Employment Counsel, EU

  • Full-time
  • Alternate Location: London, United Kingdom

Company Description

Block is one company built from many blocks, all united by the same purpose of economic empowerment. The blocks that form our foundational teams — People, Finance, Counsel, Hardware, Information Security, Platform Infrastructure Engineering, and more — provide support and guidance at the corporate level. They work across business groups and around the globe, spanning time zones and disciplines to develop inclusive People policies, forecast finances, give legal counsel, safeguard systems, nurture new initiatives, and more. Every challenge creates possibilities, and we need different perspectives to see them all. Bring yours to Block.

Job Description

Block is seeking a highly motivated attorney with a passion for all things employment to join our legal organization. You will be Block’s first EU-based employment counsel and will advise on all things employment law-related in Europe, covering the United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, Italy and potentially other countries, with the potential for new countries as Block expands. You will report into the Employment Counsel Lead.

You will:

  • Provide advice and counseling on a broad spectrum of employment law issues in the European region, including: recruiting, inclusion and diversity, employee relations, performance management, leaves of absence and accommodations, wage and hour, pay equity, internal investigations, mandatory employment-related reporting obligations, occupational safety, sick leave, compensation and benefits, privacy, contingent workers, and immigration
  • Collaborate with cross-functional stakeholders and manage projects with a team-oriented approach
  • Evaluate employment practices, policies, and processes to assess and execute priorities, and ensure compliance
  • Draft and review employment related agreements and templates
  • Investigate and respond to claims, demand letters, administrative complaints, audits, and other employment related inquiries 
  • Conduct audits, employment classification reviews, and support other compliance efforts
  • Perform due diligence and advise on employment aspects of M&A projects
  • Assist in managing outside counsel on labor and employment matters, and manage employment litigation as needed
  • Assist in developing and conducting training and education programs for employees, managers, and the People team 
  • Collaborate with local counsel to advise the People team and management on international employment and immigration issues


You have:

  • Qualified barrister or solicitor with a minimum of 6 years of Post-Qualified Experience focusing on employment law, with an emphasis on UK and Ireland employment matters. Experience advising on broader European-region employment issues preferred. 
  • Prior in-house experience 
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a growing legal team and cross-functionally with members at all levels of the organization
  • Strong interpersonal skills, team-oriented attitude, and superior attention to detail
  • Ability to evaluate risk in light of business and practical considerations and make clear recommendations
  • Employment litigation experience preferred
  • Experience advising on M&A is a plus
  • Experience working across international time zones preferred

Additional Information

We’re working to build a more inclusive economy where our customers have equal access to opportunity, and we strive to live by these same values in building our workplace. Block is a proud equal opportunity employer. We work hard to evaluate all employees and job applicants consistently, based solely on the core competencies required of the role at hand, and without regard to any legally protected class.

We believe in being fair, and are committed to an inclusive interview experience, including providing reasonable accommodations to disabled applicants throughout the recruitment process. We encourage applicants to share any needed accommodations with their recruiter, who will treat these requests as confidentially as possible. Want to learn more about what we’re doing to build a workplace that is fair and square? Check out our I+D page.


We want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:

  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

Block, Inc. (NYSE: SQ) is a global technology company with a focus on financial services. Made up of Square, Cash App, Spiral, TIDAL, and TBD, we build tools to help more people access the economy. Square helps sellers run and grow their businesses with its integrated ecosystem of commerce solutions, business software, and banking services. With Cash App, anyone can easily send, spend, or invest their money in stocks or Bitcoin. Spiral (formerly Square Crypto) builds and funds free, open-source Bitcoin projects. Artists use TIDAL to help them succeed as entrepreneurs and connect more deeply with fans. TBD is building an open developer platform to make it easier to access Bitcoin and other blockchain technologies without having to go through an institution.

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