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Employment Paralegal - Newcastle

Employer
DAC Beachcroft
Location
Newcastle, 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

DAC Beachcroft's Employment Pensions and Immigration Team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is one of the largest teams in the UK. We have a strong public sector client base and a thriving and large commercial client base, including a significant number of household names.

DAC Beachcroft's teams in the Northern England offices (Leeds, Manchester and Newcastle) work closely together, with a focus on providing a seamless service to our client base across the North and nationally.

Role Responsibility

The role is to become a member of our Newcastle Employment Team, primarily supporting our solicitors with their caseload of employment claims. This is a fee earning role and a core element of the role will be to undertake a wide range of document management activities including collating and redacting documents and preparing document bundles for use at Tribunal and Court hearings. Attendance and supporting witnesses and Counsel and taking notes at hearings across the country may also be required, either in person, or remotely.

For the right candidate, the role could also include:
  • Collating and working on an initial sifting and assessment of documents
  • Considering evidence to establish relevant witnesses and checking availability
  • Drafting basic witness statements
  • Assisting with drafting and lodging defences to claims
  • Drafting agendas and lists of issues for case management discussions
  • Considering directions and complying eg preparing disclosure lists
  • Drafting counter schedules of loss
  • Drafting COT3s in advance of settlement and liaising with other side to agree settlement wording
  • Drafting briefs to counsel and liaising with barristers and clerks in Chambers
  • Drafting applications to Employment Tribunals and liaising with Tribunals
  • Drafting costs applications and preparing schedules of costs
  • Researching points of law
  • Regular liaison with colleagues to ensure the efficient management of caseloads and deadlines

The Ideal Candidate
  • Previous experience is desirable, but is not essential. Full training and development will be provided
  • A confident communicator. Able to deal effectively with internal and external contacts in both verbal and written communication in a clear concise and friendly manner
  • An eye for quality and sound IT skills
  • A flexible and self-motivated team player
  • Graduate in law or having equivalent qualification / experience (e.g. CILEX, LPC, SQE) desirable thought not essential

About the Company

We are a leading international legal business with over 2,500 colleagues and a diverse range of capabilities. We have 11 offices in the UK as well as offices in Dublin, Madrid, Paris, 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, ranging from household names to government departments and NHS bodies. We act for all of 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 all of the UK's top-12 housebuilders.

We have an impressive legal pedigree, with 142 Chambers UK 2021 practice area and individual lawyer rankings. In Legal 500 UK 2021, the firm received a top tier ranking for 37 of its practice areas, and 58 DACB lawyers were singled out in the 'Leading Individual' rankings.

Our successes have been recognised by the legal industry and the markets in which we operate. These accolades include two top prizes in the 'Excellence in Business Development' and 'Excellence in Technology & Innovation' categories of the 2020 Law Society Excellence Awards - the highest accolade for law firms in England & Wales. Our health sector team won the 'Crisis Management Team of the Year' award at the 2020 British Legal Awards for its support to the NHS at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our Cyber & Data Risk team received the 'Business Development Innovation Award' at the 2020 Legal Innovation Awards, as well as 'Cyber Law Firm of the Year' at the prestigious Insurance Insider Cyber Rankings Awards, for its market-leading suite of digital tools to help our clients prepare for and respond to cyber and data risk crises.

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.

Application Details

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 recruitment@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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