Associate - Employment & Pensions

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
05 Jul 2018
13 Aug 2018
Role Classification
Practice Area
Employment & Pensions
Contract Type
Experience Level
2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

The department

Dentons’ Global Employment and Labor Group includes over 200 lawyers, spread across our offices, who regularly represent management in connection with employment and benefits related litigation, corporate and governmental investigations, executive compensation and counseling projects. With our global presence and contacts, we are one of only a few firms that can provide multinational businesses with a coordinated solution to all their employment and benefits needs throughout the world.

Our employment and labor lawyers are known for their creative, business-savvy counseling skills and, when necessary, their results-driven, highly successful litigation practice. Dentons represents local and multinational businesses with respect to the full range of workforce-related issues and matters.

The global reach, consistent high quality, and efficiency of our Global Employment and Labor Group make Dentons uniquely qualified to provide both local and multi-national businesses with a comprehensive and effective employment and labor solution.

Purpose of role

The team has a number of established employer clients such as Virgin Atlantic and Network Rail.  The focus of the department is on stand alone employment law work but the team also provides support to the corporate, construction and real estate departments.

The Employment department has strong links with the Employment department in our London office.  However, Milton Keynes acts independently, on a day to day basis.  This is a great opportunity for the right person to make a difference and develop their career.  Suitable candidates will be interested in actively working to grow and develop the business.  First rate communication skills are essential as is the ability to work effectively and constructively within a close team.  Experience of the local market may be an advantage. Ideally the candidate will be 3-6 PQE.


  • You will take a supporting role on a variety of transactions across a range of sectors

  • Build and maintain client relationships

  • Advise on day to day employment law issues for a variety of clients

  • Act in the defence of employment tribunal litigation

  • Contribute to business development and speak at conferences

  • Contribute to thought leadership and raise the profile of the firm externally

Required experience, skills and attributes

The successful candidate will ideally have experience of:

·Most, if not all, aspects of pure employment work e.g. running employment tribunal claims, advising on grievances

·Advising on TUPE, outsourcing agreements

·Employment support work e.g. drafting the employment section of due diligence reports

·Corporate immigration matters

·Some High Court experience

·Client seminars and training

·This role would be suitable for those looking to build on their current experience and to take a leading role with responsibility for drafting and negotiations.

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. If, as a result of a disability, you believe that there are aspects of the recruitment process or job that you would find more difficult than a non-disabled person, please tell us as soon as possible. We will then be able to discuss with you any reasonable adjustments that could be made to the recruitment process or the job itself.

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