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HR Business Partner

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The role

As HR Business Partner (HRBP) you will be the central point of contact for partners and employees on the full spectrum of HR services.  Building in-depth knowledge of the respective business areas, you will become part of the department as well as maintaining strong and close relationships with the HR team.

This is a hands on and varied role in a collaborative team of 13. The role offers plenty of scope to support the business by partnering with senior stakeholders to improve business performance. We are looking for someone who can challenge and encourage change in existing working practices and behaviours.

The HR Business Partner will operate at multiple levels, ranging from handling day-to-day employee relations matters, to complex matters.

Role responsibility

  • Understanding and interpreting strategic initiatives such as growth plans in the designated teams;
  • Providing expert advice on employee and partner ER issues, taking a commercial view on options;
  • Working with financial information to look at utilisation and issues around resourcing;
  • Supporting, coaching and upskilling line managers to deal with underperformance and challenging issues;
  • Liaising with the Recruitment team on senior level and lateral partner hires;
  • Managing annual activities such as talent reviews, promotions and pay review;
  • Continuously encouraging a culture of regular feedback;
  • Building trusted relationships with senior stakeholders and leaders in the business;
  • Driving the delivery of the HR priorities whilst considering the wider firm strategy;
  • Using experience, skills and knowledge of the HR industry to make an impact in key areas such as change management, organisational design, engagement and talent;
  • Coaching and mentoring junior team members.

About you

Ideally you will be able to demonstrate;

  • Proven experience working in HR, currently operating at Manager or HRBP level; 
  • Previous experience of working in a partnership culture – legal or professional services experience is preferable;
  • Credibility with the ability to influence senior stakeholders; 
  • Experience of solving strategic people and organisational barriers to performance;
  • Ability to facilitate change initiatives;
  • Professional qualifications, or the desire to pursue one, are valuable but not essential;
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills;
  • High standards and strong attention to detail;
  • Ability to coach people managers;
  • Enthusiastic and proactive approach;
  • The desire to work in a collaborative team, supporting others when required; and 
  • Strong listening and problem-solving skills. 


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Permanent Health Insurance
  • Life Assurance
  • Interest free Season Ticket Loan
  • Private Healthcare
  • Pension Scheme
  • Staff Introductory Scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

About us

With almost 200 lawyers in one location, we ensure our clients have the right team to help them get from where they are to where they want to be. We advise major corporates and institutions as well as entrepreneurial, ambitious enterprises which are often privately or family owned, or private equity backed. As well as our significant business law capability, we are one of only a few London-based law firms with a large private wealth offering. Our clients find our straightforward approach a compelling alternative to larger, less personal firms.

Whether you are an ambitious and talented individual wanting to hit the ground running from day one, or an established professional looking for a new opportunity, Howard Kennedy is the firm where you can really make it happen.

We have earned a strong reputation for our exceptional and uniquely talented people who between them deliver outstanding results for clients. In a firm of our size, our strong team dynamic creates a thriving culture of creativity and entrepreneurialism. Howard Kennedy is a pragmatic and non-hierarchical environment where success is shared, and you are proactively encouraged to thrive at your own pace.

Our distinctive culture is built on fairness and respect. Guided by the firm’s values of talk straight, think smart and be yourself, everyone in the firm holds equal value, and everyone plays their role in supporting, encouraging and inspiring colleagues to do their best work.

At the same time, we recognise and reward individualism, celebrating the diversity of our people and supporting them to grow their practice and drive their own career advancement.

As well as client work, there is opportunity to broaden your horizons at the firm with fulfilling pro bono and charity projects. We have a regular social calendar full of wellbeing activities, charitable and social events too.


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