Trainee Solicitors - DAC Beachcroft

Trainee Solicitors

Choosing where you start your career is one of the most important decisions you'll make.

At DAC Beachcroft, we know how important it is to give you a customised experience throughout your training contract. Not only do we provide a tailored development programme, you'll also have support from our Learning & Development team and key Partners across the business.

Future leaders need a mix of technical and leadership skills, so our Training Contract route provides a blend of technical and personal development.  During the two-year programme, you will have the opportunity to work with market-leading professionals and clients across a range of sectors. You'll gain early exposure to interesting and challenging work with support from highly experienced supervisors.

You'll have a comprehensive personal development plan created in collaboration with our dedicated learning and development team. This is combined with access to an extensive range of technical, professional and personal development resources, including face-to-face workshops, blended, e-learning and on-the-job training.  Many of our Trainees also undertake secondments to clients as part of their development. 

Our Trainees tell us that they enjoy the firm's collaborative working environment which reflects our cultural principles – supportive, creative, determined, and clear. There are also many opportunities to network with other Trainees and other colleagues across our network, and to be part of wider firm projects and initiatives.

 

Become a Trainee with us

While academic qualifications are important, this is not the whole story. We are looking for people with the energy and the drive to succeed, as well as commercial acumen and leadership potential.  You will be a lateral thinker who welcomes and values different perspectives.

To apply for a Training Contract, you need a minimum of 120 UCAS points* (or equivalent), a 2:1 degree classification, and, because we recruit one year in advance, you must be in at least the final year of your Law degree, or currently completing your GDL.

Our Vacation Schemes

Our vacation scheme gives you the opportunity to come and see what DAC Beachcroft is all about and provide you with a clear idea of what life as a trainee is really like.

Join us on a vacation scheme and you will be involved in a range of activities such as client meetings, social events and the opportunity to experience challenging work. Throughout your placement you will be surrounded by large and experienced teams, including a support network of trainees and supervisors. There will also be the opportunities to meet Regional Senior Partners and other Partners of the firm.

DAC Beachcroft runs a combined application process, with the vacation scheme forming part of the assessment process for training contract places.

How to apply

The recruitment process for training contracts commencing in September 2020 is currently underway following the application deadline on 31st January 2019.

Further information about the application process for a training contract to commence in September 2021 will be available from Autumn 2019.

If you have any questions in the meantime please contact trainee@dacbeachcroft.com.

 

Our training contracts

During your two year training contract, you will rotate to four different practice areas, spending six months in each area. For example, trainees are currently located in the following areas:

  • Clinical Risk
  • Corporate and Commercial
  • Corporate Finance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment
  • Healthcare Regulatory
  • Professional Indemnity
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Casualty
  • Real Estate
 

Seat availability is established on business need. Seats could be offered to trainees in any of our practice areas.

During each seat you will be supported by a supervisor who is responsible for your day to day development. You will have regular reviews with your supervisor to set seat objectives and to discuss your progress.

Meet some of our trainees:

Zahra Khan, Trainee Solicitor

Zahra joined the firm in December 2015 and commenced her training contract in September 2017. Her first seat was in Corporate and Commercial (FIG CCR) and she is currently in her second, working in the Real Estate team.

 

"From an early stage I have been supported in taking on varied and challenging work in addition to real responsibility, and the opportunity to work for high-profile clients. I particularly like the culture of the firm; people are approachable at all levels and there are many initiatives to get involved in outside of day-to-day work, which is  really rewarding."

 

Luke Chattaway, Trainee Solicitor

Luke joined the firm in September 2017. His first seat was in Property Litigation and he’s currently in his second seat, working in the Employment and Pensions team.

 

"A training contract is a great way to experience a variety of areas of law and learn from different mentors across the firm. I didn’t really know what kind of law I wanted to specialise in when I began my training contract (and eight months in I still don’t!), so the chance to engage across a range of departments is great.

 "I was surprised by how supportive the culture is here.  It's a large and growing firm yet people are always willing to take the time to answer a question or help out."

 As well as the above practice areas, we have opportunities for our trainees to undertake a secondment with a number of our clients, principally in London but sometimes in the regions:

"My favourite thing about going on a client secondment was the opportunity to work closely with one client. I was able to really get to know the client's business and what issues it faces on a day to day basis. Working closely with people within the business who are not lawyers also helped me develop a sense of what commercial points are important to the client."

 "My secondment with one of our global insurance clients was an excellent experience, which provided me with an insight into how one of our major clients operates. I was given the responsibility to manage a range of different matters giving me a huge amount of confidence going into the remainder of my training contract."

Your development at DAC Beachcroft

Your training contract begins with a three day induction in London where you meet up with your fellow trainees and the graduate development team, who will be there to support you through your training contract.

The induction has been designed to give you all the information you need to make a great start and to feel at home at DAC Beachcroft.

There will be:

  • An introduction to our firm
  • An opportunity to meet our business leaders and partners
  • IT training on all necessary systems; and
  • A chance to socialise with other people at the firm, including the second year trainees.

We take your development seriously and we don’t want to just focus on the SRA's requirements for trainees, we want to develop commercially astute and client focused people who can operate at the highest level in the firm.

As a result, we have a tailored development plan for our trainees that focuses on the development of all of these areas using our extensive range of learning and development tools, such as e-leaning, face-to-face workshops and on-the-job training.

We request that you also help us with our Responsible Business commitments to Aspiring Solicitors, Legal Launchpad, and the Social Mobility Foundation, among others. These programmes echo our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive working environment.

In addition to our extensive learning and development programme for trainees, we need you to be technically equipped as well as being business-focused.

We have an extensive technical training programme that ensures a co-ordinated and consistent approach to legal training right across our business. This ultimately helps improve the quality of the services our lawyers deliver to clients.

Professional skills course

All trainees will attend a DAC Beachcroft course together at BBP Law School in London as it is a SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) requirement for you to complete and pass this course during your training programme.

We have teamed up with BPP who deliver our PSC (Professional Skills Course). Core modules run in March of each year following completion of your first seat. Elective modules run in September each year following completion of your second seat.