HR Advisor (Trainee Development)

The firm

Dentons is always looking to invest in the highest-quality talent, recognising that our success is built on the diverse and unique strengths of each of the members of our Firm.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.

Purpose of role

Reporting to the Head of HR Business Partnering but working alongside and in support of the wider HR Business Partnering team, the HR & Trainee Development Advisor is a key member of the team.  This role is dedicated to managing the firm's Training Contract across our Scottish offices, along with providing day to day support to the HR Business Partners based in our Glasgow and Edinburgh offices. The role holder will have core task responsibilities and ensure the provision of a professional and high quality HR service.



  • Responsible for the pastoral care of trainees across our Scottish offices during their training contract, in conjunction with the Trainee Partners, Trainee Supervisors and Training Principal
  • Plan, attend and facilitate the annual trainee induction programme across the UK offices
  • First point of contact for general trainee queries
  • Manage any employee relations matters relating to trainees
  • Plan and organise the six-monthly department rotations in line with the trainee and departmental demands
  • Work with the Trainee Partners and Practice Group Leads to manage the annual departmental moves
  • Organise international and client secondments for Scotland trainees, including accommodation, visas and any other administration as required
  • Ensure regulatory compliance on trainee matters including working with the Law Society of Scotland
  • Run quarterly trainee forums alongside the Training Principal
  • Manage the mid-seat review and end-of-seat review process
  • Provide guidance and advice to trainees on practice and process, including performance management, sickness and absence management

  • Work closely with the Trainee Partners and Practice Group Leads to co-ordinate and manage the qualification process to maximise retention in line with business requirements
  • Work with the Law Society of Scotland (regarding trainee matters)
  • Make recommendations and implement improvements in relation to the firm's training contract programme
  • Support Trainee Supervisors with any performance issues
  • Oversee the firm's Trainee Supervisor population and ensure they are fulfilling their requirements
  • Work with HR Advisor (England) where required to co-ordinate trainee matters
  • Manage and track trainee budgets along with the HR Advisor (England)

Supporting the HR Business Partners

  • Support the Head of Business Partnering and HRBPs with the delivery of the annual moderation, performance and salary review processes

  • Assist with annual and ad hoc projects as required

  • ER issues – provide support on general employee relations matters

  • Flexible working – provide support on managing the request process

  • Maternity/shared parental leave dealing with individual cases, supporting and managing individual cases

  • Deliver the new joiner induction

Required experience, skills and attributes

Skills and experience

  • Commerciality; must be focused on providing high quality service to benefit the business
  • Sound working knowledge of employment law and practical handling of employee relations issues
  • Knowledge and ability to provide sound HR advice to the business and good judgment in terms of when to refer
  • Sound analytical and numerical skills
  • Excellent all round IT skills, in particular Word and Excel (highly proficient with spreadsheets).

Qualifications and training

  • Previous HR experience within a similar role
  • Graduate calibre or equivalent
  • Previous professional services experience preferable but not essential
  • Experience of using HR database system
  • Graduate CIPD or working towards CIPD qualification.

Personal attributes

  • Excellent accuracy and attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise own workload
  • Flexibility – the ability to adapt, change, prioritise and still deliver on the things that matter most is crucial
  • Tact, discretion and good judgment
  • Ability to communicate at all levels
  • Proactive and able to use own initiative
  • A strong desire to learn and develop
  • Team player – collaborative and supportive of colleagues.

Language Capabilities

We are a truly global law firm and as such, always welcome hearing from those with foreign language capabilities.

Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact

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