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DAC BEACHCROFT LLP

25 WALBROOK, LONDON, EC4N 8AF, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has particular experience in IT and technology transactions, notably commercial issues relating to the application of technology to areas such as financial services, healthcare and real estate. A key name for the firm in this area is Tim Ryan, who is head of the national TMT team and an experienced commercial lawyer. He advises across a variety of matters in technology, media and telecoms.

Other key lawyers:Tim Ryan

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Focusing on behavioural rather than transactional competition work, DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†provides legal advice in regulated and publicly owned sectors such as financial and postal services. A field of particular focus for the team is the interaction between the competition law regime and economic regulation. Moreover, the team has carved out a significant reputation in the public and private health space, in which it advises private and public-sector bodies on general competition and merger control issues. A sizeable portion of instructions from clients also concern state aid matters ‚ÄĒ a standout example in this regard is the group‚Äôs ongoing work for British Business Bank.

Practice head(s):Alexandra von Westernhagen

Key Clients

British Business Bank

North East Finance

Development Bank of Wales

Royal Mail Group

Heathrow Hub

The Post Office

The Manchester College

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jisc

esure

Work highlights

  • Advising the British Business Bank on state aid-related matters.
  • Advising North East Finance on state aid-related matters.
  • Assisted the Development Bank of Wales with obtaining approval from the European Commission in relation to its Rescue & Restructuring Fund for SMEs.
  • Assisted the Royal Mail Group with regulatory and competition law advice.
  • Advised Heathrow Hub on competition law-related challenges regarding the procedure for expanding capacity at Heathrow by constructing a third runway.

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Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap
Equity capital markets ‚Äď small-mid cap - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has historical strengths in acting for corporate issuers and nomad/brokers in secondary fundraisings and IPOs on London's AIM. In line with the AIM's sector spread, the team has noted experience in the natural resources sector.

Other key lawyers:Nick Gibbon; Clive Garston; Jonathan Deverill

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M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m
M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's nationwide practice traditionally handles domestic work across the healthcare, real estate, financial services and technology sectors. However, work has increasingly developed an international flavour, with instructions coming from the US, Asia and continental Europe, as inbound investment into the UK remains steady. Particular focal points have been financial services, where the firm works for insurers and BVI-incorporated entities, and healthcare, representing US-based pharmaceutical and health clients. Senior associate Lucy Tyrrell advises clients on public and private mergers, and has acted on some of the firm's most complex transactions. Practice head Matthew Darling is experienced in cross-border M&A transactions, and counts AIM-listed technology companies, start-ups and high net worth individuals among his clients.

Practice head(s):Matthew Darling

Other key lawyers:Nick Gibbon; Jonathan Deverill; Lucy Tyrrell

Testimonials

'DAC always put their clients first no matter what. They are responsive even when they may not have an immediate solution and will always ensure you know that a solution is on its way'

'Both Nick Gibbon and senior associate Lucy Tyrrell are highly valued advisers,  available and very client focused .'

'Matthew Darling has that essential mix of sound legal knowledge and an understanding of the core business issues that helps quickly get to the right outcome, be it closing the deal or walking away with sound justification'

 

Key Clients

Crest Nicholson plc

Linden Homes/Galliford Try

Warpaint London plc

Loot Financial Services Limited

HSS Hire Group Plc

SmartSpace Software plc

MXC Capital Limited

Castleton Technology plc

Exponential-e Limited

KK Fine Foods PLC

Work highlights

  • Advised 4Most Group Holdings on the £30m sale of a roughly 62% controlling interest to an employee share ownership trust.
  • Advised Shore Capital and Peel Hunt in relation to a £19m placing and related acquisition by Inspired Energy.
  • Acted for a group of individuals as vendors on the sale of SSL Insurance Brokers to JC Flowers, for a confidential sum.
  • Advised SmartSpace on the £21.6m disposal of Comunica Holdings and Conmmensus Limited, together comprising the client's systems integration and managed services division, to Excel IT Services Limited.
  • Advised Premier Circle and Second Circle, two Jersey-based SPVs, on the sale of Sceptre Court Holdings Limited, which owns an office development in London.
Leading individuals

Matthew Darling - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Lucy Tyrell - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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London: Dispute resolution

Banking litigation: investment and retail
Banking litigation: investment and retail - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on complex, high-value disputes and regulatory work in the banking and financial sector, including multi-jurisdictional investigations and bribery and corruption issues. The practice's disputes work frequently involves international dimensions in relation to Italy, Russia and Latin America. John Bramhall acts both for and against financial institutions in complex disputes involving the mis-selling of complex financial products and fraud and regulatory investigations. Jonathan Brogden and Richard Highley are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):John Bramhall

Other key lawyers:Jonathan Brogden; Richard Highley 

Key Clients

Delta Capital International

CMC Markets UK

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

Work highlights

  • Acted for CMC Markets, a spread betting provider (and its worldwide subsidiaries) in a fraud and conspiracy claim against the group’s chief commercial officer.
Leading individuals

John Bramhall - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'commercial, practical and approachable'. The practice is particularly known for disputes work in the banking and financial services arena, accountants' regulatory investigations and professional liability, and IT, IP and defamation matters. It also provides litigation support to the health sector. Many of its disputes involve international aspects, with Italy, Russia and Latin America all the sources of significant instructions.  Practice head John Bramhall, Richard Highley and Jonathan Brogden are highly rated; other key litigators are Campbell Dye, Ken Forsyth and Rachel Cropper-Mawer.

Practice head(s):John Bramhall

Other key lawyers:Richard Highley; Jonathan Brogden; Campbell Dye; Ken Forsyth; Rachel Cropper-Mawer

Testimonials

'Practical and to the point'

'Sensible pragmatic lawyers, who are experienced and user friendly'.

'Richard Highley and John Bramhall embody the qualities of commerciality, practicality and approachability'.

Key Clients

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

Unilever

Edwards (part of the Atlas Copco group)

The Bacardi Group

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'technical knowledge is very good and the team manages clients' expectations very well'. The international arbitration group has specialist teams in insurance and construction disputes, as well as commercial dispute resolution. The main advisers are Ken Forsyth, Anthony Menzies, Julian Miller, Rachel Cropper-Mawer and Michael Blackburne. Former consultant Rowan Planterose left for 3PB.

