PQE: NQ - 2
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Employment
Location: Oxford
The firm

Lewis Silkin is a UK top-100 commercial law firm with offices in London, Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong. The firm is recognised by clients and industries alike as being distinct: for its deep understanding, insight and advice to creative, innovative and brand-focused businesses; for its market-leading international practice in employment, immigration and reward; and for delivering pragmatic, commercial advice in a refreshingly human way.

With 59 partners and more than 400 staff, the firm is structured around two key divisions; the Employment, Immigration and Reward (EIR) and the Creators, Makers and Innovators (CMI).

The department

The employment team of Lewis Silkin is one of the leading employment law practices both domestically and internationally. Our team is amongst the largest in the UK with 24 employment / immigration partners and around 100 other specialist lawyers. Consistently top ranked by independent legal directories, we have more recognised experts in employment than any other UK firm.  The majority of our lawyers are based at our London office in Chancery Lane but we also have offices in Oxford, Cardiff, Dublin and Hong Kong and other lawyers who work remotely.

The work of the team as a whole is a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters, for a wide range of clients.  The lawyers undertake a significant amount of business development including giving seminars and producing Lewis Silkin branded publications.  There is a significant international element to the Division’s work, largely on account of its membership of the Ius Laboris international alliance of employment lawyers.

Incentives and immigration work is handled by specialists within the Division and this will therefore not form part of the role.

The Associate will be based in our Oxford Office (although travel to London and Cardiff will be expected from time to time) and will be reporting to Jonathan Carr, Head of the Oxford office. 


The Associate’s workload will be exclusively employment work.  The Associate will mainly be assisting more senior Associates and Partners with their cases, as well as running their own matters under supervision. The caseload will consist of a mix of contentious and non-contentious employment work and will have direct contact with a variety of clients. 

The role will develop in accordance with the Associate’s own skills, aptitude and preferences and according to the needs of clients and the department.

Additional information


The Division’s training programme includes seminars and workshops given by external speakers and by our own internal experts.  We have dedicated Practice Development Lawyers who are responsible for maintaining know-how and precedents across the team. 

The successful candidates will be allocated a Career Development Partner (CDP) who will have an overview of their long term career aspirations and progression.  We have an excellent track-record of developing our Associates and generating opportunities for Partnership.  Organic growth and a strong team culture is at the heart of our success.   

Candidate profile

The candidate will have had at least four months experience in employment law by the time they qualify or will have up to 2 years PQE.

The ideal candidate must have excellent academics and have gained the benefit of training in a well-respected Firm.  We are looking for someone with good communication and organisational skills.  The candidate must have strong analytical ability, a clear communication style (both spoken and written), excellent client handling skills and, above all, must be a team player.

No agencies please.

Lewis Silkin is an equal opportunities employer.