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A highly successful boutique corporate and technology law firm in the Thames Valley is looking for an experienced practice manager to oversee all administration and compliance functions. Excellent benefits package available. Job description This is an exciting opportunity to join a thriving and well respected corporate and technology law firm that continues to grow and expand its impressive client base and reputation. As Practice Manager you will be leading the administration team supporting our lawyers. You will ensure compliance with the various rules and regulations the firm is subject to, whilst taking overall responsibility for premises, risk management, suppliers, training and recruitment. Support on these areas can be available as required on a consultancy basis from our recently retired and very experienced ex- Practice Director. About the firm Moorcrofts, based in Marlow Buckinghamshire, with a serviced office in London, is a boutique law firm for entrepreneurs and small and large businesses, focussed on the tech, life-science and knowledge sectors. We specialize in corporate law, technology law, employment law and commercial property. Total headcount is 35, including 22 lawyers. We do City-style work in a fantastic location within easy distance from London, and our client base includes Global 500 companies including some of the largest technology and healthcare companies in the world. What you’ll be doing. Overall responsibility for: Ensuring a smooth flow of work within the administration team through close supervision Supporting the firm’s partners and lawyers to ensure the best possible service is provided to clients HR duties including recruitment, benefits, staff induction, training and maintaining staff handbook Data Protection, Anti-Money Laundering and SRA regulation compliance including policy and procedure documentation and risk management Leading the IT support team, prioritising tasks and projects Negotiation and relationship management with the firms’ suppliers and sub-contractors Premises management, repairs, security and health & safety Ad-hoc management responsibilities such as PI renewal, assistance with marketing and business development opportunities, staff socials and event co-ordination Role Location Thames House, Mere Park, Dedmere Road, Marlow, Bucks, SL7 1PB. An opportunity to work in a lovely market town based on the River Thames situated between Windsor and Henley. Benefits available Above local market rate salary Discretionary bonus scheme Contributory pension scheme Medical Insurance scheme Life Insurance 5 weeks holiday Company mobile phone Contact details Please send a copy of your CV to Trevor Dyer via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring him on 07889 560958 for an initial chat to see if this role is right for you. This role would be ideal for you if you meet the criteria below: Skills/Knowledge/Experience/IT Confidence: Personal Qualities: Minimum Entry Qualifications: Essential: Minimum of 4 years’ experience as a practice or senior manager within a law firm Excellent IT skills and knowledge Detailed knowledge of AML legislation, SRA regulation and data protection compliance Previous supervision experience of administration staff All round knowledge of HR legislation and procedures Management experience including complex projects Desirable: Understanding of financial performance and KPIs Presentation skills Marketing, copywriting and business development experience Essential: Excellent leadership and organizational skills Confident communicator and ability to liaise at all levels of the firm and with clients Driven individual with ability to work on own initiative Meticulous attention to detail Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality Multi-tasking ability Desirable: Strategic planner Commercial awareness An interest in the changing face of the legal profession Clear thinker who weighs up options before taking action Essential: Educated to ‘A’ Level standard Formal training in regulatory and compliance areas Desirable: Law degree or MBA
There has been an air of excitement channeling through the office as we prepare for the big move, and here we are settling into our new environment. We have only moved a few miles down the road, but it got me thinking about the grand scheme of “moving offices” and what it entails. Thinking of moving offices Changing ways of working to sync with the office move will hopefully cause fewer waves throughout the team. Moving offices certainly make room to set new working practice opportunities in place. Believe it or not, it gives your staff a boost of motivation which naturally increases productivity. If staff are happier in their environment, then they are less likely to seek alternative employment and therefore staff retention will be higher. If you are located in a suitable area and lucky enough to find a nicely refurbished or modern office building, you are more likely to attract top talent when recruiting for staff. Open plan or closed offices? Improving the use of your office space will change the dynamics of how your team works together so a new office gives you the potential to gain the wealth of a “cross-functional team”, which, in turn, will improve internal communications leading to more creativity and enhanced problem-solving. Having said that, there is an argument that too much collaboration leads to less productivity – in the last few years offices have transformed into open plan workspaces, but it has now been stated that this is not always the smartest design for an office. Recent studies have shown that people are likely to be more distracted in an open plan environment. Noisy phone calls and constant interruptions disrupt the workflow, suggesting that we’re more likely to focus better in a closed office. Plus, if you are thinking of an open plan, it is wise to note that employees are twice as likely to catch illnesses in open plan offices, then if you divide teams into separate closed offices. Hot-desking Hot-desking is when people move around an office without having a seat to call their own. This is fine as a temporary solution. It’s a known fact that we just can’t retain information as well as when you have your own work station and small disturbances can cause you to lose focus. The trend for Hot-desking is quickly fading as employees feel turfed out, undervalued and demotivated. The idea was great, but the reality is “hot-desking” means sharing dirty