Howard Kennedy

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Howard Kennedy

Associate, Employment

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The role

We have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Associate to join our Employment team, working closely and collaboratively with the Partners and other members of the team advising on strategic, contentious, non-contentious and advisory UK employment law matters.

You will have the opportunity to work closely with clients from a range of sectors, with a focus on restaurants, retail, real estate and professional services businesses, financial services, media & tech, including ones with international reach. 

Role responsibility

Acting for clients on strategic, contentious, non-contentious and advisory UK employment law matters including:

  • Advising on the employment aspects of M&A and commercial property deals.
  • Managing the full scope of employment related transactional work, including due diligence, drafting employment provisions, calculating employment related liabilities, and advising on benefits, incentives and bonus arrangements. 
  • Negotiating senior level exits/retentions.
  • Advising financial services clients on remuneration packages, the scope and application of SMCR, conduct rule breaches, fitness and propriety findings and regulatory references
  • Drafting and advising on the enforcement of post termination restrictions, warranties and indemnities.
  • Board level rights and directors' duties and advising on director and shareholder disputes
  • Employment contract, service agreement and policy preparation
  • Worker status and atypical workers' rights advice
  • Disciplinary and grievance guidance
  • Capability and employee ill-health absence management
  • Pay, bonus, incentives and remuneration rights
  • Securing employee business confidentiality and customer information protection, and enforcement of post-termination restrictions including  fiduciary obligations
  • Workforce rights management in redundancy and reorganisation programmes
  • Cross-jurisdictional workforce projects implementation
  • Discrimination and harassment rights
  • Dismissal and employment termination
  • Statutory rights and enforcement in Employment Tribunals and appeal courts, including bringing/defending claims
  • Whistleblowing advice and claims
  • High Court employment claims and enforcement, including injunctions.
  • Actively improving own knowledge and expertise in all areas of employment law and participating in and contributing to departmental training
  • Contributing to marketing and business development initiatives of team and firm

About you

You will be able to demonstrate;

  • Previous non-contentious,  contentious and advisory employment experience, with a specialism in employment related transactional work.
  • Ability to manage your own caseload
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of the team and wider firm, as required
  • Strong intellectual and analytical abilities.
  • Strong team focus, working with and encouraging a collaborative approach.
  • Strong client focus with the ability to create and maintain excellent client relationships. Providing a consistently exceptional and bespoke client experience by working with an innovative approach.
  • Experience in advising clients at all levels of seniority in a clear and confident manner and via all means of communication.
  • Confidence in managing clients' expectations, dealing effectively with issues.
  • Enthusiasm for being involved in and actively participating in business development and profile-raising activities
  • A considered approach to risk management, actively promoting a culture of risk awareness and compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • A willingness to work as part of a team assisting colleagues when necessary in order to provide the highest levels of client service.
  • Assisting in developing and mentoring less experienced members of the team.


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Interest free Season Ticket Loan
  • Private Healthcare
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Introductory Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About us

We are a London based, full-service law firm, specialising in providing straightforward advice to entrepreneurial businesses and individuals on domestic and international matters.

We have grown substantially in recent years, including two mergers and an office move. We’ve also matured in terms of our approach to providing advice to our clients, seeking to simplify and improve the experience of working with a modern, independent law firm.

We’re proud of our journey. Without losing sight of where we’ve come from, we are focused on where we’re going. We are evolving and growing every day. And just like our clients, we are ambitious and moving forward. Many of our clients are entrepreneurial, ambitious enterprises who are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. We are one of the only London based law firms with a large private wealth offering alongside significant business law capability.

The firm also advises major corporates on particular specialist legal matters who find our straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.


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