Howard Kennedy

Howard Kennedy has undergone huge change over the last two years, encompassing two mergers and culminating in our move to stunning offices on the river at No.1 London Bridge.

Whilst our size and location have changed our dedication to our clients and exemplary client service has not. We pride ourselves on our approachable but professional way of doing business and our ability to respond quickly to our clients’ needs. Our lawyers have a wide variety of knowledge about different sectors and coupled with their technical legal skills we offer sound business support not just legal advice in a vacuum.

Howard Kennedy London, United Kingdom
Nov 27, 2017
Full time
Term: Permanent Working hours: Full-time Reports to: Head of Planning Department: Planning Location: London The firm This is an exciting time to join Howard Kennedy. The firm has completed two recent mergers and has moved to smart new offices at London Bridge. The firm has grown quickly, both in terms of revenue and profitability, and is an ambitious firm looking to exploit the potential that these mergers have brought.  The role We have a great opportunity for an associate/solicitor with solid planning experience to join our thriving and growing Real Estate department.  This is a fast-paced, autonomous role that will give you real scope, quality work and the chance to develop and grow your expertise. You will work with developers on all aspects of planning law, from advising on applications, handling appeals and advising on planning conditions and agreements. Tasks and responsibilities Advising on the promotion of planning applications Advising on implementation and modification and release of planning conditions Researching and advising on heritage issues including listed buildings/conservation area controls; lawful development certificates and advertisement consents; planning enforcement; highways; and town and village green issues Preparation for and project management of major planning inquiries, appeals and examinations Section 106 agreement and section 278 agreement drafting and negotiation Consistently meeting chargeable and non-chargeable targets Ensuring that billing is done in a timely and effective manner Grows and retains the team’s portfolio with a profitable client base Technical skills/experience In order to successfully apply for this role, you must have strong planning experience acting for developers. Personal attributes Strong intellectual and analytical abilities. Must be commercial, pragmatic, and proactive in approach. Strong team focus, working with and encouraging a collaborative approach. Strong client focus with the ability to create and maintain excellent client relationships. Confident in managing clients' expectations, deals effectively with issues and promotes a feeling of client satisfaction. Enthusiastic about being an ambassador for the firm and actively encourages firm-wide development of business across departments. Demonstrates a considered approach to risk management, actively promoting a culture of risk awareness and compliance with regulatory requirements. Compliant in all respects with the firm's time recording computerised system and arranging for billing and proper case handling and management of files. Must use their best endeavours to meet the reasonable billing targets. Demonstrates behaviours at all times that are aligned with the firm’s values and expectations  and acts as a role model for others Benefits Competitive salary 25 days annual holiday Permanent Health Insurance Life Assurance Season Ticket Loan Private Healthcare Pension Scheme Employee Assistance Programme  
Howard Kennedy London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
Secretary - Employment Job title Secretary Department Employment Reports to Secretarial Team Leader Location No.1 London Bridge, SE1 9BG Position Type Full-time, 6 month FTC Job Summary To provide first class professional legal secretarial and administrative support working for 3 fee earners in the Employment team. Secretaries work principally for named fee earners, however, all secretaries work as part of a team with shared responsibilities. Team members will be expected to prioritise and share tasks when appropriate to meet business needs. Principal tasks and responsibilities The secretary will support their fee earners, ensuring all secretarial duties are fulfilled both accurately and efficiently.  Main responsibilities will include: Producing correspondence via BigHand digital dictation system and/or copy typing Amending lengthy documents using track changes Diary management Proof-reading to ensure all documents produced are accurate and correctly presented Preparing trial bundles for Court Liaising with counsel on various client matters Completing witness statements Document management and related administrative tasks Redacting documents Producing PowerPoint slide presentations Assisting with business development initiatives including event management Preparation of accounts forms and, where necessary, management of client invoices Liaising with respective fee earners to establish priority of work Corresponding or speaking with clients/third parties as required Maintain up-to-date files of all correspondence and other documents Scanning/copying/archiving as required. Responsibilities Essential Experience in a demanding, high performing professional services environment Excellent IT skills including the use of Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Outlook Typing speed of 70wpm+ and with a very high level of accuracy Previous secretarial and PA experience within Employment/Litigation Ability to produce accurate, correctly presented documents Excellent oral and written communication skills Ability to work well under pressure Excellent organisational skills and time-management skills Excellent attention to detail Full understanding of new client opening procedures and know your client requirements Competent in all aspects of time recording, complicated billing and cash collection processes. Desirable Practical use of BigHand digital dictation system Practical use of Word, Outlook and Filesite Experience in completing Laser forms. Desirable systems experience Filesite Microsoft Outlook 2010 Microsoft Word 2010 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Microsoft Excel 2010 BigHand Digital Dictation System Laserforms Elite Web View CompareDocs/PDF Docs Companies House Searches   Benefits Competitive salary 25 days annual holiday Pension Scheme Private Medical Insurance Permanent Health Insurance Life Assurance Interest free Season Ticket Loan Childcare vouchers Cycle to work Scheme Staff Introductory Scheme Employee Assistance Programme Hours of work Core Hours: 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Howard Kennedy London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
