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Employment Paralegal

Location : guildford Employment type : OTHER Expires : 2021-03-21 Salary range: £29,000 - £45,000

ACM is a specialist creative industries education provider with approximately 2,200 students on a range of FE and HE programmes in Music Performance, Creative Artistry, Production, Technical Services, Business Management and Game Development. Our creative and dynamic environment blends academic excellence and professionalism alongside leading-edge industry thinking and business innovation.



ACM’s Vision:

ACM will incubate potential and talent, supporting the personalised development needs of our students to facilitate a structured path from education to employment.

We provide a safe and supported space where creative talent and imagination can flourish in a caring environment. Barriers to learning are identified through a holistic and person-centred approach to unlock the potential of the individual, enabling personal growth through professional and academic development. Our core aim is for our students to enjoy lifelong sustainable careers underpinned by applied learning and a specialist, cutting-edge curriculum.

Therefore, our vision is to not only be the leader in applied, industry-connected, creative arts education, but to also be the leader in care and support for mental health and other traditional barriers to learning, thereby driving up the standards expected within higher and further education.

ACM’s Mission:

To provide an immersive student experience, with a curriculum which is connected to the industry in real-time, based on a learning by doing ethos. Our core aim is to build confidence and self-awareness, providing students with the skills necessary to recognise and take opportunities.

Ultimately our mission is to enable students to fulfil their potential and enjoy a sustainable career within the creative arts industry.



The role of the in-house Employment Paralegal will be to drive matters of compliance relating to the employment of staff at ACM.



  • Working closely with the Executive and HR Teams at ACM.
  • Ensuring compliance with law, regulation, policies and standards in relation to the recruitment, onboarding, management and termination of staff within the company.
  • Providing support and advice on those matters, with specific focus on employment law.
  • Working on a continuous improvement cycle to enhance contracts of employment, policies, processes and procedures in accordance with updates in law and developing best business practice, ensuring compliance.
  • Working as part of ACM’s committee structures to ensure that employment law compliance is embedded in all of our activities.
  • Working to support line managers through policy, process and procedural development, as well as giving advice, particularly in matters pertaining to performance management, capability and conduct.
  • Working with the HR Team to run regular audits and ensuring compliance in areas such as personnel files, contracts, JDs, entitlements to work, criminal records checking, consultations around role etc.
  • Working with the HR and Finance Teams to ensure compliance with regards to IR35, employee benefits in areas of pensions, insurances etc
  • Working with our Education Teams and third party employment providers in areas of apprenticeship and work placement provision, 
  • Keeping up to date with employment law and any related changes, as well as any changes in the position of bodies such as HMRC, our sector regulator(s), such that ACM is aware, compliant and prepared for change.
  • Dealing with Staff subject access requests in line with ACMs Data Access and Protection Policy.
  • Managing any complaints and/or claims arising in the area of and/or at risk of becoming a matter of employment law, communicating with internal and external stakeholders through pre-claim and claim phases, drafting claims and responses where appropriate, and managing supporting evidence and bundles.
  • Attending internal and external meetings, and maintaining communications with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, as necessary for the purpose of all of the above.



  • Achieving continuous compliance with any external processes set out by those including but not limited to ACAS, HMRC, HMCTS and the ICO.
  • Reducing instances of dispute and/or claim between ACM and its employees.



Essential Qualifications

  • A paralegal practice award, certificate, diploma or higher diploma, a Law degree or similar professional qualification
  • Hold membership of a professional body such as National Association of Licensed Paralegals (NALP)


Essential Experience

  • Experience of managing employment law casework.
  • Experience of performance management and related matters.
  • At least 3 years work in a similar employment law position

Essential Skills

  • Clear communicator, used to providing information to internal and external stakeholders
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks or caseloads
  • Strong attention to detail, able to carefully analyse files and data
  • Work well under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Able to take a flexible approach
  • Confident IT user, able to work on multiple systems
  • Be a self-motivated, team player

Desirable Qualifications

  • Have studied or be studying the LPC


Desirable Skills

  • Be used to working with Google Docs


All ACM staff work to the same values which are:


To empower individuals from diverse backgrounds, to maintain accessibility, and provide an inclusive organisational culture.

Supportive environments

To provide environments that support personal and professional development through a holistic approach and bring the benefits of the creative arts to the wider community.

Agility and innovation

To provide an inspiring organisational culture that embraces innovation through openness, flexibility, creativity and self-evaluation.


To recognise the benefits of working closely with industry and others, to embrace new technologies, and to provide meaningful opportunities, in order to enhance learning.

Professional and academically strong standards

To provide state of the art professional environments, to inspire determination and enthusiasm, and ensure high professional and academic standards


Please be aware all ACM staff must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service Check prior to starting. This will need to be renewed once every three years.


This job purpose reflects the core activities of the post. As the Department and the post-holder develop, there will inevitably be some changes to the duties for which the post is responsible, and possibly to the emphasis of the post itself. ACM expects that the post-holder will recognise this and will adopt a flexible approach to work.  This could include undertaking relevant training where necessary.  Should significant changes to the job purpose become necessary, the post-holder will be consulted and the changes reflected in a revised job purpose.


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Application Form

Application forms should be returned by the advertised closing date to or by post:

HR and Recruitment Team
The Academy of Contemporary Music
The Rodboro Buildings, Bridge Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 4SB

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