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DAC Beachcroft LLP

PORTWALL PLACE, PORTWALL LANE, BRISTOL, BS1 6NA, ENGLAND
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Work 0117 918 2000
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Fax 0117 918 2100
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7846 BRISTOL 1
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www.dacbeachcroft.com
Birmingham, Bogota, Bogota, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh and 13 more

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Leveraging the continued expansion of the firm’s global network, DAC Beachcroft LLP's Bristol-based corporate team  is handling a growing workload on behalf of US-backed companies and European investors. Jonathan White (who was promoted to partner in 2017) advised a third-party administrator on the regulatory and commercial aspects of its strategic acquisition of a UK-based solicitors firm, and has also handled multi-jurisdictional transactions in the private healthcare sector. In an illustration of the latter, James Reed advised Elysium Healthcare on two strategic acquisitions: its £45m acquisition of Lighthouse Healthcare, and, separately, its £35m acquisition of Raphael Healthcare. Other key figures include department head John Williams and Michael Pearce, who acts for a number of wealth and asset managers, such as St. James’s Place, for which the team handles regular corporate governance work and cross-border M&A.

Next generation lawyers

Jonathan White - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Michael Pearce - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in defending drivers involved in serious and fatal road traffic collisions resulting in police investigations and criminal proceedings. It is instructed by major insurance companies across the UK such as Aviva, NFUM, AXA, Zurich and also logistics companies such as Knights of Old, Gist and Yusen Logistics. The team is ‘utterly professional, thorough, engaged and caring in its approach to its work’. Partner Lili Oliver, who is ‘razor sharp in this area’ and is ‘not afraid to stand up to investigating authorities’, leads the team and regularly represents drivers at PACE interviews. Recent cases include a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on the M6 where the defendant was charged with 5 counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of serious injury by dangerous driving. The firm has a 24-hour national helpline which is open to drivers requiring representation at police stations and also instructs highly-regarded independent expert witnesses.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles a range of commercial disputes, but has particular expertise in financial services litigation, especially insurance and pension funds-related cases.  The team is jointly headed by Ben Daniels and Dan Preddy. Daniels has experience handling claims in the telecoms sector and is defending WDFC UK (Wonga) in claims brought by its customers regarding a data breach in connection with a cyber attack on Wonga’s business. Conversely, Preddy specialises in financial services disputes and assisted a large wealth management group with multiple claims by high-profile individuals regarding failed SIPP investments. Rebecca Smith has expertise in trustee and pensions claims and is rated by clients for her ability to provide ‘lucid explanations of complex issues’. Smith represented the former directors of Telos and the company’s former resident agent in a £10m claim for misfeasance and wrongful and fraudulent trading brought by the company’s liquidators. Simon Thomas is another key contact and senior associate Christopher Dyke was hired from Corker Binning to develop a white-collar crime practice.

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in the recovery of business-to-business debt on behalf of investment funds, insurers and corporates. Led by Giles Hindle, the debt recovery group is often instructed in cross-border mandates. Indeed, Christopher Stoate is involved in a multi-jurisdictional recovery claim for Puma Investments. Further, Hindle and Larissa Bayliss assisted a US law firm with the enforcement of a debt due to a client based in the UK. Hindle also advised Western Union on the recovery of debts due under international forward contracts. The team advises banks such as HSBC, as trustees, on the recovery of tenant portfolio debts and also provides ongoing debt recovery assistance to the Post Office, Imperial Tobacco and Zurich Insurance.

