HR Director

Thursday 18 Jan 2024

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HR Director

Leigh Day is a high-profile top 100 law firm committed to claimant only cases, ensuring that individuals have the same access to justice as the UK Government and large corporations. They are not afraid to take on difficult and challenging cases in their specialist areas, which include clinical negligence, serious personal injuries, discrimination in the workplace, defective products, and human rights abuses in this country and overseas. The firm has experienced rapid growth in the last two years in particular, with a current headcount of 850 staff across their main offices in London, Leeds and Manchester.  For more information visit

In anticipation of the retirement of the present incumbent, Leigh Day is looking to recruit a new HR Director.  This high profile role, which reports to the Managing Partner, will lead on the formulation and delivery of the firm’s people strategy. The HR function at the firm is more than 20 people strong and, via four senior direct reports covering HR Operations, Recruitment, Learning & Development and HR Projects, the HR Director will lead a team that delivers a full HR service to the firm.

Working as part of the firm’s senior management structure the HR Director will provide input into the firm’s strategic goals and be responsible for fostering a culture that celebrates and supports the development and wellbeing of individuals in all aspects of their professional lives.

Candidates for this role will have experience of leading a people team, preferably at a law firm or similar professional services organisation, within a dynamic environment.  The post requires someone who is able to provide strategic direction on people issues to the Management Board and the Partnership whilst coaching and supporting the HR team day to day.  You will have direct experience of improving business effectiveness through organisational development and culture change.

The role is likely to be based in London but will require regular travel to the firm’s other offices, particularly Manchester and Leeds.

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