Being a trainee with us - DAC Beachcroft

Being a trainee with us

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.

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.

Some comments we have received from trainees who have completed a secondment:

"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.

Some comments we received from previous inductions included:

"I think the induction has given me a fantastic grounding to the organisation, and has made me feel really welcome. It was also a great opportunity to meet the other trainees and the grad team who will be instrumental in my experience during the training contract."

"I thought it was really well organised and structured, and was impressed that people of all seniority across the firm were willing to give up their time to speak to us and help us feel welcome to the firm."

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.

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