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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

As part of the firm’s Northern team, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice includes team head Jan Levinson, Sydney Fulda and Harald Loeffler, all of whom split their time between Leeds and Manchester. The group is active in the healthcare space and Levinson focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes; he recently acted for Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in a contract dispute with its IT product licence provider. Lynne Young Associates, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are also clients. Leeds-based associate Tim Dennis regularly advises on procurement disputes.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The 'progressive' and 'down to earth' team at DAC Beachcroft LLP 'adopt a commercial approach' and handle both contentious and non-contentious employment work. James Rhodes leads the healthcare sector work. Meanwhile Zoe Thomas represented Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust in a complex discrimination claim from a former employee claiming disability by virtue of menopause. As well as being 'experts in dealing with NHS matters' the employment team acts for large corporates such as DHL, Typhoo Tea and, new client to the practice, BT plc. The practice was also instructed by McDonald's Restaurants Limited in relation to industrial action at two of its restaurants, and strategically advised the company to successfully minimise business impact. Additionally, the team also act for Royal Mail and successfully obtained a high court injunction to prevent a national strike that if had gone ahead would have caused significant disruption to the Christmas period post. Arcadia Group is another key client of the practice and, in a non-contentious work highlight, a team advised on the terms and conditions of their apprenticeship programme and training agreement. The practice is headed up by Louise Bloomfield, who has been consider to be 'a sector leader who punches above her weight', and praised for her ability to deal with complex TUPE issues and reorganisations of companies. 'Pragmatic' senior associate Anjali Sharma is also recommended.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The safety, health and environment team at DAC Beachcroft LLP  comprises of 'excellent, streamlined health and safety experts' praised for their 'breadth of knowledge and experience'. The team receives instructions from major insurance sector clients such Aviva, Alliance, Zurich and AXA. It is also experienced in representing companies, including new clients Tata Chemicals Europe, Atkins and DB Cargo UK. The 'extensively experienced' Chris Baranowski is 'confident and assured and thorough in his approach' and is particularly known for handling corporate manslaughter matters and health and safety investigations by the Police and HSE. Tracey Longfield has particular expertise in defending both individuals and organisations in criminal proceedings and also has 'exceptional knowledge of the healthcare sector and how it is regulated'. The team also benefits from the addition of  Kirsty Gomersal's 'excellent technical grasp of the subject area' and 'eye for detail' following her arrival to the team from Clyde & Co LLP. Gomersal has experience handling multi-jurisdictional matters in the US and Scotland and jointly heads the team alongside Longfield and Baranowski. With 'huge attention to detail, excellent knowledge base and sound judgment', recently promoted associate Matthew Breakell has been regarded as being 'one to watch'.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The 'extremely strong' team at DAC Beachcroft LLP 'handles serious cases efficiently and effectively' for both public and private sector clients. As well as being instructed by various NHS Trusts, the group is also 'a well-respected player in the professional indemnity market, with a strong portfolio of insurer clients' and deals with matters for the MDU. With 'superb leadership skills', the 'experienced and able' Sean Doherty heads the practice alongside the 'highly experienced, good tactician' Paul Taylor. Practice heads Doherty and Taylor are adept at advising on the most complex cases and have particular specialisms for matters of spinal and brain injury in adults and children, and metal on metal hip prosthesis claims, respectively. The department boasts an 'experienced team top to bottom' including the  'hard working and bright' solicitors Nicola Perrott and Laura Hawksworth. The team continues to represent its clients in large volumes catastrophic injury claims and acts in claims arising from the fields of breast surgery and orthopaedics.

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The established personal injury practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP continues to receive high value instructions from insurers, as well as directly from companies, to defend claims. The practice acted for Zurich Insurance in successfully defending a employer's liability claim arising from alleged chronic pain syndrome following manual handling during the course of employment. David Williams led on this matter which was discontinued following evidence given by the team. Owen Rees, Ruth Winterbottom and William Potts jointly head up the department, which includes a specialist disease team - led by Potts nationally - and a specific casualty pre-litigation service group led by James Tallant. Rees and Winterbottom both regularly represent insurers and companies in catastrophic injury claims.

