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Paralegal - Recoveries - Nationwide

Employer
DAC Beachcroft
Location
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Salary
Competitive salary plus benefits
Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Sector
Legal
Role
Associate
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

Job Introduction

We are delighted to announce that we are looking for Paralegal's to join our recoveries team in Birmingham on a permanent or 12 months fixed term contract. You will have an excellent opportunity to develop your legal skills, knowledge and career in our Triage, Motor Recoveries and Property Recoveries teams.

o Our Triage team is key for direct client contact and preliminary assessment of claim prospects.

o Motor Recoveries and Property Recoveries will allow you to develop your technical ability across a number of perils: RTA, impact, escape of water, escape of oil, product liability, defective premises, accidental damage, fire, contribution or enforcement.

o A recovery claim is challenged on a number of grounds including liability, causation and quantum. As part of the small claim centre of excellence, you will progress your own cases through pre-action and litigation. As part of the recoveries (DA) team, you will handle your own caseload of Fast & Multi-Track matters, including liability disputes and a variety of litigated and pre-litigated work. Joining our teams will give you the opportunity to build on your experience, legal knowledge and career within a supportive team and an ambitious firm.

Please see attached PDF for further information on the team and the firm.

What's in it for you?

As well as offering high levels of flexibility and a great work life balance, we offer a well-rounded remuneration package (which includes private medical insurance, income protection insurance and discounted gym membership, amongst many other benefits) alongside real opportunities for growth and progression. We actively encourage colleagues to make use of our professional funding scheme to complete legal or business qualifications relevant to your role.

At DAC Beachcroft our Flex Forward policy means that we have relaxed core hours and colleagues are able to flex their hours across the day and week. For more information please review the following link - https://jobs.dacbeachcroft.com/whats-in-it-for-you/

There are regular in person and remote social events organised for colleagues at DAC Beachcroft , not to mention the opportunity to get involved in a range of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) activities, including volunteering or becoming an ally for one of our inclusion and diversity or business network groups.

We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, which aligns closely to our cultural principles (Determined, Clear, Creative and Supportive). If you are excited about this role and being part of our culture, but your past experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles!

What you will do

You are expected to provide a timely, professional and high-quality service to our clients in the management of pre-litigated and litigated recovery cases. Depending on your role, and with the support of a supervisor and team manager you will be expected to:

  • Screen matters for prospects and liaise with clients upon receipt of instructions.
  • Review instructions and provide client advice on case prospects.
  • Be responsible for a varied caseload of pre-litigated and litigated work.
  • Assess liability and quantum and develop an appropriate strategy for the case.
  • Resolve claims through negotiation and litigation within client service standards.
  • Instruct experts and counsel, draft Witness Statements and other Court documents.
  • Maintain contact with our clients and their Customers whilst proactively managing their expectations.
  • Meet individual performance measures (financial performance, realisation rates and other KPIs).
  • Ensure that the DAC Beachcroft brand and standards are maintained.

Who you are

  • Relevant experience in a similar role or in an insurance environment is desirable but not essential and we are happy to hear from graduates who are team players and have the passion for learning.
  • Ability to structure your time well, prioritise work effectively and recognise when to ask for help.
  • Good communication skills to liaise with clients, intermediaries and colleagues.
  • Ability to critically look at factual evidence, identify key legal arguments and apply the same.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm with a professional attitude.
  • Commercial awareness, resilience and confidence.
  • Demonstrates alignment with the Firm's Cultural Principles (Clear, Creative, Determined and Supportive).

About DAC Beachcroft

We are a leading international legal business with 3,000 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, Milan, Rome, Singapore, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Miami. We also have associations/alliances with firms in Malaysia, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Central America, the USA, Australia and Germany.

We are a broad-based commercial firm with a strong heritage in insurance, health and real estate. This is complemented by a fast-growing Business Advisory capability. We represent a wide range of clients, from household names to government departments and NHS bodies. We act for the UK's top-ten insurers, we are market leaders in the provision of strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to providers and commissioners in the health sector, and in real estate we advise the UK's top-12 housebuilders.

