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Contentious Construction - Solicitor/Associate

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Following the continued success of the team and a number of further recent high profile client wins, we are looking to recruit an additional Solicitor/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, nationally and internationally. 

Despite the current pandemic, the team remains busy with a number of significant and new instructions resulting in the need to recruit. As a business, we have adapted our approach to the change in circumstances as a result of Covid-19 and will continue to do so as this unfolds. DAC Beachcroft have successfully on-boarded a large number of new joiners across the business during the lockdown period and there is a wealth of support on offer to our applicants throughout the interview and on-boarding process. This serves to ensure that our new starters receive a warm welcome and well-supported integration into the firm, despite this being on a remote basis.

If you require any further information on our process, our recruitment team would welcome any queries recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com.

Role Responsibility

The successful candidate will have an exciting opportunity to form part of a prestigious and highly ambitious team.

The team deals with a variety of matters, including: 

 - Construction and Engineering Insurance:

Our specialist Construction and Engineering Professional Indemnity teams in Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and London act for Insurers and their Insured Design & Build Contractors and Construction professionals in defending construction and engineering claims, including high value complex matters. The Leeds team act for clients including AXAXL, Allied World, RSA, Zurich and QBE. The team works very successfully in advising insurers and in representing insured construction professionals in a wide range of claims. The successful candidate will have a firm focus in this area of the team's work.

- Construction and Engineering Dispute Resolution:

The team acts for a full range of leading industry members on a wide range of contentious issues, including claims over time, money and defects. It provides project-based advice to help clients manage out difficult issues and to avoid disputes. If a dispute does then arise, the team has substantial experience in all methods of dispute resolution – both formal and informal. The successful candidate will also gain  exposure to this area of the team's work.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Qualified solicitor (circa 2-6PQE PQE) with experience of construction and engineering matters and / or professional indemnity claims preferable although not compulsory. 
  • Very good 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 good level of self-sufficiency, combined with an awareness of the boundaries of own competence/authority.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to work hard as part of a highly ambitious and driven team to help it continue to develop and to achieve its 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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