THE ROLE This is an opportunity to establish the ER specialism for the UK business and drive the implementation of best practice. You will be the main point of contact and source of expertise for all ER guidance and support for the UK HR Team and line managers across the UK Firm. Ensuring fair and consistent delivery of HR policies, promoting a positive employee relations culture and maintaining employees well-being, whilst minimising risk and maintaining compliance. This role requires an excellent knowledge of the detail and implications of employment law, good governance and best practice. The successful individual will have the credibility to make balanced judgements and decisions in often challenging situations, as well as the ability to manage a busy workload and balance conflicting priorities in a complex and matrix environment. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES Understand, interpret and analyse changes in UK and EU Employment law in order to develop proactive and strategic solutions whilst maintaining compliance Provide comprehensive expert advice to the business leaders and HR Teams on ER cases covering all aspects of the employment relationship Act as a central specialist resource supporting all ER activity including disciplinaries, grievances, performance management, absence, appeals, Occupational Health life cycle, agile working and any other associated ER activity Accountable for all complex Employee Relations casework, driving the resolution issues from initiation through to closure For each case, identifying and addressing potential risks and ensuring the final decision takes into account commercial factors such as risk of compensation, reputational damage and potential tribunal claims as well as current employment law and Firm policy Work in partnership with the HR Business Partners and Specialist Teams, to identify ER trends and recommend proactive interventions to minimise risk Support the well-being of staff by promoting the use of employee benefits related to well-being, (e.g. Occupational Health, private medical insurance, Employee Assistance Programme) as appropriate Lead the handling of investigations, employment tribunal or other legal claims, liaising with HR colleagues and line managers to assemble factual evidence and preparation of documentation Be the point of contact for the escalation of issues, policy and process interpretation Mitigate legal employment risk and ensuring a positive, fair and supportive work environment for all employees Develop procedures, processes and guidance notes in relation to areas of ER and work collaboratively with colleagues across HR to support the introduction of new or revised ER policies Advise and support HR Generalist and Specialists with the handling of all ER in line with HR policies and with employment law. To ensure HR community is up-to-date on changes to the legal and deliver training and briefings as required Ensure consistent application of Firm HR policies and adherence to best practice in the management of all ER related issues Support the HR Business Partners with any change programmes within their client group. To provide advice and guidance to Line Managers in relation to consultation, restructure and redundancy processes SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES CIPD qualified with a strong focus on employment law Up to date UK employment law and best practice HR knowledge Ability to understand, interpret HR policies, processes and procedures and apply this to advise line managers when dealing with complex ER cases Knowledge and experience of implementing best practice HR solutions to drive a high performance culture Ability to interact effectively and quickly establish professional credibility with colleagues and stakeholders at all levels Experienced at managing complex ER case work and coaching techniques to support managers and build their capability when dealing with ER cases Sound judgement and decision-making are important qualities Able to focus both on details and wider implications of issues Strong problem solving and analysis skills Able to effectively manage multiply stakeholders and competing priorities Ability to work as part of a team and contribute to the strong cohesive team environment Able to be responsive in a fast-paced, demanding operational environment Commercially aware Clear, articulate and concise communication skills - both verbal and written THE FIRM DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. Our global reach ensures that we can help businesses with their legal needs anywhere in the world. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality, service excellence and value to our clients and offering practical and innovative legal solutions to help them succeed. Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies, as well as government and public sector bodies. At DLA Piper we are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued. We offer exceptional career opportunities to our lawyers, aspiring graduates, and business services professionals in a truly challenging and rewarding environment.