HM3 LEGAL
CAREERS.

Our people are our Biggest Asset (well worth the capitals)! And we want to make sure they know this so … let’s explain why and how.

1. Positivity: Our RISE Values are at the heart of everything we do (Respect, Innovate, Shine, and Engage) driving us forward and influencing the way we do things. And we feel having a positive and inclusive culture is the basic foundation for any business operating today.

We truly act on our Values and celebrate how they are brought to life. Colleagues nominate each other for RISE Awards, championing actions that make HM3 a great place to be.

2. Progression: 100% of employees have written SMART professional and personal development goals to help them expand core skills and life skills. On day one new employees are welcomed as part of the on-boarding process, are supported by aftercare and regular check-ins, year-round training and mentoring, with access to ongoing mental health and wellbeing support.

Over 90% of employees are hybrid or flexi working which has a positive impact on their work-life balance.

3. Purpose: We believe business should be a force for good, having a positive impact on people and the planet. By applying the principles of B Corp we are committed to changing lives for the better for clients, colleagues and communities.

This includes volunteering, charity initiatives, pro bono legal support, sponsorships, and fundraising. We have estimated that colleagues donate around 30 hours per month to community activities.

The HM3 Legal team is expanding. Check out our latest roles below – we’re looking for people to join us at all levels, with various skills and experiences to offer.

Our RISE Values

We Are One Team

  • Celebrating our differences
  • Collaborating and mentoring
  • Putting people first

Making a Difference

  • Empowering positive change
  • Delivering law the HM3 Way
  • Creating fresh or bold ideas

Going Above and Beyond

  • Delivering WOW service
  • Sharing your whole self
  • Adding sparkle to all you do

Positive Communication

  • Taking a human approach
  • Straight-talking and no nonsense
  • Making time to listen

Our Culture

Our supportive culture offers many opportunities to develop at HM3 and promotes continued learning. Explore 5 ways our dynamic culture is brought to life …

Annual reflections and review process allows colleagues to have open conversations about career progression, and SMART personal goals. 

We don’t leave it 12 months between discussions. We believe in supporting ongoing growth through mid-year reviews and regular 1:1s.

Progression pathways are transparent. They are designed so everyone knows what they are working toward, and how to get there. 

Bite-sized training ensures continual development, means colleagues can step away from their desks to focus on self-improvement. ‘Power Hour’ sessions develop personal skills while ‘How to Wow’ focusses on personal development.

Mentoring scheme recognises the talent with in HM3, and taps into this. It gives colleagues the chance to share knowledge, support and learn from each other. Mentoring is open to 100% of employees, and provides a  the opportunity for collaboration between teams at all levels.

This scheme is about developing skills – legal or otherwise – as well as ‘soft’ skills, best practice, and sharing ideas. Mentors and mentees both find the partnerships are reciprocally beneficial.

We recognise we all have something to contribute, regardless of role or experience.

Annual reflections and review processes allow colleagues to have open conversations about career progression, and set written SMART personal goals. Rather than have annual appraisals leaving it 12 months between discussions, we believe in supporting ongoing growth, mid-year reviews and regular 1:1s.

Progression pathways are transparent and designed so everyone knows what they are working toward, and how to get there. Regular individual check-ins and team support provides employees with a platform for feedback.

Bite-sized training ensures continual development, meaning colleagues can step away from their desks to focus on self-improvement. Regular ‘Power Hour’ sessions develop personal skills while ‘How to Wow’ focusses on personal development.

Mentoring scheme recognises and taps in to talent within HM3. It gives colleagues the chance to share knowledge, support and learn from each other. Mentoring is open to 100% of employees, and provides opportunities for collaboration between teams and individuals at all levels.

This scheme is about developing rounded skills – both legal and life – best practice, and sharing ideas. Both mentors and mentees find the partnerships are reciprocally beneficial.

We recognise we all have something to contribute, regardless of role or experience. Our culture provides the environment to grow.

SHINE Values encourage everyone to bring their whole self to work. Our inclusive culture promotes being the best version of yourself, and social events encourage getting to know colleagues from all offices which also builds confidence.

Mental Health First Aiders in the offices offer confidential support to colleagues. They are not trained therapists but are trained by MHFA England to listen, reassure, respond and help access support.

Wellness Walks encourage our team to take a lunchtime break, enjoy the fresh air (and rain at times!) and socialise.

The Employee Engagement Committee (EEC) acts as the voice for all employees. The group is made up of representatives from across HM3, from all roles, at all levels meaning every voice can contribute and be heard. 

The EEC invites ideas, delivers initiatives, organises events and supports wellbeing initiatives ensuring HM3 remains a happy and healthy place to work.

