Solicitor/Associate - Criminal Litigation
As part of the wider Professional & Commercial Risks Group, the Bristol Commercial Dispute Resolution team acts for in-house legal departments, corporate clients, private individuals and insurers across a broad range of sectors, but with a particular focus on the financial services industry. The team is highly regarded by peers and competitors both across the region and nationally, scoring highly in the Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners directories with a number of recognised leading individuals heading the team.
The team handles a wide variety of commercial litigation work and in 2018 senior associate Christopher Dyke was hired to develop a white-collar crime practice. The team has recently acted in a number of complex criminal and financial regulatory cases including investigations and prosecutions brought by HMRC, the SFO, FCA and the Insolvency Service. The work is high-value and often international in nature and the team's focus is always on achieving the best outcome possible for the client. The team's revenue has increased substantially in recent years and continues to expand, hence this additional recruitment.
We are looking for someone with the ability to advise our corporate and public sector clients in order to assist them in avoiding unknowingly perpetrating, or becoming the victim of, white collar crime as well as to act on behalf of our clients in a diverse range of criminal litigation.
You will be supporting Partners in larger matters as well as managing your own caseload. You will act as a point of contact for clients while demonstrating a level of knowledge and skill commensurate with experience.
You will exercise full compliance with DAC Beachcroft protocols on billing and credit control and demonstrate a high level of financial management in respect of own files.
There is a requirement to support marketing and business development activity within the team, and also to maintain and develop technical knowledge through attendance at training sessions, reading appropriate publications and exceeding Law Society CPD requirements.
The Ideal Candidate
0-4 PQE Lawyer (including Solicitor, Barrister or Legal Executive) with previous experience in criminal litigation. Experience in white collar/financial crime, SFO and FCA investigations and regulatory litigation would be an advantage.
Experience or an interest in acting in High Court litigation as well as other dispute resolution processes is also looked on positively.
• Excellent relationship and client handling skills. Able to deal confidently and professionally with clients on day to day issues.
• Able to demonstrate a reasonable level of self-sufficiency, combined with an awareness of the boundaries of own competence/authority.
• A willingness to gain exposure to and an interest in commercial issues is essential, as is an interest in dealing with issues and problems at a conceptual level.
• Change oriented with a positive, flexible approach towards the implementation of new initiatives.
• 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 2,400 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 Northern Ireland, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brazil, Peru, Central America, Argentina, the USA, Australia and Germany.
We are known for our market-leading presence in sectors such as 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 the majority of the top 30 insurance and financial services companies operating in the UK. We are the asset management lawyers for the UK’s largest shopping centres and act for 9 of the UK’s top 10 housebuilders.
We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 155 Chambers UK 2019 practice area and individual lawyer rankings, including 30 rankings at 'Band 1' level. In Legal 500 UK, 2018, the firm received top tier ranking for 32 of its practice areas and 59 practice areas in the top two tiers. In March 2018, we were named as one of Legal Week's Best Legal Advisors for the third year running, achieving category-leading satisfaction scores for our commercial approach, service delivery, quality of legal advice, communication & responsiveness and overall relationships.
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.
DAC Beachcroft is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. We also welcome direct applications. 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.