Administrator (Former Employee) – Newport, Newport – 2 August 2017
Unless you're working as a member of the legal team, they treat you like rubbish. Admin work is not respected at all. Legal team are treated to meals out, free drinks etc etc admin team are treated like they are the dirt on the shoe of the legals.
Paralegal (Former Employee) – Birmingham, West Midlands – 8 December 2016
Having worked at DAC Beachcroft for a number of years, I would advise those seeking employment at this firm to carefully consider alternative options. For those new entrants into the legal profession it is certainly a step onto the ladder. The firm is managed like a sausage factory, the firm isn't too interested in investing in their staff members as very few paralegals remain at the firm for longer than 12 months. The salary they offer is way below market rate and they expect their pounds worth of flesh out of you. The core aim of this firm is to make them money and working here doesn't make you feel as a lawyer!
Secretary (Former Employee) – Bristol City Centre – 25 October 2016
Quite honestly the worst job I have ever had. Poor salary, snobby atmosphere, no training aside from being shown by a secretary who herself didn't really know what she was doing. Fee earners think they can walk all over the secretaries and shout at them when they don't get their way. I would see someone in tears in the bathroom at least once a fortnight. Offices are well equipped and have fancy machines but this did not in any way compensate for the horrible atmosphere. Made complaints about the above to HR and did not even receive a response so got out of there as soon as I possibly could. If you're considering working here - beware!
Work Experience Placement (Former Employee) – Bristol – 4 September 2016
I rotated through various sectors during work experience at a law firm, DAC Beachcroft. In the corporate and commercial sector I searched for copy right infringements for major clients and then drafted letters to the offenders. Also, during a group presentation, given to senior firm members, about global expansion of the firm I extended my public speaking skills.
admin (Former Employee) – Birmingham – 9 January 2016
I hated working here, very snobby culture at DAC Beachcroft. I was offered a permanent role but they only kept me for a few months, i was not trained properly the lady who trained me was an administrator at the firm for over 20 years and trained me for just 3 days and went on annual leave and i was left on my own, when i did seek assistance i was told that the admin that trained me trained me the old system way of doing tasks. I did not have any engagement with managers querying how i am coping with the role as they were too busy with their own work. Managers were useless, collegues unfriendly, was the worst place i ever worked and has put me off working for a solicitors firm again.
administrator (Former Employee) – birmingham – 29 August 2015
The worst place i have ever worked never renew anyones contract and only keep people for 6months and lie at the interview that they will keep them after and extend contract which is a lie. They make up things like you are not showing enough initiative or make up lies about just as an excuse in order to not renew your contract. They say they are a large global company but shame they donf treat their employees well.
Administrator/Secretary (Current Employee) – City Centre Manchester – 2 July 2014
• Assisting with the set up of new files and managing client inboxes with virtual emailed instructions. • Chasing/diarising Court Directions • Updating CRU certificates and registration of interest with the CRU • Obtaining and chasing medical records • Ensuring all disbursements paid /raising bills and ensuring swift payment • Raising logging and sending out invoices • Basic Financial Management of files • Chasing orders and settlement cheques • Liaising with Courts, Claimant Solicitors, Counsel, witnesses, medical and other experts • Completion of basic legal forms • Maintaining spreadsheet • Organisation and preparation for instructions of Counsel • Creating chronologies • General research via internet • Filing/archiving/telephone calls – insurer clients and fee earner messages • Handling confidential information in line with the firms data security protocols • Other administrative duties, a required • Ensure work is carried out effectively to meet the needs of the clients, the commercial requirements of the firm and the quality standards to include: Adherence to internal and client SLAs, KPIs and protocols • Achievement of agreed targets
Office Manager - Williams Lea (Former Employee) – Leeds – 18 November 2013
Williams Lea provided the office services for DAC Beachcroft LLP who are a multi national, huge experienced legal company. Rated highly in the top 500, it was a pleasure to be part of DAC and work with them in Leeds.