HR Business Advisor

Contract Type
Fixed Term
Manchester and Leeds
On application
Expiry Date
Operating in a global law firm, this role sits in the UK HR team and is aligned to our HR Business Managers, supporting them in all aspects of their roles and responsibilities.

Job Description

Our Firm

Squire Patton Boggs is one of the world’s strongest integrated law firms, committed to providing insight at the point where law, business and government meet. We deliver commercially focused business solutions by combining our legal, lobbying and political capabilities and invaluable connections on the ground to a diverse mix of clients, from long-established leading corporations to emerging businesses, start-up visionaries and sovereign nations. More than 1,500 lawyers in 45 offices across 20 countries on five continents provide unrivalled access to expertise. In the UK, we have offices in Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and London.

Our Team

This role will be aligned to our HR Business Managers (HRBMs) in all aspects of their roles and the areas that they are responsible for. Our UK HR team consists of our core generalist HR team (responsible for our UK fee earners, support staff and secretarial staff populations), Resourcing, Projects, Learning & Development, Payroll and Rewards & Benefits. This role will also form part of our centralized team of HR Assistants in order to provide cover when required.

Our Opportunity

This role will touch on all aspects of the employee life cycle, including but not limited to:



·       Working with the HR Support team to ensure candidates are supported through the onboarding process.

·       Working with departments to keep them up to date and plan new hire orientation programmes.

·       Liaising with IT and facilities to ensure all starter and leaver IT equipment is couriered to and from the office (where necessary).

·       Delivering first-day induction programmes.

·       Managing the probationary review process, liaising with the managers and producing final paperwork upon completion of the probationary review.


Employee Engagement

·       Dealing with any standard HR policy questions.

·       Advising on work/life and parental policies (maternity leave/returners, flexible working, paternity, parental and shared parental leave).

·       Dealing with the maternity process from start to finish, including advice on policies, liaising with employees throughout their pregnancy and notifying the relevant departments/payroll.

·       Point of contact for the pilot maternity coaching programme.



·       Supporting the objective that any leaver in the business should be a good leaver.

·       Supporting the HR Support team to ensure the leaver process happens and leavers feel well supported ahead of their departure.

·       Undertaking exit interviews for any support staff leavers.



·       Managing the weekly legal personnel report which updates senior management in relation to changes within the legal personnel population.



·       Level 1 user of the immigration sponsorship system, ensuring the Home Office are kept up to date on any sponsored employees.

·       Liaising with HR and payroll with regards to any deductions to salary and ensuring these are entered onto the relevant tracker.


Employee Relations

·       Providing advice and support on grievances, disciplinaries, performance management and redundancies.

·       Conducting return to work interviews when issues have been flagged, monitoring sickness levels and managing sick pay.


Graduate Recruitment

·       Helping ad hoc with assessment centres and vacation schemes for the graduate team.


You will ideally have had at least 2 years HR generalist experience, with the aim to progress in the HR field, alongside being fully CIPD qualified with good employee relations experience. Experience of working with an HR database and experience working in Microsoft Word and Excel is essential (experience working with PowerPoint and Excel are desirable).


You will have strong interpersonal and communication skills, having the confidence and credibility to deal with internal and external stakeholders and clients. Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to juggle tasks and prioritise when required as well as a thoughtful and proactive approach, with a commitment to providing a high level and flawless service and proactive and thoughtful approach are important to the role. You will be solution orientated with an energetic and positive outlook as well as being pragmatic, robust and resourceful with the ability to adapt quickly to different situations and personalities.


You will have a flexible approach to work and be a team player, with the ability to adapt quickly to manage remote relationships. An ability to work under pressure and provide accurate results alongside being numerate and having excellent attention to detail are key. You will be client-focused, understanding stakeholder needs and working with relevant individuals to deliver Firm objectives.

What you need to know

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, please visit our website at or contact Briony Keaney ( in the first instance. We are unable to process applications sent directly by email. Please complete an online application. We will be reviewing applications and interviewing on an ongoing basis, so please do not delay in sending us your details! No agency CVs are accepted at this time.

We are an inclusive employer and aim to ensure our workforce is representative of our diverse society. We welcome applications regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, neurodiversity or disability status, family or parental status, race, religion or ethnicity. We will make reasonable adjustments and adaptions to our recruitment process to ensure it is inclusive for anyone who wishes to apply. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process. We are a Stonewall Champion and a Top 75 Social Mobility Employer, you can find out more about our approach to diversity and inclusion here.