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Your future with Greenwoods GRM

A “top 200” law firm in the UK, Greenwoods GRM LLP has a strong reputation for delivering high-quality legal services, combined with a personal and pragmatic approach to complex legal problems.  We have around 130 staff, based across three established offices in London, Cambridge and Peterborough – and pride ourselves on being “lawyers you’ll enjoy working with”.

This is what makes us different:

  • Everyone’s contribution is valued, everyone’s opinion counts, our people are rewarded for making a strong contribution. Success is celebrated.
  • The legal services market is competitive. We welcome this; it drives us to be innovative, creative and entrepreneurial; qualities we value, encourage and support.
  • We use technology to help us do our job better, not as a replacement for human contact.
  • Excellent client service is a must for us. We work to develop our people and management skills, as well as technical legal skills.
  • Our approach is to be proactive and look for solutions, rather than focus on problems.

Our people are hard-working, commercial, ambitious and enthusiastic.  We strive for excellence in everything we do and are committed to giving practical business advice that helps improve our clients’ businesses.  We also advise individuals about the options available to preserve the wealth they have generated.

If you’d like to join our team, please review our current vacancies.

And don’t forget to follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Rob DillarstoneGreenwoods GRM has always been ambitious, with its sights firmly set on growth. Since I joined ‘Greenwoods’ as a trainee there have been many positive changes.  Our most recent development was the merger between Greenwoods Solicitors and with London-based GRM Law in 2018 which put Greenwoods GRM squarely within the UK’s Top 200 law firms and gave us improved access to London and international markets for our services.

Our lawyers have the opportunity to hone their technical skills because they are involved in high-quality, interesting client work. With ‘freedom’ being one of our core values, we encourage all our people to develop skills and specialisms that will take their career and the firm’s future forward.

We are passionate about solving problems.  Our people are encouraged to build strong client relationships and are given the time to do so, which ensures we understand every aspect of our client’s situation.  I believe that what sets Greenwoods GRM apart is the delivery of an excellent client experience.

We also maintain a real focus on work/life balance.  As a result, we attract and retain exceptional team players who support each other to deliver brilliant outcomes.

Through putting clients at the heart of what we do, being team players and managing our business well, we deliver a seamless, high quality service.  This is what makes us different. We are ambitious, we know where we are going, and we are excited about the future.

Robert Dillarstone, Managing Partner

We currently have the following vacancies:

Disputes Commercial:

Partner (London / any office)

Disputes Regulatory:

Partner (London)

Associate (London / any office)

Contentious Probate:

Partner (London / any office)

If you would like an informal and confidential discussion on any of the positions, please contact Sophie Easteal on +44 (0)1733 887606. She will be happy to answer any questions you may have or arrange a confidential chat with one of the team at a time to suit you.

We are always keen to hear from lawyers with a passion for client service, a portable client following and looking to develop their career in a dynamic and progressive business.  If we don’t have a vacancy that matches what you are looking for please send a covering letter and a copy of your CV to sjeasteal@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk.

We operate a preferred supplier list for agencies.  Please do not contact us if your agency does not hold this status.

Thank you for your interest. At this time we are currently not offering training contracts in 2021 or 2022.

Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more updates. Particularly our trainee Instagram account.

At Greenwoods GRM, we love learning.

We provide a range of training opportunities; continuing professional development, further professional qualifications applicable to your work area and, often most importantly, practical business training.

We believe that building trust and rapport with our clients is imperative to building our business. We provide a range of training opportunities including continuing professional development, professional qualifications applicable to your work area and, often most importantly, training to develop practical business skills such as business development.

Training needs are identified through our quarterly appraisal process, and your personal development plan is jointly agreed. The way in which you can progress at the firm is set out clearly, with an annual promotion process, and the regular review and delivery of objectives forms an important part of that progression.

If you have drive, ambition and can deliver great results, you will succeed here.

Our Wellbeing Framework encompasses a range of initiatives to promote positive mental health and a healthy lifestyle.

On 20 July 2020, Rob Dillarstone, managing partner of Greenwoods GRM , signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge on behalf of the firm.

Time to Change is run by the mental health charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.  It has been at the forefront of a growing movement to remove the barriers we face in opening up about our mental health since 2007.

Greenwoods GRM is proud to join more than 1,500 organisations from all sectors who have signed up to play their part.  Organisations are awarded the pledge on the basis of an approved plan that sets out how we are taking action to improve staff wellbeing.

As “lawyers you’ll enjoy working with”, we want everyone at Greenwoods GRM to feel happy and healthy at work.  One in four of us will be experiencing a mental health problem at any one time.  The pledge is our commitment to implementing measures that change the way we think and act to support good mental health at every level of the firm.