Other key lawyers:Ken Forsyth; Anthony Menzies; Julian Miller; Rachel Cropper-Mawer; Michael Blackburne

Testimonials

'The firm knows the reinsurance business from a practical - as well as legal - point of view'.

'Julian Miller is very experienced'.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Regularly advising on professional disciplinary matters in relation to the financial services, healthcare and local authority sectors, DAC Beachcroft LLP's team provides 'excellent preparation of frequently complex cases'. Manchester-based Christopher Briggs is well known for his representation of doctors and dentists in disciplinary proceedings before the GMC and GDC; Bristol's Stephen Hocking's work includes major misconduct enquiries; and Daniel Preddy frequently defends claims and connected disciplinary proceedings against a variety of professionals, including financial advisers and accountants and their professional indemnity insurers. Other key advisers are London's Richard Highley and Newport-based Clare Hughes-Williams and Catrin Davies, along with Rosalind Ashcroft in Bristol. Senior associate Karen Rawsthorne and associate Christian Carr are also names to note. Louise Wiltshire made partner.

Practice head(s):Stephen Hocking; Christopher Briggs; Richard Highley; Clare Hughes-Williams

Other key lawyers:Daniel Preddy; Karen Rawsthorne; Louise Wiltshire; Christian Carr; Catrin Davies

Testimonials

'Associate Christian Carr is very hardworking and gives very practical advice to clients'.

Key Clients

Medical Defence Union

Arag

New Line

XL Catlin

DAS

Zurich

Next Generation Partners

Louise Wiltshire - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Christian Carr  - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's London employment group has enjoyed consistent growth in recent years, on the back of high-profile work for a client roster comprising international banks, major insurers and bluechip healthcare organisations. The team has recently been handling an increasing amount of work related to the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR), while it also has a growing High Court practice, with contentious matters making up approximately 60% of the team's work. The practice is led by 'star individual' Khurram Shamsee, who is also on the firm's group board, alongside health and social care practice head Udara Ranasinghe. Other key team members include employee relations unit head Nick Chronias, David Sims, who leads the firm's cross-practice SMCR team, the 'excellent' Georgina Rowley and 'unflappable' contentious specialist Richard Loxley.

Practice head(s):Khurram Shamsee

Other key lawyers:Udara Ranasinghe; Nick Chronias; David Sims; Georgina Rowley; Richard Loxley.

Testimonials

'Professional, responsive, client focused.'

'Friendly, practical and pragmatic. The firm's advice is always sensible and mindful of the organisation in which you work. They are very good at getting a speedy understanding of your business.'

'This employment team is as good as any of the magic circle teams in terms of its breadth and depth of employment law expertise. They are extremely pragmatic and strategic in their approach and focused on achieving the best outcomes for their clients.'

'Georgina Rowley is excellent. She makes herself accessible and readily available. She is an absolute subject matter expert, but relays her knowledge and will discuss her approach in a manner that is personable and digestible for the layperson. She is considerate with billing and won't undertake a task herself that can be completed by a more cost effective resource. She demonstrates commercialism and pragmatism in all advice provided; she makes a point to really get to know the culture and business of her clients.'

'We work most closely with Udara Ranasinghe and Geetika Bansai and cannot praise them highly enough. They have a very nice manner which works across all levels of our business.'

'David Sims is a thoughtful, highly competent lawyer, sensitive to the soft factors driving such matters as much as the contracts and the law. I would turn to him whenever I would need to seek again advice on matters of UK employment law.'

'Khurram Shamsee is a star individual who combines excellent technical knowledge with a sharp strategic brain and is extremely pragmatic. He has excellent client handling skills and used his extensive employment law experience to achieve excellent outcomes for his clients. Khurram is also one of the market experts on data protection in an employment context.'

'Richard Loxley is pragmatic and unflappable under pressure. He has very good client handling skills and combines deep knowledge with a pragmatic common sense approach.'

Key Clients

Deutsche Bank

HSBC Life

AXA Insurance

Arthur J. Gallagher

KKR

Unilever

Royal Mail

McDonald's

McAfee

Associated Press

South African Airways

Spark Therapeutics

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Associated Press

Conduent

Xerox

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Virgin Care

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ofsted

Work highlights

  • Completed major investigation on behalf of a world-renowned organisation which centred on multiple complaints against a senior employee and the organisation's response to them.
  • Instructed by HSBC Life to advise its board of directors on the implementation of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime.
  • Advised McDonald's on nationwide implementation of GDPR into their UK business from the restaurants to head office.
  • Advised Whittington Health NHS Trust on a whistleblowing claim brought by a senior consultant against the trust, its medical director and its chief executive.
  • Advised the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust on an injunction application and breach of contract claim brought against the trust.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong emphasis on international work, with a particular focus on sectors such as insurance, health and real estate. Fiona Gill - who is described as 'highly respected' and 'at the top of her game' - heads up the practice and has a reputation for working on high profile cases relating to construction and healthcare. She is supported by 'experienced big-hitter' Colin Moore and solicitor Claire Moore, whose work predominantly revolves around road haulage, manufacturing and construction. Recent major work for the team has included advising construction company Rydon Maintenance in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire, including the public inquiry and police investigation.

Practice head(s):Fiona Gill

Other key lawyers:Colin Moore; Claire Moore

Testimonials

'Very experienced and currently absorbing most of the insurance market in the big cases.'

'Fiona Gill is at the top of her game. She is highly respected and very cerebral on tactics and decision making. Her particular strength is her questioning mind and her desire to make sure that the usual approach to these cases is the best course for her client.'

'Colin Moore is an experienced big-hitter and not fazed by the big case and quick to understand a complicated issue. He gets to the point and achieves great results. He has a particularly sound knowledge of the relevant legislation.'

