London - Early Careers Development Advisor, Human Resources

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
29 Oct 2022
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Purpose of role

Early Careers is at the forefront of Dentons people agenda and the Advisor for Early Careers Development will help drive our early careers programs, working closely with key stakeholders across the UK.   

The Advisor will provide support, guidance, tools, and frameworks, internally and externally, with the aim of developing and retaining high-quality graduate and school leaver talent across the firm.  

The individual will be a key member of the Early Careers team, which encompasses apprentice, intern, and graduate recruitment and development. The team is comprised of two Early Careers Coordinators, the Early Careers Development Advisor, and the Early Careers Manager.

The Early Careers Development Advisor will have full accountability for the Trainee and Solicitor Apprentice population in the UK offices. The role will require the post-holder to travel to each of our four office locations and while the focus of the role is the UK, internal advice and guidance are provided to offices across Europe and the Middle East too.

The key objective is to ensure that Dentons is recognized as a Challenger brand and preferred employer of emerging talent within the legal industry and that internally, Dentons actively engages with emerging talent and operates best practice, legal, inclusive, and ethical resourcing principles.


Relationship management

  • Proactively manage the day-to-day relationship with the Trainee and Solicitor Apprentice population and act as the first point of contact for any HR queries
  • Engage with the Training Principal (in England) and Training Manager (in Scotland) and maintain Trainee Partner relationships across the UK to gain stakeholder engagement with the early careers strategy
  • Actively work with supervisors and Practice Group Leaders to ensure they are fully aware of the early careers strategy and their role in delivering that strategy
  • Management of all third-party relationships including law schools, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA), Law Society of Scotland (LSS), and external service providers
  • Manage the relationship with Dentons HR Service Centre (DBSE) to ensure that all processes are continuously reviewed for efficiency and to pro-actively support and engage with the DBSE team regularly
  • Partner with relevant Dentons HR employees to ensure that delivery of the strategy is streamlined and efficient.

Trainee and Solicitor Apprentice Development

  • In conjunction with the Talent Development team, plan, attend and facilitate the annual trainee and solicitor apprenticeship induction programs across all UK offices
  • Working with the HRBPs to proactively manage employee relations matters relating to trainees and solicitor apprentices
  • Deliver the biannual Trainee practice group rotations in line with Trainee and practice group requirements
  • Manage international and client secondments, including client on-boarding processes, accommodation, visas, and other administration
  • In conjunction with the Training Principal and Training Manager and relevant Trainee Partners, run biannual trainee forums and ad-hoc focus group sessions
  • Proactively manage the mid-seat review and end-of-seat review process
  • Provide guidance and advice to Trainees and Solicitor Apprentices on practice and process, including performance, sickness, and absence management
  • Work closely with the Divisional and Practice Group Leaders to coordinate and manage the qualification process
  • Manage the Trainee admission process  working closely with the HR Services Centre (DBSE) and Early Careers Coordinators to oversee relevant SRA/LSS administration  
  • Proactively support supervisors with any trainee and solicitor apprentice issues
  • In conjunction with the Practice Group Leaders, manage the bi-annual trainee and annual solicitor apprentice practice group rotations / departmental moves
  • Continuously seek to innovate the Firm's training contract and Solicitor Apprenticeship program, to develop and retain high-quality graduate and school leaver talent
  • Proactively monitor regulatory developments including overseeing the introduction of the Solicitors Qualification Examination (SQE)

Other responsibilities

  • Working closely with Early Careers Manager, take the lead on strategic projects including implementation of the Solicitors Qualifying Exam in 2024 and deployment of a modernized candidate assessment tool in 2022.
  • Producing accurate reporting and management information for internal dashboards and external profiles.
  • Working closely with Early Careers Manager on maintaining robust budgeting processes in early careers. 

Required experience, skills and attributes

  • When appropriate, the ability and willingness to travel throughout the UK to attend in-house and external events.
  • Preferably educated to degree level or equivalent.
  • Previous HR experience within a similar development role
  • Proficient user of the MS Office suite, in particular, Word and Excel 
  • 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
  • Ability to manage a varied and demanding workload in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to quickly build rapport with stakeholders at all levels, including influencing senior stakeholders 
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the confidence to present to large groups
  • Exceptional attention to detail, high levels of accuracy, and a commitment to high-quality standards
  • Pro-active in seeking ways to continuously improve
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Exceptional attention to detail, high levels of accuracy, and a commitment to high-quality standards.
  • Proactive in seeking ways to continuously improve.
  • Awareness of relevant employment legislation and its application.
  • Basic understanding of third-party management principles.

Role Location

Hybrid – Your place of work is one of our offices, however, there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days you must work from this office. We give you the freedom to decide with your team how efficiently and effectively you can deliver the best service to our clients, work with your colleagues, and progress your own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. We encourage you to discuss this with our recruitment team and your interviewers to see how the team you are interviewing with is working. You will be given an allowance to create a workspace in your own home, as well as the kit to utilize the desks at any of our offices.

The 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.

Inclusion & Diversity

Essential to our success as a global law firm is our ability to attract and retain the best talent from a diverse range of backgrounds. We want a work environment where everyone can reach their potential and we have an inclusive culture that respects individual differences.