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s finance team is best known for advising high-street banks and domestic lenders on real estate and development finance transactions. Giles Taylor and Michael Pearce jointly head the banking department, which is regularly instructed by Santander in relation to real estate finance transactions. Additionally, Pearce has advised peer-to-peer funder Lendy on the provision of multiple short-term bridging and development loans. The department has also acted for borrowers in the hotel, housing and healthcare sectors in connection with bilateral acquisition and development finance and refinance facilities. Pearce’s team has also advised a tax-efficient investment manager on a number of multimillion-pound asset-backed financing transactions. Legal director Simon Pickett has extensive experience of property finance and is another key figure in the team. Additional clients include Bank of Ireland and Puma Investments.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides ‘exceptional service’ and ‘precise, constructive advice’ in relation to cross-border restructurings and large regional insolvencies. Department head Giles Hindle is advising a US automotive company on its European group restructuring through a reduction in share capital. Hindle is also advising company’s administrators on certain tax liabilities arising in Chile and inter-company liabilities concerning a Guernsey-registered company. The practice also acted for a group of company administrators on the sale of Deceasedumbrella.com. Additional contacts include Kevin Hawthorn, who is ‘easily approachable’ and has ‘considerable knowledge’ of contentious and non-contentious corporate and personal insolvency; and senior associate Christopher Stoate, who is regularly instructed by banks and other lenders and fixed-charge receivers in corporate recovery matters.

Leading individuals

Giles Hindle - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP  provides employment law advice across the insurance, health, and public sectors. Clients include FTSE 100 companies, NHS trusts and local authorities. The practice recently acted for South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust in terminating its contract to provide an NHS 111 service in Devon, which resulted in TUPE claims of over £1m brought by 59 claimants. Head of department Alex Lock is advising Dixons Carphone on the integration and harmonisation of terms and conditions of employment following the merger between Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse, in addition to handling restructuring and redundancy programmes following the merger. Joanne Owers, who has a ‘very straightforward style’, advised a leading software provider on gender pay gap reporting, holiday pay in relation to bonus/commission arrangements, and terms and conditions for the workforce following several acquisitions. Key clients include Zurich Insurance, BT, EE, OFWAT, University of Oxford, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Dorset Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The team is ‘very responsive’ and has ‘strong industry knowledge, with no areas for improvement’.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has ‘a highly professional and very experienced team of specialist regulatory lawyers' who handle issues arising from corporate manslaughter, health and safety offences and environmental offences. The practice recently acted for a delivery company in a case where an employee was struck by a lorry resulting in a serious brain injury, and acted for Unite Students following an incident where a member of the public was struck by debris from cladding on one of its buildings. Richard Ottley heads the team and ‘leaves no stone unturned’. Consultant Neil Scott handles criminal and regulatory proceedings and specialises in health and safety prosecutions. Associate Ian Manners is ‘very professional, courteous and knowledgeable’.Caroline Harvey left the firm.

Leading individuals

Richard Ottley - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ian Manners - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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South West: Insurance

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's team is ‘very impressive, with expertise at all levels and a deep understanding of the complexities of cases’. It acts for the NHS in relation to negligence cases involving individual surgeons, particularly in relation to breast surgery and orthopaedics. It also deals with orthopaedic product liability claims and catastrophic injury claims. The firm also acts for independent healthcare providers such as Nuffield and Care UK, and for insurers such as Allied World, RSA, QBE, Zurich, MS Amlin and CNA Hardy. Rachel Roberts-Jenkins leads the department and is ‘a sharp, punchy, lawyer, who takes a no-nonsense approach to her cases, whilst maintaining a cool head to determine the right strategy’. Hannah Volpe specialises in catastrophic claims and hospital acquired infection cases. The ‘calm, knowledgeable and commercial’ Simon Perkins focuses on ophthalmology and plastic surgery claims. Nigel Montgomery specialises in group actions and catastrophic injury cases.

Leading individuals

Nigel Montgomery - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a large team specialising in personal injury defendant work, it acts for major insurers and individual corporate clients. It advises on catastrophic injury claims such as road traffic accidents, amputation, spinal injuries, brain injuries, chronic pain and fatalities. The firm also advises on claims of employer liability and public liability. Clients include AXA, NFU, Zurich, Aviva and Allianz. Sally Yuill heads the Bristol team and specialises in high-value motor and casualty claims. Mark Bailey handles catastrophic injury claims, Paul Parke focuses on high-value brain and spinal injury claims and is experienced in handling cases involving children. Deborah Bradley  also deals with catastrophic injuries and deals with high-value motor claims. Caroline Hall , Robert Williams and Cassandra Mitchell are also recommended. The team ‘provides a good level of service’ and ‘identifies and meets the needs of their clients’.

