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Associate - Construction (non-contentious)

Job Introduction

We are looking to recruit an additional Associate who will play an active role in the continued growth and success of the team in collaboration with our wider practice in the North East, nationally and internationally. This is an excellent opportunity to join a thriving practice with a supportive and collegiate culture and a clear vision.

The non-contentious side of the team provides advice to clients regarding contract procurement and the drafting of bespoke contracts. It advises on, drafts and negotiates development agreements, building and engineering contracts and supply chain agreements.

The Newcastle Construction group spreads across both contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is considered to be the market leader in the North East, operating on a national and international platform. It is ‘best in class’ with an enviable list of clients.

The team has built up an exceptional reputation and is ranked Band 1 in the legal directories. The firm is on national panels with a number of top name housebuilders. The team also acts for local and national private developers, large national and international corporates, contractors, construction professionals, public sector organisations and education sector institutions. The team is also increasingly winning and servicing work in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Role Responsibility

This role will suit an ambitious and determined individual who enjoys and takes pride in providing the highest standards of client care and champions operational excellence. Personality fit is essential within this team as the role will also involve supervising and mentoring more junior staff. The role will also involve assisting with the financial management of the team. We are looking for someone who is personable and is a team player with a can-do attitude. You will readily take on day to day conduct of managing key client relationships and business development activity.

In return, support to grow and develop your own practice, together with career progression opportunities are available for the right candidate. We operate in a friendly and collaborative environment, which will enable you to fulfil your potential. We can offer an intellectually stimulating, high quality and varied caseload unrivalled in the region. Agile working is encouraged.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Qualified solicitor (3 years PQE+ at a national firm or major regional practice) with extensive experience and strong technical ability across a variety of non-contentious construction and engineering matters.
  • Knowledge of the North East construction market with an established network of contacts is desirable but not essential.
  • Excellent relationship and client handling skills, commensurate with experience. Able to deal confidently and professionally with clients on day to day issues.
  • Able to demonstrate a high level of self-sufficiency, combined with an awareness of the boundaries of own competence/authority.
  • Share, support and advocate the firm's purpose, vision and cultural principles.
  • Confident and effective communicator. Strong analytical and organisational skills, results driven and pragmatic.
  • Ability to remain calm and perform under pressure.
  • Change oriented with a positive, flexible approach towards the implementation of new initiatives.
  • Team oriented and collegiate with a willingness to share knowledge with and support other members of the team.

Package Description

 In addition to a competitive salary and pension, the role benefits from a bonus scheme, linked to realistic and achievable financial targets and other objectives.

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,400 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Singapore, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. We also have associations/alliances with firms in Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Peru, Central America, Argentina, the USA, Australia and Germany.

We are known for our market-leading presence in sectors such as Insurance, Health and Real Estate. This is complemented by a fast-growing Business Advisory capability. We represent a wide range of clients, ranging from household names to government departments and NHS bodies. We act for the majority of the top 30 insurance and financial services companies operating in the UK. We are the asset management lawyers for the UK’s largest shopping centres and act for 9 of the UK’s top 10 housebuilders.

We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 155 Chambers UK 2019 practice area and individual lawyer rankings, including 30 rankings at 'Band 1' level. In Legal 500 UK, 2018, the firm received top tier ranking for 32 of its practice areas and 59 practice areas in the top two tiers. In March 2018, we were named as one of Legal Week's Best Legal Advisors for the third year running, achieving category-leading satisfaction scores for our commercial approach, service delivery, quality of legal advice, communication & responsiveness and overall relationships.

Our vision is to be leading business advisers, recognised for our insight and our outstanding commitment to clients, and for being the place where talented people want to work. For further details on our work and our culture, please visit www.dacbeachcroft.com.

DAC Beachcroft is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. We also welcome direct applications. If this opportunity sounds of interest to you, please make an application and submit your CV. Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

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