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25 days ago
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Company benefits: Flexible working hours, Healthcare, Life insurance, Pension scheme
Location: Leeds
Job type: Permanent
Job sector: Private Practice
Experience: Newly Qualified, PQE 1, PQE 2
Contact: Emma Colls
Sector: Personal Injury, Other, Insurance and Reinsurance
Category: Solicitor Jobs

Job Introduction

We employ over 25 specialist lawyers in our Safety, Health and Environment (SHE) team, one of the largest in the UK. The team operates from a number of key locations, including Leeds, where we are looking to recruit an experienced solicitor or outstanding NQ into our busy team.

The work includes advising insurers, public sector and corporate clients in relation to  investigations and prosecutions by a wide range of regulators including the Police, Health and Safety Executive, Environment Agency, Environmental Health and Trading Standards  We deal with all aspects of advice and defence. We are currently instructed in a number of corporate manslaughter cases and investigations. 

The Ideal Candidate

  • NQ - 2PQE Solicitor with some experience/awareness gained within a regulatory and commercially focused environment.
  • You will have some experience/awareness of regulatory work – ideally, this will include advising on any of the following - health and safety incident investigations, interviews under caution, prosecutions, environmental breaches, breaches of trading standards, food law and/or fire safety. Candidates with experience of financial services regulation will also be considered. Inquest experience is beneficial but not essential as long as you have a willingness to learn and a proactive approach to understanding the area quickly
  • 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.
  • An ability to adopt a commercial perspective rather than an ‘academic’ approach to legal issues.
  • Willingness to travel at short notice in order to assist clients to manage situations on the ground as they happen
  • Display a willingness (and ideally previous experience) of business development activities
  • Excellent legal drafting, analytical and negotiating skills
  • Proactive and energetic with a tenacious approach to identifying issues and solving problems
  • Change oriented with a positive, flexible approach towards the implementation of new initiatives.
  • Team oriented. A collegiate approach to sharing knowledge and working with both senior and junior colleagues across different locations and practice groups is essential
  • IT literate and competent with social media applications.
  • Full driving licence
  • Due to the nature of the role you will need to be able to drive, spend time away on cases and be flexible in working hours.

Main Responsibilities

  • Predominantly assisting a senior fee earner, but will be expected to build up to running your own defence case load encompassing a range of regulatory issues with supervision and support from partners and associates
  • The work will include managing a range of contentious and non-contentious regulatory issues for a variety of clients.
  • The lawyer will be required to handle a varied workload in accordance with client protocols with supervision. Act as a point of contact for clients, demonstrating a level of knowledge and skill commensurate with experience.
  • Demonstrate sound file management – to include compliance with DAC Beachcroft protocols and any client protocols as required; consistent and accurate billing and credit control; management of WIP and file closures; updating Management Information
  • Assume responsibility for quality control and benchmark compliance on own caseload, including accuracy and timeliness of management reporting and information
  • Aim to achieve a minimum budgeted annual target of 1440 chargeable hours per year
  • Assist with business development activities with a view to establishing new revenue streams for the firm.
  • Build an awareness of DAC Beachcroft's other services, strategies and plans. Build effective internal and external networks.
  • Maintain and develop technical knowledge through attendance at training sessions, reading appropriate publications and exceeding Law Society CPD requirements.
  • Handle confidential information in line with the firms data security protocols

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