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LLP - Associate/Senior Associate (4+PQE) Service Line - Bristol

Job Introduction

Do you want to develop your career as a professional indemnity specialist?  Do you want a varied and interesting caseload, with access to clients and the opportunity to develop business?  Do you have experience of acting for solicitors and their insurers and want to broaden your experience in this area? If so, we have an opportunity in our market-leading Bristol Professional and Commercial Risk team which may be for you.

What do we mean by Professional and Commercial Risk?  Our team provides expert legal advice to clients across a broad range of professions and sectors through our two complimentary sub-teams:

Our Professional Indemnity team – we represent insurers and the professionals they insure including Surveyors & Valuers, Brokers, Solicitors, Directors and Officers, Construction Professionals, Accountants, Pension professionals, Trustees and Financial Advisers; and

Our Commercial Dispute Resolution team - we specialise in financial services disputes, commercial fraud, injunctions, cyber and data risk, white collar crime, regulatory investigations and enforcement actions and specialist health litigation.

We work collaboratively across our teams and, whilst our team members are all encouraged to have their particular area of expertise, for example solicitors’ defence, we encourage cross-team working so our colleagues benefit from a variety of work and can use their expertise to find creative solutions for our clients.

Why should you choose a career with us?  The members of our teams are encouraged to develop their own client contacts and relationships from the start of their careers.  We are proud of our client base.  They provide us with repeat business and top-quality instructions.  We also have the backing of a truly international firm with over 2,500 colleagues across nine countries and a wide range of international associations further bolstering our capabilities.

We encourage diversity and our relationship with our colleagues is underpinned by our employer brand “A Life That Works”.  Our teams work hard, but we offer genuine flexibility to allow all of our colleagues to meet their personal and work commitments through our Flex Forward initiative.

Read on for more information about our specific vacancy and the firm as a whole.

Role Responsibility

The Solicitors’ service line, which focuses on defending solicitors from claims and professional disciplinary investigations and proceedings, is looking to recruit a senior solicitor.  We want to hear from ambitious solicitors/associates/senior associates who want to develop their career in a friendly, market leading team which has a first class reputation. 

As part of the team you will:

  • Have the opportunity to interact on a regular basis with clients;  
  • Have responsibility for the day to day conduct of complex and high value cases, including Pre-Action and High Court litigation, with the ability to shape and implement strategy;
  • Resolve cases using all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution for example mediation;
  • Have the opportunity to become involved in fast-paced and often high-profile work, including defending Court proceedings and proceedings at the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal;
  • Draft complex advice for insurers and other clients, including in relation to matters such as policy coverage.
  • We are looking for new colleagues who enjoy litigation and dispute resolution, who are interested in gaining a wide variety of experience and who value autonomy whilst being supported by the collegiate and specialist team.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will have experience in defending professionals, ideally solicitors, but a range of backgrounds will be considered. We are looking for bright, enthusiastic individuals who want to build their careers in a flexible and progressive environment, who are keen to grow client relationships and whose work is of the high quality our clients expect us to deliver.

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,900 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Rome, Singapore, Argentina Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. We also have associations/alliances with firms in Malaysia, Brazil, Peru, 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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