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Professional negligence: defendant
Professional negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The professional and financial risks team at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides 'excellent technical and commercial knowledge, good value for money and successful outcomes'. The 'established and well-respected' practice represents insured companies across a range of industries. It was instructed by Liberty Mutual Insurance to advise a firm of insurance brokers in a £6m claim resulting from declined cover of the fire at a waste recycling plant. Duncan Greenwood led a team in this matter successfully settling at less than 10% of the original claim value. David Weatherburn heads the group which includes the 'intelligent and capable' Suzanne Wharton and 'very bright, thoughtful, diligent and conscientious' senior associate Naomi Park as well as Mark Cawthorne, who is singled out for his 'excellent judgment and tactical know-how'. Other clients include First Title Insurance, Countrywide plc and Zurich Professional & Financial Lines.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The 'extremely professional and engaging' public law and health team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is highlighted for its 'excellent service' and 'value for money'. The 'impressive' practice is led by Charlotte Burnett and supported by +Tracey Longfield in the healthcare regulatory team. The 'strong team' acted for Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust on the transfer of blocks of staff residential accommodation into the trust's ownership, this required the transfer of the existing leases as well as advice on rent deposit schemes and rent apportionment. This matter also involved a simultaneous TUPE transfer and the novation of service contracts to the Trust. In another work highlight, Andrea Proudlock led a team which represented United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust on the £10m sale of property at a decommissioned hospital; this involved advice on complex historical title issues. The group is 'very knowledgeable about health systems integration' in addition to be recommended as 'extremely supportive and knowledgeable' at inquests. Former practice head Eve Gregory moved to Clarion and Eleanor Tunnicliffe joined Hill Dickinson LLP.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP leverages its broad expertise in public law, public health, real estate and private finance to advise its local government clients on a range of matters. Bristol-based Stephen Hocking heads up the national practice, which includes senior associate Ioan Davies in Leeds, who is advising Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council on its schools PFI scheme.  In another work highlight, the team is acting for Bradford City Council on all aspects of its regeneration and relocation of Bradford Markets. Other key names to note in the Leeds office include Charlotte Burnett, Lesley Hughes and Michael Peeters for matters involving public health, real estate litigation and transport projects, respectively. Former practice head Eve Gregory joined Clarion.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, practice head Clare Hartley focuses on the telecoms sector; her recent work includes advising Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure on its acquisition of new telecommunication sites to improve 4G coverage and assisting the same client with the surrender and re-grant of 200 leases of telecommunication cell sites nationally. The group also advises telecoms clients on site sharing agreements, leases for new masts and renewal leases. Further clients for the firm include Leeds City Council, Land Securities and Telefonica UK. Consultant Lesley Hughes is recommended for contentious matters. -Eve Gregory  joined Clarion in 2018.

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†‚Äėdelivers its advice with a proactive and commercial approach that is both professional and personable‚Äô under the ‚Äėexceptional leadership‚Äô of Andrew Marsh. Marsh focuses on construction disputes and regularly represents architects, engineers and design and build contractors. Senior associate Christine Burrows¬†is the key name for non-contentious mandates; she recently advised Property Alliance Group on the construction of a new vehicle maintenance workshop and assisted it with two residential and mixed-use developments in Manchester, acted for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on the construction elements of its purchase of the Morgan Quarter in Cardiff, and handles all construction issues relating to Queensgate Shopping Centre in Peterborough for Invesco Real Estate. Senior associate Laura Clayburn¬†is also a name to note.

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Environment - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėadvice is always high quality, pragmatic and thoroughly professional‚Äô under the leadership of Kirsty Gomersal, who is ‚Äėa formidable presence and is meticulous in her attention to the factual details of a matter‚Äô and ‚Äėgoes the extra mile for her clients and keeps her running shoes on to go even further‚Äô. The team assists with all elements of environmental compliance work including EA investigations, enforcement notices, prosecutions and transactional support; highlights included advising the University of Sheffield on its sale of a plot of land to Boeing which had contamination issues, acting for Logistics in a multi-agency investigation relating to noise and dust issues, and assisting a waste and landfill site operator with its purchase of a landfill site. Associate Matthew Breakell¬†is recommended for criminal investigations and prosecutions brought by regulatory agencies.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on landlord and tenant issues with particular expertise in the telecoms sector; it recently defended a telecoms operator in Code possession proceedings, acted for an operator in proceedings relating to a lease renewal and handled a dilapidation dispute involving alleged damage to a rooftop for another operator. Telefonica UK, Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure and CTIL are example clients. Clare Hartley  leads the department, which also counts senior associate Chris Luscombe  and associate solicitor Kai Ricciardiello  as key practitioners.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is noted for its experience in the fintech and healthtech sectors acting for financial services clients, public sector bodies and technology companies. Recent highlights include assisting Transport for Greater Manchester with IT issues relating to its smart ticketing project, acting for Zurich Insurance on its contractual negotiations with TCP LifeSystems for the implementation of a new software system, and handling negotiations for AIG regarding access to a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution. The Department of Health, Royal Mail Group, Cornerstone Communications and Bupa are also clients. Technology specialist Michael Peeters leads the group, which also fields Richard Watkinson, who handles technology outsourcing and system integration projects; legal director Emilie Yates and legal director Kay Chand, who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in 2018.

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Michael Peeters - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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