Practice Group Manager

  • Job Reference: JO0000003864
  • Date Posted: 18 November 2022
  • Recruiter: Ryder Reid Legal
  • Location: City of London, London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: HR, Office / Practice Management
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time

Job Description

Our client, a prestigious US law firm, are looking for Practice Group Manager to join their London office on a permanent basis. Reporting into the Practice Group Director, this role will regularly work with business services functions such as Human Resources and Finance as well as other members of practice group administration.

Key duties include:

Practice Group Management and Administration

  • Assist Practice Group Director with the development and implementation of practice group strategic initiatives as well as daily operations
  • Develop relationships with partners, counsel, associates, and paralegals to foster trust and confidence in the function and role of manager
  • Identify and resolve issues that impact associate morale
  • Understand the needs of lawyers in the group and ensure that they have the resources necessary to get the job done by communicating with office managers, IT, and other departments
  • Provide a seamless quality service to fee earners and other professionals
  • Monitor hiring needs and liaise with the Human Resources or Legal Recruiting departments
  • Liaise with Human Resources in regard to joiners/transfers/leavers within the practice

Attorney/Paralegal Professional Development

  • Assist with staffing and workload management process for associates, counsel, and paralegals
  • Coordinate and administer the associate, counsel, and paralegal evaluation process
  • Schedule and prepare for group orientations, training programs, retreats, meetings, and special events
  • Liaise with the Talent department on retention and training programs

Partnership Matters

  • Coordinate partnership promotion process, including preparation of sponsorship memos and related material
  • Assist with the lateral partner candidate process, including meeting arrangements and preparation of related material

Marketing and Client Development

  • Liaise with marketing personnel on matters relating to marketing and client development for the practice group

Financial Reporting

  • Assist with quarterly, monthly, weekly, and ad hoc reports
  • Analyse and monitor practice group financial performance
  • Monitor paralegal, associate, and counsel hours
  • Monitor monthly unbilled time and outstanding A/R, performing analysis and problem recognition and work with the Director and Finance to resolve any issues

The ideal candidate will have previous practice group experience gained in a professional services or law firm environment. Some experience of coordinating teams and supporting multi- jurisdictional matters would also be preferred. You must have meticulous attention to detail and strong organisational, time management, and prioritisation skills. The ability to work in a fast paced, deadline driven environment is essential, along with maturity, discretion and experience dealing with highly confidential information, and excellent communication and analytical skills.