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Building a successful career in the law involves many things.

Learning from others. Forming relationships. Rising to challenges, and relishing new experiences. Being part of teams, and leading them. Working on large client accounts, and managing smaller ones. Becoming a specialist in a service, or a sector. Winning new business. Having fun.

Ward Hadaway offers a perfect home for lawyers looking to grow their career.

Our legal expertise is representative of a successful top 100 law firm. We offer a huge range of services across a whole host of sectors, allowing you to learn from experience at the sharp end of law.

We are long established and well networked, and will help you create and build relationships that often last your whole career.

Our people-focused approach extends to our internal dynamics too. We are supportive and encouraging, giving our people room to grow.

Our firm is made up of technically excellent and commercially aware lawyers who thrive on delivering first-class client service, so we provide learning and development that ensures you become the best you can be.

We are open and friendly. And we take our responsibility as a business seriously, with a keen focus on inclusivity and diversity in the workplace, on giving back to our communities and on initiatives to reduce our environmental impact. We maintain a culture which you will be proud to be part of.

Contact us directly to start a conversation.

What we're looking for

We are a full service law firm with a whole host of specialists operating across a wide range of sectors. We have roles at all levels, from paralegal to partner.

Our people do have a few things in common. We embrace inclusivity and understand that people are different, in ways which are visible and ways in which aren’t. We believe diversity drives an innovative culture and enriches our working and client experience. What unites us is a sense of ambition and a drive for excellence in the work we do. We are also honest, fair and straight-talking. And above all else, friendly.

So if you are too, share our passion for exceptional client service, and wish to work alongside us to build a profitable and responsible business, get in touch to start a conversation.

What you'll find

Learning and development

We know that helping to keep our people on top of their game is a fundamental and essential part of a successful professional services firm. We support the learning and development of our people by running training and developmental sessions firm-wide, departmentally, at unit or teams level, and individually. We also actively encourage you to identify and training that will help you develop.

As well as developing your technical skills, we will also take a more rounded approach to the development of our legal professionals providing development and training on ‘softer skills’ and equipping you with the tools needed at each stage of your career.

These will be delivered via individual coaching, group sessions, online resources, webinars and seminars.

We encourage a regular dialogue with your supervisor or mentor to help you with your ongoing development.

Package and benefits

In addition to offering a competitive salary, we reward our people with a whole range of benefits, some core and some flexible, designed to shape a reward package that’s right for you – now and in the future. Our core benefits include:

  • A pension scheme with employer contributions of up to 6%
  • 25 days holiday and once you’ve been with the firm for 4 years this increases to 26 days, with a further increase once you have 5 years’ service to 27 days and once you reach 10 years’ service holiday increases to 28 days. There is also the option to purchase up to 5 additional days. That’s on top of all the recognised public holidays in the UK.
  • Life assurance cover of 4 times salary, with the option to purchase additional cover of up to 10 times salary.
  • An Employee Assistance Programme
  • Free annual Headspace subscription

Everyone’s an individual at Ward Hadaway so as well as our core benefits, we’ve got benefits you can add or remove pretty much as flexibly as you wish:

  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Dental insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Critical illness cover
  • Health cash plan insurance
  • Purchase of home technology in interest free instalments
  • Subsidised city centre parking / Annual travel tickets
  • A range of discounts at top attractions
Health and wellbeing

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our people and that is why we offer a range of initiatives including annual flu vaccinations, Employee Assistance Programme, discounted gym memberships, health analysis, team building and social allowances, to name but a few. We are out our best when you are at your best so the wellbeing of our people is a fast evolving agenda for the firm. We are also part of the Mindful Business Charter and are developing principles to encourage positive working practices reducing unnecessary stress to create a healthy and agile business atmosphere for our people and clients.