Rob Dillarstone said: “Life in the law can be challenging.  Greenwoods GRM has implemented a wide range of mental health initiatives and we have dedicated mental health first aid champions on hand to support our teams.  Now more than ever, equipping our people with the skills to manage their own emotional health and look out for others is paramount.  We want to support our colleagues as much as we can and this is our pledge to them.  Their mental health is our priority.”

Kathryn Gilbertson said: “Mental health is about how we think, feel and behave.  Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems.  This pledge is part of our response to support our colleagues and achieve the Health & Safety at Work Act Mental Health Core Standards.”

We have several trained Mental Health First Aiders and First Aid Champions and are actively supporting Time to Talk.

Greenwoods GRM is among the first law firms to introduce Central Law Training’s new Wellbeing for Lawyers e-learning course, for staff to develop practical and personal strategies for wellbeing.

Greenwoods GRM is committed to rewarding its people well, so you will enjoy a competitive salary and bonus arrangement, in addition to a comprehensive package, including matched pension and a number of other benefits.

Where appropriate, we are able to offer the right candidate immediate, direct rewards by way of origination-based packages, which the firm has used successfully for many years.

Standard benefits

  • 25 days’ holiday (30 days for Partners and Directors) plus bank holidays and an additional day off for an important annual event
  • Life assurance
  • Pension scheme with company contributions
  • Group Income Protection
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Flexible benefits

We also offer a comprehensive benefits package which allows individuals to select a range of benefits to suit their particular lifestyle, including:

  • Private Health Insurance
  • Health Cash Plan
  • Season ticket loan
  • Additional holiday purchase
  • ‘Cycle to Work’ Scheme
  • Staff wills scheme
  • Staff recruitment bonus
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and shared parental leave
  • Training salary exchange scheme
  • Staff ‘Thanks’ reward scheme
  • Online Hub for wellbeing and lifestyle discounts

Benefit eligibility may vary.

Greenwoods GRM is committed to promoting the encouragement of equality and diversity in the firm’s policies, practices and procedures.

We value diversity and inclusion as central to our success as a firm.  We believe we are better able to understand and meet the needs of our clients if our organisation reflects the businesses and individuals we serve.  Our inclusion-based approach recognises that our staff, and those who want to work for us, will be valued, treated fairly and respected for their individuality.  We support our colleagues to share their knowledge, share their skills and develop their potential.

Our services will be provided to clients in a way that respects diversity, and Greenwoods GRM will treat everyone equally and with the same attention, courtesy and respect regardless of:

  • age
  • disability
  • gender reassignment
  • marriage or civil partnership
  • pregnancy or maternity
  • race
  • religion or belief
  • sex
  • sexual orientation (protected characteristics).

In line with guidance from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, we have collated information about the diversity of our workforce (May 2019).

  1. Our respondents described their role in the firm as follows (n=111, 81.6% of staff at time survey issued) (Prefer not to say, n=5)

Fee earning grouping

Solicitor partner (member or director) Solicitor

(not partner)

Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow)/CILEx Practitioner) Other fee earning role
17 38 4 8

Business Support Grouping

Role directly supporting a fee earner Managerial role IT/HR/other corporate services role
12 4 23

 

In summary, 63% of our respondents are in a fee earning role, while 37% are in a business support role (n=106)

  • Our respondents’ age by ‘fee earner’ and ‘business support’ grouping (n=104) (Prefer not to say, n=7)

  • Our respondents’ gender by ‘fee earner’ and ‘business support’ grouping (n=104) (Prefer not to say, n=7)

  1. 5% of our respondents (n=105) reported that they have a disability according to the definition in the Equality Act 2010 (prefer not to say, n=6)

 

  1. 90% of our respondents (n=106) are White, and 10% belong to a Black, Asian, Mixed/Multiple or Other ethnic group (prefer not to say, n=5)

 

  1. The type of school attended by our respondents between the ages of 11 and 16, by ‘fee earner’ and ‘business support’ grouping (n=100) (Prefer not to say, n=11)

  • The highest level of qualifications achieved by our respondents’ parent(s) or guardian(s) by the time they were 18, by ‘fee earner’ and ‘business support’ grouping (n=93) (Prefer not to say, n=18)

  1. 34% of our respondents (n=107) are a primary carer for a child or children under 18. (prefer not to say, n=4)

 

  1. 12% of our respondents (n=105) look after or care for someone with a long-term physical or mental ill-health caused by disability or age (not in a paid capacity). (prefer not to say, n=6)

 

Job Applicant Privacy Notice

This Privacy Notice explains how Greenwoods GRM LLP (‘we’, the ‘firm’) handles information it collects about job applicants.  This notice is non-contractual and can be amended at any time.