Key Clients

Rydon Maintenance Ltd

St George PLC

Howdens Joinery Co

Priory Group

HDIG

Robinson Birdsell

Work highlights

  • Acting for Rydon Maintenance in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire, including the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and the Metropolitan Police Investigation.
  • Advising explosives demolition contractor Robinson Birdsell following the unplanned collapse of the boiler houses at Didcot Power station in February 2016.
Leading individuals

Fiona Gill - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Pensions (non-contentious)
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a growing pensions offering and counts a healthy list of public bodies, professional services providers, trustees and commercial names on its client roster. Recent work has involved de-risking transactions, pension scheme wind-ups, mergers, equalisation issues and auto-enrolment compliance. Neil Bhan has experience with governance and risk management strategy as well as advising on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):Alex Lock; Neil Bhan

Key Clients

Trustees of the Conran Shop Pension Scheme

Lancashire County Council

Mitie

London Luton Airport

McDonald's Restaurant

North East London Foundation Trust

Trustees of the GEA defined benefit Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Royal Institution of Great Britain Pension Scheme

Care UK

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Work highlights

  • Advising Lancashire County Council on the pensions issues of the merger of its investment and administrative services.
  • Advising Luton Airport on complex derisking issues of its defined benefit pension scheme.
  • Advising McDonald's on issues including auto-enrolment and trust deed amendments.
  • Advising the Trustees of the Royal Institution of Great Britain Pension Scheme on complex equalisation issues.

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London: Insurance

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a 'strong' clinical risk team with an in-depth knowledge of 'all legal aspects of healthcare law', which attracts both nationwide and international instructions. Its client portfolio is populated by a range of healthcare provider and insurer clients, with NHS Resolution taking up most of the 'diligent and approachable' practice's caseload. With more than 25 years' clinical negligence experience, Nigel Montgomery leads the national team, splitting his time between Bristol and London; the practice head is further noted for his management of group actions as well as catastrophic injury work. Birth injury claims are a key strength for co-leader Matthew Mcgrath, who has handled some of the largest claims made against the NHS. Simon Perkins is, in turn, the key point of contact for medical malpractice insurers, and specialises in ophthalmic and plastic surgery claims.

Practice head(s):Nigel Montgomery; Matthew McGrath

Other key lawyers:Simon Perkins

Testimonials

'The practice has a wide experience of complex high value cases that is almost unique.'

'Responsive, efficient and easy to work with.'

'Approachable and pro-active with a broad knowledge of healthcare law.'

'I have worked with the healthcare team at DAC Beachcroft for 10 years now. They are always helpful, efficient, provide first rate advice and provide excellent defence for those clinicians who are the subject of a claim.'

'They are courteous and show interest not just in particular cases, but in the needs of the organisation and its staff as well. As a client I feel looked after and have confidence in them.'

'Matthew McGrath is one of the best clinical negligence litigators of his generation.'

'Simon Perkins is in all respects an exceptional lawyer; knowledgeable, effective advocate, extremely helpful.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

The Medical Defence Union

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Zurich Global Corporate

RSA

WR Berkley

Bupa Dental

Enstar

Optegra UK

Priory

QBE

Beazley

Neon

Renaissance

Bermuda Hospital Board

Newline

MS Amlin

Corvelia

Leading individuals

Nigel Montgomery - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP continues to expand and strengthen its insurance bench, recently welcoming the highly regarded Liam O’Connell from Norton Rose Fulbright as the new head of its global practice. With 'a very broad experience base', the team handles a range of complex and high-value claims covering construction, property, energy, data protection and professional indemnity policies. Wendy Hopkins leads the team in London, which features 'fantastic' property expert Nick Young, energy, construction and engineering specialist Chris Wilkes as well as the professional and financial lines insurance head Patrick Hill and the 'dynamic and insightful' James Deacon, ably supported by associates such as Sarah Hennessy and Lucy Dyson.

Practice head(s):Wendy Hopkins

Other key lawyers:Liam O’Connell; Patrick Hill; Nick Young; Chris Wilkes; James Deacon

Testimonials

'DAC Beachcroft has a very broad experience base within its team, ensuring that lawyers can advise on most matters. They are on the top of the list for go-to firms to work with'

'The individuals within the team understand their clients' needs. They proactively manage cases, ensuring regular updates are provided. Their ability to engage in plain English allows clear understanding of the issues, thus meaning better decisions are made'

'The team is able to deal with complex matters promptly and in a clear concise manner'

'The team is client friendly, commercial, intelligent and knowledgeable about current issues. Practitioners are very approachable, always keen to help and have great international connections'

'Nick Young is fantastic at managing a large team in complex claims and is a very experienced construction lawyer'

'Patrick Hill is very calm under pressure and has good rapport and connections with the market'

'Liam O'Connell is a fantastic addition to the team'

'James Deacon is dynamic and insightful, focused on providing comprehensive guidance and advice to his clients. He always delivers'

'James Deacon is determined, responsive and has a keen eye for detail. He's always looking for solutions not problems and keeps the client's best interest always to the fore'

'Legal director Stephen Turner is a brilliant legal mind'

'Fiona Gill provides very confident advice, is very experienced, and has a lot of compassion and understanding of how individuals may be affected'

'James Deacon, associate Eleanor Whittaker and senior associate Denise Eastlake can always be counted on to assist when needed'

Key Clients

Allianz

AXA XL

Chubb

HDI Global

Markel

Munich Re

Berkshire Hathaway/Resolute Management Services Ltd

QBE

Swiss Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Zurich

Quilter

Ascot

Neon

Work highlights

  • Instructed by HDI Global and Rydon Maintenance following Grenfell Tower fire.
  • Acted for Zurich Insurance and East West Insurance Company on a dispute concerning the design and construction of prime residential properties at Lancaster Gate.
  • Advising property and public liability insurer Axa on a claim relating to industrial units destroyed by fire.
Leading individuals

Chris Wilkes - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Nick Young - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next Generation Partners

James Deacon - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Lucy Dyson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sarah Hennessy - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The corporate and regulatory insurance practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for some of the UK's top insurers, while also handling key insurance matters for other clients such as HSBC, which it advised on its 10-year distribution deal with Aviva. The team also has a focus on data protection, which forms a core part of the insurance advisory practice. Mathew Rutter, who heads up the practice, specialises in advising on financial services regulation and the regulatory aspects of corporate and commercial agreements. He works alongside Mark Neville, Rhiannon Webster and Jade Kowalski , all of who are described as 'standout' partners. The firm is also a founding member of Legalign Global, a integrated alliance of four insurance focused law firms covering Germany, the US and Australia.

Practice head(s):Mathew Rutter

Other key lawyers:Mark Neville; Rhiannon Webster; Jade Kowalski

Testimonials

'The team clearly has a wealth of experience within the industry/sector and presents this in practical terms. Client service is also clearly at the forefront of what they do and they are generally incredibly responsive and helpful. For the service they offer, their fees are incredibly competitive.'

