Head of HR - Human Resources - Derby


Norman House, Derby


Full Time


LOCATION: DE1 1 NU (Derby)

SALARY: Competitive (to be discussed on short-listing)

HOURS: Full Time (hybrid working options are operated by the firm)

Smith Partnership is a leading law firm in the East Midlands. A forward-thinking and progressive company employing over 200 staff throughout 5 offices. By joining Smith Partnership, you will have the opportunity to fully engage with the firm's plans for growth and drive its progress.

This role reports to Kevin McGrath and works closely with the Management Committee on a day-to-day basis.

As a vital contributor to the firm's people plans and overarching HR strategy, you will support the firm by driving a performance culture. You will be responsible for a diverse range of HR-related activities throughout the employee lifecycle, from onboarding to parting company. 

You'll work closely with department heads to become a trusted coach and advisor, determine their resource requirements, and develop succession and talent plans. Naturally, you will also develop and drive our learning and development plans to support this.

You will review and assess our employee value proposition and develop rewards and benefits that make Smith Partnership a Great Place to Work. You will support the salary review and bonus process and ensure we have best-in-class people policies and practices.

You'll be the go-to person for first-line advice and support for our line managers and boost employee engagement, drive performance and ensure consistency in applying our people policies and practices. Plus, you'll provide one-on-one guidance to employees dealing with everything from parental leave to holiday queries.

By managing our HR information system, you will ensure everything is up-to-date and accurate. And that the Partners have access to timely and accurate management information on which to base decisions.

With the ability to quickly switch between strategic thinking and doing the day job, you will be adept at seeing the bigger picture and the ability to see the devil in the detail. You will be a master of diplomacy and able to hold your own with keen legal minds.


A CIPD qualification (working towards or having achieved Level 5) is required. Being educated to a degree level is desirable.

Experience operating at a strategic level, having developed and implemented people plans, ideally in a professional services setting.

Up-to-date employment law with proven HR generalist experience, you will have provided expert HR advice in complex, challenging scenarios.

Good IT skills, in Microsoft 365 applications.


  • 25 days’ annual leave, plus bank holidays
  • Pension
  • Medicare Health Scheme
  • Car parking
  • Smith Savings Scheme for discounts at retailers 


This is an excellent opportunity to join a progressive East Midlands law firm and to work as part of a challenging and friendly team.

Applications strictly via email enclosing a current CV and covering letter to the Managing Partner at:   kevin.mcgrath@smithpartnership.co.uk.


Smith Partnership request that recruitment agencies do not speculatively submit CVs to us unless explicitly asked to do so by us.

Any CVs sent to us on a speculative basis will not be recognised and we will not accept liability for any fee or commission should we subsequently employ a candidate who applied to us directly or was introduced by another agency, that may also have been submitted speculatively by an uninstructed agency. In the event that an agency's correspondence includes a disclaimer indicating otherwise, our policy above will prevail.