This firm is a “data controller”.  This means that we are responsible for deciding how to hold and use personal information about you.  Our registered address is Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 1JE.

Melissa Butler, Head of Operations (mbutler@greenwoodsgrm.co.uk) has overall responsibility for monitoring compliance with data protection.

On what basis does the firm process your information?

We will use your personal information in the following circumstances:

  • Where it is necessary to take steps prior to entering into an employment contract with you.
  • Where it is necessary to comply with a legal obligation.
  • Where it is necessary for the firm’s legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. Our legitimate interests are to recruit the best candidate for any vacancy and we believe that this is not incompatible with your rights and freedoms.

We will process ‘special categories’ of sensitive information in the following circumstances:

  • Where it is necessary to comply with employment law;
  • Where it is necessary to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; and
  • In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.

What personal information about you is processed by the firm?

Please see appendix 1 at the end of this Privacy Notice for further information.

We normally collect personal information from you directly (e.g. during the application and recruitment process).

We also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers and employment agencies.  We may sometimes collect additional information from publicly available sources, such as social media sites (e.g. LinkedIn).

How is your information used by the firm?

We will use your personal information in the following ways (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Making a decision about your recruitment or appointment;
  • Managing the recruitment process;
  • Checking that you have the right to work in the UK;
  • Making decisions on recruitment strategy looking at external candidate market trends; and
  • Ensuring compliance with legal requirements.

We will use your ‘special categories’ of sensitive personal information in the following ways (this list is not exhaustive):

  • We will use information about your race or national or ethnic origin, religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation, to ensure meaningful equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.
  • We will use information about your health to determine whether any reasonable adjustments need to be considered at the recruitment stage.

The firm will not use your data for any purpose other than the recruitment exercise for which you have applied.

What happens if you fail to provide personal information?

Where the provision of your personal data is required for us to enter into an employment contract with you, or is a statutory requirement, refusal to provide this personal information will prevent us from being able to offer you employment.

Will you be subject to automated decision making?

You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.

Who will your personal information be disclosed to?

Your information may be shared internally by authorised staff who need to have access to that information for the purposes of the recruitment exercise (i.e. the recruiting manager and members of the HR team).

Your data may be transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) EEA in circumstances where we work with an international third-party provider e.g. for the provision of our recruitment process.  Data is transferred outside the EEA only in limited circumstances and on the basis of declaration of adequate safeguards being provided by the third-party provider.

How long will the firm use your information for?

If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the firm will hold your data on file for six months after the end of the relevant recruitment process.

We may keep your personal data on file for longer to be considered for future employment opportunities.  We will ask for your consent before we keep your data for this purpose and you are free to withdraw your consent at any time.  If you agree to allow the firm to keep your personal data on file, we will hold your data on file for a further two years for consideration for future employment opportunities.  At the end of that period or once you withdraw your consent, your data is deleted or destroyed.

If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment.  You will be provided with the Staff Privacy Notice which contains details on retention.

What are your rights relating to your personal information?

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information.
  • Request correction of the personal information that the firm holds about you.
  • Request the erasure of your personal information.
  • Request the restriction of and objection to processing of your personal information.
  • Request the transfer of your personal information to a third party.

Some of these rights are not automatic, and we reserve the right to discuss with you why it might not comply with a request.

In addition, in the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the processing of your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.  To withdraw your consent or exercise any of the above rights, please contact Melissa Butler, Head of Operations, in writing.

Who can you contact if you have concerns about the firm’s use of your personal information?

If you have any concerns or queries about the use of your personal data, please contact Melissa Butler, Head of Operations.

You retain the right to lodge a complaint about the management of your personal data with the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Appendix – What personal information about you is processed by the firm?

Type of personal information Legal basis for processing
Name, title, address, marital status, age, gender, contact details, car owner, driving licence holder To take steps prior to entering into an employment contract

To comply with a legal obligation

 

Application form, CV and/or cover letter, education/job history, level of remuneration, interview notes, references, qualifications, training

 

To take steps prior to entering into an employment contract

 

Any correspondence relating to the outcome of the recruitment process (either successful or unsuccessful)

 

To take steps prior to entering into an employment contract

Legitimate interests

Information relating to ethnic origin, race, religious, philosophical or moral beliefs, or your sexual life or sexual orientation

 

To comply with a legal obligation

To comply with employment law (for right to work checks)

Explicit consent (for equal opportunity monitoring)

 

Information relating to medical conditions that may require reasonable adjustments To comply with a legal obligation

To comply with employment law

 

 

 

We are not offering work experience placements in 2020.

We are looking to launch a new work experience programme to enable those interested in a legal career to gain an insight into the work of a law firm and to find out why, here at Greenwoods GRM, we are ‘lawyers clients enjoy working with’.

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