Careers with DAC Beachcroft

We're widely recognised for the exceptional quality of our work. But what really makes us different is the way we do things here.

We push ourselves. We build meaningful relationships, not just cases. We innovate and celebrate diverse perspectives. These are just some of the reasons why people join us - and why they choose to stay. DAC Beachcroft is a place for the thinkers. For the collaborators. For all those who want a life that works.

Who we are

We’re a leading international law firm with offices across Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America – in the UK, we’re a top 25 firm. We have a proud history stretching back over 255 years, a forward-thinking approach and an ethos that celebrates the whole person. Get ready for inspiring work. An open, welcoming culture, with the flexibility to enable you to blend life and work together. Put simply, we help our colleagues to be at their best when they’re here, and we recognise that they have all sorts of different interests and commitments when they’re not.

What we do

We're a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance, health and real estate.  Our services span everything from insurance and commercial litigation, through to corporate and commercial transactions. That includes advice on employment law and governance, risk and regulatory. Our legal skills and extensive delivery expertise enable us to design high quality, bespoke legal solutions – often drawing on the latest technologies. We partner with our clients to help protect their reputations and enable them to achieve sustainable growth.

Our culture, vision and principles

This is your opportunity to be part of a thriving firm – a firm that’s profitable, successful and growing internationally. You’ll find we're united by a common purpose: to help our colleagues and clients succeed. It makes this an incredibly rewarding place to be. Not only that, but we have a culture that means you can find more enjoyment both at work and outside of it. We’ve exciting ambitions, not least our determination to play our part in ensuring a sustainable society. We are working towards this ambition through a strategy for Responsible Business.

Supportive

We are approachable, open minded and inclusive. We take time to listen and understand and we value and respect others’ abilities, contribution and views. We are trusted, appreciated as individuals and embraced as part of a team.

Creative

We share knowledge and insights and encourage constructive debate and challenge. We work collaboratively to generate new ideas and provide imaginative solutions.

Determined

We act with integrity and are relentless in our pursuit of quality and excellence. We are confident and empowered to do our best for our clients, our colleagues and ourselves, to deliver whatever the challenge.

Clear

We have clarity of purpose, objectives, roles, reward and lines of communication. We are transparent and straightforward in our behaviour and intent.

Our clients

We're deeply embedded in the insurance industry, acting across the full breadth of the market. We also provided over 300 public sector and independent healthcare providers and commissioners with market-leading legal and governance advice. And when it comes to real estate, we have dedicated teams specialising in residential, shopping centres and commercial investment law.

Our future plans

Through geographic expansion, growth of existing locations, close alliances like Legalign Global and strategic appointments, we continue to strengthen the international and domestic support we offer to clients. We’re also committed to embracing the latest technologies for our firm, and for our clients.

An inclusive organisation

We’re committed to attracting, retaining and developing people from diverse backgrounds, with a range of life experiences and perspectives, because diverse thinking is critical to our success. We’re committed to welcoming and encouraging all colleagues, so that everyone has the same opportunity to get involved, to make a difference and to progress. We work hard to understand and eradicate any unintended barriers by working with our colleague networks – Access (BAME), Spectrum (LGBT+), Parents & Carers, Working Dads and Women +. A number of our initiatives are aimed at attracting and supporting underrepresented groups, such as our work with Aspiring Solicitors, the Black Solicitors Network, Disability Confident scheme, Working Families and our Career Returners programme.

Being a responsible business is part of our DNA.  We support local communities through a national strategy for pro bono advice and non-legal community volunteering such as helping homeless people, disadvantaged school students, and the elderly. The firm provides volunteering time for each colleague, to encourage participation. For further information please see our responsible business pages.

 

         

 

- Olu Dansu, Partner

“I joined DACB as a Trainee in 2005 and one of the great things I have observed during my time is the Firm’s open culture.

People are generally approachable and, irrespective of their role, you will always find someone who is willing to give you the time if you need to ask a question.  

