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DAC Beachcroft LLP

3 HARDMAN STREET, MANCHESTER, M3 3HF, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0161 934 3000
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Fax 0161 934 3288
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14341 MANCHESTER 1
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Web:
www.dacbeachcroft.com

North West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Manchester
Corporate and commercial: Manchester - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The ‘responsive’ and ‘hardworking’ department at DAC Beachcroft LLP  is active across the financial services, healthcare, technology and renewable energy sectors. Highlights included advising the shareholders of Fastflow Group on a "cash out" and rollover of its shareholders into a new company, funded by Elysian Capital, Yorkshire Bank and Lloyds Bank; and advising the former shareholders of CJJ Investments on its sale to an entity owned by NASDAQ-listed Bottomline Technologies. Harald Loeffler , who heads the German desk, and senior associate William Pinnock are recommended, while Legal director Andrew Clare, who heads the firm’s Japan desk, recently joined the firm from his role as general counsel at Accenture Japan. Paul Ellaby heads the team.

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North West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The licensing team at DAC Beachcroft LLP  specialises in providing strategic licensing advice on complex and high-value matters to clients across a variety of sectors such as real estate, hospitality, leisure, public sector and health. The team’s client base includes Manchester United, EE, Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital and Mitie. Key figures include practice head Jan Levinson and senior associate Andrew Martin, who has particular experience acting for clients in the sports and entertainment sectors.

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North West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Manchester
Commercial litigation: Manchester - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's  ‘excellent’ department handles complex shareholder, contract, professional negligence, fraud and insolvency cases, acting for individual and business clients across the TMT, healthcare and insurance sectors. Highlights included representing the Right Honourable Charles Clarke in claims against Mirror Group Newspapers arising from the unlawful obtaining and misuse of private and confidential information, and representing DHL Management Services in relation to a series of anti-suit injunctions. Irlam Wharf Properties, Make Positive, RSA and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust are also clients. Department head Jan Levinson handles IT and outsourcing disputes as well as property claims and corporate matters, often with a cross-border element. Harald Loeffler regularly advises on misrepresentation, unlawful interference with contract and other economic torts, and professional negligence cases, while Sydney Fulda has a ‘wealth of experience’ in complex commercial cases. Senior associates Vicki Bates, who handles disputes involving insolvency practitioners, Andrew Martin, who specialises in shareholder, sports and licensing disputes, and Joanne Dumphy, who handles IT, insurance and healthcare cases, are also key members of the team.

Leading individuals

Jan Levinson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sydney Fulda - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP  fields a ‘knowledgeable, commercially aware and practical’ team that is ‘exceptional in all areas of employment'. The department ‘takes a genuine interest in its clients’ and acts in the most high-profile matters for FTSE-listed companies, global employers in addition to the largest employers in the region. Active clients include Balfour Beatty Utilities, Bentley Motors, McDonald’s and Chubb Insurance of Europe. Deborah Hely  and her team are ‘outstanding’. Philip Harman  is a ‘very experienced and technically able lawyer who thinks outside the box and gives very clear and unambiguous advice'. At associate level Kim Freeman-Smith  is ‘considered, very responsive and straightforward’. Michelle Jenkins  and Nicola Sherry are both ‘very approachable, pragmatic and experienced’.

Leading individuals

Philip Harman - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

At DAC Beachcroft LLP  consultant Iain Moore  is ‘sensible and pragmatic, with the ability to translate the legal requirements and issues into reality and practice’. The Manchester office receives instructions nationally as panel solicitors for a number of major insurers and acts for multinational corporate clients on a broad range of  investigations, inquests and prosecutions, as well as on ad hoc health and safety matters.

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Immigration
Immigration - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP  has a ‘very knowledgeable team that is able to convey complex issues and associated solutions in clear and understandable terms. The team tailors its advice to suit its clients’ needs and provides pragmatic and commercial advice’. Senior associate Emma Morgan  is a key contact along with the ‘extremely brilliant and technically able’ Philip Harman  who is very experienced on employment matters and ‘thinks outside the box’. Harman ‘talks with you (rather than at) you to understand the issues and agree approaches. He then provides succinct and clear advice ’. The department advises private and public sector clients on all issues surrounding recruitment and the transfer of overseas workers into the UK primarily under the Points Based System. In the aftermath of Brexit it is also increasingly advising on the status of European workers in the UK and on the steps that employers need to take to ensure permanency of residence. It routinely advises and trains clients in the retail, leisure, health, education, transport and logistics sectors. Key clients include McDonald’s Restaurants, UK Mail, Care UK, DHL GBS (UK) and the University of Sheffield. It regularly advises Aegis Outsourcing (UK) on immigration matters and undertakes quarterly audits of its employee files to ensure compliance with its sponsorship obligations and other matters.

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North West: Insurance

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP   is nationally recognised as a leading defendant firm for clinical negligence work. In Manchester, practice head Simon Wortley  is a ‘massively experienced and shrewd litigator who leads his team with skill’ and works closely with offshore insurers and those involved in private finance in the health and social care sectors. At senior associate level Hazel Davies  ‘always gives a calm and realistic analysis of the merits of the claim’ and the ‘very approachable’ Jonathan Bonser is a ‘tenacious litigator with a meticulous attention to detail’. The group was joined by associates Carena Fullerton  (‘commercial and pragmatic’) and Claire Fitzgerald who is described as a ‘really impressive lawyer who is clear thinking and keeps a cool head at trial to determine the best strategy’ – both joined from BLM . An impressive roster of clients includes BMI Healthcare, The Medical Defence Union, NHS Resolution as well as Care Fertility Group and the Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands. It also secured new clients in Elysium Healthcare and the MPLC.

