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Special Assistant

Employer
Pogust Goodhead
Location
London or Amsterdam
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

Job Details

Pogust Goodhead is a ground-breaking law firm which pursues class actions against the largest companies in the world on behalf of millions of individuals. Founded by Harris Pogust and Tom Goodhead in 2018, Pogust Goodhead is now the leading law firm in the world in its main practice areas and has been described as “the first legal unicorn,” having raised over $300m in financial backing with work in progress of over $5bn.

Pogust Goodhead has offices across the United Kingdom (London, Liverpool, Edinburgh), United States (Philadelphia, Miami, San Diego, New Jersey), Netherlands (Amsterdam), and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Brasilia); together with joint ventures with law firms in Germany, South Africa, Australia and Peru.

Tom Goodhead, the firm’s co-founder and CEO, is responsible for the strategic, financial, and operational leadership of the firm worldwide. Known for his innovative approach to the practice of law, Tom has spearheaded the firm’s global expansion and leads its most prominent cases.

Pogust Goodhead is looking for a Special Assistant to Tom, in his role as CEO, to support him personally in his running the firm and its cases worldwide. The role will be a challenging and demanding one requiring skills in project management, people management, and diplomacy. For this role, you will be office based in London or Amsterdam with a global mobility requirement (Anticipated travel requirement of 50% of the professional time)

 

Requirements

Day-to-day responsibilities will be highly varied but will include:

  • Facilitating and overseeing high-level internal meetings
  • Accompanying and supporting Tom in VVIP external meetings and visits worldwide (the role involves liaising with politicians, senior finance, law firm, and business leaders, journalists, and heads of non-governmental and international organisations)
  • Representing Tom in meetings and functions
  • Inbox and calendar management, drafting correspondence, speeches, and articles
  • Event planning and management
  • Working with the Chief Strategy Officer, Director of Corporate Affairs, and Head of Strategic Communications in firmwide strategy and communications projects
  • Liaising with Tom’s personal assistants in relation to travel arrangements and personal affairs.

Skills/Experience

  • Outstanding academically with a keen interest in law, economics, public policy, and international relations
  • Impeccable spoken and written English
  • Fluency in a Romance language
  • A willingness to learn Portuguese if not fluent
  • Top tier, prior professional experience in the private or public sectors

Personal Qualities/Role Requirements

  • Strong emotional intelligence
  • Complete personal integrity and confidentiality
  • Diplomacy, tact, and interpersonal charm
  • A willingness to work demanding hours
  • Unafraid of undertaking administrative tasks; as well as strategic and advisory work
  • Ability to regularly travel internationally at very short notice, in accordance with business needs

Benefits

  • 25 days of annual leave (plus 8 Bank Holidays)
  • Discretionary bonus
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Private Pension Scheme
  • Life Assurance
  • Paternity leave - 2 months' paid enhanced leave
  • Maternity leave - 6 months' paid enhanced leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme - access to counselling and a variety of external support for you and your family members
  • Employee referral bonus
  • E-bikes and gym discounts (salary sacrifice schemes)
  • Season ticket loans
  • 2 days per year paid CSR/charity days

POGUST GOODHEAD employee commitment

At POGUST GOODHEAD we believe in championing personal growth and achievements, but first and foremost, we’re also a team, and a team is strongest when everyone feels that they are supported and valued as individuals.

We know that our team are the heart of POGUST GOODHEAD and that is why we make the following commitment to all our people:

  • To be a meritocracy with a fair and transparent pay review process
  • To offer opportunities for internal promotion
  • To provide everyone with a fair and structured performance review process
  • To provide a learning environment that supports its employees in becoming experts in their roles
  • To give all POGUST GOODHEAD’s people opportunities to influence and improve how we work

Our commitment to building an inclusive workplace

POGUST GOODHEAD is an equal opportunities employer who believes passionately that our team should represent the diversity of the clients that we support. We are committed to providing a place of work that provides fair and equal career growth and learning opportunities to all its employees. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind within our company, and we celebrate creating a culture offering opportunity for all, regardless of race, culture, gender, age, sexual orientation, socio economic background, disability, or religious beliefs.

 

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Company

Pogust Goodhead is a rapidly expanding global law firm that is passionate about getting access to justice for the victims of wrongdoing by large corporations.

We specialise in large scale group litigation against organisations that mistreat, mislead, or injure people.

Our mission is to become one of the world's leading claimant law firms, fighting cases and causes that have the power to improve the lives of tens of millions of people. 

We have offices in the UK, US, Netherlands and Brazil. See our website for more information.

Founded in 2018, we represent a diverse range of clients against multinationals and institutions around the world. The firm has already secured several landmark rulings to its name and has struck the largest ever litigation funding deal for a UK claimant law firm.

Pogust Goodhead is a leader in environmental litigation, achieving a string of successes in 2022. They achieved a landmark, unanimous judgment from the Court of Appeal that allows over 200,000 victims of the Mariana Dam disaster, Brazil’s worst ever environmental disaster, to seek redress against BHP, the world’s largest mining company, in the Courts of England and Wales. The judgement was secured following a four-year fight in the courts for justice over a disaster that killed 19 people and sent toxic waste over 700km down the Doce River, destroying everything in its path.

Pogust Goodhead is at the cutting edge of international consumer claims, representing hundreds of thousands of clients throughout the UK and the world. We have secured historic settlements in the Volkswagen NOx Emissions Group Litigation in May 2022 and the British Airways Data Breach in 2021.

There is no other law firm in the world doing as much ground-breaking work as Pogust Goodhead.

We will be relentless in holding the world's largest companies and organisations accountable for their actions.

We have only just begun.

 

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