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Legal Counsel - Employment

John Lewis Partnership
£64,100.00 - £98,400.00 Annual
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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Contract Type
Part Time

Job Details

Our Purpose

Working in Partnership for a happier world - our shared Purpose that guides us in everything we do and inspires 3 important principles; happier people, happier business, happier world. The John Lewis Partnership is a truly unique business, one that seeks to make a positive difference to the lives of everyone.

At a glance

Our team is based in Central London and we embrace hybrid working. The Legal team works together in the office at least once a week, including every Thursday. As a business with locations across the UK, there may also be requirements to travel to locations outside of London from time to time.

The salary range for this role is set at £64,100 - £98,400

This position is a 12 month fixed term contract

About the role

Reporting into the Senior Legal Counsel, Employment, the John Lewis Partnership is looking for a Legal Counsel, Employment to join the team. We are currently recruiting this role on a fixed term basis for up to 12 months.

This is a fast paced role in a busy in-house legal team, dealing with a huge range of UK employment legal issues. You will advise the trading divisions of the John Lewis Partnership (John Lewis and Waitrose) and its Group function (together, the "Partnership") in relation to all aspects of employment law.

This is a demanding role which requires a very good understanding of employment law including TUPE; working time and pay related issues (including NMW and holiday pay); and restructures and redundancy, with an awareness of how wider socio-economic issues and future legislation changes may impact the business. Organisational skills and a self starting mentality are paramount as the candidate needs to be able to work independently and prioritise and manage a variable and pressurised workload.

The Partnership is a unique business and it is essential that the candidate has the adaptability to advise within the context of its Constitution and democratic structure.

Dealing with stakeholders at various levels, up to Executive Director, the candidate needs to be highly proficient in building strong relationships and managing stakeholders effectively. Relationships across the Employment law team and wider Legal Department are also paramount, as a strong and effective relationship is needed with the fellow Employment Lawyers and other members of the legal team.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

> Providing strategic, up to date and pragmatic legal advice, acting as a business partner to stakeholders in the Partnership

> Leading on high value, complex and/or strategic projects or transactions relating to employment law

> Supporting the Senior Legal Counsel and Heads of Legal in the development, implementation and maintenance of the Legal team strategy, taking ownership of relevant strategic imperatives

> Taking a proactive approach in relation to the identification of risk and risk management, and proactively identifying and guiding the Partnership in response to regulatory and legislative change

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Essential skills

>Lawyer qualified to practice in the UK with significant up to date experience working in employment law

> In house experience (including secondments) at an organisation with a large and diverse UK workforce preferably in a retail or customer service environment.

> Experience working in both a team, but also the ability to work autonomously

> Understanding of the commercial world and an ability to deliver advice through a commercial lens

> Ability to interact with and advise senior stakeholders up to and including Executive Directors

> In depth experience advising on redundancy and restructure programmes, terms and conditions reviews, TUPE transfers (including commercial negotiations; industrial and employee relations issues and working time and pay/pay compliance issues.

Desirable skills

Immigration, financial services or experience working with different types of employee representative bodies is desirable but not essential

Benefits of the Partnership and the role
  • Hybrid Working
  • Full - time working holiday entitlement 25 days holiday, plus public and bank holidays (this is prorated for part time hours)
  • Excellent work life balance, including focus on well being and flexible working and our marketing leading equal parenthood leave Policy
  • Defined Contribution pension scheme where your contributions will be matched by the Partnership (up to 8% of pay) and, after three years' service, you'll receive an additional Partnership contribution of 4% of pay, regardless of whether you pay in or not
  • You'll get Partnership discount in store and online once you complete your Earning Membership period. That's 25% off in John Lewis (12% off electrical products, some exclusions apply) and 20% in Waitrose (some exclusions apply) You'll also be able to nominate someone you live with to share your discount.
  • Simple cycle to work support scheme
  • We're really proud of our exclusive hotels based in some of Britain's most beautiful areas and once you've been with us for three months, you're welcome to explore them
  • Health Care cover
  • Learn more about our extensive range of exciting benefits that you could enjoy when you join us, visit - ttps://
Next Steps

The application form consists of a CV upload followed by application questions. Please ensure you refresh the page each time you complete a task to ensure you complete everything that you need to in time. (If internal, check your Workday notifications and see further guidance on the PDW under "Internal application process").

