Solicitor / Associate / Senior Associate - Employment (Thames Valley - Oxford/Reading)

Discipline: Lawyer
Salary: £Competitive
Job ref: 003062

We are currently looking to hire a solicitor / associate / senior associate into our highly regarded specialist Employment team in the Thames Valley (Reading and Oxford).   The role on offer is a great opportunity to develop; the prospects for advancement are real.  The team provides advice on all areas of employment law and acts for a wide range of national and international clients across the public, private and third sectors.  We are consistently ranked in the top tier in the independent legal directories Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners.

We can provide you with an excellent platform to develop both your technical ability and business development skills within a supportive and thriving team.  You will likely soon develop close client relationships that will endure throughout your career.  Our encouragement of a decent work/life balance and complementary interests will help you towards a strong long-term profile in this region.

Blake Morgan is committed to adopting Smart Working practices, where appropriate in the context of business needs, and empowering colleagues to maximise their performance.  Whilst we strive to ensure consistency of approach across the firm, there will inevitably be some differences in working practices across our business groups and business support functions.  We consider each colleague's personal preferences, working styles and development needs when deciding the best arrangements to suit our clients and colleagues.  A typical approach would be a blend of working in your usual office, working from another Blake Morgan office, working from a client's office and working from home.  A Guide to getting the most out of Smart Working Policy is available for our colleagues.   You will be a core part of the team and able to access the technology, support, training and resources you require.  Our lawyer teams are also well supported by our Business Services Finance, HR, IT and Risk functions.

More information about our practice can be found  here.

Typical Workload

If successful, you can expect a mix of employment work.  Your responsibilities might include but not be limited to:

*       Being involved in a broad mix of contentious and non-contentious work primarily supporting our Employer clients. Your time will be split between disputes, general advisory work and corporate support work with some client training from time to time.

*       We act for leading employers in a wide range of sectors, from household-name retail clients to leading NHS, government or third sector organisations. You'll have a great variety of work and the opportunity to advise in a range of interesting areas.

*       You will have a direct influence on how you want your experience and expertise to develop and you will be strongly encouraged and supported to get involved in business development work, taking an active role in seminars, webinars and networking events in addition to drafting guidance and articles. Your role will include assisting the partners in supervising and developing junior members of the team.

*       You will also benefit from the support and resources of the larger team based across our other offices, which includes specialist Pensions and Immigration lawyers as part of our business group.

Skills / Experience Required

You will have developed a genuine interest in employment law in your early career.  You will be keen to continue to build and develop your specialist knowledge and your legal skills, including drafting and negotiating skills; carrying out legal research and due diligence; guiding clients in a supportive environment through operational challenges; providing advice in an unambiguous and pragmatic manner; developing client relationships and ensuring that you are a key member of the team to deliver solutions in line with our clients' aims.

*       Solid relevant technical expertise and intellectual ability

*       Enthusiastic and committed to a career in employment work

*       Strong analytical and research skills

*       Relationship-driven and personable

*       Collegiate

*       Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

*       Strong client and matter management skills

*       A track record of successful practice development

*       IT proficient

*       Exceptional self-motivation and ability to assume responsibility for your own matters

*       Committed to rigour around treating all clients fairly

*       Focused on providing dedication, determination and loyalty to colleagues, clients and communities

*       Able to demonstrate continuous development and diversity in thinking

*       Understands and complies with Information Security responsibilities commensurate with this advertised role including Data Protection and the duty of confidentiality. It is an integral part of this role that you comply with Information Security and all firm policies

Blake Morgan is one of the UK's leading full service law firms, with offices in London, Wales, Thames Valley and the South Coast region. We provide our clients with practical and straightforward legal advice whatever their regional, national and international requirements. Our clients are commercial businesses, not-for-profit organisations, government agencies and private individuals.

Our business groups are:

Banking and Finance

Business Support Services

Commercial and Charities

Commercial Litigation

Commercial Recoveries and Travel



Employment, Pensions, Benefits & Immigration

Private Client

Property Services


Our office locations and details of how to reach them are found  here.

How to Apply

Please apply on our website through our Online Portal.

Closing Date:  Within two months from date of posting but please note we are continually reviewing applications so we would recommend applying sooner rather than later.

Interviews:  The interview process will start as soon as suitable candidates have been identified.  We will notify you in advance if you are required to carry out a drafting exercise/skills test as part of the interview process.

If you have any questions, please email Rob Brown at

Your personal data will be processed in line with our  applicant privacy policy which explains how we treat your data.

Please note that we are currently only accepting CVs from instructed agencies and direct applicants.


Some of the benefits of working at Blake Morgan include:

*       26 days' annual holiday and option to purchase 1 weeks' leave

*       Birthday holiday

*       My Time – one working week off for community, faith-based festivals, volunteering, or wellbeing activities

*       Profit Share Scheme

*       Performance related bonus scheme

*       Target Plus (rolling bonus scheme)

*       Private medical insurance including access to a health advice helpline

*       Auto-enrolment pension scheme (5% employer pension contribution when employee contributes 3%)

*       Life assurance scheme

*       Critical illness cover

*       Cash Plan - claim for flu jab, health screening, optical and dental plus a range of wellbeing and health services

*       Employee Assistance Programme

*       Professional subscriptions

*       Free parking or travel season ticket loan depending on your office location


*       Cycle to work scheme

*       Discounts at leading retailers

*       Recruitment referral scheme

*       Gifts at key lifestyle and career milestones