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Head Clerk - Advocacy Team - Birmingham, Bristol, London or Manchester

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

Job Introduction

We are looking for a Head Clerk to join our in house Advocacy team at 8DB and lead the clerking team. The purpose of the role is to work alongside the Practice Manager to drive development of the Barristers in their specialist areas, to lead the clerking team to ensure a quality service is provided to all clients and to ensure a high standard of support is provided for all Barristers and Advocates.

 

The preferred locations for the position are Birmingham, Bristol, London or Manchester but we welcome applications from candidates nationwide. Given our firms’ flexible working policy location will not be a restricting factor to applications.

Role Responsibility

  • Supervise the day to day roles of the Senior Clerk, Clerks and Junior Clerks;
  • Develop the skillsets and knowledge of the Senior Clerk and Clerks and facilitate their growth journeys;
  • Assist the Practice Manager and Product Heads with business development for all internal and external clients;
  • Assist the Practice Manager to develop the practices of all barristers and advocates;
  • Assess and develop policies and procedures for all aspects of the clerking team; 
  • Ensure that the clerking team responds efficiently to high volumes of diary bookings and enquiries;
  • Assist the clerking team to provide and negotiate fees for high value and complex matters;
  • Ensure that the clerking team are proactively chasing paperwork for Barristers/Advocates ahead of their hearings; and
  • Ensure that the clerking team are raising daily fee disbursements for work undertaken.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for the right person to fit with our business and vision for the employed Bar of the future. You will be innovative, creative and forward thinking, in both how you conduct yourself but perhaps more importantly how you shape your professional outlook. The years you have been working in the profession are not as important as the experience you have gained along the way or the character that you possess.

 

We would like for you to have a keen interest in training and development of others and to enjoy working within a team environment, working for common goals.

 

Please note that the application process will be conducted blind.  To help ensure this process, please anonymise your CV to remove any personal or identifying information (e.g. name and institutions attended). CVs which include this information may not be considered. 

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,500 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 Malaysia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Central America, the USA, Australia and Germany.

We are a broad-based commercial firm with a strong heritage in 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 all of the UK’s top-ten insurers, we are market leaders in the provision of strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to providers and commissioners in the health sector, and in real estate we advise all of the UK’s top-12 housebuilders.

We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 142 Chambers UK 2021 practice area and individual lawyer rankings. In Legal 500 UK 2021, the firm received a top tier ranking for 37 of its practice areas, and 58 DACB lawyers were singled out in the ‘Leading Individual' rankings.

Our successes have been recognised by the legal industry and the markets in which we operate. These accolades include two top prizes in the ‘Excellence in Business Development’ and ‘Excellence in Technology & Innovation’ categories of the 2020 Law Society Excellence Awards – the highest accolade for law firms in England & Wales. Our health sector team won the ‘Crisis Management Team of the Year’ award at the 2020 British Legal Awards for its support to the NHS at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our Cyber & Data Risk team received the ‘Business Development Innovation Award’ at the 2020 Legal Innovation Awards, as well as ‘Cyber Law Firm of the Year’ at the prestigious Insurance Insider Cyber Rankings Awards, for its market-leading suite of digital tools to help our clients prepare for and respond to cyber and data risk crises.

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.

Application Details

At DAC Beachcroft, we don’t just accept your differences we celebrate them.  From bespoke solutions for our clients, to treating you like an individual.  Our strength comes from your diverse ideas and bringing the whole you to work. So if you’re good at what you do, come as you are.  We welcome direct applications and are happy to talk flexible working.

We also want you to be at your very best.  Please feel free to let us know of any changes we can make at any point in the recruitment process that will help support your application.  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.

Note for Recruitment Agencies – the DAC Beachcroft recruitment team is responsible for managing all current vacancies through direct hiring and referrals wherever possible.  We do work with recruitment agencies and where we require external support we will formally release those vacancies to the agencies on our Preferred Supplier List deemed best placed to assist us.  Speculative CVs sent by any agency to any DAC Beachcroft employee without a specific request by the recruitment team will not be accepted and with no introduction fee applicable.  Our recruitment team can be contacted at recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com

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