Careers

Work with like-minded individuals and free from the bureaucracy of traditional law firms.


An environment with no politics, no bureaucracy and a great team of people who all play a fundamental part in the success and continued growth of our business.

About Harper James

Harper James is a national commercial law firm designed specifically to support entrepreneurial businesses from start-up to scale-up and beyond with top level legal advice at critical stages in their development.

Before establishing the firm in 2014, our Founder and CEO Toby Harper worked in-house for a well-known venture capital firm, where he saw first-hand the barriers start-ups and growing businesses faced in accessing quality legal advice, which led him to set up Harper James.

We aspire to disrupt the model for which legal services are provided to businesses. Regularly referred to as ‘The Netflix of the legal world’, our innovative remote working and subscription model approach to delivering highly tailored, affordable and accessible legal advice is considered genuinely different to the establishment.

Harper James is in its 8th year and hitting a £6m turnover, which we have plans to triple by 2025. Getting in the right talent to support our growth – and theirs – is a key part of our strategy.


Working at Harper James

Legal team

The majority of solicitors at Harper James work remotely but have access to meeting space in Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Oxford and Sheffield.

We work really hard to ensure everyone feels part of a team so they can collaborate, share ideas and enjoy each other’s company. The remote set up allows our people to work from wherever they want and have the flexibility that suit them.

We want our people to feel that they belong to an ambitious organisation and that their contribution towards our growth is recognised individually and as a team.

We offer career opportunities for all levels of experience to meet your needs and that evolve as you evolve, that means intellectually stimulating work for interesting and inspiring clients, building and leading a team or, for more junior lawyers, an opportunity to accelerate your career in a role supported by an experienced mentor.

No client following is required. We care about your experience, expertise and commitment to our clients.

Business support

We regularly offer legal support vacancies and business support opportunities in our Client Services, Finance, HR, Recruitment, Marketing and Business Development teams.

While some positions are office based, some offer remote working and all provide great opportunities to evolve your career and grow professionally within a collaborative and supportive environment at a growing organisation that is leading innovation in the legal service sector.



More than just a job

We offer remuneration structures, pension, holiday and healthcare equivalent to much of UK top 100 firms.

We value partnership and flexibility. That’s why, in addition to the benefits listed below, you’ll also be able to choose from hundreds of perks and options using the Worksmile platform.

Flexible hours & remote work

Flexible hours & remote work

Competitive salary

Competitive salary

Medical & life insurance

Medical & life insurance

Mentoring & career progression

Mentoring & career progression


A truly flexible workplace

As a remote-working solicitor with Harper James, your workload is almost solely focused on the legal work – all business support activities, such as legal assistance, administration, invoicing, business development and marketing are completed by professionals in their respective fields.

Thanks to our adoption of market-leading time-recording software and cloud-based data management systems, you can decide your own working patterns, can access all necessary files easily and securely, and connect with colleagues when you need.

All of this, when coupled with the freelance nature of our roles, adds up to a truly flexible legal workplace.

Jas Bhogal

“I’ve worked hard to get here, and I want to be successful, but my family is equally as important to me… That’s the difference at Harper James, there truly is a work life balance.”

Jas Bhogal
Corporate Partner
Jas Bhogal
Jas Bhogal
Corporate Partner
Mark Gudgeon

“Working at Harper James has profoundly changed my life for the better – I get to see my kids much more these days, and as committed to my work and clients as I am, working flexibly really does put important things into perspective”

Mark Gudgeon
Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor
Mark Gudgeon
Mark Gudgeon
Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor

Responsible business

We are committed to being a responsible and sustainable business that delivers positive impact for our employees, clients, profession, environment and the communities we live and work in. Harper James is a people oriented firm with a strong culture and values and we are determined to provide opportunities for everyone to succeed regardless of their race, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation or disability.

View a summary of the Harper James diversity profile 2021.


Our people

50:50
Male to female ratio
51
Talented lawyers
17
Years average PQE
44%
Average YoY growth for the last 3 years
6
Office Locations
Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield
13
Practice Areas
29
Business Support Staff

Life at Harper James

Our solicitors talk about the work/life balance they enjoy with us, as well as the benefits of working without the bureaucracy that’s usually found at a traditional law firm.


How we work with our clients

We’re set apart from traditional commercial law firms by offering our clients three different service plans, including two subscription options.

In this video our Founder and CEO, Toby Harper, explains each option and the types of businesses they’re suitable for.


Interested in joining our team?

For more information about any of our current vacancies or to register your interest in a career at Harper James, please contact our Head of Talent Leah Horwood on 07809 475202 or email a copy of your CV to leah.horwood@hjsolicitors.co.uk.

Our process starts with an informal chat.

Please note: we are unable to offer work experience placements to students because most of our solicitors work remotely.


Our offices

A national law firm

A national law firm

Our commercial lawyers are based in or close to major cities across the UK, providing expert legal advice to clients both locally and nationally.

We mainly work remotely, so we can work with you wherever you are. But we can arrange face-to-face meeting at our offices or a location of your choosing.

Floor 5, Cavendish House, 39-41 Waterloo Street, Birmingham, B2 5PP
Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park, Denny End Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9QE
13th Floor, Piccadilly Plaza, Manchester, M1 4BT
10 Fitzroy Square, London, W1T 5HP
Harwell Innovation Centre, 173 Curie Avenue, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QG
2-5 Velocity Tower, 1 St Mary’s Square, Sheffield, S1 4LP
A national law firm