We undertake and support a number of internal and external initiatives aimed at increasing diversity within the profession and we encourage all our partners and staff to get involved. We welcome you to learn more about diversity and inclusion at Dentons.

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 email


If you are interested in applying for this position, we welcome direct applications via our careers page, but if you have any questions beforehand please email – Enquiries only please, applications will not be accepted via email.

Please note that we will not accept unsolicited CV's sent to the business, nor will we accept any associated terms of business. 


Looking for a firm where you can realise your potential and build a rewarding career? Then apply yourself at Dentons.

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, with more than 12,000 lawyers and professionals. It is a force for innovation and change in the commercial legal market today.

The legal profession is changing rapidly and Dentons is leading the way in advancing change for the benefit of clients. We are driven to challenge the status quo, delivering consistent and uncompromising quality and value to our clients in new and innovative ways.

Global and local market forces are rapidly changing the practice of law. Clients expect high-quality, seamless service delivered faster, cheaper and better everywhere. Globalisation and the corresponding desire to protect cultural identity are creating challenges and opportunities for law firms around the world. By joining Dentons, you can help us meet these challenges.

Our vision is to be the law firm of the future, right now. Our strategy is to grow, integrate and reinvent our business. You have the opportunity to help build the law firm of the future and be a part of the strategy that gets us there.

Who do we hire?

One of the things that makes Dentons unique is our polycentric approach: we have no one global headquarters and no dominant national culture. That means that, here in the UK and Ireland, we have colleagues performing all functions of the Firm. We not only hire qualified lawyers and other fee earners, but also the full suite of business support professionals.

Our UK and Ireland core values are important to us – "Always Human", "Stronger Together", "Here to Win". This helps to shape our culture and how we work with each other, our clients and our communities.

At Dentons, we believe that inclusion and diversity are essential to the success and strength of the Firm and the quality of our advice to, and representation of, our clients. We are committed to providing a flexible environment where everyone respects, supports and learns from our collective skills, talents and differences. By attracting, supporting, promoting and retaining individuals from all backgrounds, inclusive of race, ethnicity, faith, religion or spiritual beliefs, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, abilities, social perspective and other characteristics, we create a dynamic and inclusive work environment that is critical to our success. You can read more about what we are doing to achieve this on our Inclusion & Diversity pages.

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. If you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please contact

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

Why should you join the Firm?

We provide innovative solutions to our clients by attracting, retaining and developing the best talent. At Dentons, you will develop your skills and knowledge in an open and supportive environment. You will be both stretched and challenged. You will experience an international network that fosters a collegiality unmatched at other firms.

We are proud of the achievements of our Firm members, both professionally and within our wider communities.

Helping our clients prosper and grow is what Dentons is all about. We focus on meeting the evolving needs of our clients in virtually every sector. We care about the long-term success of each one of our clients and strive to build a trust-based partnership.

We want to give everyone the opportunity to develop their potential fully and, therefore, provide support, training and encouragement to members of staff at all levels. Our award-winning Talent & Development team has access to a wealth of resources to support you throughout your career at Dentons. With these, and our formal developmental packages, we will help you to achieve your career goals.

What benefits and support are available?

Dentons understands the need to retain quality employees, which is why the Firm offers a huge range of employee benefits. From health insurance and critical illness cover, to gym membership and income protection, employees and their loved ones are well looked after at Dentons. Dentons has an in-house counsellor and fully trained mental health first aiders.

In light of the increasing numbers of working parents with dependent children, and other caring responsibilities, Dentons provides support for loved ones through a Parents & Carers network and resources such as My Family Care and Cityparents.

Where in the UK and Ireland are we based?

We have offices across the UK: London, Milton Keynes, Edinburgh and Glasgow and Aberdeen and also in Dublin, Ireland. In addition, a growing number of our roles are for remote workers based anywhere in the UK. The description of each position details where the successful hire can be based.

The way we work

At Dentons the way we work is built on trust, empowerment and all round flexibility. With diversity at our core, our approaches to work are as varied as we are. We support our staff to be their best selves, helping them make the right choices in where and how we work in order to deliver the very highest level of service to our clients, ensuring we are able to carry out our roles in their widest sense to support our teams, our personal development and our own preferences.

We have worked with, and listened to, all of our employees and now have three recognized ways of working. These categories are as follows;

Office based - Office based workers are those who need to be in the office every day as their physical presence is intrinsically linked to their specific role, this applies to a small proportion of our workforce/teams.

Virtual workers – Our virtual workers have no need to attend an office and as such, are fully remote. We have successfully implemented this model across both our Legal Delivery Centre and ARC real estate teams. Members of these teams are provided with all necessary equipment and an allowance to create a workspace in their own home and won't be expected to come to an office. At the moment all virtual workers must be in the based in UK.

Hybrid workers – For the majority of our workforce we have implemented a hybrid model whereby there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days they must work from an office location. Instead we give them the freedom to decide with their team how efficiently and effectively they can deliver the best service to our clients, work with our colleagues and progress their own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. Each hybrid worker is given an allowance to create a workspace in their own home.

At Dentons, we are always open to improvement and challenging ourselves so should you have a current way of working that is different to our model then please let us know at the application stage and we would love to discuss it with you!

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