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Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive - Specialist Liability - Flexible

Job Introduction

DAC Beachcroft is looking to appoint a Solicitor / Chartered Legal Executive to join our Claims Solutions Group Specialist Liability team. The location is flexible but the majority of the team is based in the London office.

Working within the Specialist Liability team involves advising insurers, public sector and corporate clients in the defence of complex claims. We act for a number of leading names in the insurance industry as well as defending the Police and Social Services, schools, colleges, universities and all range of public sector organisations and household name corporates.  Increasingly the work involved is pre-litigation and involves giving detailed pre-emptive advice on relevant issues to clients. We specialise also in claims involving abuse and allegations of failings by social services, HRA, Equality Act and other linked areas.

We are presently looking to recruit a candidate who has experience of Equality Act and discrimination claims, with a view to assisting and running a caseload of civil claims in this area (as well as assisting with the broader spectrum of our team’s work). Many of our cases hit the headlines, and you are assured of an interesting case load, as much responsibility as you can handle, and plenty of challenging court work.

Role Responsibility

  • Handling complex claims.
  • Attending conference, trials, proofing witnesses amongst other tasks.
  • Assisting with disclosure of sensitive documentation;
  • Drafting of Court documents;
  • Attending upon Trials and Applications (with Counsel);
  • File management of complex and sensitive cases;
  • Achieving a minimum budgeted annual target of 1,440 chargeable hours per year;
  • Supporting marketing and business development activity within the team;
  • Assuming responsibility for quality control and benchmark compliance on work including accurate and timely preparation of management information;
  • Maintaining and developing technical knowledge through attendance at training sessions, seminars and perusal of appropriate publications;
  • Handling confidential information in line with the firm’s data security protocols.

This position is ideal for someone who would like the opportunity to grow and develop in the role.  Initial responsibilities will involve assisting Partners in all aspects of the claims handled by the Team.  As you develop an understanding of the law and underlying documents, there will be increased file handling.  Full training will be given as needed by specialist and highly rated Partners and other lawyers.

The Ideal Candidate

Essential:

  • A keen interest and enthusiasm in Specialist Liability work including civil Equality Act claims
  • A desire to handle particularly high value, complex and sensitive cases
  • Excellent organisational and IT skills to produce and manage complex documentation
  • Detail conscious and able to produce work to a high standard for demanding clients
  • The ability to dig into document heavy and complex cases in order to extract relevant evidence and data
  • A sympathy and empathy for the public sector who comprise a large number of our clients

Desirable:

  • Able to work on own initiative as well as to work with and learn from supervisors and other members of the department
  • A team player with a flexible and self-motivated approach
  • Able to work under pressure and in order to meet required deadlines

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