'A responsive and commercial team with excellent industry expertise.'

They seem to be on the forefront of current legislation and have vast knowledge of the insurance sector - each person brings something different in their area of expertise.'

'Mark Neville is our key relationship partner and is wonderful to deal with. He constantly seeks feedback at the end of each key transaction to ensure that the service provided remains in line with expectations - this level of interest is not something that we generally experience with our panel.'

'Rhiannon Webster and Jade Kowalski are standout individuals, always practical, responsive and the wider business has had nothing but positive comments about them.'

'A lovely bunch. Coupled with their excellent approach to client service and advice, they are one of our key firms.'

'Mark Neville is a stand out partner, providing a full client service, excellent drafting and strategic advice.'

Key Clients

Ageas

AIG

Hiscox

Arthur J Gallagher

AVIVA

BIBA

Bupa

Covéa Insurance

HSBC

QBE

Work highlights

  • Advised HSBC on its 10-year distribution deal with Aviva, one of the largest transactions of its kind ever entered into in the UK.
  • Instructed jointly by the Lloyd’s Market Association and Association of British Insurers to lead discussions with Government on processing of special categories of personal data by insurance industry.
  • Following an extensive review of HSBC’s life reinsurance contracts to take account of legislative changes, drafting bespoke life reinsurance contracts for further books of business written by the wider HSBC Group.
  • Advised AIG Life on its partnership with InsurTech start-up, Yulife, to provide life insurance and wellbeing tools to businesses and consumers.
  • Advised the US and UK arms of AJG/Gallagher on the acquisition of the insurance broker Pavey Group.

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is, according to one client, 'the stand-out personal injury defendant firm' and fields a 'knowledgeable' team of lawyers with wide-ranging expertise across high-value motor and other catastrophic injury claims, complex employers' and public liability cases, international matters, and the full array of disease work. Heavyweight names from the insurance, corporate and public sectors feature prominently in the practice's client list.  David Knapp is noted for his advice offered to public entities; while Tania Sless excels in employers' liability, high-value motor and international claims. Head of strategic litigation Andrew Parker advises on emerging issues in the injury and insurance fields, such as the whiplash reform and discount rate. The motor injury team includes Michelle Traxler, while Adrian Cottam's expertise encompasses catastrophic brain, spinal injury, amputations and chronic pain claims. Tom Walshaw is a key name for public sector work and has longstanding experience in complex liability claims.

Practice head(s):John Goodman; David Knapp; Tom Walshaw; Tania Sless

Other key lawyers:Andrew Parker; Michelle Traxler; Adrian Cottam; Andrew Sheppard; Danielle Singer

Testimonials

'They are all very adept at dealing with all manner of high-value personal injury cases and are very pragmatic, commercial and personable too.'

'They have the breadth of expertise, knowledge and personnel that makes them fitted to deal with cases at all levels, including the most serious and valuable cases.'

'The team has handled some of the leading cases on liability, including occupational stress claims, occupiers and employers' liability. Willing to fight cases on behalf of insurers and their clients.'

'The police team is prepared to roll up its sleeves and get stuck in and is focused on getting the best outcome for the client - the team is extremely supportive of the police service.'

'David Knapp is a really strong defender of the police but does not let this cloud his advice.  He draws on a very strong knowledge and experience of police claims and is robust when necessary.'

'Tom Walshaw has recently handled a hugely important claim, his strategic and technical skills played a large part in a very successful outcome.  He has a good rapport with witnesses and does not step back when the going gets a bit rough.'

'Tania Sless has an amazing grasp of detail, outstanding judgement.'

'Danielle Singer has excellent and sound judgment.'

'Andrew Parker is a fountain of knowledge regarding the industry and legal developments.'

'Michelle Traxler and the team she runs is efficient and effective. The advice given is transparent and realistic.'

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Admiral Insurance

NFU Mutual

AXA Insurance

Ministry of Defence

Royal and Sun Alliance

Tokio Marine Kiln

Aspen Insurance UK Ltd

Marks & Spencer plc

Covea Insurance

David Lloyd

Samworth Brothers

MS Amlin

Barbican Insurance

NFU Mutual

Cardiff Council

Ashtead Plant Hire

Travelers

Thames Valley Police

Work highlights

  • Acted for Admiral Insurance in a catastrophic injury claim pleaded at just under £11m.
  • Acted for Admiral Insurance in defending a claim involving injuries sustained to a pedestrian following an assault at the side of the road.
  • Acted for EUI in defending a claim involving a motorcyclist who suffered a brain injury.
  • Acted for the London School of Economics defending a £5m plus claim for stress at work.
  • Successfully defended Bristol City Council against a claim alleging that the council failed to erect safety railings in relation to the death of a cyclist who fell into the docks and drowned while cycling along the harbourside.
Leading individuals

Andrew Parker - DAC Beachcroft LLP

David Knapp - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Tania Sless - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong profile in the product liability space, acting for insurers as well as corporates from a variety of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, medical device, food, chemicals, cosmetics, consumer goods and, increasingly, new technology companies. The team is led by Wendy Hopkins, who is regularly instructed to advise on products manufactured in China. Simon Pearl and Alison McAdams  have significant expertise in vaccine litigations. Other names to note are Mark Kendall and senior associates Olya Melnitchouk and Stephen Turner.

Practice head(s):Wendy Hopkins

Other key lawyers:Simon Pearl; Alison McAdams; Mark Kendall; Olya Melnitchouk; Stephen Turner

Testimonials

'The team is very experienced and gives immediate feedback. The lawyers are likable and enthusiastic about their work.'

'They are very good in all insurance and liability matters.'

'Practice head Wendy Hopkins is very structured and noted for her sharp understanding.'

'Mark Kendall is easy to work with and very experienced in recall matters and international business.'

'Stephen Turner is a highly intelligent, responsive lawyer.'