I lead our BAME network group called ‘ACCESS’. Diversity & inclusion is important to the Firm (and to me personally) and that we encourage a diverse culture. Since launching ACCESS I’m most proud that we are giving junior colleagues the confidence to come up with ideas on how to promote diversity internally, and in the knowledge that they have the support of the Firm. It was great to learn that in our most recent engagement survey 83% of colleagues believe the Firm actively encourages equality, diversity and inclusion. The aim is for ACCESS to continue to play a key role in delivering on this essential part of the Firm’s objective.”

- Gill Weatherill, Partner

“I did a politics degree at university and this sparked an interest in the state, the individual and how the law was the glue that was an important part of how our society functions. 

The interest in politics and the state continued when I was attracted to regulatory work – helping providers deliver safe, effective, accountable health and social care services.

 Joining DACB’s regulatory team was a great move for me.  Although it can be perceived as academic, the really important skills in law are listening, judgment, persuasion and working in teams – be that internally or with clients and other stakeholders.  DACB attracts fantastic people and interesting clients and it is working with them that makes my career – and life – interesting.  

All businesses talk about the opportunities they offer people – and we certainly do. What I have been more impressed with though is that when I and many others have had ideas and plans we have been given enough rope – with enough support – to get on with them.”

- Zahra Khan, Solicitor

“I qualified with DAC Beachcroft LLP in September 2019 having completed my training contract in the Manchester office.

During my training, I gained practical experience in a number of different areas of law including Corporate and Commercial, Real Estate and Employment. The opportunity to move around the business helped me to gain a greater understanding of the firm as a whole. In my new role, I continue to be supported to take on a varied and challenging workload and I also have the opportunity to work with a wide range of high profile clients. I particularly like the culture of the firm; people are approachable at all levels and there are many different initiatives to get involved in outside of my day-to-day role which I find incredibly rewarding.”

- Helen Staines, Partner

“I’d been doing Legal Indemnity work on a small scale for our existing clients on an ad hoc basis, seeking expertise from our Real Estate team as and when.

There was one person who was particularly helpful, Tessa, so when she was looking for a new opportunity, I thought she could retrain as an insurance lawyer.

After Tessa had moved over to our Insurance team, we both realised that there was a gap in the market for Title Indemnity work that required insurance-style handling, but with Real Estate knowledge and capability. So we drew on our different skills to create a new Title Indemnity claims product. We marketed this unique service to our clients and as a result, we’ve won Title Indemnity work from a number of insurers, creating a new revenue stream for the firm.”

- Eleanor Ludlam, Senior Associate

“When the Director of HR approached me about returning to work, it coincided with me being very much ready to restart my career.

I was pleasantly surprised by how flexible she was about me working part-time and with some of those days being from home. I was offered the opportunity to join the Financial Institutions Group and I will admit to a degree of scepticism about becoming an advisory lawyer, having been a litigator.  However, I felt it would be good experience and I was told the team was particularly supportive of working mothers. As it happens, I very much enjoy being a non-contentious lawyer so any scepticism I had has ebbed away. 

People here want you to achieve your full potential as that makes the firm succeed as a whole. They are genuine people who are not out to run you down in order to progress their careers. That mentality creates a pretty unique culture and one which I really enjoy being part of.”

- Dan Preddy, Partner

“When our Commercial Dispute Resolution team received a claim relating to the conduct of an insolvency practitioner, it was anything but straightforward. The claim had multiple strands relating to criminal, investment, regulatory and civil law.

Over four years, the various threads involved significant work to set out a clear position that would allow the client to make commercial decisions relating to the claim. The case was very challenging technically, with a highly strategic focus for the client and multiple overlapping legal arguments.

The claim was eventually settled; an excellent outcome for the client who said: ‘That claim was the most difficult matter I have ever come across, with a very convoluted and complicated background. The handling of the matter wouldn’t have been possible without DACB’s work and attention to detail.”

 

- Caroline Dean, Associate

“I returned to legal practice after a five-year break.

