Microsoft UK • London, United Kingdom

Assistant General Counsel, Global Employment Law Team

Employment type:  Full time


Fully flexible hours

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Job Description


Microsoft’s Global Employment Law Team provides strategic legal support to HR and business teams to empower the workforce that supports Microsoft’s mission. Microsoft is on a mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Our culture is centered on embracing a growth mindset, a theme of inspiring excellence, and encouraging teams and leaders to bring their best each day. In doing so, we create life-changing innovations that impact billions of lives around the world. You can help us achieve our mission.

In this new role, you will manage and grow a team of attorneys who provide legal advice to HR and business clients outside the U.S. on international employment law issues. You will lead the team in developing and scaling our global employment law support model, in close collaboration with the U.S.-based employment law teams as well as the global HR team. This work will include identifying the highest impact issues for legal advice, building processes to provide efficient and streamlined advice, and driving the adoption of technologies that will scale and accelerate these processes.


  • Build and lead the creation of a scalable and sustainable employment law support model outside the US by identifying the highest impact opportunities for support, creating resources and guidance for local HR teams, implementing technology tools, and developing relationships with clients, CELA, and key outside counsel.
  • Manage global employment law attorneys who provide legal advice to HR and business clients globally.
  • Act as the primary employment law advisor to the Geo HR Leadership team outside the U.S. and GM, HR Consulting regarding labor and employment law matters outside the U.S., serving as a key business partner and valued legal advisor by providing actionable advice on a wide range of labor and employment law issues and collaborating and advising on strategy to drive meaningful conversations that are grounded in in-depth understanding of people and business issues.
  • Identify and anticipate highly complex legal and regulatory issues impacting Microsoft’s global workforce and lead the development of associated strategies and solutions.
  • Develops and advances outside counsel strategy to support the global employment law support model.
  • Identify and lead the team in adopting new tools and processes to evolve and further modernize our legal support model.


Required Qualifications

  • Completion of Juris Doctorate Degree or Equivalent International Degree OR a Legal Apprenticeship.
  • Active license to practice law in a jurisdiction and capable of meeting admission requirements in relevant jurisdiction.
  • 10+ years’ experience as a practicing attorney OR equivalent practice of law
  • Experience advising clients on global employment law issues.
  • Experience using technology and/or advising technology clients.
  • 7+ years’ experience advising on international employment law, such as EU regulations, works councils and other international labor relations issues, collective consultations, and multi-jurisdictional compliance issues.

Additional or Preferred Qualifications

Law firm experience or in-house counsel experience

1+ year(s) people management experience

Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request via the Accommodation request form.

Benefits/perks listed below may vary depending on the nature of your employment with Microsoft and the country where you work.

Company benefits

Wellbeing allowance
Health insurance
Dental coverage
Gym membership
Mental health platform access
Buy or sell annual leave
Shared parental leave
Matched pension contribution
Charity donation scheme
Employee assistance programme
Employee discounts
Volunteer days
Fertility treatment leave
Open to compressed hours
Open to job sharing
Fertility benefits
Enhanced sick pay
Enhanced sick days
Compassionate leave
Travel insurance
20 days annual leave + bank holidays
Enhanced maternity leave
Enhanced paternity leave
Adoption leave
Childcare credits
Carer’s leave
Cycle to work scheme
Faith rooms
Annual bonus
Annual pay rises
Company car
Open to part-time employees
Pregnancy loss leave
Life insurance
Equity packages
Financial coaching
Relocation packages
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are largely happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that most people work flexibly
Employees feel that they can mostly manage how they get their own work done

Working at Microsoft UK

Company employees

Globally: 220,000

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Reading, Cambridge, Romsey, Manchester, Edinburgh

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom

Awards & Achievements

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Flexa100 2024

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