Join a law firm where the focus is on generating the ideal conditions for your success.
- Learning & development
- Diversity and inclusion
- Applicant privacy notice
- Work experience
Your future with Greenwoods GRM
We are a fast-growing commercial firm based in London, Peterborough and Cambridge, with an excellent reputation built on a regional, national and international client base. We pride ourselves on a “City level” of quality and responsiveness built on high calibre lawyers, but marked by a personal approach. This, combined with a realistic approach to pricing, delivers a law firm that many household name clients find a very effective solution to legal needs.
This is what makes us different:
- We make sure everyone understands our vision and strategy and provide regular updates on progress.
- Your contribution is valued, your opinion counts, you 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 pro-active, look for solutions, rather than focus on problems.
- Positive results in the “Best Companies to Work For” survey confirm our strong supportive culture, leadership and an open management style.
We want people who are hard-working, commercial, ambitious and enthusiastic. You must strive for excellence in everything you do, and be committed to giving practical business advice that helps improve our clients’ businesses.
If you’d like to join our team, please review our current vacancies.
We currently have the following vacancies:
Senior Lawyer (London)
Corporate & Commercial:
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 email@example.com.
We operate a preferred supplier list for agencies. Please do not contact us if your agency does not hold this status.
Trainee Solicitor (Peterborough)
Trainee Solicitor (London)
Our trainee solicitors are key to our future success. We invest time and energy to ensure we offer the ideal conditions for your success.
Why Greenwoods GRM?
We are looking for hardworking, tenacious and fun trainees to join our team. Our focus is on being ‘Lawyers you’ll enjoy working with’. Creating the ideal conditions for everyone at Greenwoods GRM to succeed is a key element of delivering this – and we invest in doing so.
We know that if we look after our people, our people will look after our clients. We know our vision is working as, in addition to a long history as Peterborough’s largest commercial firm, we have expanded rapidly in recent years with new offices in Cambridge and London. Further expansion is planned. Our Best Companies results provide further proof of our success in delivering our vision – we’ve consistently been given 1 or 2-star ratings over several years.
We are a contemporary legal practice; our investment in people reflects that. As a result, you will:
- Have the opportunity to work with a great portfolio of interesting and significant projects.
- Enjoy a competitive salary and access to the firm’s discretionary bonus scheme.
- Be welcomed into a professional but fun working culture – we are “Lawyers you’ll enjoy working with”.
- Be part of a vibrant social environment – we encourage you to get involved with our Social and Charity committees, and we regularly arrange social events.
- Be supported by a system of regular appraisals to ensure you have all that you need to thrive at Greenwoods GRM.
- Be part of a Best Companies ‘1-star organisation’ accredited by the organisation behind the ‘Sunday Times Best Companies to Work For’ lists.
- Be part of a firm which has a good trainee retention rate; with a number of our current directors having trained and qualified with us.
- Our training contracts take place in our Peterborough and London offices and begin in September each year.
- You will usually experience four seats, spending six months in each. Sometimes, for each seat, you may be allocated to two of the firm’s departments. Our departments are Corporate and Commercial, Regulatory and Compliance, Employment & Employee Benefits, Commercial Property, Disputes, Property Litigation, Construction, Private Client and Finance & Investment Funds.
- Our trainee solicitors are encouraged to participate in meetings, attend court and tribunal hearings, attend internal training sessions and participate in seminars and other marketing activity. Trainees tell us that the level of client contact they receive really sets us apart.
You will be supervised by our training principal and will also have a supervisor in each seat you undertake. Your training will be delivered in accordance with the requirements of the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
You will receive a formal appraisal twice during each seat. As a result, you can be certain, you are receiving the breadth and depth of training you need.
When is the deadline?
Applications must be sent before 31 July 2020 two years prior to the start date for which you are applying. For example, to join us in 2022 your application must be submitted by 31 July 2020.
At Greenwoods GRM, we love learning. We have been shortlisted for four learning based awards over the past 5 years, both industry specific and Business Awards
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 in building our business, and providing our lawyers with the practical skills to do this is key to achieving.
Our business training includes:
- Effective professional communication
- Presentation skills
- Business development
- Financial management
Training needs are identified through our appraisal process, and employee’s development plans are drawn up. Progression within the firm is set out clearly and delivery of objectives forms an important part of that progression.
If you have the drive, ambition and understanding of our culture, and can deliver great results, you will succeed here.
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:
- gender reassignment
- marriage or civil partnership
- pregnancy or maternity
- religion or belief
- 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).
- 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
|Chartered Legal Executive (Fellow)/CILEx Practitioner)||Other fee earning role|
Business Support Grouping
|Role directly supporting a fee earner||Managerial role||IT/HR/other corporate services role|
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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 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)
- 34% of our respondents (n=107) are a primary carer for a child or children under 18. (prefer not to say, n=4)
- 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
|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 2019.
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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