I had advice from recruiters that this would be difficult, if not impossible so I was thrilled to join DAC Beachcroft through a returners programme. I have received so much support from my team and from the firm as a whole. I have been put in touch with other returners and mentors. Here I am valued on my competencies and abilities, rather than my time away being a barrier to progression. The fact that the firm chose to work with Women Returners on a UK returner programme supporting people to come back into law through supported hires is testament to how committed and supportive the culture truly is.”

- Rav Sagar, Solicitor

“I’m based in the London Corporate Finance team having joined DACB earlier this year.

I would define the culture here as being supportive and ambitious. I’m encouraged to take responsibility on specific deals but with the right level of guidance. I specialise in capital markets and private M&A, as well as general corporate advisory work. The variety of sectors we work across means that the work is always interesting and I feel like my contribution is valued.”

- Nicolás Le Blanc, Associate

“When an opportunity arose for me to take up a six month secondment working for one of the leading insurance companies in the Lloyd’s market, as part of their international casualty team I was delighted.

I had been working in DAC Beachcroft Chile and really valued the chance to work in London for this client. The strong support from the DACB team enabled me to maximise the experience. I now have a better understanding of how things works in the London Market, and especially what clients expect from their legal service provider.

From a personal perspective, the secondment experience gave me the necessary tools to reach the next level in my career within the firm, in regards of the know-how of the work that is expected from us both from a legal and business perspective and also provided me with the necessary networking skills, all of which I was able to bring back home to Chile.”

- Amanda Fosu, Trainee Solicitor

“I was referred to DACB by the Social Mobility Foundation (“SMF”).

I decided to apply for a training contract because of their partnership with the SMF and because of the broad range of sectors DACB specialises in. This was important as I knew I was interested in commercial law but I am, still to this day, unsure of what area of law I will qualify into – I wanted a firm which would allow me to experience many areas during my training. Moreover, I felt like diversity was fast becoming a buzzword rather than a reality in some firms. Throughout the application process it was impressive to see that DACB genuinely had a commitment to social mobility.

The culture at the firm is extremely welcoming, supportive and embraces people from all backgrounds. Diversity is key to getting different perspectives and ideas and DACB’s work with organisations such as the SMF and Aspiring Solicitors demonstrates the firm's determination to appeal to and welcome into the business people with a broad range of backgrounds as the firm grows in the UK and internationally.’’

- Emma-Jane Orchard, Senior MI Analyst

“I work from home twice a week and it works for me in a number of ways.

The time I save by not having to travel those days mean I can see my children off to school, making sure they’re packed and ready, and helping them with any last minute preparations they need for their day. To me this is invaluable and one of the best advantages of working from home.

Then, when everyone’s left the house and I log on, I have the ideal working environment. Peace and quiet, with no interruptions or distractions. I’m fully connected to the network with tools like Skype messenger that allow me to stay connected to the team. I have access to the helpdesk too – but I rarely have any issues. It’s brilliant to have this level of flexibility.”

- Olivia Jones, Solicitor Apprentice

"I didn’t know if I wanted to go to university, but I still wanted to carry on my education and get more qualifications. An apprenticeship seemed the best option as it combined working and learning at the same time.

The people I work with are really nice and everyone is really helpful. I feel like I learn so much at work, as well as during my university hours. It is a really good balance. DAC Beachcroft allows me to have one day off a week to do my studying, which is great and it is really easy to keep on top of everything. Also, as I work with lots of people who already have degrees, they are able to advise me if I ever have any questions about anything I have learnt. The culture at DACB is very warm and welcoming. My team were very helpful and patient with me when I first started. Even though I am confident in the type of work I do now, my team are still really supportive and are happy to answer any questions I may have."

Locations

We offer one of the most comprehensive legal networks in the UK, with 11 offices across England, Wales and Scotland. We have a strong presence globally too, with offices, associations and alliances everywhere from Malaysia to Mexico, Argentina to Australia.

See our locations on our corporate site