Leading individuals

Paul Parke - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sally Yuill - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for businesses in the legal, surveying, financial services, insurance broking and construction sectors in D&O insurance and title indemnity insurance claims. Marcus Campbell and Helen Faulkner head the Bristol team, which includes Caroline Cherry, who was promoted to partner and heads the claims handling team. Helen Staines led on defending claims of under-settlement of miners' vibration white finger (VWF) claims. Another highlight includes acting for Zurich Insurance in defence of a discrimination and defamation claim brought against a university students’ union by a student. The firm also acted for Aviva in relation to a restrictive covenant indemnity policy, successfully applying to the Upper Chamber Lands Tribunal to alter covenants on a development site. Other clients include QBE Europe, Markel International Insurance Company, XL Catlin Insurance, AmTrust Europe, Libra Managers and Cushman & Wakefield.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP has ‘all the relevant experience, but most importantly, the lawyers have proved themselves able to accommodate the evolution of the project finance industry’. With experience of contentious and non-contentious matters, the group provides ‘the quality of service clients would expect from larger firms’ and has been involved in a number of PFI and PPP projects in the energy and transport sectors. Practice head Giles Taylor advises Liverpool City Council on its entire portfolio of operational PFI projects, which includes the client’s £60m central library redevelopment scheme. Further, Taylor is acting for the local authority and the project company in relation to the refinancing of a £65m housing PFI project. The practice head also advised a major government ministry on the high-value refinancing of a nationwide PFI scheme. Moreover, the team has also handled a number of school development projects for clients such as Mitie PFI and Somerset County Council.

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South West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on high-level strategic work including ACO development, joint ventures, Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspections and governance. The firm acts for more than 300 NHS bodies and also private insurers and healthcare providers. It has recently dealt with cases involving outsourcing projects, defence of negligence claims, withdrawal of treatment applications and employment issues involving TUPE and age discrimination claims. The firm recently acted for a private mental healthcare provider in the acquisition of a provider of integrated care that owned specialised hospitals for patients with disabilities and mental health issues. This involved advising on complex and strategic issues such as due diligence, reorganisation and consolidation. Corinne Slingo leads the team and specialises in regulatory CQC work related to registration, inspection preparation and ratings issues. Health sector head Nigel Montgomery focuses on group actions and catastrophic injury work. Rachel Roberts-Jenkins is adept at handling clinical negligence claims, and Simon Perkins deals with medical malpractice issues and clinical negligence claims such as those relating to ophthalmology and plastic surgery. Katy Horner specialises in providing HR advice and advice on reorganisation, redundancies and consultation with trade unions. Hannah Volpe deals with catastrophic claims and is experienced in dealing with hospital acquired infection cases. Sara Woods was promoted to senior associate and Alison Martin, Jessica Major and Vanessa Taylor-Byrne were all promoted to legal directors. Jonny Landau joined as partner from RadcliffesLeBrasseur and focuses on regulatory matters.

Next generation lawyers

Hannah Volpe - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides advice on real estate projects, policy and strategy, pensions, mental health, safeguarding, information law, procurement, competition law, state aid, corporate and commercial issues, and governance. Stephen Hocking heads the public law team, which includes Giles Taylor, who advised Somerset County Council in relation to its building schools for the future programme. Ben Pariser acted for Bath and North East Somerset Council with regards to the purchase of an investment property from an overseas company, and Ben Thornycroft advised Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in relation to a planning project to redevelop their civic offices and theatre in a deal worth £30m. Rosalind Ashcroft left the firm.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘undoubtedly one of the most proactive and professional legal advisers in the South West commercial property market’. The firm is best known for its comprehensive real estate work in the shopping centre sector, but has also developed a strong reputation in the house builder market and the property investment space. Of particular note, Nick Knapman led a team including Richard Cross that assisted Westfield Europe with the leasing arrangements for and subsequent opening of the 740,000 sq ft expansion of Westfield London, which is now the largest shopping centre in Europe. Similarly, Julitta Yates advises Land Securities on all landlord and tenant arrangements for the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent. Intu Properties is another major shopping centre client. Acting for banks and alternative lenders, Michael Pearce has experience in real estate investment finance and has advised peer-to-peer funder Lendy on multiple bridging and development loans. Ben Pariser leads the residential development practice and is instructed by clients such as Crest Nicholson and Bellway Homes. Graham Brothwood and Michael Bothamley jointly head the real estate group.

