Chief of Staff

West Midlands based

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We are looking for a highly skilled and motivated individual to join our team as the Chief of Staff.

As the Chief of Staff, you will be a critical partner to the CEO and play a key role in ensuring the smooth operation and continued growth of our law firm. This position is ideal for a talented individual with management consulting experience who is passionate about the legal industry and has a strong desire to take part in shaping the future of our firm, working collaboratively with the CEO to ensure the firm’s success.

This is a remote role but we are looking for someone based within the West Midlands and prepared to travel to Birmingham, London and Sheffield for meetings.

Who we are

Harper James is a national commercial law firm designed to support entrepreneurial businesses from start-up to exit. We aspire to disrupt the model for which legal services are provided to businesses. The firm’s innovative approach to delivering highly tailored and accessible legal advice is considered genuinely different to the establishment.

Harper James was founded in 2014 and continues to grow at c40%+ year on year.  This financial year, more than 120 people will support more than 2,500 businesses and our turnover will exceed £13m. We expect to double in size over the next 3 years.

What you'll do

This role will provide you with insight and influence into everything the CEO is responsible for, and the key responsibilities will include:

  • Strategy: Work closely with the CEO to develop and execute the firm’s strategic objectives, business plans, and initiatives.
  • Data Analysis: Analyse data and information to provide insights and recommendations that support informed decision-making.
  • Objective setting: Aide the CEO in considering, setting and monitoring objectives across the whole business focused on value creation.
  • Operational Excellence:  Passionately seek to streamline and improve internal processes and procedures to enhance the overall efficiency of the firm.
  • Team Leadership:  Support the CEO in leading and mentoring departments, fostering a culture of excellence and teamwork.
  • Project Management: Oversee critical projects, monitor progress, and ensure timely execution.
  • Growth teams: Support the CEO in managing and leading the sales, marketing, client services and RevOps teams.
  • Financial planning: Collaboratively manage revenue forecasting, financial planning, and budgeting.
  • Legal teams: Support the CEO in managing and leading all the legal departments.
  • Communication: Facilitate the flow of information between the CEO and different departments. This includes sharing updates, decisions, and strategic directives from the CEO to relevant teams, and collecting feedback or information from these teams to be relayed back to the CEO.

What we are looking for

  • Proven experience in a leadership role, preferably as a Chief of Staff or relevant management consulting experience.
  • Strong strategic thinking and project management skills.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal abilities.
  • Proficiency in data analysis and problem-solving.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and motivate teams.
  • High level of discretion and confidentiality.
  • Bachelor’s degree, MBA or equivalent.

The bottom line

  • An opportunity to play an important part in the next phase of growth for a law firm leading innovation within legal services.
  • An environment with no politics, no bureaucracy, working with a passionate and dedicated team who all play a fundamental part in the success and continued growth of the business.
  • Cutting-edge technology and resources to support your role.
  • Competitive salary and bonus, pension, holiday and healthcare equivalent to much of UK top 100 firms.

Ready to apply?

We’d like to start the process by inviting you to an informal chat with our Head of Talent Acquisition, Leah Horwood. Be assured that all conversations are confidential and we will act discreetly throughout the process.

You can call Leah direct on 07809 475202 or arrange a convenient time to speak by emailing her via

Please complete the application form using the link below.

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Our people

Male to female ratio
Talented lawyers
Years average PQE
Average YoY growth for the last 3 years
Office Locations
Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Oxford, Sheffield
Practice Areas
Business Support Staff
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
Floor 2, Cubo, 38 Carver Street, Sheffield, S1 4FS
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