Pensions - Senior Associate (6+ PQE), London
The Pensions Team (part of the Employment, Pensions and Immigration (EPI) Group) at DAC Beachcroft is looking to appoint a Senior Associate to join its expanding team in London. This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing pensions practice in a dynamic, people-centric international law firm. The supportive, diverse and collegiate environment provides the perfect platform for the right candidate to work on a variety of interesting matters and actively grow the practice further.
Currently over 90 strong with 17 Partners (2 working on pension matters), EPI has a presence in London, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Bristol.
We undertake a range of pensions work for private sector and public sector employers, government bodies, and trustees of occupational DB and DC pension schemes. We act directly for financial institutions, blue chip companies, PLC’s, multi nationals, charities and health sector clients including NHS Trusts as well as working with other teams within the firm such as corporate and litigation.
Specific responsibilities include but are not restricted to undertaking the following:
- Act as a point of contact and advise clients on a range of pension matters, demonstrating a level of knowledge and skill commensurate with experience and the expectations and needs of clients of the national team. This role will be focussed on non-contentious work including advisory work and transactional work;
- Maintain and develop technical knowledge across key areas of pensions law practice;
- Manage client relationships including work flow and financial management;
- Build effective internal and external networks;
- Help build and enhance client relationships; and
- Undertake marketing and business development activities.
The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 6 years’ PQE in pensions law, and experience of participating in business development and marketing activities. The successful candidate will be:
- Strong academically, enthusiastic and determined with a focus on generating commercial solutions to problems on behalf of clients;
- A confident communicator with the ability to develop and manage relationships with clients and influence at all levels;
- Able to demonstrate self-sufficiency, combined with an awareness of the boundaries of their own competence/authority; and
- Team oriented and collegiate with a willingness to share knowledge with, and support, other members of the team.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org