Recruitment

At CJCH we have a commitment to exceed the expectations of every client. To meet this commitment, we need people who share our passion for client service and are committed to continuous improvement.

You could be joining one of the UK’s most successful and respected law firms. Our working environment is friendly and inclusive and there are excellent opportunities for career progression.

(Please note that unsolicited CV’s for roles not currently advertised for, will not be responded to unless there is a current business need.)

Current Vacancies:

1. Legal Secretary / PA – Conveyancing and Private Client (Barry Office)

CJCH Solicitors is seeking to appoint a new Legal Secretary / PA to provide support services to one of the Firm’s Residential Conveyancing and Private Client solicitors. Although this role is intended to support a particular department, there will also be the need for this individual to provide some general assistance and administrative cover in other areas of the business as well.

Role is based in the Barry office of the firm, and is a Full-time role.

Requirements:

  • Proficient in IT – word, excel (previous experience with case management systems beneficial  but not a necessity)
  • Strong communication skills to be able to speak to clients on the phone and other agencies, and represent the firm in all engagements.
  • Must be able to work directly with clients in a polite and professional manner, and manage client relationships and communication  proactively.
  • Prior experience in providing support with legal casework highly desired
  • Must be willing to learn on the job and adapt to the requirements of the various areas of law worked in.
  • The role is structured as more of a PA role rather than as a traditional typist so will involve some basic case work under guidance as well as the usual photocopying and general admin.
  • Some typing will still be required, but not the main task of the role.
  • Must be able to work with outlook calendar and other diary software to manage the solicitor’s diary.
  • Must be able to conduct some research on matters under guide from the solicitor.
  • Will be required to provide cover on reception from time to time when reception team are on leave or ill.

Applicants should send an updated CV and cover letter to recruitment@cjch.co.uk before the close of business on Friday the 27th of July 2018.

All applications will be considered, and will be screened in accordance with the recruitment criteria listed above. Only successful applications will be contacted and invited for an interview which will take place in the Barry Office.

 

2. Chief of Staff – Cardiff based (must be able to work across all offices of CJCH)

Posted 16 July 2018 (Applications close 16 September 2018)

This is a Senior Management level position, which has been introduced into the organisations structure to integrate the overall operations and strategic direction of both the legal practice and the consulting practice under a single control structure.

This role is a crucial new development role for our firm which is aimed at developing a long-term strategic direction for the firm based on global best practices, and which is able to  understand and direct both our traditional legal practice and our more modern technology based service lines.

Duties:

  • Conduct a firm wide gap analysis to understand the As-Is structure of the CJCH group, and develop a strategic road-map with achievable milestones to progress the firm to the desired To-Be state (5 and 10 year planning).
  • Develop an integration approach for the consulting and legal elements of the business to introduce a cohesive operating model between service lines.
  • Develop and manage the organisational design strategy and roll this out across the firm to foster continuous development and learning within the organisation.
  • Oversee and manage all operations of the firm, including fee earning staff, support staff and operational divisions such as IT, HR, Marketing and Finance.
  • Act as Principal consultant of the Consulting division to oversee the Anti-Piracy and Licence Compliance global best practice capability development (preferably supported by the candidate being involved in advanced industry enhancing research).
  • Develop and initiate an innovative R&D function for new service lines.
  • Focus on new business development initiatives and coordinate business generation teams.
  • Act as special adviser to the Board (Senior Partners) on matters pertaining to innovation, brand strategy, talent management, business strategy, crisis management, and special project initiatives.
  • Develop a 2023 talent strategy for the firm and retrospectively apply this to on-going development and growth activities.
  • Implement a talent management pipeline and development strategy, including a graduate development and trainee program.
  • Manage the change management initiatives and communication functionality of the firm.
  • Implement efficiency and lean operations initiatives to reduce wastage and increase productivity and profitability.
  • Represent the firm at industry and technology conferences.
  • Manage the Firm’s Inclusion and Diversity initiatives.
  • Act as Firm representative and liaison for collaboration projects between the Firm, Government/Law enforcement/public organisations, and industry organisations.

Skills, experience and qualifications required for the job (must haves):

  • Minimum of an advanced degree in business management, organisational development or related field.
  • In addition to the above, a legal degree or conversion with experience in the legal industry showing clear understanding of law firm operations.
  • Minimum of 8 years business management experience (preferably with a combination of management consulting, international operations and entrepreneurial experience).
  • Must have experience working with, and conducting, commercial software anti-piracy research and have a detailed understanding of illicit trade (having completed a training program in illicit trade would be an added benefit).
  • Evidence of ability to develop business in terms of new client generation and internal business capability development.
  • International corporate relations and management experience, preferably in a management consulting or strategy consulting perspective (to show previous experience in managing projects operating on a global scale and the ability to manage teams across multiple locations, cultures, and legal systems and time zones).
  • Minimum of two years operational experience at a Manager/Senior manager level (including managing staff, reporting to and advising executives, performance management experience, and managing human resource matters)
  • Evidence of experience in technology and system integration projects, with a specific focus on managing the migration of none users and late adopters.
  • Experience in working with public and private sector organisations.
  • Ability to manage large and diverse teams.
  • Conflict management experience.

Remuneration will be market related to a senior manager role in the firm, and will include 25 days annual leave.

Applications close on the 16th of September 2018. The interview process will be on a rolling basis, and successful applicants will be contacted for an interview once the application is reviewed and the applicant is considered to be a viable candidate.

Applications should include an updated and relevant CV with cover letter addressed to Mr. Wootton, and sent to recruitment@cjch.co.uk only. No other format of application will be considered.

Only successful applications will be contacted – lack of response to application should be considered to be an unsuccessful application.