Junior PA Job title Junior PA Allocation Family Team PA and subsequent Fee Earners Reports to Secretarial Services Manager Location No.1 London Bridge Position Type Permanent The role To provide PA and secretarial support to the Family Team PA and Fee earners and taking ownership of tasks delegated e.g. BD Database, Stationery. Tasks Transcribing digital dictation on Bighand. Proof reading all work to ensure consistency, accuracy of a high standard including work returned from outsourcers. Arrange booking of meeting rooms, video conference facilities, refreshments, restaurants, taxis etc. and liaise with internal and external meeting attendees. Printing correspondence for hard copy files as well as electronic files and ensuring this is kept up to date. Responding and dealing with external or internal telephone calls and queries in a professional manner, taking clear and concise messages. Preparation of account forms e.g. Chaps payments. Assisting Family PA/Partners/fee earners by liaising with the billing team, producing the relevant documentation and reports, and prompting Partners/fee earners to complete all necessary paperwork etc. Assist the team in relation to organising trial bundles. Preparation of meeting papers, including print production and timely distribution and chasing papers for meetings and ensuring that Partners/fee earners have papers and adequate planning time. Responsible for ensuring the Family BD literature is up to date and fully stocked. Supporting the Family PA in the keeping the Family BD Database updated regularly. Assisting with opening new client and matter files on the Mattersphere and co-ordinating CDD. Ensuring department file opening form is also complete. Assisting the Family PA in relation to archiving and deeds scheduling. Small volume photocopying and scanning, with delivery/collection of large volume of photocopying and scanning and couriers to Repro team. Undertaking research using the internet, databases etc. Maintaining the stationery supplies and ensuring the areas are kept tidy. Support to other Legal PAs where required, especially during any absence. Personal attributes Highly organised, confident and assertive Excellent prioritisation skills with the ability to anticipate and take initiative Proactive – ability to anticipate and plan ahead Enthusiasm and resilience to cope with a challenging and busy role Flexible with a positive and committed attitude Highly developed communication skills Ability to liaise at all levels, including partner level and senior client level Attention to detail and accuracy Diplomatic, with good judgement Good general business awareness/acumen Requirements Previous secretarial experience Proven diary management skills Enthusiasm and resilience to cope with a challenging and busy role Proactive – ability to anticipate and plan ahead Highly organised, confident and assertive Good prioritisation skills with the ability to anticipate and take initiative Positive and committed attitude Events organisation experience, strongly beneficial Experience in Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint Benefits Competitive salary 25 days annual holiday Permanent Health Insurance Life Assurance Interest free Season Ticket Loan Private Healthcare Pension Scheme Staff Introductory Scheme Employee Assistance Programme Hours of work Core Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 - 17:30
Howard Kennedy London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
Paralegal Job title Paralegal Reports to Head of Construction Location No.1 London Bridge Position Type full time/permanent The role We have a great opportunity for a paralegal with previous construction experience to join our thriving and growing construction team that sits within our Real Estate department. This is a fast-paced role that will give you real scope, quality work and the chance to develop and grow your expertise. You will work and provide support on both contentious and non-contentious construction matters. Principal tasks and responsibilities Tasks to include gathering information and providing support in respect of: dealing with JCT contracts, professional appointments and collateral warranties Strong exposure to both contentious and non-contentious work working for developers, project funders and other stakeholders in respect of commercial and residential development schemes The candidate will have good communication skills and will be working in a team alongside junior and senior colleagues. Contributing to the effectiveness of team work flow, including attending departmental and other appropriate briefings to assess current and future needs Filing and file-keeping Related administrative tasks Technical skills / experience Some real interest - and ideally experience/knowledge - of the construction industry would be very much preferred Experience in handling London developer work Excellent skills in Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, Filesite and E-Filing Excellent time management and organisational skills to enable efficient co-ordination of work Must demonstrate excellent literacy, spelling and grammar Professional telephone manner and the ability to communicate with clients and other business contacts in a helpful and efficient manner, responding to client queries where appropriate Personal attributes Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well within a team – bright, willing, enthusiastic and personable Must be able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and clients at all levels – it involves meeting and liaising with clients as well as attending some events Must be able to interpret instructions correctly and act upon them. Must also be comfortable, and have sound judgement, regarding using own initiative and taking responsibility where necessary and appropriate Excellent organisational skills and ability to perform in a fast paced deadline-orientated role Good attention to detail, with a high standard of spelling and grammar Must be discreet and have a sound understanding of client confidentiality Positive attitude with high level of personal motivation Benefits Competitive salary 25 days annual holiday Permanent Health Insurance Life Assurance Interest free Season Ticket Loan Private Healthcare Pension Scheme Staff Introductory Scheme Employee Assistance Programme Hours of work Core Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 - 17:30
Howard Kennedy London, United Kingdom
Aug 07, 2017
