We are looking for a part-time HR Manager to join the HR team in a job share role providing a broad range of Human Resources support to the Employment, Immigration and Reward Division (EIR).  The team is amongst the largest in the UK with 19 employment / immigration partners and around 100 other specialist lawyers. The majority of our lawyers are based at our London office in Chancery Lane but we also have offices in Oxford, Cardiff, and Hong Kong and other lawyers who work remotely.


Main Purpose of Role:

  • To provide effective HR support to the Divisional Managing Partner and/or the Divisional Business Manager.
  • Responsible for resourcing, reward, talent management, training and development and employee relations issues for all staff within the EIR Division.
  • Also responsible for providing support to the Chief People Officer in the achievement of firm wide HR objectives and projects, for example, Diversity and Employee Engagement.
  • To interface with the HR Delivery Team within central Business Services on HR related tasks and collaborate effectively with other HR professionals across the firm.
  • The post-holder will work alongside the other job share HR Manager and will supervise and support a Human resources Officer.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Operational HR duties for designated departments

  • Ensuring the effective delivery of appraisal and career development programmes within the division including overall programme planning and facilitation of identified Learning and Development objectives.
  • Managing and overseeing the recruitment of associates and business services staff. This will involve liaising with the Divisional Managing Partner,
  • Divisional Business Manager and appropriate Partners.
  • Ensuring Joiner and Leaver procedures are effectively implemented within the division and that the necessary information is given to the payroll provider.
  • Assisting the Chief People Officer and central HR Manager with the annual salary review and budgeting processes in liaison with the Divisional
  • Managing Partner and Divisional Business Manager.
  • Working with the central HR team to ensure design and delivery of relevant high quality training across all roles within the division.
  • Handling day to day employee relations issues.
  • Conducting disciplinary, performance review and grievance hearings.
  • Responsibility for sickness absence management, including referrals to Occupational Health and acting upon any recommendations accordingly.
  • Advising staff and managers on matters of HR policy and queries relating to terms and conditions.
  • Informal mentoring, coaching and counselling of staff as appropriate.
  • Conducting exit interviews for relevant client group and acting upon key trends identified.
  • Responsible for maternity coaching before, during and after maternity leave.
  • Managing flexible working requests and liaising with the Flexible Working Committee.
  • Managing the decision making process around space planning and room moves with the Divisional Business Manager.
  • Attendance at fortnightly People Bubble and Training Bubble meetings and updating management reports.

Learning & Development duties

The post-holder will work in conjunction with partners and stakeholders across the business to manage and implement non-legal training, and will work with the PDLs to understand the structure of legal training delivery.

The post-holder will have the following duties:

  • Fee earner training including the management of Business Skills Programmes and other developmental courses, sourcing external suppliers/input where necessary with central HR Team.
  • Working with the Chief People Officer and central HR team on the development and delivery of all Partner training.
  • Management and occasional delivery of key training across the firm (e.g. recruitment skills workshops / diversity training / appraisals etc) and any strategic projects, as and when required.
  • Working with the Divisional Managing Partner and Training Partner to undertake training needs analysis following the annual appraisal process.

Firm wide HR projects

Overseeing the timely delivery of firm wide HR projects including:

  • Devising and owning the HR project plan.
  • Ensuring key milestones are identified and communicated to key stakeholders,
  • Identifying and implementing solutions for any issues arising along the way.

Current projects include:

  • Inclusion and future Talent Strategy, ensuring that all reasonable steps are being taken to promote career development for female lawyers and other women within the business.
  • Employee engagement, introduction of a new engagement survey tool across the firm.
  • Attending the Diversity Board meetings and making recommendations on strategy and objectives.

HR Departmental Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that all HR information is kept up-to-date on the firm’s intranet and internet sites.
  • Working together with the other HR Managers to ensure all HR policies are kept up-to-date in line with best practice and statute.
  • Supporting the Chief People Officer as required.
  • Responding to ad hoc queries.