Senior Legal Counsel (Employment)

£Competitive plus bonus + pension + private medical and dental insurance + 27 days holiday + free on-site gym

Malmesbury, Wiltshire


This role requires a technically excellent and pro-active lawyer to provide employment law advice to Dyson’s Group HR function and strategic oversight of the employment law risks to the global business.  This is a role with high responsibility attached and that provides an excellent opportunity to develop your skills and contribution as part of a dynamic and ambitious in-house legal team. You will be responsible for the management of a more junior employment lawyer.

Market Overview

Home to our global Research, Design and Development centre and all of our Commercial functions, Dyson HQ is tucked away in countryside famous for the railway tunnels and bridges of Isambard Brunel, who revolutionised modern engineering. Our secluded location helps us to protect our ideas and stay independent-minded. Yet nearby are the fashionable cities of Bristol and Bath (where a young James Dyson invented cyclone technology).

The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Over 1,500 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. From 2016, our HQ will begin doubling its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

Dyson learnt an early lesson in the value of legal might, winning a gruelling battle against Hoover when it infringed our early cyclone technology patents. Our in-house legal teams have been at the forefront of Dyson ever since. From the information security experts and IP teams doggedly protecting our ideas, to the commercial lawyers and procurement specialists who solve our toughest business challenges across the world, the make sure Dyson stays ahead.


  • Develop the position of the employment law function within the Group as a global strategic adviser, building engagement with the Group HR leadership team

  • Build strong relationships with Dyson’s UK based HR and business client groups, and manage the provision of daily support to them.

  • Provide expert, ethical and pragmatic advice on a wide range of employee relations matters, including case management in grievance and disciplinary processes.

  • Proactively identify arising risk areas (both within the UK and for the business globally) and work with the business to develop risk mitigation solutions.

  • Manage litigation and contentious matters across the UK and EU and provide support to Regional General Counsel on contentious matters in other jurisdictions where required.

  • Provide corporate support in relation to restructuring/reorganisation and TUPE.

  • Deliver legal training programmes to HR and business managers.

  • Support HR policy development and roll out and create and maintain relevant precedents.

  • Draft and negotiate employment contracts and settlement agreements including post-termination restrictions.

  • Manage external counsel where appropriate, ensuring compliance with Dyson’s cost management processes.


  • Substantial post qualification experience, with in-house exposure post training a real advantage.

  • A sound understanding of all aspects of employment law and an ability to apply that knowledge pragmatically in a commercial environment.

  • Excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills.

  • Experience of managing matters with a cross border and foreign jurisdiction element, and managing external legal counsel.

  • Good awareness of the role of Legal in business decisions and the ability to actively contribute in the taking of those decisions.

  • Confidence and technical ability to be able to deal with issues outside your experience and the ability to learn quickly on the job.

  • Evidence of being a self-starter who is good at identifying problems and proactively remedying them, and who demonstrates professionalism, pride and integrity in all aspects of your work.

  • An ability to work successfully with a minimum level of supervision in a fast-paced, constantly changing environment.

  • Line management experience is an advantage.

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 4-Jan-2017

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