Employment Legal Counsel - EMEA

UK Remote, UK Remote, GB, OX14 3YP


Sophos Overview – Cybersecurity Evolved

Sophos is a worldwide leader in next-generation cybersecurity, protecting more than 500,000 organizations and millions of consumers in more than 150 countries from today’s most advanced cyberthreats. Powered by threat intelligence, AI and machine learning from SophosLabs and SophosAI, Sophos delivers a broad portfolio of advanced products and services to secure users, networks and endpoints against ransomware, malware, exploits, phishing and the wide range of other cyberattacks. Sophos provides a single integrated cloud-based management console, Sophos Central – the centerpiece of an adaptive cybersecurity ecosystem that features a centralized data lake that leverages a rich set of open APIs available to customers, partners, developers, and other cybersecurity vendors. Sophos sells its products and services through reseller partners and managed service providers (MSPs) worldwide. Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, U.K. More information is available at www.sophos.com.

Employment Legal Counsel - EMEA


Job Purpose

We are searching for an experienced, pragmatic attorney to join our legal team to work on employment law matters arising in EMEA.


This is a fixed term contract role for 6 months and will be based in the UK. Part-time and full-time employment will be considered.


Main Duties 

  • Provide practical and timely advice to the business on employment law matters, with specialist expertise in Europe. 
  • Advise the business on matters involving the Works Councils in Germany, Austria and France. 
  • Draft and update core global employment templates including offer letters, employment contracts and confidentiality agreements. 
  • Develop and improve global employment policies and procedures.  
  • Update, draft and negotiate agreements for consultants, recruitment companies and employment agencies. 
  • Advise the business on pandemic related matters impacting upon employees.
  • Support merger, acquisition, restructuring and integration activities.  
  • Engage with external counsel on matters related to employment litigation. 
  • Provide focused, commercially driven legal advice to the business on employee relations issues including recruiting, hiring, training, performance management, compensation, long-term illness and other absence, termination of employment, disciplinary and grievance issues and other matters.
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Legal Dept and with relevant internal groups including HR, Finance, and others. 


Skills & Experience


  • UK qualified mid-level solicitor.
  • In-house experience of advising on employment law matters arising in Europe and other jurisdictions.
  • Experience of providing pragmatic and commercial advice.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Self-starter with the ability to execute tasks efficiently with sound business judgment and attention to detail.
  • Experience of managing and prioritizing a complex workload.


Equal Opportunities & Privacy

Sophos is committed to equality opportunity in all areas of its work. All qualified applicants will be treated in a fair and equal manner and in accordance with the law regardless of gender, marital status, race, religion, colour, age, disability or sexual orientation. If you choose to explore this opportunity, and subsequently share your CV or other personal details with Sophos, these details will be held by Sophos for 12 months in accordance with our Privacy Policy and used by our recruitment team to contact you regarding this or other relevant opportunities at Sophos.  If you would like Sophos to delete or update your details at any time, please follow the steps set out in the Privacy Policy describing your individual rights.  If you have any questions about Sophos’ data protection practices, please contact dataprotection@sophos.com.


At Sophos, we want every organization to be protected by innovative, next-generation IT security, even those who don't have a huge IT staff. We protect organizations of all sizes, all around the world by making enterprise-grade security that is simple to deploy, manage, and use. It is our passion, and something we are truly proud of.