Solicitor - Employment Law - Public Sector

Job Description

VANRATH are delighted to be assisting our client, a large and well-known Public Sector Organisation with the recruitment of a Solicitor to join their team based in Belfast.

This is a Full-Time Monday - Friday position. 37 hours per week. Monday - Friday 9 - 5.


£38,223 - £48,474 per annum, plus benefits.


  • To undertake and assist in the provision of professional and timely expert legal advice and representation for the organisation on a wide range of employment matters, including non-contentious advisory work and acting in defence of employment related proceedings taken against the organisation.
  • To carry out research into legal issues and provide strategic and timely opinion papers and advice to clients.
  • To draft Tribunal proceedings/pleadings, collate discovery, assist in the preparation of witness statements, preparing briefs for counsel and trial bundles.
  • To participate and support the building and maintaining an effective and efficient Legal Services team and ensuring a professional and high-quality service in support of the organisation's objectives and outcomes.
  • To assist with the preparation of briefing materials for Committee and Board approval as required, and attending these meetings as appropriate.
  • To provide regular reports on all legal work to the supervising Senior Solicitor to enable compliance with reporting controls to the Director of Corporate Services, the Chief Executive and the senior management team, as may be considered necessary or appropriate.
  • To provide a high level of internal and external customer service including taking ownership of customer queries and complaints and following issues through to completion, while ensuring timely escalation to the Senior Solicitor, when required.
  • To represent the Legal Services team as required and provide support and cover for the other members of the Legal Services team as and when required to ensure resilience as far as practicable.
  • To prepare appropriate business cases, tenders and quotations, in line with financial and procurement regulations, policies and procedures and corporate timescales.

Essential Criteria:

  • Possess a degree level or equivalent level qualification.
  • A solicitor of the Court of Judicature of Northern Ireland qualified to practice in Northern Ireland.
  • Can demonstrate at least 3 years' post-qualification experience within the last five years undertaking and/or assisting in the provision of professional and timely legal advice on a wide range of employment law matters, including non-contentious advisory work and conducting employment related legal proceedings.
  • Can demonstrate a strong understanding of Industrial Tribunal practice and procedure in Northern Ireland.
  • Possess a current driving licence or have access to a form of transport that enables them to meet the requirements of the post in full.

For further information on this opportunity, or any other position in Belfast or wider Northern Ireland, please apply via the link or contact Conor Birch in the strictest confidence.

Recent Feedback from our candidates:

''The team at VANRATH were extremely helpful in helping me find my new role. They kept me up to date on my application and provided excellent advice throughout the interview process. Overall the process could not have gone smoother or any quicker and I would definitely recommend reaching out to them if you are on the lookout for a new role.''

''I was contacted by VANRATH in regards to a job I had applied for. They were extremely helpful and gave me a number of positions to apply for. They had interviews set up in a number of hours and I secured a position within days. They kept we well informed throughout the process and has continued to touch base after I have started my new role. Couldn't recommend enough.''