Full time
Legal PA Job title Legal PA - Family Reports to Secretarial Services Manager/Team Leader Location No.1 London Bridge Position Type Permanent The role To provide first class professional Legal PA support to a number of Partners and fee earners within our Family department and will be expected to delegate work to the Legal Team Assistant and our external outsourcing typing provider. Legal PAs work principally for named Partners and fee earners, however all Legal PAs work as part of a team with shared responsibilities. Legal PAs will be expected to prioritise and share tasks when appropriate in order to meet business needs. We are ideally looking to recruit someone with previous Family experience. Principal tasks and responsibilities To provide Partners and fee earners with effective, pro-active professional and high quality Legal PA support that enables them to focus on providing legal services to clients. It is a key requirement that the Legal PA is able to demonstrate exceptional organisational skills and an ability to use their initiative at all times. They will be an integral part of a busy department and will need to interact daily with Partners, fee earners and clients to understand ever changing needs and have the ability to prioritise workloads and liaise with Legal Team Assistants, the external outsourcing typing provider and other support functions to ensure timely delivery. Key tasks Proactively manage and maintain Partner and fee earners' diaries, making appointments and co-ordinating internal and external client meetings and ensure all work activities are scheduled effectively, including the identification and resolution of potential challenges and clashes. Arrange (or delegate to the Junior PA ) the booking of meeting rooms, video conference facilities, refreshments, restaurants, taxis etc. and liaise with internal and external meeting attendees. Co ordinate fine dining arrangements circulate menus and confirm booking. Management of Partners' and fee earners' inboxes when they are out of the office and monitoring and responding to post/emails, prioritising correspondence to enable Partners/fee earners to focus on urgent matters and using initiative to route emails to the appropriate individuals for swift response and action; wherever possible, responding to and filing emails in to Filesite. Printing correspondence for hard copy files as well as electronic files (supported by the Junior PA) Responding and dealing with external or internal telephone calls and queries in a professional manner, taking clear and concise messages. Establishing relationship with clients and clerks at chambers and being able to give assurance with generic queries, demonstrating knowledge of the files. Manage the workflow to our external outsourcing typing provider ensuring dictations and documents are submitted and returned in a timely manner. Proof reading all work to ensure consistent accuracy and high standard. Typing and drafting where appropriate anything our external outsourcing typing provider is unable to undertake. i.e. payment of invoices, acceptance of events etc. Preparation of account forms e.g. Chaps payments. Produce trial bundles ensuring the relevant court documents are in the relevant section etc. (with the support of the Junior PA). Preparation of agendas, presentations and meeting papers, including print production and timely distribution and chasing papers for meetings and ensuring that Partners/fee earners have papers and adequate planning time. Demonstrate an understanding of the end-to-end billing process and Elite financial reporting; assisting Partners/fee earners by liaising with the billing team, producing the relevant documentation and reports, and prompting Partners/fee earners to complete all necessary paperwork etc. Creating precedent invoice letters to send to clients. Develop system for putting counsel fees on the ledger (received by e mail and hard copy) and ensure these are billed monthly. Ensuring BD is fully informed of any BD activities and updating the schedules as required. Identify BD related meetings and colour code so information can be pulled into tracker Taking ownership of the Family BD Database, updating regularly (with the support of the Junior PA). Attend monthly Family BD meeting and take minutes. Where applicable, ensuring travel arrangements are made through the correct channels, producing detailed itineraries and ensuring expense claims are completed; Organise any client entertainment for any internal or small external events and liaising with BD. Department specific support, such as familiarity with standard Family Court Forms etc. Responsible for opening new client and matter files on the Mattersphere and obtaining and co-ordinating CDD. Ensuring department file opening form is also complete (with the support of the Junior PA). Identify files on Fee Earner matter list to be archived. Collating and indexing legal documentation, deeds scheduling and deeds management. Undertaking research using the internet, databases etc. Small volume photocopying and scanning, with delivery/collection of large volume of photocopying and scanning and couriers to Repro team (supported by the Junior PA.) Support to other Legal PAs where required, especially during any absence. Acting as a mentor to Junior PA and leading by example. Requirements Technical Skills / Experience Experience in a demanding, high performing professional services environment. Excellent diary management skills. Excellent organisational skills and time-management skills. Effective and professional telephone manner. Excellent attention to detail. Ability to work well under pressure remaining calm and focussed. Client service orientated approach. Accountable and professional. Confident in Excel and PowerPoint Personal Attributes Constant enthusiastic, can-do and positive approach to tasks and situations as well as requests for action outside normal scope of duties. Ability to take personal responsibility, ownership and behave responsibly. Friendly, co-operative and approachable at all times. A strong communicator with individuals of all levels. Listens carefully and questions to make sure you have all the information you need to take action. Displays discretion when dealing with sensitive information. A resilient character with a positive attitude. Ability to be flexible and self-motivated. A strong team player. Professionally presented. Additional information / system used Microsoft Outlook 2010 Microsoft Word 2010 Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Microsoft Excel 2010 Filesite BigHand Digital Dictation System Hours of work Core Hours: Monday to Friday 9:30 - 17:30