Solicitor - Clinical Negligence

Recruiter
DAC Beachcroft LLP
Location
Manchester
Posted
13 Nov 2017
Closes
16 Dec 2017
Sector
Legal
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Acting for the NHSLA, Medical Defence Union, NHS trusts, as well as private hospitals in the health market, our highly rated national clinical risk team has a proven track record in defending high value complex claims. In Manchester our dedicated clinical risk team handle clinical risk claims across all areas including cerebral palsy, oncology, paediatrics and plastic surgery.

Core responsibilities

• Handle a challenging caseload of defendant clinical negligence work on behalf of our clients. 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.

Key skills

• A Solicitor with experience in defendant or claimant clinical negligence, or defendant insurance law typically to have been gained 2+ years post qualification.
• Experience gained within an NHSLA or MDU panel firm would be preferable (but not essential) as would an understanding of delivering 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 firm

With over 2,300 people, DAC Beachcroft combines one of the most comprehensive UK legal networks with coverage across Europe, Latin America, North America and Asia-Pacific. We provide a full service claims, transactional, commercial, risk and advisory capability. We work with clients in a select range of industry sectors and are market leaders in health, insurance and real estate. We are agile, progressive and easy to engage with.

We are committed to supporting the communities where we operate through charitable giving, pro bono work and programmes such as those operated by Business in the Community and The Prince's Trust.

In Chambers UK, the leading legal guide's 2017 edition, the firm received 57 rankings with 36 of our total listings in either Band 1 or Band 2, as well as 99 Ranked Lawyers.

In The Legal 500 UK 2016, one of the leading guides to law firms in the UK, the firm received 105 practice area rankings, over half of which are Tier 1 and 2. In addition to team rankings, 18 of our lawyers have been listed in the elite "leading individuals" list, some in multiple categories, and 161 colleagues are "recommended" in the editorial.

DAC Beachcroft holds certification under ISO9001, the quality assurance standard and ISO27001, the information security standard, and DAC Beachcroft LLP is the largest law firm in the country to hold a Gold Investors in People award.

Application Details

DAC Beachcroft is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from every sector of the community. We also welcome direct applications. 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.