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Clinical Risk Solicitor (3-5+ PQE), Southampton

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

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Sector
Legal
Role
Partner
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

Job Introduction

DAC Beachcroft LLP is the market-leading and largest defendant clinical negligence and medical malpractice team in the UK. We have been acting for the NHS since its inception in 1948 and are an original panel firm for NHS Resolution (formerly the NHS Litigation Authority), as well as being proud to call the MDU and many private healthcare providers and their insurers as clients.

We offer genuine end-to-end expertise, from incident management, insurance notifications, and TPA claims handling, through to the most complex litigation in this field, involving group and representative action. This includes some of the largest group actions involving the NHS today, taking a cutting-edged approach to managing the complexities of such litigation.

Our clinical risk team has the largest share of the NHS Resolution's portfolio in this field, representing the biggest indemnity spend by the NHS Resolution. We are on the Medical Defence Union panel as their preferred provider for medical negligence claims, including high value claims and dental claims, and we act for three of the UK's five largest providers of independent acute hospital services.

Role Responsibility
  • Handle a challenging caseload of defendant clinical negligence work on behalf of NHS Resolution. This will include drafting pleadings, witness statements and letters of response, conducting face to face negotiations and mediation of claims as well as preparing counter schedules
  • Act as first and primary contact for clients on a day to day basis providing them with commercially focused legal advice
  • Adhering closely to client protocol and process
  • Provide supervision and coaching to junior fee earners
  • Make an appropriate contribution to non-fee earning activity e.g. knowledge sharing, training, client seminars, and business development
  • Comply with the required standards for internal procedures e.g. financial
  • Management of files, billing regimes etc. as well as the specific requirements of individual clients
  • Writing articles for publication both for in-house and external publications
  • Handle confidential information in line with the firm's data security protocols

The Ideal Candidate
  • A Solicitor with experience in defendant or claimant clinical negligence, or defendant insurance law. Ideally 3-5+ PQE, however we are happy to consider applications at all levels
  • Experience gained within an NHS Resolution panel firm would be preferable (but not essential) as would an understanding of the NHS and their business drivers, including knowledge of and ability to deliver against client protocols and KPIs
  • Strong technical skills and an ability to understand and work through complex issues
  • A demonstrable ability to adopt a commercial perspective rather than an 'academic' approach to legal issues and to be highly client focused
  • Ability to operate with a high level of self-sufficiency, combined with an awareness of the boundaries of own competence/authority
  • Team oriented and collegiate with an experience of and a willingness to mentor, coach and supervise less experienced members of teams
  • Exposure to and success within business development activities
  • Confident communicator with an ability to develop relationships, undertake client marketing and influence at all levels. Ability to deal confidently and professionally with clients on day to day issues, building up strong relationships
  • Strong organisation skills to ensure a pragmatic and methodical approach to handling a variety of clinical negligence claims simultaneously, through an IT case management system
  • Change oriented with a positive, flexible approach towards the implementation of new initiatives
  • Able to handle a complex and constantly changing workload and to work under pressure
  • Detail conscious with a concern for quality

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,400 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We act for the majority of the top 30 insurance and financial services companies operating in the UK.

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.

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.

If you are interested in applying for this job, please send your CV with a brief covering email to ClinicalRiskRecruitment@dacbeachcroft.com

DAC Beachcroft

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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