Key Clients

Novartis

Alcon

Sandoz

BMI Healthcare

Optegra

Draeger

Fresenius Kabi

Ipsen Pharma

NHS Resolution

NHS Blood and Transplant Service

Rydon Maintenance

Clinimed

HDI

Zurich

Chubb

Allianz

QBE

XL Catlin

Newline

CNA Hardy

Hiscox

RSA

Work highlights

  • Represented BMI Healthcare and Spire Healthcare in a claim filed by numerous claimants, who alleged that the early failure of their replacement hip products has resulted in pain and muscle damage.
  • Acting for Novartis; Alcon, its eye care subsidiary; and Sandoz, its generics subsidiary, in various claims arising out of various clinical testing trials.
  • Acting for Rydon and HDI in an ongoing public inquiry, police investigation, and the civil litigation and claims-handling processes regarding the Grenfell Tower tragedy.
  • Represented Ipsen Pharma in a number of claims that allege the claimants suffered personal injury as a result of receiving an injection of botox products manufactured by the client.
  • Represented BMI Healthcare and Spire Healthcare in the High Court group litigation brought on behalf of women concerned about the fitness for purpose of silicone gel in breast implants manufactured by the now defunct French company, PIP, which resulted in the establishment of the breast implant registry.
Leading individuals

Alison McAdams - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Simon Pearl - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Wendy Hopkins - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Olya Melnitchouk - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

With an international presence, the London team at DAC Beachcroft LLP works closely with its teams based across the UK to advise insurers and their key insureds in high-value and complex professional negligence disputes across the legal, cyber, construction, technology, legal, finance and insurance sectors. The team is 'experienced, hardworking and efficient at producing good results for its clients' and it stands out for its 'commercial awareness'.  Philip Murrin, who 'manages his cases with great skill and aplomb, and has sound commercial judgement', regularly handles high-profile claims against solicitors for household name insurers; he successfully represented Fox Williams LLP and its professional indemnity insurer in defending a £15m professional negligence claim. Senior associate Parminder Badhan, who supported Murrin in his advice for Fox Williams LLP, is 'calm, hardworking and intelligent'.  Julian Miller handles disputes involving accountants, fund managers, tax advisers, pensions trustees and solicitors, while Matthew Olorenshaw is instructed by major insurance clients on defending claims against construction professionals both in the UK and overseas. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Liam O’Connell from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):Patrick Hill; Hans Allnutt; William Allison; Richard Highley; Mark Roach

Other key lawyers:Julian Miller; Ross Risby; Philip Murrin; Liam O’Connell; Matthew Olorenshaw; Parminder Badhan; Sarah Crowther; Leanne Rogers

Testimonials

Philip Murrin and Parminder Badhan are excellent lawyers and highly experienced.

Julian Miller has a superb legal mind and is an exceptional, market-leading lawyer.

The whole team is outstanding and particularly good with clients; it knows what clients want and it is very sensible and commercial.

Julian Miller is a real market heavyweight, amazingly smooth, highly intelligent and sophisticated.

Philip Murrin is very clever, very experienced; he is the perfect solicitor for serious insurance and professional negligence cases.

 

Key Clients

Zurich Insurance

AXA XL

Chubb

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

RSA

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

AmTrust

Axis

Beazley

Markel, Travelers, MS Amlin, QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited, Aviva and Swiss Re

Work highlights

  • Defending a boutique London law firm against a $100m negligence claim brought by the liquidators of former clients.
  • Advising Markel International on a Jersey-based dispute in relation to loss of £95m of trust monies.
  • Advising insurers on complex policy coverage issues concerning hundreds of hotel investment claims against solicitors, including acting in an ongoing arbitration against other insurers.
  • Advising a London market insurer on policy coverage issues concerning claims totalling £100m against an Irish firm of solicitors.
  • Represented Grant Thornton in respect of a significant and high-profile FRC investigation
Leading individuals

Julian Miller - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Philip Murrin  - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next Generation Partners

Matthew Olorenshaw - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Parminder Badhan - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Newcastle-based Gill Weatherill heads the national team at DAC Beachcroft LLP. The group provides specialist advice to health and social care commissioners and the NHS as well as independent health and social care providers on a broad range of issues. It is skilled at advising on matters such as the complex legal framework covering capacity, mental health and deprivation of liberty as well as disputes about best interest, serious medical treatment and accommodation. Other areas it regularly advises on are adult safeguarding and serious ethical issues surrounding the withdrawal of treatment and forced treatment.

Practice head(s):Gill Weatherill

Other key lawyers:Alan O’Beirne; Jessica Major; Corinne Slingo; Helen Kingston

Testimonials

'The team is really responsive and recognises the urgency of applications to the Court of Protection. It has a pragmatic approach from the outset'.

'DAC Beachcroft is extremely talented and competent in this field of practice. The breadth of its knowledge is impressive as is its ability to communicate this knowledge on many levels'.

'The team works in a very supportive way, breaking down and conveying often very complex information so that the recipient of the information can make sense of it and use it in practice'.

'Gill Weatherill and Helen Kingston are able to very quickly assimilate situations and have expert knowledge. They are then able to provide comprehensive advice quickly'.

'Gill Weatherill has a broad range of knowledge and experience and leads by example. She is flexible and willing to adapt her approach to meet the ever changing needs of the client'.

'Gill Weatherill and Helen Kingston particularly stand out as consummate professionals. They are very good at juggling their competing demands to make sure they respond in a very timely way. Their patience in providing advice to people who do not have their knowledge is impressive'.

'Alan O’Beirne and Jessica Major are honest, kind and patient in what can be a very stressful situation for the Trust and our team'.

'Corinne Slingo provides calm and clear advice'.

Key Clients

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHSFT

Heart of England Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cygnet Health Care

City Hospitals Sunderland NHSFT

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne NHSFT

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Work highlights

  • Represented the CCG in Court of Protection proceedings concerning Ms F and advised the CCG in relation to her ongoing care and medical treatment, including whether treatment should be withdrawn to allow her to die.
  • Instructed by an NHS Foundation Trust to make a Court of Protection application in respect of a patient who resides in an assisted living facility.
  • Instructed by an acute NHS Foundation Trust to make an application to the Court of Protection in a matter concerning the serious medical treatment of a lady with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, who was detained under section 3 of the Mental Health Act in a psychiatric hospital.
  • Instructed by an acute trust and a mental health trust in an urgent matter concerning an incapacitated adult with a long history of mental health issues who was objecting to a limb amputation in circumstances where there were no other treatment options available to prevent death.
  • Advising a mental health trust on the management of a patient with a long-standing diagnosis of anorexia nervosa who was detained under s3 Mental Health Act.

