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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North: Human resources

Employment - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s wide-ranging expertise includes contentious and non-contentious employment law matters with the ‘very experienced’ team demonstrating ‘in-depth knowledge in the healthcare sector’. Routinely acting for large corporates and public sector organisations, its scope spans matters involving organisational changes, equal pay, transactions and TUPE transfers, while, on the contentious side, the team has been representing various clients in victimisation cases and other discrimination claims before the employment tribunal. Guy Bredenkamp is ‘extremely knowledgeable and excellent with clients’ and heads the team, which includes senior associate Sarah George; she is particularly well versed in handling transactional work involving TUPE matters, and employment litigation. NHS England, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust are all clients.

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North: Insurance

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Well respected in the field of clinical negligence defence’, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team comprises ‘high-quality people’, who are ‘very responsive’ and ‘know the healthcare market very well’. The practice handles a high volume of instructions from NHS Resolution (formerly known as the NHS Litigation Authority); the team acted for the client alongside various NHS trusts in all vaginal mesh claims against NHS England relating to mesh products used in the surgical management of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In other group action work, the ‘sensible and pragmaticNeil Rowe is advising Spire Healthcare on various claims made in England and Scotland concerning the implantation of silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade rather than clinical grade silicon. David Weatherburn heads the team, which includes senior associate Dawn McIntosh, who is noted for her ‘ability to handle tricky claims’, and senior associate Caroline Calder.

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The ‘very good and reliable’ team at DAC Beachcroft LLP  ‘is prompt with its responses and provides in-depth and detailed advice’, ‘often going out of its way to ensure that cases are dealt with accurately, appropriately and efficiently’. The practice has a strong profile for motor and casualty claims and frequently defends local authorities as well as public and private sector health providers against disease and liability claims. The team is also well versed in handling various fraud issues from policy inception fraud through to fraudulent claims, resulting in a steady flow of instructions form a number of well-known insurance companies, corporates and public sector bodies on a regional and national level. In significant counter fraud work, national head of counter fraud Catherine Burt acted for insurethebox in a fraud claim which arose from an alleged road traffic accident. The ‘very knowledgeable, proactive and thorough’ Mark Douglas defended North Tyneside Council against claims for deafness and tinnitus following alleged noise exposure between 1991 and 2003. Other key individuals include casualty team head David Drewe and ‘knowledgeable’ head of abuse Andrea Ward; Ward is noted for her expertise handling claims against the care sector, including social services, schools, religious organisations and the private sector.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a ‘heavyweight’ team of ‘real specialists’, who are praised for their ‘excellent technical and commercial knowledge’. Providing ‘good value for money’, the team frequently acts for insurers, property and construction sector professionals and financial institutions, in claims against accountants, independent financial advisers, auditors and tax advisers. In recent work, the team defended Liberty Mutual, a firm of insurance brokers, in  a claim brought by the operator of a waste recycling plant concerning allegations that it received unsuitable insurance policy advice, and acted for First Title, a UK regulated insurer, in pursuing a loss of chance claim against a firm of solicitors following an aborted personal injury claim. Key individuals include Paul Davison, construction and engineering specialist Warren Kemp and Helen Ager.

Leading individuals

Paul Davison - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘top-drawer team’ consists of ‘high-quality people’, who are all ‘very responsive’ and well equipped to guide private and public health sector clients through the full range of strategic, commercial, regulatory and employment law matters. Legal director Alison Walton acted for the Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust in challenging a procurement run by North Tyneside CCG for urgent care services, and healthcare regulatory practice head Gill Weatherill assisted North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust with a Court of Protection application seeking a best interests declaration pertaining to proposed surgical clearance. Other key individuals include legal director and main contact for commercial health work Louise Watson-Jones  and employment and pensions team head Guy Bredenkamp. Senior associate and criminal regulatory lawyer Anna Hart joined the team from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in April 2017 and has particular expertise in advising public and private sector health and social care providers on crisis management and serious investigations conducted by the police, Care Quality Commission and other regulators.

Leading individuals

Gill Weatherill - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North: Real estate

Commercial property: Newcastle
Commercial property: Newcastle - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP increased its bench strength by adding Duncan Fisher from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in February 2018; he heads the team and acts for a broad client base, including landowners, developers, housebuilders, property investors and public sector bodies, in various matters pertaining to transactions and land developments. He works closely with senior associate Nicola Fairbairn, who acted for Newcastle Building Society in its £15m acquisition of an investment property.

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Construction - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's ‘excellent’ and ‘commercially minded’ team ‘inspires confidence’ with its ‘prompt and effective advice’, and for its ability to ‘deliver expert advice within extremely challenging time frames and on particularly complex projects’. The team handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious construction work for an equally diverse client base consisting of housebuilders, insurance companies, public sector clients, contractors and renewable energy companies. On the non-contentious side, James Harrison (who ‘provides sound and practical advice in a user-friendly manner’) routinely assists clients with all forms of build contracts, supply chain contracts and ancillary documentation; he recently advised the LTE Group on a number of projects including the refurbishment of existing buildings, a new build at its existing Openshaw campus site and a campus development. Warren Kemp (an ‘excellent adviser and litigator’) is the main contact for contentious work. Roddy Gordon and Stephen McLellan are other key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Roddy Gordon - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next generation lawyers

Stephen McLellan - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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