Once you've submitted an application the next steps of the process, if successful, are likely to include a 1 stage virtual interview

We occasionally close vacancies early in the event that we receive a high volume of applications. Therefore we recommend you apply early.

You'll be asked about any adjustments you might need to support the recruitment process. Let us know, and we'll be sure to discuss it with you.

Thanks for your patience in the meantime and for showing an interest in joining JLP.

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At the John Lewis Partnership, we embrace our differences. We want you to be you. Because, well, we know you're at your best when you're free to be yourself. Being a truly inclusive employer to us means creating an environment which celebrates your contribution, regardless of age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion or belief. It's why we've set our own aim to become the UK's most inclusive business - for our Partners (employees) and our customers. We firmly believe that our future success lies in diversity of thought from all Partners and it's integral in our mission to build a happier world. We welcome applications from everyone interested in working for us. And, once you're a Partner, your differences will make all the difference. Find out more about D&I in the Partnership here -


The John Lewis Partnership is the UK’s largest employee-owned business and home to our two cherished retail brands - John Lewis & Partners and Waitrose & Partners. Over the next few years, we’re looking to diversify beyond just retail into areas like Financial Services and Build to rent properties, making it an extremely exciting time to join us. We already have job opportunities aside from those in our shops, from project managers to software development, you might be surprised by what we can offer.

Our Purpose

The Partnership is on a journey, an ongoing experiment to find happier, more trusted ways of doing business and all of our Partners (employees) have a part to play. The Partnership is owned entirely in trust by our Partners meaning we’re more than employees, we share knowledge, profit and power.

By joining the Partnership you’ll be joining a unique kind of business. One that puts people before profits and looks to make a positive difference, not just to ourselves, but to the communities we serve and work with, all over the world.

It’s this shared purpose that drives us and we believe that by working together, we can help create a place with happier people, for a happier business and a happier world.

John Lewis at conference

Our Values and Democracy

Being a Partner, a co-owner in the Partnership, makes you so much more than just an employee. Because of this, it comes with a different set of responsibilities compared to working in other organisations.

As Partners, it’s our role to ensure that our democracy and business continues to thrive by asking the right questions and holding each and everyone of us to account, including our leaders. But we do so in a way that holds true to our values, treating everyone with kindness and respect, with our own integrity and with the best intentions of the Partnership’s success at heart.

It’s a powerful, unique way of doing business, a way in which we think is for the better.

It’s YOU we’re interested in

At the John Lewis Partnership, we positively celebrate diversity & inclusion, truly embracing individuals’ contributions, regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion or belief.

That’s why creating an inclusive culture is, and always will be, at the heart of our business. It’s vital for our future success.

If you read deeper into the Partnership’s Purpose – Working in Partnership for a Happier World – you’ll see that it is held up by three key pillars; Happier People, Happier Business and Happier World. Without a DE&I strategy led by our Partners, our Happier People pillar wouldn’t stand, which means we also couldn’t deliver on Happier Business or World either.

You see, our happier business first starts with happier people, enjoying worthwhile and satisfying work in a supportive environment we all help to create. We treat people with fairness, courtesy and respect, and we work with others who do the same. We create an inclusive environment and celebrate diversity with our Partners, customers and the communities we serve.

Find out more about DE&I at JLP:

John Lewis staff working in warehouse

Applying to Join Us

As an employer committed to accessibility and disability inclusion, we are committed to treating all our job applicants fairly and without prejudice. We continuously ensure our recruitment process supports individuals with any disability, whether mental or physical, and actively encourage candidates to contact us before applying to discuss what reasonable adjustments can be made to support them.

We will do as much as we can to support you with completing your application. Depending on the position you are apply for, this could involve help with the following:

  • Online tests
  • 1-2-1 Interviews
  • Group exercise / Individual exercise
  • Reading and Writing
  • Using a computer
  • Interpreting information
  • Presenting
  • And more…

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