HR Specialist

Clifford Chance (CC) is one of the world's leading law firms, helping clients achieve their goals by combining the highest global standards with local expertise.  The firm has unrivalled scale and depth of legal resources across the three key markets of the Americas, Asia and Europe and focuses on the core areas of commercial activity: capital markets; corporate and M&A; finance and banking; real estate; tax; pensions and employment; litigation and dispute resolution.

CC Newcastle (CCNL) offers you the opportunity to join one of the most pre-eminent international law firms in the world.  We established our CCNL office in early 2018, where our team of more than 50 Paralegals, Senior Paralegals and Operations Managers bring decades of experience, expertise and specialist knowledge to areas such as legal tech and process-driven service delivery.

The team in CCNL works on matters for all the firm's practice areas, providing support for a range of legal tasks while ensuring that knowledge, resources, processes and technology are deployed effectively.  Our CCNL office offers the close-knit and inclusive culture of a smaller firm with the resources and support of a global elite law firm.

Alongside world-class legal careers, CC offers excellent opportunities  in the support functions that underpin its business operations. By joining us in business services, you will help us to innovate in the way we deliver our services and enable us to run a successful multinational business that never stands still.  Business services are integral to the running of the firm and are critical to its success.

Human Resources management forms a key part of the firm's infrastructure and it is an important part of the firm's global strategy to attract, motivate and retain the best quality people across the firm and to become a recognised employer of choice.

To provide ongoing recruitment and generalist HR support to CC employees in the CCNL office as directed by the Senior HR Manager (SHRM), who is based in London and the Senior Management in CCNL.  The role holder will also be required to provide support on ad hoc projects as required.


Responsible for managing the end to end recruitment process and recruitment campaigns for CCNL Paralegal recruitment.  Support hiring Managers and guide them throughout the selection process.

Support and manage recruitment processes for business services roles where required.  

Maintain specialist knowledge in relation to the local market and engage with potential, passive and active candidates.

Build relationships with local universities for talent pipelining.   Management of relationship with local and regional recruitment agencies.  

Coach recruiting managers in recruitment best practice and interview alongside hiring managers regularly.

The job holder will work closely with the London Recruitment and Reward Teams to ensure that CC processes are adhered to.

Work with the global communications and recruitment marketing teams to develop content for online and printed marketing material for the CCNL business.

Coordinate attendance at careers fairs/schools to promote the CCNL  business.

Work with the CCNL Head of Operations to organise and run assessment centres.

Work with the relevant teams to develop and market the legal apprenticeships programme for the CCNL business.  Develop a local recruitment strategy for the legal apprentice population.  This will require managing the training provider and liaising with the local education authorities. 

Liaise with external bodies, the London Recruitment Team Manager and the CCNL SHRM to keep abreast of market knowledge and to understand the impact of changes in policy or regulation.


Organise new employee induction and support their integration to CCNL.

Career Development and Training:  

In collaboration with our Academy, assist the Senior Management Team to develop and coordinate training and career development programmes for the CCNL office.

Liaise with external training providers to obtain quotes and organise training as directed by the Senior Management Team.

Diversity and Inclusion:  

Under the guidance of the CCNL Operations Manager, advertise events to raise awareness and attendance.  Will work with D&I colleagues to support CC's diversity strategy.


Work closely with the CCNL Management Team and SHRM to ensure internal and external client, London-based and international secondments are advertised and that the most appropriate candidate is selected.

Where required, work closely with the International Assignments and Secondment team to ensure that procedures are followed in line with the firm's policies.  

Exit Interviews:  

Conduct exit interviews for all CCNL fee-earners (apprentices, paralegals and senior paralegals), Business Services managers and  Business Services staff and record feedback.  Monitor feedback and report to the CCNL Management team on trends and make recommendations where necessary.  

Leave Requests:  

With the line manager, meet Business Services staff (up to Manager level career band) and all CCNL fee earners prior to parental leave.  Provide advice and guidance on policy and process as required.

Assist with flexible working request queries from CCNL employees and support the process where required.

Budget Headcount:  

Assist the CCNL Director/Head of Operations/SHRM with the headcount and update the budget headcount every quarter and at financial year end.

Regular Reports:  

Work with the relevant CCNL Managers and the SHRM to review and finalise monthly HR reports to ensure that staff movements and headcount changes to the CCNL business have been captured accurately.

Salary/Bonus Review Process:  

Assist, as necessary, the SHRM in the annual salary/bonus review process.

The Senior HR Advisor will work with the London based HR colleagues to ensure best practice and appropriate processes are followed.  This will require attendance at relevant London HR Team Meetings.

In conjunction with the London based HR colleagues, ensure that data management and processes for CCNL employees adhere to HR Policy and best practice.  

You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to interact and influence people at all levels.

You will have the ability to cope with a mixed workload and have excellent attention to detail. The ability to deal with a variety of potentially sensitive issues as and when they arise as well as a high level of confidentiality will also be required.


You will be client focused with strong influencing, communication and team working skills.  

You will be PC literate.  Ideally you will have some experience of e‑Recruitment tools and social sourcing platforms but this is not an essential requirement.

Intermediate Excel skills would be an advantage.

You will be an accurate worker with high attention to detail and you will have the ability to work under pressure and to deadlines.


You will have proven HR generalist experience, ideally gained within a professional services firm.

It is essential that you will have gained relevant career development experience in a HR generalist role.

You will have experience of interviewing candidates and administering assessments.

It would be helpful if you have experience of sourcing candidates directly through social media and relevant job boards.


You will have a good understanding of HR policy and best practice.  You must demonstrate a strong willingness to develop knowledge in these areas.

To find out more:  

Interested? To find out more about what it is like to work at Clifford Chance in Newcastle please visit our careers site

Equal Opportunities  

It is the Firm's policy to treat all employees and job applicants fairly and equally regardless of their gender, marital or civil partnership status, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, social or economic background, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. Furthermore, the Firm will ensure that no requirement or condition will be imposed without justification which could disadvantage individuals purely on any of the above grounds.

The policy applies to recruitment and selection, terms and conditions of employment including pay, promotion, training, transfer and every other aspect of employment.

The Firm will regularly review its procedures and selection criteria to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted and otherwise treated according to their relevant individual abilities and merits.

The Firm is committed to the implementation of this policy and to a programme of action to ensure that the policy is, and continues to be, fully effective. All staff are required to comply with the policy and to act in accordance with its objectives so as to remove any barriers to equal opportunity. Any act of discrimination by employees or any failure to comply with the terms of the policy will result in disciplinary action.

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