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London    Posted: Tuesday, December 22, 2020
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Legal Counsel, Immigration & Employment 

The Company:

AlphaSights provides global investment & business professionals with on-demand access to business expertise across all industries & geographies. Through AlphaSights, decision makers from investment management, private equity, management consulting, & corporates connect with a dynamic network of industry experts that provide qualitative & quantitative market insights, industry expertise, & execution support. Leveraging cutting-edge technology & our global team of 900+ professionals in nine offices on three continents, we support our clients 24/7 around the globe. AlphaSights regularly ranks as one of the fastest-growing companies in the world. Learn more at

The Role:

AlphaSights is looking for an ambitious & thoughtful Legal Counsel, Immigration & Employment. You will be part of a global team, & you will have an impact on all phases of the talent lifecycle. Our Legal & Human Resources teams are dedicated to raising the standard of professionalism at AlphaSights & increasing employee satisfaction & engagement, & this role is a proactive & visible part of the team. You will work with both teams to support the needs of AlphaSights' most valuable resource: its people. A successful candidate will be excited about doing whatever it takes to enable coworkers & new hires to gain the right to work for cross-border moves, & about working on thought-provoking global labour law questions. This position will support global employees, with a focus on the ever-changing UK & US immigration & labour climates.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Immigration case administration
    • Administer global visa applications with assistance from our Region Heads, Legal, HR, & Recruiting teams
    • Act as the primary point of contact for existing employees relocating from one office to another, & new employees with immigration needs, with the objective of creating a seamless experience for relocators. Based on our hiring targets & global relocation program, we expect over 100 immigration cases each year
    • Field job candidate questions on immigration-related matters to create clarity & certainty for our next generation of talent. Keep candidates warm & interested by creating a positive relocation support experience
    • Partner with external counsel to manage bespoke, complex, or executive-level visa cases
  • Immigration strategy
    • Work with the General Counsel, Chief Operating Officer, & head of HR to build an immigration approach that will enable AlphaSights to scale in each of our nine offices: New York, London, Hong Kong, San Francisco, Shanghai, Hamburg, Dubai, Tokyo, & Seoul
    • Analyze the cost effectiveness of different immigration approaches, including submitting multiple applications for a single employee, balancing pros & cons of  available visa programs, & strategically outsourcing work to external vendors
    • Educate the HR & Recruiting teams on immigration policy to empower them to become points of scale for the role
    • Advise on immigration policy as the EMEA recruiting team scales hires in the London office, in line with the firm's growing demand for native European languages.
    • Proactively improve immigration processes to accelerate the growth of our expanding global workforce
  • Employment law & policy
    • Design & implement labour law-related policies & documents to align with AlphaSights talent philosophy, in collaboration with the Chief Operating Officer, General Counsel, & HR team
    • Strategically review & improve employment contracts, handbooks, contractor agreements, & related documents in all AlphaSights offices
    • Maintain strict confidentiality at all times to build trust in the organization & the Legal & HR functions
    • Partner with global leadership to understand & resolve case-by-case personnel issues
    • Mitigate employment-related risk through intelligent contracting, effective employee conversations, & confident decision-making

What We Look For:

  • 3-5 years of experience working in an immigration-related Legal role
  • JD from a top American law school,  BA/BS/LLB from a top university in the UK or other relevant law degree
  • Previous experience working as a paralegal is desirable (or, other experience working in a law firm or in-house or equivalent in your jurisdiction)
  • Fluency in English (foreign language skills are also a plus)
  • Some travel required
  • Confidence & flexibility operating in a fast-paced, challenging & dynamic environment
  • An execution-focused mindset, with inner drive to push tasks forward to ensure timely & satisfactory delivery 
  • People-oriented, emotionally intelligent team mindset with an ability to develop strong relationships & navigate challenges across the organisation & functions
  • Leadership by example & an ability to manage & influence teams
  • Attention to detail & curiosity, with the ability to spot issues, get to the heart of the matter, & formulate a clear solution
  • Authority & poise, & an ability to manage relationships with junior & senior stakeholders within & outside the business
  • Strong written, oral & presentation skills
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