Legal Consultant - Employment, min 5 yrs PQE

  • Simmons & Simmons Adaptive
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Sep 04, 2017
Contract Employment Law Interim Contract / Locum

Job Description

  Job Title   Simmons & Simmons Adaptive - Legal Consultant - Employment   Department   Employment   Role   Consultant   Job Location   London   Description

Firm introduction:

Simmons & Simmons is a leading international law firm, providing clients with commercially aware legal advice, whenever and wherever they need it. We have over 1,500 staff in 24 locations situated in key business and financial centres across Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.         

Our philosophy for international growth has been to build practices around local teams who understand the culture, business and languages of the countries and regions in which we operate. In doing so, we believe that we have succeeded in developing a closely knit and cohesive network that meets local business needs as part of a global service.

Our client base includes leading financial institutions and a significant number of the current FTSE 100 and Fortune Global 500 companies and our strategy is founded on excellent client service and a focus on our key industry sectors (asset management & investment funds, financial institutions, life sciences and technology, media & telecommunications). The core practice areas, from which we draw our sector teams, are: corporate, dispute resolution, employment, pensions & employee benefits, EU, competition & regulatory, financial markets, information, communications & technology, intellectual property, projects, real estate and tax.

For additional information on the firm, please visit our website at


Simmons & Simmons Adaptive:

We recognise that the way people work and the needs of businesses requiring legal services are changing. With this in mind, we have designed a resourcing solution that allows talented lawyers different ways of working without compromising their career development or work satisfaction. With the ability to balance autonomy with quality legal assignments, Simmons & Simmons Adaptive provides an alternate legal career for motivated lawyers interested in working differently.

Simmons & Simmons Adaptive was borne out of a desire to add additional value to our clients and is very much an extension of the services we already provide. This means that consultants who work with us through this platform are valued, supported and integrated into the firm’s business culture.

Benefits of working with us in this way include:

  • The ability to choose when and where you work
  • High quality legal work from our leading international client base
  • Competitive daily and hourly rates
  • The backing of an international law firm

As a consultant working with us, you will benefit from:

  • Support from a sponsoring partner and the client team throughout your assignment
  • Access to our briefings, bulletins and knowhow via online portals
  • Access to training events and legal updates that will help you to refine your skills.

As an independent consultant you are recognised for your experience. There is no hierarchy or politics. You just focus on good quality interesting work with a level of variety that will keep you continually challenged.

Our contract roles demand the same highly skilled lawyers as our permanent roles so we would expect you to have strong academics, excellent interpersonal skills and be client-focused. You should have relevant experience and well developed legal skills.


Employment practice overview:

Simmons & Simmons’ London employment practice is a recognised leader in the UK marketplace. We are known for our ability to provide clients with a proactive approach to employment law matters. We have an unrivalled client base among global corporates and financial institutions – giving us what we believe to be an unparalleled level of experience in complex, domestic and international employment law matters. In the Chambers 2014 UK guide we were described as “The pre-eminent adviser for complex, high-risk claims.” and in the previous year they said “This ‘approachable, decisive and commercial’ team is highly recommended for its advice to clients on high-end litigation matters and strategic restructuring projects.”

The group has the skills, knowledge and technical expertise to provide practical advice on domestic, international and transnational issues offering a commercial and creative approach. The team offers a full range of services including advising on all general and strategic employment issues, litigation and issues associated with corporate transactions and reorganisations and advises clients across key business sectors including financial markets, life sciences, TMT and energy and infrastructure.


The role:

We are seeking an experienced legal consultant with excellent experience of employment law to join our market leading employment practice. A variety of contentious and non-contentious work is on offer, with the opportunity to work for with the partners in the group as well as with the employment groups across our International offices. An entrepreneurial spirit and the willingness to take on significant responsibility are essential, with an interest in international employment issues advantageous.


Person specification: 

  • At least five years’ post qualification experience and training from a top tier law firm
  • Motivated and self-starting – the ability to work autonomously
  • Quick thinking and detail driven
  • Pro-active and process driven


Equal opportunities:

Simmons & Simmons is committed both to promoting equality and diversity in the firm and to Equal Opportunities in employment. The firm believes in equality of opportunity regardless of race or racial group (including colour, nationality, ethnicity, national origins), religion or belief, age, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender re-assignment and gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy, maternity and paternity. This also includes any incidents of perceptive or associative discrimination and harassment.

At Simmons & Simmons we seek to attract and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, to create an exciting and rewarding place to work. The firm is supportive of flexible working arrangements wherever possible. Our aim is to fulfil everyone’s potential and together to achieve personal and business goals.


Background screening process:

All Simmons & Simmons Adaptive consultants will be required to go through the firm’s background screening process which will include a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) certificate. The firm undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a DBS certificate on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. The firm’s policy on the recruitment of ex-offenders is available on request.