Senior Associate

PQE: 5 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full time/Part time
Practice area: Employment
Location: Guildford
The Role

To assist with our high-growth plans we are looking for a quality associate or senior associate to join our employment team, ideally with 5+ years' PQE gained in a major City or leading national or regional practice. 

Candidates must have strong drafting, negotiation and interpersonal skills and a proven track record in the full range of employment work, coupled with drive and enthusiasm for business development activity.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Experience of advising employers on a range of employment law issues;
  • Excellent technical ability, drafting skills and attention to detail;
  • Business development skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate concisely and with confidence;
  • Highly motivated and reliable;
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
  • Able to manage a varied workload;
  • Dedicated to delivering client service to the highest standards and the skill to effectively manage and nurture client relationships;
  • Commercial awareness; and
  • Strong academics.


Experience of at least one of the following is preferred:

  • Advising on TUPE issues and drafting complex TUPE provisions;
  • Employment agencies, employment businesses and agency worker matters;
  • Business immigration;
  • Regulatory issues in the Financial Services sector.

The Employment Team

The employment, immigration and pensions team currently consists of 4 partners and 11 other lawyers (1 managing associate, 4 senior associates, 4 associates, 2 PSLs and 1 trainee).

The firm’s top-ranked employment team handles a wide range of quality contentious and non-contentious work including employee relations advisory work, disputes in the tribunal and courts, drafting employment documentation, corporate transactions and commercial outsourcing TUPE work.  The employment team also works closely with the immigration team, advising employers and individuals in relation to immigration matters.  The team’s workload is increasingly top end, complex, premium work and accordingly we are working to strengthen our capacity.

Although we are advertising this role as a full-time role, we would also consider this as a part-time role.

The Firm

Stevens & Bolton – making a positive difference to your career

Stevens & Bolton is a UK law firm with over 200 staff. Of those around 150 are lawyers, approximately a third of them partners, many of whom chose to join us from City law firms. Our office is based in Guildford and our staff work from here and also flexibly.

We’ve made excellence the hallmark of our firm: in the clear advice we give, in the enduring client relationships we build and in our proactive and highly responsive service.  We seek to recruit people who will help us maintain and build on this, and in return we offer excellent long-term career and development opportunities.

You’ll work with people who listen, and who actively and willingly support one another within a collaborative and engaging environment.  We genuinely care about our people and strive to build and maintain a diverse, inclusive and happy workforce.

We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I). This drives a strategy which focuses on constant promotion of an inclusive culture that encourages everyone to realise their full potential and be themselves at work. In 2020 we were shortlisted for “Best D&I Initiative” at The HR Awards and for “Best Talent and Inclusion Initiative” at The Lawyer Awards.

Our vision is to be one of the UK’s most successful law firms, offering excellence beyond the city, a supportive culture and the best client experience. Always making a positive difference. We were proud to be named Law Firm of the Year: The Independents at The Lawyer Awards 2020.