Legal Practice Manager - Real Estate

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    Stephen Old

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    7 months ago

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  • Client:

    Bates Wells

If you’re looking for a City firm with a difference, you’ve come to the right place. Bates Wells is a City firm with a difference; a place for people creating positive impact. We combine an innovative legal practice with consultancy services offering expertise and fresh thinking on impact measurement, planning and strategy. Our clients are diverse – from global household names, to public bodies and start-ups. We’re also the firm of choice for hundreds of charities and social enterprises. We believe in making a positive impact. We are innovative and not afraid to challenge the status quo to drive positive change. We have three core values listed below and as a values-driven firm we live by these principles: the commitment we show to our own people, our clients, the environment and society saw us become the first UK law firm awarded a B Corporation certification.

We're people people - we are a team of individuals, who are generous with our time and support, and we value everyone regardless of title.

We walk the walk - we live by our principles, we believe in you and we go above and beyond the role of a normal firm.

We face forward - we are optimists, curious and ingenious, we seek to drive change

About the Practice Management team:

The Practice Management function, led by our Practice Director (who is based in our largest practice group, Charity and Social Enterprise, but has a remit across the practice) works closely with our Chief Operating Officer and the central Business Teams, reporting into the Management Board. The creation of this role is a key element of our future business planning and it is likely to evolve, providing opportunities to shape the role as well as to learn and develop.

The Practice Manager role has 3 key element:

  • Practice management of the Real Estate department

You will provide strategic support to the Head of Real Estate and the other Real Estate partners as well as leading the day-to-day operational management of the department, setting the direction and driving change. In particular, you will be instrumental in advising partners on the areas of finance and business development, to optimise departmental performance and profitability as well as enhance market profile. The role requires strong analytical and strategic skills, as well as an ability to think innovatively and creatively.

The growing Real Estate team is our second largest practice group, with five partners and approximately 25 staff. It provides a full commercial service across advisory, transactional and contentious matters. A particular area of strategic focus is on developing our sustainability practice in line with our distinct purpose and values.

  • Practice management support to other departments

You will support our smaller legal practice groups (Corporate and Commercial, Public and Regulatory, Dispute Resolution, Employment and Immigration) in a range of areas on an as and when required basis. In particular there will be an opportunity to support the Practice Director in helping these groups to think through their approach to business planning, systems and processes and prioritisation, assisting with implementation to the extent possible.

  • Practice wide projects

Working closely with Heads of Department, you will support the Practice Director in delivering key practice wide projects, including in relation to business planning, identifying and sharing best practice and ensuring the effective use of resources. Specific tasks may change over time, so we’ll need you to be adaptable and flexible as we continue to meet our clients’ needs.

To thrive in this role you will have: 

  • A background in the legal sector or other professional services environment, including significant experience in business development and/or finance 
  • Significant project management experience, including implementing best practice and cross-team working 
  • Excellent and pro-active management skills, including the ability to build trust with colleagues, to take the initiative and to provide and respond to constructive challenge (including upward)
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to successfully balance ownership of day-to-day operational management with an insightful approach to strategy that will drive the practice forward
  • Excellent people skills, including the credibility and professionalism necessary to influence, motivate and inspire behavioural change 
  • Confidence to tackle difficult issues, handling them carefully and in line with our values

Although this is a full time role (Mon- Fri 9:30am to 5:30pm with an hour for lunch) we would consider applications from candidates who wanted to work part time hours (4 days per week or 28 hours over 5 days).

For more information please visit our website www.bateswells.co.uk

To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your salary expectations and why you want to work for Bates Wells to recruitment@bateswells.co.uk by 16 September 2019.