As positive communication is about talking and also making time to listen, we create the environment that makes this happen. We’re all ears!

Weekly check-ins are encouraged via our employee engagement platform. This allows for reflection and discussion directly with your manager – which is particularly powerful when hybrid working.

Regular feedback measures sentiment and opinion across HM3 – including suggesting new ideas. Every team member has a voice at HM3 and our ‘open door’ policy means any employee can raise concerns, be heard and feel valued.

HUB Days are held monthly to allow colleagues to spend time together. Spotlight Sessions offer teams their time to shine during 15 minutes of fame. Workshops and training are part of the continual development programme for all employees. Oh, and there’s usually food and beverages, and if celebrating an employee milestone, cake!

Business Briefings are regularly held on HUB Days, announcing news and updates directly, simultaneously, and in person. And nope, they are never boring!

The Employee Engagement Committee (EEC) has a direct line to the senior team allowing all employees to feedback honest opinion, sentiment, and ideas. In fact, the EEC was developed from a ‘One Big Idea’ initiative driven by employees who wanted equal representation for all employees and departments!

Vibe is our intranet. It is where colleagues enjoy sharing good news, welcoming new starters, positive feedback and more. Vibe is the place to go and see what’s what!

Open plan spaces mean no barriers, literally or figuratively! Our senior team is accessible and visible – no hiding away behind closed doors. ‘Open door’ collaboration encourages getting to know each other and our clients benefit from free-flowing ideas between teams and employees at all levels. No silos here.

RISE Awards are celebrated annually providing another way to recognise colleagues who are demonstrating our Values. The awards provide the opportunity for colleagues to submit nominations for their peers and the award ceremony shares comments, celebrates nominees and the winners (who receive a prize). Our MD even recognises each contribution in a hand-written note!

Recognition for WOW service and work milestones are also celebrated, including ‘workiversaries’ and for long service. Can you tell we love to celebrate?

Referral recognition is business to business and between employees. We’re proud to say many clients have been with us for years, and readily recommend us to others in person and online via 5-Star reviews. Referrals really matter as recognised under our Referral Scheme which rewards employees.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is a large part of working at HM3. We want employees to succeed, and provide the kind of working environment allowing everyone to do so. Individual progression pathways support development, while bringing their whole self to work helps to build confidence.

Progressive mindset matters in any commercial and forward-thinking legal business such as ours. We have high expectations, and recognise that home life and family commitments are important.

Women leaders make up the majority of our employees. Two-thirds of our partners are women, and our business is led by a woman MD. We’re proud to buck the trend still regularly seen in traditional law firms. 

Early dart Fridays supports other work-life initiatives allowing for flexibility when it matters. We recognise life does not always follow a 9 to 5, so nor do we. 

HM3 Legal’s EDI statement

We offer a supportive yet autonomous working environment where you’ll be encouraged to innovate and develop. HM3 Legal is committed to promoting a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace. You will receive equal treatment regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. 

Our Voices

Hear what Sophie and Rachael have to say about working at HM3 Legal …

“Even before I officially joined HM3 Legal, I knew they were different. Regular contact from the talent manager and my new head of department before my start date demonstrated the supportive environment.

This has continued. It is clear everyone wants me to succeed and grow my career. I was lucky to join in time for the HM3 Legal Summer Party involving the RISE Awards so I experienced how team members regularly demonstrate core initiatives.

The enthusiasm and passion for the RISE Values and how HM3 Legal “do law differently” is clear throughout the firm. I am very excited for my future here at HM3!”

Sophie Bebbington

Associate, Resolution & Recovery

I’ve been with HM3 for around 5 years and am delighted to have been promoted to Senior Associate during my tenure. Joining the firm felt like a ‘big’ move for me having previously trained and worked solely in-house.

What do I love about my job?  The people I work with and the culture. Also, working for a company that encourages and rewards me for enhancing my career but not at the expense of time spent with my family. They
really get “work-life balance”. 

We genuinely have a strong team spirit and positive and healthy work environment. I am proud to work alongside technically excellent lawyers and be in a role that offers variety and good quality work.

Rachael Piggott

Senior Associate, Commercial

OUR VALUES

We believe that all businesses can make a positive difference to employees, suppliers, the environment and all areas influenced by business operations. Our RISE Values are interconnected with our Vision to be a force for good. What actions are we taking to change lives for the better? Check out how we are bringing our RISE Values to life …

Changing lives: Clients

Our ‘Respect’ RISE Value is based on teamwork and putting people first. 

Having an open and dynamic culture encourages our lawyers to work closely across departments to find innovative solutions for clients. The traditional way of providing legal services was based on silos with ‘gatekeepers’ fielding queries. At HM3 clients have direct access to the lawyer dealing with their matter. Traditional legal services are delivered one transaction at a time. Our high level of collaboration results in joined-up discussions and creative problem solving.

