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About the firm
Stephenson Harwood is a law firm (headquarters in London) where our people are committed to achieving the goals of our clients - listed and private companies, institutions and individuals. Our diverse mix of expertise and culture results in a combination of deep local insight and the capability to provide a seamless international service.
Our experience encompasses corporate, commercial litigation and arbitration, employment and pensions, finance, marine and international trade and real estate.
We assemble teams of bright thinkers to match our clients' needs and give the right advice from the right person at the right time. Dedicating the highest calibre of legal talent to overcome the most complex issues, we deliver pragmatic, expert advice that is set squarely in the real world.
Stephenson Harwood is fully committed to ensuring that all employees are treated fairly and with dignity and respect and has built a culture that values meritocracy, openness, fairness and transparency. The firm values individuality and recognises the benefits of having a diverse workforce.
We encourage creativity and develop talent.
To be the best and deliver the highest standard.
We work together to build close, long-term relationships
We say what we mean and do what we say.
These values express the personality of our firm. They are the behaviours we encourage in our people and the standards which inform our decisions and actions.
Our vision to 2021
To be a successful, independent firm, where talented people work together in an entrepreneurial environment, building long term client relationships.
This vision is about who we want to be. It is as much about our values as about our character – the attributes we want to see from all of our people. It also reflects the importance of remaining independent - a clear sign that we are confident in our own future.
Learning and development adviser
Victoria Johnston, Head of learning and development
1 Finsbury Circus, London EC2M 7SH
The HR and L&D department is responsible for the effective management of all matters concerning the employment and development of people within Stephenson Harwood. This involves carrying out appropriate initiatives, providing guidance and support to partners, managers and all employees alike, as well as supporting the creation of an environment which enables people to make the best use of their capabilities and realise their potential to the benefit of the firm and themselves. This means that we are involved in a wide range of activities including:
Core career, talent and skills programmes – supporting the firm-wide progression agenda and maximising the performance, potential and skills of all our people:
o Involvement in various core career and skills programmes within our offering and to fulfil the L&D strategy alongside the wider team. Examples may include core associate career development programmes, associate development centres, business and commercial skills training, business services programmes and other L&D events
o Leading or co-leading elements of our talent programmes, e.g. for associates, female talent, aspects of business services development
o Supporting existing programmes and creating new elements, which will include design and tailoring of content on a range of business skills and others topics
o Delivery and facilitation of sessions within programmes and our wider skills suiteo Working with internal/external specialists – sourcing providers and regular liaisono Reviewing and refreshing content, coming up with new learning methods and
formats; creating or sourcing practical materialso Ensuring access to programmes/content to all our offices, with the wider team –
greater use of IT enabled training delivery and online resourceso Working individually and with our shared L&D Assistant and others firm-wide on programme implementation, admin & logistics; timely & effective programme
managemento Following up on training, giving feedback, 1:1 coachingo Discussing career development with individuals and their managers, alongside HR
Supporting business partnering with client groups and various international offices – advising and implementing L&D interventions (technical and non-technical)
o Assisting various groups and offices alongside the team (allocated between us)o Exploring needs and advising on solutions/making recommendations. Working with groups to help shape their development programmes, offer ideas on formats,
source speakers etc. Helping with specific flagship events, e.g. annual team dayso Helping to develop and link up technical training with career programmes firm-wide o Working closely as needed with Group Leaders, Heads of Business Services,
Professional Support Lawyers, Training Partners, other offices; also supporting
firm-wide focus on know-how and knowledge management, and complianceo Initiating and supporting L&D skills or team based interventions for client groups to
be delivered by self or otherso Making training accessible and available to all offices via technology and other
means (including in person potentially)o Helping to advise on local training needs and liaising with relevant regulatory
bodies as required, e.g. local bar associations etc.
Technology, systems and processeso Involvement in budgeting with the teamo Using L&D Learning Management System (LMS) and looking at new ways to
develop and implement new functionality. Working with other offices on promoting
the use of the system – for training and compliance (CPD) purposeso Generating and analysing data from the LMS to inform business decisionso Helping the team to ensure we maintain compliance on the L&D side with relevant
legislation and other regulatory requirements
Project work and other aspectso Helping to develop our online bank of blended learning and e-learning (increase use
of technology in L&D overall)o Communications and marketing of our L&D offeringo Training needs analysis firm-wide post-appraisalo Evaluation and ROI assessment of programmes; driving efficiencies and
effectiveness in our worko Assisting in other aspects of work – examples may include sponsorship
agreements, QLTS requests, policy drafting and implementationo Assisting team to uphold the SRA continuing competence regime and compliance o Various other projects in the firm-wide ‘People’ plan and L&D strategy
Experience, attributes and skills required
Ideally, significant relevant experience in a similar role to include the following:
This job description 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.