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London: Public sector

Administrative and public law
Administrative and public law - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The administrative and public law practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides advisory and judicial review defence expertise to a client list of public sector bodies - notably NHS trusts, local authorities and educational institutions, as well as unique clients such as the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Association of British Insurers. Standout examples of advisory instructions include Stephen Hocking’s advice to the Office for Students on the creation of its regulatory framework, and Alistair Robertson’s public law advice to Post Office Limited concerning its network development programme. Defending challenges to NHS policy decisions, such as the Accountable Care Organisation model and pricing structures, comprises the bulk of contentious instructions, with a prominent mandate seeing Robertson defending the NHS in a judicial review lodged by campaigners headed by Prof Stephen Hawking. Further contentious mandates involved misconduct inquiries and defending clients in the higher education sector  against challenges to their disciplinary procedures.

Practice head(s):Stephen Hocking

Other key lawyers:Alistair Robertson

Key Clients

NHS England

Office for Students

Guys and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Office for Fair Access

Disabilities Trust

Association of British Insurers

Information Commissioner's Office

Post Office

The Faraday Institution

Work highlights

  • Providing ongoing advice to the NHS concerning its powers to obtain and use certain pharmaceuticals.
  • Advised the Office for Students on all matters concerning the establishment of its regulatory framework for higher education.
  • Defending Imperial College London in a judicial review brought by a student challenging a disciplinary decision.
  • Providing public law advice to Post Office Ltd concerning its transformative network development programme.
  • Instructed to provide all public law advice to the Information Commissioner's Office, including on its status as a non-departmental public body.
Leading individuals

Stephen Hocking - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next Generation Partners

Alistair Robertson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is particularly well known for assisting its higher education clients with contentious commercial property issues pertaining to restructuring, mergers and development. Led by Stephen Hocking, the team is active in high-value advisory work related to acquisitions, where Newcastle-based James Harrison and Nicola Fairbairn have particular expertise. Richard Hartis specialises in handling non-contentious property matters for public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Stephen Hocking

Other key lawyers:James Harrison; Nicola Fairbairn; Richard Hartis

Key Clients

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Newcastle College

The Office for Students

Higher Education statistics agency

OFSTED

University of Sunderland

University of Sheffield

Faraday Institution

Work highlights

  • Acting for the University of Sheffield in relation to its strategic occupation of part of the Sheffield Royal Hallamshire Hospital for the development and operation of MRI/PET scanner facilities.
  • Acted on behalf of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne on a strategically important multimillion-pound acquisition of a prime city centre office development.
  • Advising on the disposal of an existing school site and the acquisition of a new 80-acre site together with the construction of a new £60m purpose-built state-of-the-art campus.
  • Advised the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in respect of its multimillion-pound refurbishment of the Claremont Bridge and Tower and Daysh Building, known as the Claremont Complex, forming part of the university’s city centre campus.
  • Advising on a matter concerning a medical student who was found to have committed a disciplinary offence.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's healthcare practice continues to make its mark in the healthcare space, acting on high-value transactions and developments such as advising Ealing CCG on the largest integrated care contract procured in London and working on the London Digital Programme, a project to facilitate information sharing at scale across the city. Hamza Drabu's practice spans advising public and private healthcare providers on joint ventures with the NHS, new models of care projects, governance and regulatory issues, GP federations, NHS M&A and outsourcing, among others. Public law partner Alistair Robertson is 'simply brilliant' for highly complex judicial review cases and regulatory matters. Regulatory expert Belinda Dix also acts in complex inquests and regularly advises organisations in respect of their relationship with the CQC. Anne Crofts chairs the national practice.

Practice head(s):Anne Crofts

Other key lawyers:Alistair Robertson; Hamza Drabu

Key Clients

Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

BUPA

NHS Ealing CCG

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS England on all commercial, procurement and competition law issues relating to the national strategic procurement of PET CT services in England, an integral tool for cancer investigation as well as many other conditions.  
  • Advised NHS Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group on all aspects of its procurement to appoint a single out of hospital services provider.
  • Working with Babylon Healthcare Services on a ground-breaking deal which will enable it, when approved, to deliver digital first services to NHS patients.
Next Generation Partners

Alistair Robertson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Hamza Drabu - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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London: Real estate

Commercial property: corporate occupiers
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding all-round team‚Äô represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm‚Äôs offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements.¬†Andrew Boulton¬†serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson¬†'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Boulton

Other key lawyers:Nick Marshall; Madeline Ball; John Noonan

Testimonials

'The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.'

'Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.'

'Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.'

'Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.'

'An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client'.

'One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.'

Key Clients

Schindler

Panasonic

Go-Ahead

L’Oreal

EDF

Northdoor Plc

PwC

McAfee

The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth

Queen Mary University of London

Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

London & South Eastern Railway

Aquiline Capital Partners

SH Pratt

CHEP / Brambles

Advancy

IDE Group Manage

EQS

Halcyon Galleries

NeuLion Inc

Page White & Farrer

PatSnap

X Real Estate

Elysium

Warpaint

Escada

NYX Professional Makeup

L’Atelier Cologne

Hydro Mine Inc

Work highlights

  • Acted for Panasonic UK in connection with the relocation of its UK headquarters.
  • Advising CHEP UK on the purchase of the freehold interest in industrial premises in Trafford Park, Manchester for a purchase price of £8m.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding all-round team‚Äô represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm‚Äôs offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements.¬†Andrew Boulton¬†serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson¬†'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:Lucinda Walsh; Crispin Tomlinson; Gemma Leonard; Nicholas Taylor; Charlotte Wilson

Testimonials

'The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.'

'Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.'

'Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.'

'Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.'

'An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client'.

'One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.'

Key Clients

Barratt

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon

Berkeley

Bellway

Redrow

Linden/Galliford Try

Bovis Homes

Crest Nicholson

Bloor

Countryside

CALA

Fairview

Wates Developments

Criterion Capital

Campbell Buchanan George

Work highlights

  • Represented a joint venture company comprising two housebuilders (one a top ten housebuilder) on the £200m acquisition of land off Hounsome Fields, Basingstoke.
  • Represented two top ten housebuilders in their £50m acquisition of Blue Mountain Golf Course, Binfield, Bracknell.
  • Represented a top ten housebuilder in negotiating a complex hybrid agreement to accommodate a proposed garden village scheme for up to 3,000 homes.
  • Represented a top ten housebuilder in a complex collaboration agreement in relation to a development of 3,500 houses.
  • Represented a top ten housebuilder in a complex agreement for the development of 675 homes with a gross development value of £250m.
Rising stars

Charlotte Wilson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding all-round team‚Äô represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm‚Äôs offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements.¬†Andrew Boulton¬†serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson¬†'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:Nick Marshall; Helen Murcott; Paul Hicks; Madeline Ball

Testimonials

'The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.'

'Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.'

'Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.'

'Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.'

'An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client'.

'One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.'

Key Clients

Greenridge

Qatari Investment Bank

Ahli Bank

Royal London

Westfield

Bouygues (UK)

Royal Mail

Arab Investments

Savills IM

Hines

Panasonic

Inchcape

Irish Life

Lloyd's of London

KCM Invest AG

Work highlights

  • Acting for new client Ahli United Bank, advising a consortium of private Middle Eastern high net worth investors in the acquisition of 360+ bedroom luxury student accommodation in Durham for £33.55m from student accommodation developer Studious.
  • Continuing to represent Royal London on its high street retail property portfolio, which forms part of the £7.2bn of real estate assets under Royal London’s management.
  • Acting for Queen Mary University of London in connection with the development and letting of a 445-bed student accommodation scheme.
  • Represented Royal London in the House of Fraser CVA and administration process.
  • Acting in connection with the disposal of The Kings School in Macclesfield's existing site and the acquisition of a new 80-acre site together with the construction of a new £60m purpose-built state-of-the-art campus.

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėoutstanding all-round team‚Äô represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm‚Äôs offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements.¬†Andrew Boulton¬†serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson¬†'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):Andrew Boulton

Other key lawyers:Paul Hicks

Testimonials

'The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.'

'Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.'

'Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.'

'Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.'

'An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client'.

'One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.'

Key Clients

Royal London

Work highlights

  • Represented Royal London in the House of Fraser CVA and administration process.
  • Represented Royal London on its granting of a lease at 3 Grosvenor Street in Mayfair to US fashion brand Anine Bing.

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Construction: contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's contentious team is led by Mark Roach, who represents employers, developers, contractors and sub-contractors on contentious matters relating to the construction of hotels, power plants, waste, utilities, car parks, as well as rail and infrastructure projects. Michael Blackburne and Matthew Olorenshaw are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Mark Roach

Other key lawyers:Michael Blackburne; Matthew Olorenshaw

Work highlights

  • Advised Cleveland Cable Company in relation to a loss of business claim.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

A considerable number of market-leading housebuilders often instruct the DAC Beachcroft LLP planning team on complex housing-led regeneration schemes and garden village developments. The client list also includes hospitals, universities and Royal Mail, for which the team are instructed to handle a number of key redevelopment projects. Expertise with public bodies includes advising a number of local authorities on their CPO applications for new hotel and leisure developments as well as providing assistance to landowner and institutions on the CPO powers of HS2. Recent contentious work involved promoting planning objections in the High Court.

Practice head(s):Christopher Stanwell

Testimonials

'DAC Beachcroft provides good strategic advice, a range of good contacts, a commercial yet engaging manner for dealing with planning authorities, and an efficient and effective section 106 process.'

'The lawyers at DAC Beachcroft are very positive and solutions-focused when dealing with a range of complex issues.'

Key Clients

Heathrow Hub Limited

Royal Mail

Baroness Cumberlege of Newick

University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Crest Nicholson

Taylor Wimpey

Linden Homes

Persimmon Homes

Barratts

Work highlights

  • Advising Heathrow Hub Limited on planning, environment and compulsory purchase matters as well as the DCO processes relating to its innovative proposals at Heathrow.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

As an integral part of the firm's residential development team, DAC Beachcroft LLP routinely assists developers with restrictive covenants, easements and rights to light issues as well as site clearances and other development-related matters, while, as another key area of expertise, the group regularly handles tenant matters arising from the management of shopping centers, such as lease renewals and dilapidations, and commercial portfolio-related issues. The 'experienced and friendly' Guy Knight heads the team and is rated for 'his strategic nous, which is hard to beat'.

Practice head(s):Guy Night

Testimonials

'Very good to deal with. Technically sound, commercial and get on with the job with minimum fuss.'

'Go-to firm for housebuilders.'

'Guy Night is a sharp lawyer with an eye for detail while also being a really fun person to work with.'

'Very competent with disrepair cases and experienced in the issues that arise in major developments.'

Key Clients

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey UK

Crest Nicholson

Linden Homes - Galliford Try

Arab Investments

Royal London

Guy's and St Thomas's NHS Foundation Trust

Notting Hill Housing Trust

The Go-Ahead Group

Lloyd's of London

Great Arthur House Leaseholders

Work highlights

  • Advised a construction and developer client on disrepair matters arising from a tenancy that continued on a statutory basis after the fixed term lease had expired.
  • Assisted Sydney Road Developments with vacant possession actions following the client's acquisition of an industrial estate in Watford for the purpose of residential development.
  • Advised the defendant in a boundary dispute concerning a high-value residential property in Cobham.
  • Continues to act for a group of 21 leaseholders of Great Arthur House in a cost recovery dispute with the Corporation of London, the freehold owner of the tower block, following the replacement of the concrete cladding.
  • Acted for Crest Nicholson Operations in obtaining possession for a grade II listed building in Walton-on-Thames, which was occupied by trespassers.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s sector-focused approach primarily focuses on the insurance and health sectors with additional expertise in the cyber and technology spaces. The information law group handles contentious and non-contentious mandates under the leadership of Rhiannon Webster; Webster is noted for her experience in data protection compliance work, cross-border personal data transfers and data breaches and ICO complaints. The firm’s cyber and data risk team is headed up by Hans Allnutt, who primarily acts for insurers in claims involving financial institutions, professionals and technology companies. Newly promoted partner Jade Kowalski, Anne Crofts and Alistair Robertson also contribute to the team.

