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Trainee Solicitor

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Choosing where you start your career is one of the most important decisions you'll make.

At DAC Beachcroft, we know how important it is to give you a customised experience throughout your training contract.  Not only do we provide a tailored development programme, you'll also have support from our Learning & Development team and key Partners across the business.

Future leaders need a mix of technical and leadership skills, so our Training Contract route provides a blend of technical and personal development.  During the two-year programme, you will have the opportunity to work with market-leading professionals and clients across a range of sectors.  You'll gain early exposure to interesting and challenging work with support from highly experienced supervisors.

You'll have a comprehensive personal development plan created in collaboration with our dedicated learning and development team.  This is combined with access to an extensive range of technical, professional and personal development resources, including face-to-face workshops, blended, e-learning and on-the-job training.  Many of our Trainees also undertake secondments to clients as part of their development.

Our Trainees tell us that they enjoy the firm's collaborative working environment which reflects our cultural principles – supportive, creative, determined, and clear.  There are also many opportunities to network with other Trainees and other colleagues across our network, and to be part of wider firm projects and initiatives.

Role Responsibility

During your two year training contract, you will rotate to four different practice areas, spending six months in each area. For example, trainees are currently located in the following areas:

  • Clinical Risk
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Corporate Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Healthcare Regulatory
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Casualty
  • Real Estate

Seat availability is established on business need. Seats could be offered to trainees in any of our practice areas.

During each seat you will be supported by a supervisor who is responsible for your day to day development.  You will have regular reviews with your supervisor to set seat objectives and to discuss your progress

The Ideal Candidate

While academic qualifications are important, this is not the whole story.  We are looking for people with the energy and the drive to succeed, as well as commercial acumen and leadership potential.  You will be a lateral thinker who welcomes and values different perspectives.

How to Apply

To apply for a Training Contract, you need a minimum of 120 UCAS points in the current UCAS Tariff system (or equivalent), and 2:1 degree classification.  We are looking to appoint to start in either September 2021 or September 2022 and will expect candidates looking to apply to start in either year to be in at least the final year of their Law degree, or completing GDL prior to starting.

Please complete all sections of the application form as thoroughly and accurately as is possible.  Internal applicants please use your DAC Beachcroft e-mail address to create your application profile.

Our Vacation Scheme

Our vacation scheme gives you the opportunity to come and see what DAC Beachcroft is all about and provide you with a clear idea of what life as a trainee is really like.

Join us on a vacation scheme and you will be involved in a range of activities such as client meetings, social events and the opportunity to experience challenging work. Throughout your placement you will be surrounded by large and experienced teams, including a support network of trainees and supervisors. There will also be the opportunities to meet Regional Senior Partners and other Partners of the firm.

DAC Beachcroft runs a combined application process, with the vacation scheme forming part of the assessment process for training contract place.

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,600 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

DAC Beachcroft is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community.  Your application will be dealt with in the strictest of confidence.

DAC Beachcroft

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