LLP - Solicitor/Associate (2-5 PQE) Property Casualty - London
Are you looking for an intellectually challenging role, working at the cutting edge of the legal profession? Do you want to develop client relationships whilst continuing to hone your legal expertise? Would you like a role that offers genuine flexibility to allow you to meet your personal and work commitments? If so, an opportunity has arisen in our Global London Property Casualty team that may be for you.
We are a friendly and supportive team and we work across diverse service lines: Property, Construction, Energy, Engineering, Product Liability & Recall, International Casualty, Marine, and Aviation.
Our team is involved in complex, high value work and continues to play a leading role in Business Interruption claims relating to the Covid 19 pandemic.
We are now seeking to grow our team with a new colleague assisting both on business interruption claims and also property damage claims more generally.
We are very proud of our prestigious client base, which includes some of the world’s biggest re/insurers, who entrust us with their most sensitive and complex matters. If you are results driven and will help us search for solutions for our clients, we can offer you the opportunity to work on high-profile matters along with having your own case load.
We enjoy the backing of a truly international firm with over 2,500 colleagues across 10 countries and with international associations further bolstering our capabilities. We have particularly strong connections with the Latin American and Spanish markets, as well as an increasing number of matters from China, France and Israel.
We are searching for a talented colleague with experience in policy coverage, property (first and third party losses, including subrogated recoveries), public and products liability (ideally with a focus on construction related claims) and a strong academic background, ideally in the 2 – 5 PQE range.
Experience in policy coverage will be vital and you must be capable of analysing and applying legal principles to a complex factual scenario, with a view to achieving a commercial resolution for our clients.
To maintain our ethos, we are looking for team oriented and collegiate colleagues with a willingness to work as part of a team on larger matters, but also someone who can demonstrate self-sufficiency and initiative when working independently. You will have the opportunity to deal with clients on day to day issues, as well as assisting with development of business.
The Ideal Candidate
- A Solicitor/Associate of between 2-5 PQE.
- Good technical legal skills are essential for the role.
- Ability to manage a litigation caseload and/or supporting Partners and colleagues on larger complex cases.
- Good knowledge of procedural processes in England & Wales.
- Ability to analyse and apply legal principles and facts to derive technically sound, commercial strategies for complex cases.
- Show sound judgment in decision making, focused on client and case needs.
- Work with appropriate levels of supervision, recognising matters for escalation.
- Draft and review correspondence, reports and litigation documents.
- Demonstrate and develop a competent, high quality level of technical expertise.
- Maintain caseload in good organisational shape and in accordance with client quality and service level agreements.
- Work to deadlines, prioritises workload and meets conflicting demands on time.
- Meet and look to exceed personal monthly and annual financial targets.
- Show commercial appreciation of personal and team’s link to achieving financial targets (e.g. utilisation, realisation, work in progress).
- Continually monitor and take responsibility for own performance.
- Demonstrate proactive financial management; attention to billing regimes, credit control, debt collection, accounting procedures and client service level agreements.
- Record time accurately and appropriately.
- Engage with and maintain existing client relationships together with a willingness to be proactive in seeking out client development opportunities.
- Understand and comply with client service level agreements.
- Develop an understanding of the client's and our business and how the two fit together.
- Demonstrate strong analytical and problem solving skills.
Why DAC Beachcroft?
So, why should you be excited about a career with us? We recognise the importance of training and investing in talent; our team members are empowered to develop their own client contacts and relationships from the start of their careers and you will see how your contribution directly impacts on your clients and understand how the service you provide helps them. You will receive guidance and support from our industry leading practitioners who can help you develop your career.
We aim to encourage diversity by offering the opportunity to bring your whole self to work, underpinned by our employer brand of A Life That Works. Our team is very busy and works hard, but we offer genuine flexibility to allow you to meet your personal and work commitments – and that flexibility hasn’t disappeared post-Covid!
You will have the opportunity to engage in our diversity and inclusion groups, charitable endeavours or client related projects. For example, founding members of both ACCESS (our network for ethnic minority colleagues) and the Women+ Network can be found in the Property Casualty team.
All across our team, from our emerging talent to our senior leadership, you won’t find a closed door, real or virtual.
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.
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 email@example.com