Brachers is an award-winning law firm, providing valuable legal support to individuals and companies. Founded more than 100 years ago, the firm remains renowned for building lasting relationships with clients, feedback from whom has led to Brachers achieving top national and regional rankings by leading independent guides to UK law firms.

Our client base includes private individuals and their families, SMEs, owner managed businesses, publicly funded organisations, healthcare organisations, schools, colleges, further education providers, charities, family businesses and multi-national corporations.

The firm has a family-ethos and clearly defined set of values which has left a lasting impact on the way our firm operates. As a responsible business, we support our people in developing resilience and managing their wellbeing. We believe these are fundamental blocks in building a thriving workforce to deliver outstanding client service and have made it a strategic objective to develop this culture.

We are now looking to recruit a Chief Operating Officer (COO) into the firm.  The role will report to the Managing Partner and will be based in Maidstone. The COO is an integral member of the senior management team and a member of the Executive Committee as well as other important committees in the firm.

The role of COO is not new to the Firm, but we now have fresh opportunities for the right candidate to drive growth and change.

Direct reports include Heads of Finance, IT, Risk/Compliance and General Office.

Role purpose

To work with the Managing Partner to drive growth, change, efficiency and high performance across the Firm with a structured and consistent approach. With responsibility of driving the business to new heights, through operational best practice across the whole remit of the Firm.

Role priorities

Key initiatives in first 6-12 months

  • Efficiency and process improvement
  • Better utilisation of space
  • Legal outsourcing and AI opportunities
  • Supporting growth initiatives
  • Review of ancillary companies

Experience required:

Experience could have been gained in a wide variety of organisations, but an individual with a track record in professional services and law is preferable, showing knowledge of our regulatory environment.

High levels of credibility and leadership experience with excellent people skills, business acumen, gravitas and exemplary work ethics.

Board level experience with the ability to build consensus and trust at all levels.

Strong financial skills required together with an understanding of business financial measures and the ability to express the benefits of initiatives in financial terms

Effective organisational and communication skills are required. An Influential and consultative approach coupled with the ability to make decisive decisions.

Leadership and management of a team and creating a sense of togetherness.

Entrepreneurial and innovative approach to solving complex strategic issues, coupled with the ability to analyse and implement solutions.

An outgoing personality, challenging but not confrontational with a clear sense of direction but also with an understanding of the need to listen to the specifics across our people, partners and clients.

Ability to build relationships effortlessly with a transparent, inclusive and open communication approach.

Knowledge of legal outsourcing and technology opportunities favoured.

If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please contact Tim Skipper at Totum Partners on [email protected]

This assignment is being handled by Totum Partners on an exclusive basis.

Job Details

Job Ref: 894444
Hours: Full Time
Location: UK – Regions
Working Term: Permanent
Salary: £market rate


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