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Cleaver - HR Director - Hornchurch, Essex, UK

Lyn Cleaver

Hornchurch, Essex, UK


Clyde & Co LLP HR Director 2001 - date

Herbert Smith Head of HR Operations 1998 - 2001

Legal & General Head of HR 1991 - 1997
(Life & Pensions)

Debenhams Senior HR Manager 1988 - 1991


HR Director

Work History

HR Director

Clyde & Co LLP

January 2001 - January 2001

HR Director

Clyde & Co LLP

April 2001 - April 2001

Clyde & Co is a global law firm with offices in Europe, US, Middle East and Far East and Australia. I am a member of the senior executive team at Clyde & Co and am responsible for HR and L&D globally. My principal successes to date include:

• Designing and implementing the global HR strategy.
• Carried out due diligence, consultation, restructuring, on-boarding and integration for three mergers.
•Facilitated a major re-structure of the support functions post-merger.
•Aligned all benefits and remuneration structures across merged business post latest merger.
•Introduced a global talent identification process across and created a development programme to support.
•Introduced use of ECA data as a basis for compilation of international remuneration packages.
•Created Fixed Equity Partner (FEP) role and facilitated movement of Salaried Partners into the role to create an attractive framework for lateral hires at no additional cost to the firm.
•Revised and implemented partnership promotional process to include Business Plans and Assessment Centre (AC) for FEP.
•Developed 'Role of a Partner' framework which we have implemented across the worldwide partnership together with a Partner Appraisal Review process.
•Introduced a succession planning process around key roles and clients.
•Introduced Development Centres for 4 and 6 year PQE Associates from across the world to improve networking worldwide, assess personal skills and produce "Personal Development Plans" for each individual and identify worldwide talent pool. Implemented a comprehensive training programme to support this initiative.
•Introduced Employee Forums and utilised outputs to create an "Employer of Choice" programme.
•Outsourced reprographics, catering and video conferencing functions to improve service delivery and reduce costs.


Head of HR Operations

Herbert Smith

January 1998 - January 2001

Herbert Smith is a multi jurisdictional law firm with numerous offices worldwide. My role reported to the Global HR Director and I was responsible for all HR operations matters, including UK based support for the international network. The initial focus of this role was on stabilising and strengthening a team followed by establishing confidence within the partnership of the HR teams ability to deliver a quality HR service. Once this was underway the focus changed to performance management and performance related reward including the introduction of various bonus schemes.

The focus then shifted towards the international network. This initially involved the creation of a secondment policy and processes for the business, introducing ECA as the basis for tax efficient mobility packages and moving secondees around the world.

Once these were in place the next goal was to introduce a new MIS to support all of the network offices (at that stage there were 8 major offices).

Qualifications & Certifications

Countess of Derby

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