HR Advisor

London (Greater)
24 Aug 2018
24 Sep 2018
Specialist Area
HR function
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member, Non CIPD member

The Firm

Founded by Victor Mishcon in a one-room office in Brixton in 1937 we now have offices in London and New York, employ more than 800 people, with over 500 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. In every area of the law that we operate, Mishcon de Reya prides itself in providing a best in class service to its clients. Specifically we offer the following legal services: corporate; dispute resolution; employment; family; private client; and real estate. An entrepreneurial spirit - where candour and involvement are key - characterises our ability to develop and execute the strategies required to achieve our clients’ goals in all these areas. We are an independent firm with an international footprint that extends far beyond our offices in London and New York.

Job purpose:

The role of the HR Advisor is to provide day-to-day HR Generalist support to the designated business areas and for the wider HR team, across the full employee life cycle. The HR Advisor works closely with key stakeholders within each of the business areas they support, including Partners, Managers and Secretarial Coordinators. The role will include the following:

Recruitment & On-boarding

  • Work in partnership with HR Assistants, Advisors and Managers to manage the complete recruitment process for non-qualified and junior-Solicitor roles within your practice areas.
  • Support the HR Manager in fee earning and Partner recruitment including; preparing job descriptions, arranging interviews, setting up case studies and undertaking interviews where necessary.  
  • Take an active role in ensuring all new joiners are properly inducted and supported upon joining the Firm, and manage the probation process through liaising with Managers and Partners, seeking feedback and implementing personal development plans where needed.

Reporting & Analysis

  • Analyse the output of our regular and ad hoc MI reports including (but not limited to) sickness, turnover and fee earner financial reporting, raising points of interest as appropriate.
  • Assist the HR Manager with the development of organisational charts and evaluation of team structures, operations and working practices.

People Management

  • Develop a deep understanding of your client groups' practice areas, business plans and on-going objectives and the role HR plays in meetings these objectives.
  • Effectively support the HR Manager in devising and implementing HR policies or initiatives which support these objectives.
  • Be the escalation point for any queries from the HR Assistants regarding secretarial, PPA and Paralegal queries and all HR-related issues.
  • Advice and coach on tactical and operational people-related matters in relation to these groups.
  • Work in partnership with the Learning and Development team to support the on-going training and development of these groups.
  • Keep abreast of relevant employment legislation and assist with the management of any disciplinary, grievance or performance-related issues, in conjunction with your HR Manager.
  • Support the HR Manager on all aspects of resourcing and development including implementation of the Firm's appraisal strategy, assessment of training requirements and identification of high potential candidates for promotion.
  • Support the HR Manager on more complex employee relations issues for your Departments.
  • Manage the process for employees taking family-friendly leave (maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave).


  • Assist the HR Manager and Reward Manager with data preparation, analysis and letter production for the annual bonus and salary review processes.


  • Support and lead where necessary on ensuring that effective processes and procedures are being followed in relation to the employee life-cycle.
  • Provide guidance to the HR Assistants on key processes and work in partnership with them to continuously look at ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of such processes.
  • Contribute and actively lead on HR projects and other team initiatives as and when requested.
  • Build strong and effective relationships across the team, including specialist areas of Reward, Learning & Development, Graduate Recruitment, Recruitment and Diversity.


  • Minimum of three years' HR experience is essential.
  • Experience of working in a professional services environment.
  • Experience of independently managing disciplinary, grievance and performance-related issues.
  • Experience of adding value and actively managing business-related projects and initiatives
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • CIPD part qualified/qualified or interested in obtaining this qualification.
  • Proactive in communications and able to develop effective relationships at all levels within the HR team and the Firm.
  • Demonstrate excellent problem solving along with the ability to manage HR projects and initiatives with minimal guidance.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills.
  • Strong IT Skills: Word, Excel and HR Systems.
  • Adaptable and flexible approach with a good sense of humour!

Please note that this job profile is not an exhaustive list of duties but merely an outline of the key components of the role. You may be required by your line manager to take on additional responsibilities when requested.

Diversity & Inclusion lie at the heart of our core values. At Mishcon de Reya, our aim is to promote and foster a culture which embraces diversity, respect for the individual and the expression of talent, to empower individuals to fulfil their, and the firm’s, potential. In order to support this, we recognise the importance of flexible and agile working and are open to having conversations on how this could work for you and our business.

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