We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 141 practice area rankings across Chambers UK 2023 and The Legal 500 2023 and over 230 individual lawyers ranked in the two guides.

Our successes have been recognised by the legal industry and the markets in which we operate. Our most recent accolades include being named the top winner at the 2022 Legal Innovation Awards with two awards, bringing home two National Insurance Awards in 2023 for 'Insurance Law' and 'Innovative Product', winning 'Legal Adviser of the Year - Public' at both the 2021 and 2022 HealthInvestor Awards and 'Legal Adviser of the Year - Private' at the 2021 awards, and being named 'Arbitration Team of the Year' at the 2022 British Legal Awards. Regionally in the UK, we were named 'Law Firm of the Year - Large' in the 2022 Yorkshire Legal Awards and 'Innovators of the Year' at the 2022 Bristol Law Society Awards.

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.

What you need to know about applying

At DAC Beachcroft, we don't just accept your differences we celebrate them. From bespoke solutions for our clients, to treating you like an individual. Our strength comes from your diverse ideas and bringing the whole you to work. So if you're good at what you do, come as you are. We welcome direct applications and are happy to talk flexible working.

We also want you to be at your very best. Please feel free to let us know of any changes we can make at any point in the recruitment process that will help support your application. 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.

Note for Recruitment Agencies - the DAC Beachcroft recruitment team is responsible for managing all current vacancies through direct hiring and referrals wherever possible. We do work with recruitment agencies and where we require external support we will formally release those vacancies to the agencies on our Preferred Supplier List deemed best placed to assist us. Speculative CVs sent by any agency to any DAC Beachcroft employee without a specific request by the recruitment team will not be accepted and with no introduction fee applicable. Our recruitment team can be contacted at csgrecruitment@dacbeachcroft.com

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Attached documents
  • Recoveries Recruitment Poster- Paralegal - V3 (1).pdf

Company

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.

An inclusive organisation

DAC Beachcroft

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.

What’s in it for you?

Projects that stretch you.

Rewards that give more back.

We look for people who believe in going above and beyond to do work that matters. People who can help us create quality solutions in sophisticated, customised and creative ways – one client at a time. We ask a lot. But we also like to give a lot back. We’re big believers that you’ll be better placed to deliver your best work if we make sure you can enjoy your life outside of work. So we’re flexible. We actively look for people who are about more than what they do for a job. And that’s partly why we have such a well-rounded approach to rewards and benefits. (We also just think it’s important to recognise the contribution everyone here makes to our success.)

Flex Forward - A life that works

Flex Forward is about the when, where and how of work at DACB.

To give everyone maximum flexibility in how they orchestrate their working day, all colleagues are able to ‘glide’ their time. ‘When’ you work is guided by three principles: meeting client demands, collaborating as a team and delivering the outputs of our roles. So if you need to walk the dog or go to the gym, that’s fine – there’s plenty of freedom to make arrangements around your schedule.

‘Where’ you work is determined by your mode. Every role fits into one of three modes, which is determined by a conversation with your line manager and driven by the nature of the role. We know that it is possible to work effectively without coming into an office every day; equally, there are many reasons for colleagues to come into the office, whether that be to learn, collaborate, innovate or connect with colleagues or clients.

Our cultural principles drive ‘how’ we work. We are inclusive and supportive. We share knowledge and insights and work together to provide imaginative solutions. And we have a clear purpose – to help our clients and our colleagues succeed.

Your learning journey starts from the moment you join us.

We know that everyone takes a different approach to learning so we’ll tailor our training to meet your individual needs. We want to make sure you have everything you need to achieve your own goals and to contribute to our vision, strategy and drive for continuous improvement.

It all starts with your onboarding experience. After that, each team offers the technical training you’ll need to do well in your role. We also offer blended learning modules for anyone who’s looking to move into a management or leadership role. Put simply, whatever you want to achieve and wherever you want to get to, we’ll be behind you every step of the way.

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