Leading individuals

Graham Brothwood - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

A well-known name in the insurance space, DAC Beachcroft LLP handles insurance-related disputes arising from negligent design and construction, and also advises on construction due diligence and public sector contracts. Ben Thornycroft is advising Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on the construction procurement for the redevelopment of its civic offices and the construction of a new commercial space. Thornycroft has also assisted Lendy with the construction due diligence in relation to a series of development loan transactions. Similarly, the team including senior associate Benjamin Thomas advised Shore Capital on the construction aspects of the funding contracts for the development of an IVF Clinic. The ‘stand-out’ Phillip Roberts has experience in indemnity claims against construction professionals. Additional clients include Bristol Water, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Wates Construction.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Noted for its ‘commitment to outstanding service’, DAC Beachcroft LLP provides environmental advice in the context of property development, regulatory investigations and public and private sector corporate and commercial transactions. Practice head Anne Harrison is a qualified barrister and was promoted to legal director in 2017. Harrison is acting for a UK building materials company in relation to claims by a household-name multinational corporate regarding alleged emissions emanating from the client’s neighbouring site. On the non-contentious side, Harrison has assisted clients such as Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and The University of Sheffield with environmental due diligence in connection with property sale and transfer transactions. The team also advises Wainhomes North West on compliance matters, and recently counselled the client on a threatened enforcement action by the Environment Agency. Neil Scott is an ‘extremely professional’ consultant in the department.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides ‘totally satisfactory advice’ to local organisations in relation to contested planning matters and also handles non-contentious planning applications for residential developers. Of particular note, legal director Anne Harrison is advising a joint venture comprising Taylor Wimpey and Deeley Freed Estates on the planning agreements for the 5,000 unit Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood in South Gloucestershire. The team also provides ongoing advice to Taylor Wimpey in relation to various projects throughout the South West. In the contentious space, Harrison represented Save Stokes Lodge Parkland in High Court claims brought by a landowner following the grant of town and village green status to a particular area in Bristol.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Headed by Nick Knapman, the team at DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in matters involving shopping centres and major retail property portfolios and provides comprehensive contentious property advice to Westfield Europe and Intu Properties. In addition to advising the group’s most significant shopping centre clients, Knapman has been involved in a number of multimillion-pound dilapidations claims, and also acted for a national housebuilder in a substantial disputed collaboration agreement. The department is also known for advising large corporate occupiers and landowners in the finance, health and residential development sectors. Senior associate Alison Moore handles ongoing lease work for AXA Insurance UK, and also advised a property management and investment group on a multimillion-pound dispute regarding the termination of a development agreement. Senior associate Richard Marshall is another key contact. Additional clients include EE, Zurich Assurance and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP specialises in providing IP-related advice in the pharmaceutical, technology and electronic sectors. Recent highlights include negotiating all of Royal Mail’s licensing deals for special stamp editions in 2017 and also providing advice on exploitation of its own IP, trade mark infringement, passing off, domain name infringement and brand protection issues. Another highlight includes advising Mitsubishi Motors in the UK in relation to contentious intellectual property issues and commercial advice. Andrew Allan-Jones  heads the team, he deals with a wide range of IP issues and is particularly adept at handling pharmaceutical-related patent litigation. Senior associate Kate Loxton  is a trade mark and copyright specialist, dealing mainly with disputes and licensing. The team is ‘excellent in all areas of IP ownership, non-disclosure agreements, legal contracts with customers and licenses for products’. Clients include Ultrahaptics, Equifax, IDE Group, Pure International and Kings Road Publishing.

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