
- Supporting clients with their legal duties by attending grievance and disciplinary hearings
- Creating documents of support relating to employment law and employee relations, including memos and template letters
- Visiting client companies and dealing with specific issues
- Devising and overseeing training sessions for clients on employment law
- Generating new business by creating and delivering information update sessions
- Networking and marketing to support the growth of employment law in the business
Employment law consultant skills and competencies
Previous experience working in HR, especially within the employment law sector is vital. A strong understanding and proven success in dealing with and avoiding various employment relations issues is desirable. It is essential that you are qualified to a degree level, with either a CIPD or post – graduate qualification in employment law. Being highly organised and adaptable is key to this role as your day-to-day tasks will changed constantly. You must be a good communicator and able to build strong relationships.
Employment law consultants will be expected to be proficient in:
- Successfully building and maintaining trusted and effective client relationships
- Written communication to employees of all levels
- Adaptability and flexibility with day-to-day tasks and workload
- Thinking quickly and using initiative
- Working to multiple deadlines and occasionally under pressure
- Making decisions based on risk assessment and evaluation
- Managing and altering diaries
- Drafting contracts and policies
- Using various programmes and systems, i.e. word, PowerPoint
Employment law consultant salary expectations
Employment law consultants in the UK receive £34,519 as an average salary. This can differ depending on the company and the candidate experience, with many employee consultants receiving a wage of anything between £24,000 to £48,000.
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