8 months ago
Job title Department Professional Support Lawyer - Employment Employment & Pensions
Location Working pattern Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7SH Part time – days per week
About the firm Our values Individuality We encourage creativity and
develop talent. Commitment To be the best and deliver the
highest standard. Stephenson Harwood is a law firm Teamwork (headquarters in London) where our people
We work together to build
are committed to achieving the goals of our
close, long-term relationships
clients - listed and private companies,
institutions and individuals. Our diverse mix Straight talking of expertise and culture results in a
combination of deep local insight and the We say what we mean and do
capability to provide a seamless what we say.
These values express the personality of our
Our experience encompasses corporate, firm. They are the behaviours we encourage
commercial litigation and arbitration, in our people and the standards which
employment and pensions, finance, marine inform our decisions and actions.
and international trade and real estate.
We assemble teams of bright thinkers to Our vision to 202 match our clients' needs and give the right
advice from the right person at the right To be a successful, independent firm, where
time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talented people work together in an
talent to overcome the most complex entrepreneurial environment, building long
issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice term client relationships.
that is set squarely in the real world.
This vision is about who we want to be. It is
Stephenson Harwood is fully committed to as much about our values as about our
ensuring that all employees are treated character – the attributes we want to see
fairly and with dignity and respect and has from all of our people. It also reflects the
built a culture that values meritocracy, importance of remaining independent - a
openness, fairness and transparency. The clear sign that we are confident in our own
firm values individuality and recognises the future.
benefits of having a diverse workforce.
Employment and Pensions practice group The Employment and Pensions practice group is a multidisciplinary team, able to advise on
both litigation and advisory matters. For over 0 years the team has provided a "full service"
legal and support function to its clients. Known for their clear and commercial advice that
reflects market practice, the team have a wealth of experience and are valued for their
sensible approach. Areas of focus include: Employment Design and roll out HR policies, review executive pay, co-ordinate employment cost-cutting
exercises and advise on contentious employment issues. Pensions Advise both pension scheme trustees and sponsors on legal issues faced when operating a
pension scheme. Employee incentives Design bespoke remuneration structures to suit clients' specific objectives. Main responsibilities Maintaining a cutting-edge knowledge of employment law and practice; Developing and maintaining the team's knowhow resources, including precedents
and user-friendly knowhow banks; Co-ordinating internal knowhow meetings, including identifying relevant topics,
dealing with queries, planning training timetables, presenting/organising speakers
(including external speakers where relevant), overseeing arrangements and
monitoring attendance; Co-ordinating the Employment and Pensions trainee and junior associate training
programme, including developing working systems for efficient service delivery (for
example, a transaction support model/toolkit); Assisting junior members of the team with establishing and maintaining efficient and
profitable working practices; Co-ordinating with other departments to arrange cross-departmental knowhow and
keep the team updated on relevant developments in other areas; Preparing legal updates and briefings for clients and liaising with fee earners to
ensure relevant and appropriate legal developments are communicated to the firm's
clients in a coherent, proactive and timely manner; Developing and maintaining the team's web/Quest pages and social media presence; Co-ordinating external and client seminars, including carrying out research,
preparing slides and materials, and presenting/organising speakers, as appropriate; Representing the team in external professional networks; Preparation of pitch and other marketing documents in conjunction with the Business
Development team where appropriate, including preparing information packs on
prospective clients; In conjunction with the BD team, coordinating the employment and pensions teams'
annual directory submissions; Occasional recording of chargeable time where appropriate, including supervising
junior associates on client matters.
Attributes / skills required Demonstrates the Stephenson Harwood values of individuality, commitment, teamwork
and straight talking. Cooperative and collaborative in approach and is able to develop excellent working
relationships at all levels and roles. Organised and able to work to strict deadlines with the ability to prioritise realistically. Ability able to work alone and within a team. Exceptional accuracy and attention to detail. Excellent verbal and numerical communication skills. Resilient with the ability to handle set-backs and pressure. Ability to operate professionally and proactively at all times. Ability to acquire, consolidate and apply fundamental and up-to-date knowledge of the
law. Active participant in self development.
This is indicative only and does not represent an exhaustive list of responsibilities.
The firm reserves the right to alter or change the responsibilities at any time, in line with the firm's
strategy and business needs.