Who we are
Slaughter and May is a leading international law firm, recognised throughout the business community for its exceptional legal service, commercial awareness and commitment to clients. We advise across the spectrum of legal matters including high-profile, ground-breaking and complex transactions, contentious matters and all aspects of risk. We deliver innovative and bespoke solutions to our clients, domestically and internationally.
To support our employees in achieving their professional development objectives, we offer an unrivalled variety of learning and development opportunities to everyone, as well as a highly competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package.
At Slaughter and May, with over 1,300 partners and staff worldwide, everyone's contribution is valued, and we all enjoy an open, friendly and supportive environment. We have an underlying sense of pride in who we are and what we do, and our inclusive culture gives rise to a unique diversity of thinking, which is critical to our success and helps maintain our position as a true market leader. Whilst the role is to be based in our London office (subject to any subsequently advised remote working conventions), the firm operates a hybrid working arrangement for its employees, whereby your time may be split between in-office and home working, subject to business requirements. For more information on our Way of Working framework, please speak to a member of the Lateral Recruitment Team.
Would you like to join one of the world’s most prestigious law firms?
We are currently offering the opportunity to develop your career in Learning and Development (L&D), as part of the team that supports our lawyers in providing outstanding legal advice to some of the world’s leading businesses.
Our dedicated L&D team provides a comprehensive offering, including legal, commercial and business skills training, coaching, mentoring and leadership development for the firm’s partners, qualified lawyers, trainees, business services staff and executive assistants. Most members of the team work on both legal and skills development for our people. The L&D team also works with the Business Development team on client training, and our Responsible Business team on various projects. Crucial to the continued delivery of our best-in-class training has been the team’s ability to foster our culture of training excellence via ever more creative delivery methods, digital platforms and innovative solutions, many of which continue to be relevant in the post-COVID-19 world.
In line with its commitment to excellence, the firm has a strong development culture and focus on training, which is demonstrated, for example, in a minimum 25-hour Continuous Professional Development (CPD) requirement for all our fee earners, as well as through minimum CPD requirements for our business services and secretarial staff. The L&D team is key to this, as is their ability to forge excellent working relationships with our talented professional support lawyers, who sit within their respective legal practice groups, and with colleagues across business services and the wider firm.
We are recruiting a Learning and Development Manager, on a fixed term contract basis to cover maternity leave, to work within the L&D Team, based at the firm’s Head Office in London. We will consider candidates who are looking for either full-time or part-time employment (with a minimum of 4 days per week) and can offer a degree of flexibility which can be discussed if you are invited to interview with us.
The L&D Team of 10 is part of the HR department alongside HR Advisory and Resourcing; Trainee Recruitment; Responsible Business; and Reward and Benefits.
This role will work closely with the legal and business services groups, people across all of HR and various other stakeholders across the firm. The successful candidate will need to be able to build relationships at all levels and work collaboratively, while also pushing forward independently.
The key responsibilities of this role are set out below and there may be others which are not listed. The scope and nature of the role will be discussed and agreed with any successful candidate. You may be required on occasion to work outside our normal working hours of 9:30am to 5:30pm.
- Support the design and delivery of various programmes of legal, legal skills and business skills training to populations across the firm. This will include the design and delivery by you of appropriate sessions.
- Support the design and delivery of client training initiatives and flagship programmes, working with clients, partners and fee earners, as well as other groups in business services.
- Manage and update legal training programmes for trainees, associates and partners (this may include overseeing and advising on design and delivery by internal and external presenters).
- Design and deliver innovative legal and skills training resources, including using digital technology and e-learning tools where appropriate.
- Being a ‘business partner’ for designated legal and/or business services groups, helping to identify and support such groups’ training and development needs.
- Utilise the access the role provides to develop relationships across the firm (and externally, where relevant) to identify opportunities for connecting people and encourage collaboration.
Candidates for this position will be expected to be a qualified solicitor and to have experience in designing and delivering training, most likely gained through recent experience of working within a law school or within Knowledge Management or Learning and Development in a City law firm.
Candidates for this position must have:
- Degree educated and legally qualified
- An enthusiasm for learning and development and a recognition of its value to the firm, and to individuals and their development
- L&D experience gained within a law firm or law school environment would be advantageous
- Experience in the design and delivery of training, and an understanding of the legal education landscape would also be beneficial
- Ability and willingness to take the initiative and challenge status quo
- Psychometric accreditation (such as MBTI or DISC), and/or coaching qualifications would be beneficial but are not required
- Proven ability to plan, prioritize and manage multiple deliverables within a tight timeframe and deliver high quality work
- Confidence to develop strong working relationships with partners, business services directors, and all members of the HR team
- Be comfortable leading and managing others at various levels of seniority, motivating and empowering them to deliver an exceptional training offering and managing performance
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, written, spoken and presentational
- Excellent attention to detail and good use of grammar
- Proactive approach to defining needs and delivering solutions
- Creative and solutions focused
- Willingness to provide feedback, share information and contribute ideas and suggestions as necessary
- Ability to build strong business relationships with internal and external clients and the resilience to deal with demanding individuals
- Demonstrable flexibility to deal confidently with changes in the firm’s requirements
- Willingness to meet the demands of the role through extended hours when required
- Experience of working in a diverse team whilst fostering an inclusive team culture
- High level of professionalism and integrity; displays the highest standard of professional ethics
You will also be expected to display the attributes set out under the firm’s Key Behaviours for Business Services staff for this level of role. Below are the most relevant for this role:
- Technical & professional expertise
- Service excellence
- Drive to deliver
- Analysis & judgement
- Communication & influence
- Working with others
- Leading & managing people