equipment and spreading germs like wildfire! Switching up the seating plans Moving offices provides an opportunity for switching the seating plans which can be highly constructive, especially when it’s time to break down those internal team silos. Departmental silos are seen as an increasing discomfort for many businesses so maybe a game of musical chairs would, in fact, do the company structure some good. While we are all creatures of habit and enjoy the knowledge that our seats are secure at our workplace, there is no harm for the occasional switch up and what better excuse if you’re moving offices! Reduce resistance Create a culture of ‘no surprises’ from the beginning of the project to help reduce resistance to the upcoming change and promote a positive buzz around the office move. Ensuring a stress-free transformation will make the move go a lot smoother! Do not be afraid to share photos of the new office so employees know what to expect, this gives time for the news to sink in before the move takes place. People who suffer from change or find it difficult to acclimatise to “change” will benefit from knowing what is going on, so share the process. Employees who are anxious about moving from their comfort zones will adapt better when given a sense of validation - which will also lead to a higher level of job satisfaction. Expect some resistance to the change and put in place a plan for the management team so they are able to deal with, and overcome any resentment moving forward. Things to consider How would a move hinder commute time? Will everyone you currently employ be able to travel to the new office location without creating long delays and daily disruptions? Check that public transport is available. Make sure that there is enough parking at the new location and that there are pleasant local amenities. Is there a shop or café within walking distance for lunch? Is there a kitchen and staff room to accommodate everyone’s lunch breaks? Consider the rent cost and IT/mobile coverage. With all these boxes ticked, have you made the appropriate steps to carry forward your green credentials and sustainability? Most importantly who is ordering the coffee? We are happily enjoying our new office space for now and will keep you updated with all things Law Staff from here!
“Mindfulness” seems to be the trending word at present. It pops up on our social media and is talked about regularly, but what does it actually mean? At first, I imagined doing yoga poses at my desk between coffee breaks, but in fact you don’t have to be meditating at all to appreciate the benefits of applying principles of mindfulness into your daily work life. Mindfulness is reconnecting with our bodies and all of the senses. It is taking the time to stop, notice and pay attention to the present; allowing ourselves to see the present clearly and being aware of our thoughts and feelings. Applying mindfulness into your day is the first step to being present and productive at work, using these simple techniques: Focus on the present moment. When you feel like you are getting lost in your thoughts, thinking about the past or worrying about the future, which we all do subconsciously, you need to bring your attention back to what you are facing right now and exist for the present time. Connecting with your senses can ground you and is also classified as a mindful exercise. It takes less than a minute to focus on what you feel, see, hear or do right now – concentrate on that rather than apprehending the worst outcome. Without trying to change your thoughts, good or bad, being non-judgemental towards all feelings that actually have a purpose in nature to protect us is a good step forward. Try not to judge others and let go of any resentment that you may hold toward a colleague, as it’s only detrimental to you. Acceptance is one of the biggest keys to letting go of stress – Accept that you cannot change the work load but that you can work through it and prioritise work, so that it is tackled in a more productive manner. Tolerate whatever it is that comes up and deal with it head on, accepting that others may be struggling and not judging them for what they do will help create a more relaxed working environment. Being on auto-pilot means you are not fully aware or present to see the opportunities that are available and therefore, using mindfulness techniques just reminds you to become more aware and conscious of the present time. Sometimes we need to slow down to be able to speed up by changing our responses to stress and concentrating on a single task at a time. Taking on all tasks at once is counter productive and will leave you missing out important information and not actually getting much done. Stress and anxiety affects 40% of the world. Many of us are suffering daily and if we are not directly affected, we know a colleague or family member dealing with anxiety on various levels of severity! Most of us feel stressed at some point during our working lives or week! We are living in a fast-paced working environment with huge amounts of pressures coming at us from all angles and we worry about the future, past and present! Having a mindful attitude to life is the first step to nipping anxiety and feelings of stress in the bud. Spring is officially here, if you are ready to jump into a new job get in touch with Law Staff Legal Recruitment and speak to one of our mindful consultants who will guide you through the process.
Revenue control has been by far and away the busiest area for hiring across the legal accounts function in recent years for our team, with significant change and evolution of teams across the legal sector. During 2018 we also saw a big drive from US law firms to strengthen their resources in this field, often hiring at the senior end of the market, which has had a big impact on the hiring market and created more movement between firms. We, therefore, wanted to shine a light on this thriving discipline and sought the input of over 100 revenue controllers and revenue managers from across our network of contacts to produce this report, providing valuable insight into the shared and differing experiences of those working within this niche field. A huge thank you to all of those who took the time out to contribute to the survey. We hope the findings will provide a valuable resource and be, at the very least, an interesting read for those working or managing within revenue control. See the results in the full report here.
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