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Salary:£45000 - £55000 per annum

Type:Permanent Role

Sector:Private Practice

Posted:17th November 2021

Vacancy Details

Our client is an award-winning law firm with two offices with 55 + employees based on the outskirts of Chester.

They are renowned for providing their clients with exceptional service and quality advice which is evidenced by their regional reputation. By utilising modern technology alongside their much-respected values and experience, They offer the same expertise you may associate with a large city firm but in a more approachable, relaxed and personalised environment.

There is now an opportunity for an experienced HR/ Office Manager to join the firm. HR experience from legal private practice would be ideal, but applicants from other professional services will definitely be considered too.


The main focus of the position is the HR side, with the Managing Director keen to hear from applicants with a proven track record/expertise in this area and can take responsibility for the same. In addition to HR, he would like to bring someone on board who can assume day to day responsibility for the offices/buildings. Legal compliance experience would be useful but not essential.


  • Appraisals- arranging, conducting (for certain staff) and follow up;
  • Preparing for and handling the induction of new staff;
  • Dealing with exit interviews;
  • Managing the recruitment process- job adverts, reviewing CV's, initial interviews;
  • Handling ad hoc disciplinary/performance issues;
  • Reviewing/updating employee contracts to ensure compliance with latest legislation;
  • Ensuring staff contact/personal information kept up to date;
  • Ensuring that HR policies, manuals, disciplinary procedures are kept up to date and compliant with the latest legislation;
  • Dealing with day to day HR admin issues- holiday requests, sick leave, maternity leave, GP/hospital appointments etc;
  • Reviewing and updating staff benefits/incentive scheme so as to retain competitiveness;
  • Ensuring staff are up to date with mandatory training and organising/arranging relevant training sessions as required;
  • Ensuring training records are kept up to date;
  • Liaising with payroll administrator (external) to ensure that payroll runs on time/takes into account pay adjustments etc;
  • Dealing with Suppliers (not IT/phones)- photocopiers, cleaners, building insurance, franking machine, DX, utility providers etc;
  • Responsible for management/organisation of Reception staff;
  • Responsible for upkeep, maintenance, décor of buildings;
  • Ensuring Health and Safety compliance;
  • Ensuring SRA records are up to date and dealing with Practising Cert renewal;
  • Organising office parties (Xmas etc) and events.


Salary dependant on experience, but likely to be in the region of £50,000
An excellent benefits package for any successful candidate.


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