DAC Beachcroft

The Legal Cheek View

When the merger between Beachcroft and Davis Arnold Cooper was announced in 2011 there were high hopes that we were about to see an ABCD LLP. Sadly, it wasn't to be. And the perhaps more sensibly named DAC Beachcroft came into being instead.

The combined firm is bigger than many realise, with ten offices in the UK and eight internationally, including exotic outposts in Bogota and Auckland. It specialises in insurance work but has branched out into more general litigation and commercial work over the years, with highly rated specialisms in healthcare and real estate practices.

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Key Info

Training contracts 13
Latest trainee retention rate 80%
Offices 21
Countries 10
Minimum A-level requirement BBB
Minimum degree requirement 2:1

Insider Scorecard

Training
B
Quality of work
A
Peer support
A
Partner approach-ability
A
Work/life balance
B
Perks
C
Office
B
Canteen
C
Social life
B
Chances of secondment abroad
D

Grades derived from the Legal Cheek Trainee and Junior Lawyer Survey of over 1,500 trainees and junior associates at the leading UK law firms.

Hours

Average arrival time 8:38am
Average leave time 6:08pm
Annual target hours Undisclosed
Annual leave 24 days

Money

First year trainee salary £35,000
Second year trainee salary £37,000
Newly qualified salary £58,000
Profit per equity partner £358,000
GDL grant No grant
LPC grant Fees only

The above figures are for London. First year trainees in the regions receive £26,000, while second year trainees in the regions receive £29,000. Newly qualified solicitors in the regions get £36,000.

Diversity

UK female associates 63%
UK female partners 29%
UK BME associates 6%
UK BME partners 4%

Universities Current Trainees Attended