DAC Beachcroft has topped up the number of trainees starting at the firm this autumn from eight to 13, with the majority hired from the firm’s paralegal pool.
The firm put its graduate recruitment process on hold in 2011 prior to the merger of Beachcroft with Davies Arnold Cooper. However, it has since relaunched the program and increased the number of trainees it takes on due to business need.
The 2015 trainees are based in the national firm’s London, Bristol, Leeds and Manchester offices, as well as Newcastle, where the firm has taken its first-ever trainee.
DAC Beachcroft, which recruits trainees one year in advance rather than the two years favoured by most large commercial firms, has recruited another 13 students to start in 2016 and is looking for up to 12 in 2017.
Training principal Sue Jenkins said: “We are keen to develop from within the firm – approximately 65 per cent of training contracts offered for both 2015 and 2016 were to people already working with the firm as paralegals.”
The firm kept on 100 per cent of its final-seat trainees in NQ positions this autumn.
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