Practice head(s):Rhiannon Webster; Hans Allnutt

Other key lawyers:Jade Kowalski; Anne Crofts; Alistair Robertson

Key Clients

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Lloyds Market Association

Hiscox

Association of British Insurers

North London Partners in Health and Care

NHS Digital

Ecclesiastical

Land Securities

Insure The Box

Spire

Work highlights

  • Advising the ICO on the Google DeepMind arrangement with the Royal Free Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust relating to the launch of the Streams app, which aims to support clinicians to diagnose and support patients with acute kidney injury.
  • Assisting the ICO with its information sharing agreements with a range of regulatory and public bodies in the UK, US, Canada and New Zealand.
  • Defending Hiscox in a criminal prosecution brought by the ICO relating to an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act 1998 in which Hiscox allegedly required policyholders to make a subject access request in respect of criminal convictions.
  • Acting for the Association of British Insurers and Lloyd's Market Association in discussions with the Government relating to the processing of special categories of personal data.
  • Advising North London Partners on its information sharing project including drafting the data sharing agreement and data processing agreement.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The group at DAC Beachcroft LLP has substantial expertise in technology transactions across the financial services, insurance and health sectors, and has the capacity to handle the full range of commercial, intellectual property, financial services regulatory, and data protection matters. Tim Ryan heads up the practice and frequently handles large projects for enterprise IT systems, software development issues, hosting, licensing and data analytics work, and open banking matters. Prakash Kerai is also a key name to note; he has particular experience in the fintech space.

Practice head(s):Tim Ryan

Other key lawyers:Prakash Kerai

Key Clients

Smith & Williamson

Guardian Media Group Plc

Seven Publishing Group Limited

Cloud Chambers

HSS Hire Service Group Limited

11:FS

Together

Tandem

techUK

Intelliflo

Work highlights

  • Advised Smith & Williamson on its purchase of a Software-as-a-Service banking platform and related outsourced services from a leading international provider in the fintech and digital banking space.
  • Advised Ampbah on the launch of a legal services collaboration platform aimed at law firms and barristers chambers.
  • Instructed by HSS Hire Service Group on its purchase of a new software platform for use by its tool and equipment hire business.
  • Advised a major global insurer on its procurement of an innovative AI platform.
  • Instructed by Tandem to handle various technology matters including SaaS arrangements, licensing and outsourcing deals, and regulatory, data protection and employment advice.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a well-established track record in dealing with significant pharmaceutical and medical product liability cases in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. It excels in dealing with litigation and the regulatory issues connected with medical devices, clinical trials and consumer healthcare goods and pharmaceuticals. It frequently acts in connection with insurance claims and also handles related IP and commercial work. It has also formed a specialist MedTec offering. Alison Mcadams and Simon Pearl head the practice and Andrew Allan-Jones and Hamza Drabu are key advisors, the latter focuses on clinical research agreements and other commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):Alison McAdams; Simon Pearl

Other key lawyers:Andrew Allan-Jones; Hamza Drabu

Testimonials

'They have excellent and wide knowledge of the sector - extensive medical device expertise. Olya Melnitchouk is a rising star and  Simon Pearl and Alison McAdams are already top advisers.'

Key Clients

Novartis, Alcon and Sandoz N

BMI Healthcare N

Optegra N

AstraZeneca N

Draeger N

Ipsen Pharma

NHS Resolution and NHS Blood and Transplant Service

Clinimed

NHS England

Insurer clients specialising in insureds in the life sciences sector

including HDI, Newline, Zurich, Allianz, QBE, Catlin and CNA

Work highlights

  • Represented BMI Healthcare Group/Spire Healthcare Group on metal-on-metal hip replacement litigation which involved over 500 claimants alleging that the early failure of replacement hip products has resulted in pain and muscle damage.  
  • Advised Novartis; Alcon, its eye care subsidiary and Sandoz, its generics subsidiary regarding claims, regulatory advice on medicines and devices and on clinical trial matters.
  • Advised HDI on on a range of claims involving medicines and devices and also advised on regulatory matters, particularly regarding clinical trials.
  • Assisted Optegra UK Limited regarding the recall of intraocular lens and subsequent claims and regulatory issues.
  • Acting for NHS England in the Lyrica patent litigation between Warner-Lambert, Actavis and Mylan. The case involves a complete new look at second medical use patent claims and the role of doctors, pharmacists and NHS England in the prescription and dispensing of  pharmaceuticals. We created a new type of court order extending Norwich Pharmacal principles which led to NHS England issuing prescribing guidelines to every CCG and pharmacy in England.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's global sports team's has broad expertise, spanning commercial and regulatory dispute resolution, sponsorship work and IP matters. Clients include rights holders, sports associations and clubs, and the firm has particular expertise in pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of sportspeople, as well as financing work for football clubs. Jan Levinson, who specialises in commercial dispute resolution and personal injury claims, is currently advising a former Manchester City footballer on a High Court claim against the FA after he was forced to retire from the game due to an injury sustained while playing for the England under-16s team.

Practice head(s):Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:Andrew Allan-Jones

Key Clients

Manchester United Limited

Joshua Murray

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Worcestershire County Cricket Club

ECB Cricket Discipline Commission

Brighton & Hove Albion FC

TLA Worldwide Limited

George Crook

Lincoln City Football Club

Work highlights

  • Advising a former Manchester City footballer on a multimillion-pound High Court claim against the FA and its insurers after he was forced to retire from the game due to an injury sustained during his first match for England's youth team.
  • Advised Brighton & Hove Albion FC on mandatory stadium upgrades required to the Amex Stadium following the club's promotion to the Premier League.
  • Advising cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins on various matters, having previously advised on a joint venture agreement with XIX Management Limited.
  • Advising the ECB in respect of cricket disciplinary matters, including reviewing and updating the relevant disciplinary rules; drafting disciplinary charges; and advocacy at disciplinary hearings.
  • Provided commercial advice to Envision in respect of their venture with Virgin for their Formula E team (and the rebrand of that team).

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London: Transport

Travel
Rising stars

Kieran Mitchell - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Legal Developments in the UK

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

    In this article we examine the working arrangements of sole representatives, looking at the terms and conditions of employment that the Home Office will expect a sole representative to have in order to qualify as a representative of an overseas business.  
  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
  • Immigration Skills Charge - A Guide for Employers

    As a Sponsor, you may be required to pay the Immigration Skills Charge (ISC) each time you sponsor a migrant in the  Tier 2 General  or  Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Long-term Staff  subcategory.
  • 5 FAQS about paragraph 320(11)

    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 
  • PARALLEL PROCEEDINGS ‚Äď CIVIL AND CRIMINAL

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.