DAC Beachcroft Returner Programme

Location: Leeds and Manchester

Start date: February 2019

Programme: 6-month paid returnship

Part of the Law Returners Programme

About DAC Beachcroft:

With over 2,400 people, DAC Beachcroft combines one of the most comprehensive UK legal networks with coverage across Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia-Pacific, providing a full service claims, transactional, commercial, risk and advisory capability. The firm works with clients in a select range of industry sectors and is a market leader in health, insurance and real estate.

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. Chambers UK 2018 awarded their partners and professionals with 95 leading lawyer rankings and 57 rankings in 30 distinct practice areas. 16 practice areas and 15 of their lawyers are named in Chambers’ elite ‘Band 1’ rank.

Across Manchester and Leeds, DAC Beachcroft employs 423 people including 41 Partners, 45 Senior Associates/Legal Directors and 50 Associates, practising in the following areas:  Clinical Risk, Corporate Commercial, Commercial Litigation, Employment and Pensions, Insurance, Real Estate, Healthcare Regulatory, Public Law and Health Projects. Leeds is home to the internal Practice, Governance and Risk team.

What is it like to work at DAC Beachcroft?

The firm’s culture is reflected in and described by its Cultural Principles – Supportive, Determined, Creative and Clear – as articulated by the firm’s colleagues following a wide ranging internal conversation. The Principles guide interactions and relationships between colleagues, with clients and with the communities in which the firm does business.

DAC Beachcroft is committed to being a Responsible Business through a range of programmes and activities, including volunteer Green Teams looking at environmental impact, the provision of pro bono legal advice to charities, employability programmes with disadvantaged students and Social Mobility initiatives to encourage wider access to the legal profession.

The firm is committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer. Diversity & Inclusion initiatives are supported and championed by the firm’s senior leaders, led by senior partner Virginia Clegg, and D & I forms one of the five central pillars of its People Strategy .

DAC Beachcroft is fully supportive of flexible, remote or part time working, subject to the requirements of each specific role.

Supportive of Law Returners

The firm has recently recruited a number of  lawyers  returning to the law after career breaks. One of the firm’s returners has been appointed as a Back to Work Ambassador for the national Law Society ‘s scheme. You can find out more about Eleanor’s story here

As part of the Law Returners programme you will benefit from the Career Returners Coaching Programme led by Women Returners to support your transition back into work. The coaching will be delivered in a group cohort and as such you will have a ready-made peer support group.

DAC Beachcroft Opportunities

There are a variety of roles available at DAC Beachcroft. They would particularly welcome applicants with experience in Insurance Litigation, Commercial Litigation (Manchester), Paralegal Commercial Litigation (Manchester), Real Estate/Commercial Development & Investment (Manchester), Technology (Leeds), Public Law and Health Projects (Leeds). More information about current vacancies can be found on the DAC Beachcroft website here.

If your experience doesn’t match one of their vacancies, they still want to hear from you!  Please send your CV identifying the type of work you would be interested in (details on how to apply below).

The recruitment process

To apply for one of the advertised roles or more speculatively, please send your CV and cover letter titled Law Returners to recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com

Closing date for applications has been extended to 2 December at 23.59.

For any specific queries relating to DAC Beachcroft, please email recruitment@dacbeachcroft.com

For any queries relating to the overall Law Returners programme, please email hazel@womenreturners.com