Job Location:
London, England

We are seeking an experienced Human Resources Generalist to join our London HR team. The HR Generalist is responsible for providing high quality support and guidance to Firm personnel at all levels to achieve business objectives and proactively resolve HR issues.

Job Description

Recruitment and Onboarding

  • In conjunction with senior members of the HR team, maintain consistent and compliant hiring and onboarding processes

  • Develop positive service relationships with hiring managers

  • Source candidates for assigned business services positions, applying best practices to target candidates efficiently and cost-effectively

  • Recruit, interview, hire and onboard candidates, including CV review, testing, interviewing and coordination, feedback, offer and contract preparation, employment verifications, conflicts review and background checks

  • Organise onboarding procedures to ensure candidates have a smooth and positive integration at Dechert, including delivering new hire orientation as part of a team rota

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Firm’s hiring guidelines, client service principles and commitment to a culture of collaboration, diversity and inclusion

Policies and Employee Relations

  • Maintain thorough knowledge of London and firmwide policies and procedures

  • Draft and review policies or processes as required to ensure high-quality HR service

  • In conjunction with senior members of the HR team, advise managers and employees on policies and policy application in different situations

  • Meet with managers and employees regarding disciplinary or performance concerns, documenting issues, offering guidance, managing and escalating as appropriate

  • Meet with managers and employees regarding flexible working requests, changes in hours or other terms, and leaves of absence, including parental and long-term sickness leaves

  • Conduct exit interviews with business services professionals

General HR Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with senior members of the HR team, participate in recurring processes such as benefits, performance and salary reviews and related process communications

  • Coordinate and review team preparation of monthly payroll data for Finance

  • Maintain a thorough understanding of Workday features through daily use and collaborate with team and HRIS colleagues to update data and provide accurate reports and analysis

  • Maintain organised records in compliance with best practices and data privacy guidelines

  • Participate in department and team projects, working independently and as part of a team, and present results and achievements to Firm personnel in HR briefings as required

  • Accept new tasks and responsibilities as directed to support client service and collaboration

Education and Experience

  • University degree or equivalent experience

  • Four or more years of progressive Human Resources experience, including law firm experience

  • HR certification or studies (CIPD/PHR) would be an advantage

  • HRIS experience required; Workday preferred

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • High level of proficiency in Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint required

  • Excellent interpersonal skills: ability to communicate with an engaging, diplomatic and professional demeanor in-person, by phone and in writing

  • Demonstrated ability to work on sensitive, confidential matters with discretion and professionalism

  • Effective, clear and concise oral and written skills in English

  • Strong attention to detail and commitment to quality

  • Ability to manage and prioritise multiple projects and meet deadlines

  • Ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues and internal clients in person, by phone and by e-mail in an international environment

Additional Job Description

This is a regular, full-time position based in our offices in central London operating within a hybrid on-site and remote working model.


London, England

Time Type

Full time

Dechert LLP is committed to ensuring equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination.  The Firm prohibits unlawful discrimination in any term or condition of employment against any employee or applicant for employment because of the individual’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, disability, membership or service in the armed forces, or any other characteristic protected by law.