Corporate – Legal – Employment Lawyer – Vice President

Location:Greater London
Job Type:Full Time

Corporate – Legal – Employment Lawyer – Vice President

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.6 trillion and operations worldwide. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers and small business, commercial banking, financial transaction processing, and asset management. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase & Co. serves millions of consumers in the United States and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional, and government clients under its J.P. Morgan and Chase brands. Information about JPMorgan Chase & Co. is available at

The Legal Department of JPMorgan Chase & Co provides legal services and advice to the Firm globally. Legal is responsible for, among other things:

  • managing actual and potential litigation and enforcement matters, including internal reviews and investigations related to such matters

  • advising on products and services, including contract negotiation and documentation

  • advising on offering and marketing documents and new business initiatives

  • managing dispute resolution

  • interpreting existing laws, rules and regulations, and advising on changes thereto

  • advising on advocacy in connection with contemplated and proposed laws, rules and regulations, and

  • providing legal advice to the Board of Directors, the business and functions. Legal selects, engages and manages outside counsel for the Firm on all matters in which outside counsel is engaged.

The EMEA HR Legal Practice Group is looking for an employment lawyer to work as part of a team of six lawyers in London, providing employment law advice in EMEA on contentious and non-contentious matters. There will also be cross-border employment issues that arise with the US and APAC with which the candidate will assist.

Key responsibilities:

  • Providing support to the ER and HR functions across EMEA, including seeking advice from local external counsel in those jurisdictions, and directly delivering employment law advice.
  • Assisting in the management of employment litigation in EMEA, instructing and liaising with outside counsel, reviewing draft documents, discussing strategy and advising the business, Employee Relations and Human Resources.
  • Conducting the day-to-day management of employment tribunal claims, including drafting of pleadings, supervising disclosure and proofing witnesses.
  • Advising on restructures across EMEA and advising on local requirements.
  • Supporting ER and HR with advice on grievances, disciplinaries, dismissals, appeals, redundancies, recruitment, contracts of employment, restrictive covenants and employee data protection issues.
  • Advising generally in relation to non-contentious employment issues, especially outsourcings and transactions involving TUPE transfers and share acquisitions, which often involve more than one jurisdiction, either EMEA or on a global basis.
  • Advising on and conducting investigations of fact in relation to business and conduct issues.
  • Providing support on the implementation of legal developments and initiatives and review of related materials, drafting and updating of policies and procedures.
  • Advising on regulatory issues in the context of conduct and remuneration matters.
  • Managing relationships with external employment counsel across EMEA.


The role requires an articulate, responsive and commercially minded self-starter who is capable of working confidently and effectively at all levels of an organization.

Essential skills:

  • Solid employment law experience from either the employment department of a major City law firm preferably with banking employment litigation experience, or equivalent experience with a legal department of a large financial institution.
  • Strong academic qualifications
  • In-house experience preferable but not essential.
  • Sound knowledge of all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, whistleblowing, grievance procedures, disciplinaries, changes to terms and conditions, redundancies, and TUPE & reorganisation impact.
  • Employment litigation experience.
  • Familiarity with the regulatory requirements applicable to a firm like J.P. Morgan but not essential
  • Experience in drafting and negotiating settlement agreements.
  • Experience in dealing with multi-jurisdictional matters and advising on local employment law requirements across EMEA but not essential.
  • Ability to build a strong partnership with ER and HR clients.
  • Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.
  • Lawyer must be licensed to practice law and a member in good standing in the state/jurisdiction in which the position is based or otherwise in compliance with the in-house counsel registration rules of that state/jurisdiction.

About J.P. Morgan Chase & Co:

J.P. Morgan serves one of the largest client franchises in the world. Our clients include corporations, institutional investors, hedge funds, governments and affluent individuals in more than 100 countries. J.P. Morgan is part of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.1 trillion. The firm is a leader in investment banking, financial services for consumers, small business and commercial banking, financial transaction processing, asset management, and private equity. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase serves millions of clients and consumers under its JPMorgan and Chase, and WaMu brands.

“JPMorgan Chase & Co. offers an exceptional benefits program and a highly competitive compensation package. JPMorgan Chase & Co. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a member of the UK Government’s Disability Confident Scheme.”