Aligning with our RISE Value ‘Innovate’ is our preferred approach; it means being human and putting clients at the centre of decisions.

Changing lives: Colleagues

We believe change can only happen by taking direct action. Our ‘Shine’ RISE Value encourages employees to go above and beyond the usual. We often refer to this as ‘sparkle’! These unique traits are often reflected in the RISE Awards, when we celebrate individual strengths – legal and otherwise.

We are convinced that a progressive business must provide platforms for open communication and straight-talking, and a variety of ways to support colleagues to express their whole self. What difference does this make? Our experience suggests this approach translates into positive employee engagement where colleagues feel valued, and empowered to deliver our signature WOW service.

Changing lives: Communities

Our RISE Value ‘Innovate’ expresses how we are making a positive difference. Our Employee Engagement Committee (EEC) is instrumental in supporting our community activities, and more. With representatives from each department and direct access to senior decision-makers, the EEC welcomes fresh and bold ideas to take the business forward. EEC members regularly take part in HUB Day sessions, providing updates or sharing new initiatives.

News is regularly shared on Vibe (the intranet), in person, during team meetings, and via email. Activities include fundraising and promoting national campaigns that raise awareness of important issues, such as Mental Health Awareness Week, social and environmental matters, and International Women’s Day. 

We are involved in diverse local activities supporting charities and campaigns. Examples include the Countess Charity, Clatterbridge Charity, and the Hospice of the Good Shepherd or events nominated by colleagues. Community sponsorship includes Anselmians Rugby Club and Cheshire Phoenix Basketball, promoting teams for women and people with disabilities. 

Follow us on socials to support and share our activities. 

JOIN OUR TEAM

If our passion for making lives better, our positive growth mindset, and our gold-standard WOW service excites you, explore our active roles below.

We’re looking for people who can deliver a bl**dy great experience, every interaction, every time. If there’s nothing suitable here right now, let’s talk. Get in touch in complete confidence to ask what’s coming up – you could be the first to know about new roles before they’re advertised. 

Email recruitment@law.uk.com

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Current Vacancies

If you cannot see the role you’re looking for it may already have been filled. Contact us in complete confidence to ask about other roles in the pipeline.

Employment Law Solicitor

Full time | Chester-based (hybrid working)

Legal Administrator

Wills & probate: Full time | Chester-based

Corporate Partner

Full time | Chester / Liverpool (hybrid working)

Corporate Lawyer

Full time | Chester (hybrid working)

Commercial Property Associate

Chester or Liverpool (hybrid working)

Lawyers/solicitors/partners

Hybrid working

Our Voices

Hear what Diane and Theo have to say about working at HM3 Legal …

“Since beginning as HM3 Legal’s Receptionist and member of the Central Admin Team (CAT), I have been made very welcome by everyone. My role is very varied and interesting. I learn something new every day, and I still have a lot to learn from Jodie and Joel.

I enjoy the variety of working with the CAT Team day to day and also welcoming clients. I like chatting with them and making them comfortable with a drink of their choice – frothy coffee is particularly popular! I often get comments about how nice the surroundings are including view from the large windows looking out over Chester and the Cathedral.”

Diane Littler, Receptionist

“I joined HM3 Legal in a supporting role in Conveyancing years ago – I had admin experience but had never worked in a legal environment or obtained law qualifications.

The training and progression opportunities offered here have enabled me to reach a stage where I can guide clients through the complicated process of buying and selling residential property. 

And now I have the opportunity to study and obtain a CILEX legal qualification.

There is a great culture here where colleagues are cared for and encouraged in career progression. The emphasis on service standards allows us to rewardingly reflect the same care towards clients.”

Theo Thomas, Legal Assistant

Our benefits

Here’s a selection of what’s on offer. Part of our commitment to making lives better is supporting you to reach your career objectives — whatever they may be. Appreciation, reward and respecting your work-life balance comes as standard.

Welcome to HM3 Legal’s Chester office

Want to know what to expect when you come for an interview at HM3 Legal?

Each office is close to public transport reducing commuting (and emissions) where possible. Chester is about 5 minutes’ walk from the bus station and about 10 minutes’ walk from the railway station. Parking is beneath the building in Delamere Street parking and there are bike racks on site. 

We encourage employees and visitors to choose eco-friendly transport. Interested to know the difference? Click GHG here to calculate commuting emissions.

GET IN TOUCH…

If you’ve got a legal enquiry, call us on 01244 318 131 or click here to complete a short form, and a bl**dy brilliant lawyer will be in touch.

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