Leading individuals

Simon Wortley - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP  is a ‘major player’. Its team provides ‘clear and comprehensive advice’. The group continues to flourish and acts for many of the leading UK insurers with key specialisms in the defence of disease claims (especially deafness claims). It also handles a significant volume of motor claims at all levels regularly acting for both large composite insurers and mono-line motor specialists.  Iain Moore handles the full range of substantial employers, product and general liability claims. Craig Godding  heads a solid motor injury team and has vast experience of dealing with complex road traffic, employers' liability and public liability claims. Corrine Sinker is recommended for her work on accident and asbestos-related claims.

Leading individuals

Iain Moore - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

At DAC Beachcroft LLP head of department Ian McConkey has considerable expertise in professional negligence claims against solicitors, brokers, valuers, construction professionals as well as directors, officers and emerging professionals. Martin Paxton  is a ‘very effective lawyer who is great with clients and at managing opponents’. Harald Loeffler is a known name for his work in the defence of complex IT, IP and contractual disputes on behalf of insurers. The group is frequently instructed on the most complex, multi-party, high-profile and high-value claims especially against solicitors, insurance brokers and design and construct contractors. It has a number of excellent clients such as Travelers Insurance, AmTrust, Markel and Allied World Assurance Company.

Leading individuals

Ian McConkey - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next generation lawyers

Martin Paxton - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: Public sector

Health
Health - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's well-regarded team is headed by Deborah Hely  and includes Sean Doherty,  who divides his time between Leeds and Manchester and is recommended for his work on clinical negligence work. The team has been advising on a number of highly sensitive litigation matters involving doctors’ clinical performance concerns and disciplinary related employment tribunal claims. Harald Loeffler  has also been acting in a variety of commercial disputes for health clients. Highlights included acting for the Countess of Chester NHS FT in connection with employment and employee relations issues relating to a police investigation into an unusually high rate of baby deaths and collapses at the Countess of Chester hospital. Other active clients include NHS Resolution, The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (Greater Manchester) as well as Cheshire & Wirrall Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP  ’s work spans the full gamut of local government requirements from constitutional and governance advice to projects and litigation. In Manchester Jan Levinson is recommended for commercial litigation and Alison Key for real estate matters. Legal directorRachael Reynolds  is leading the advice to St Helens Borough Council on the implementation of and compensation issues surrounding the compulsory purchase of land at Newton le Willows station. Other major clients include Oldham Council, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council.

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North West: Real estate

Commercial property: Manchester
Commercial property: Manchester - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘responsive and commercial’ department is ‘very thorough’ and specialises in large scale asset management work, fund management, property finance, residential and commercial developments. Team head Alison Key led advice for Hermes Real Estate Investment Management on the £322.5m sale of three of its major retail outlet centres to Land Securities and also led advice for Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, as administering authority for the Greater Manchester Pension Fund, on the purchase of the Morgan Quarter, Cardiff. Peter Williams handles property finance and corporate occupier work and advised Property Alliance Group on the £9.5m acquisition of two office buildings in Leeds. Adrian Wallbank acts for property developers, owners and occupiers, and has particular experience in the retail sector, and worked alongside colleagues in the firm’s national network of offices, in advising Royal London on the launch of its new UK property fund.  Legal directors Liz Donnelly, Rachael Reynolds, who was recently promoted and Leanne Murray, who heads the residential development team, are also recommended, as is senior associate Nick Molloy. Nick Beko joined gunnercooke LLP in 2017.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is active across contentious construction, insurance claims, contracts and leases, procurement and transactional work. On the contentious side, the team is representing The Co-operative Group on disputes with Johnson Construction on 12 sites across the UK, is acting for McLaren Construction on a final account and payment dispute with a leading developer and is acting for CPD Powerline on claims for payment for power gird work on multiple sites in Northern Ireland. Non-contentious highlights include advising Cheshire West and Chester District Council on major construction and property retail development works with a developer and retailer in Cheshire and advising The Co-operative Group on the transfer of lease and contract documentation relating to a distribution warehouse at Rugby Valley Park. Consultant Phillip Fry heads the team and specialises in construction disputes and regional senior partner Ian McConkey handles professional indemnity claims on behalf of construction professionals. Harald Loeffler and senior associate Claire Randall-Smith are also key members of the team.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP  is regularly instructed by institutional investors, shopping centre owners, property funds and REITs on in disputes relating to complex development and regeneration projects, rent reviews and asset management work. The team advised a national shopping centre owner on lease termination proceedings and defended Royal London Mutual Insurance Society on a breach of covenant claim. It also advised St Helens Borough Council on the implementation of and compensation issues around the compulsory purchase of land at Newton-le-Willows Station. Royal Mail Group, Lend Lease and Land Securities are also clients. Lesley Hughes and recently promoted legal director Rachael Reynolds head the team, which includes associate Simon Kelly has joined Birketts LLP.

Next generation lawyers

Rachael Reynolds - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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North West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has an ‘excellent team that really knows its subject; it has a strong breadth of knowledge and provides balanced and commercial advice in order to allow clients to assess the business risks’. The ‘excellent ’Harald Loeffler  specialises in handling complex and often high-value IT disputes. Legal director Andrew Rankin  garners considerable praise for the ‘excellent service he provides’. Rankin and associate Nick Spearing  are ‘both responsive, knowledgeable and commercially balanced in their approach to risk management and business value’. The IT practice reflects the firm’s focus on healthcare and insurance but is also increasingly focusing on the wider private sector. Major clients include TechUK (the UK’s technology industry trade body with 900 member companies), Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Intellifo.

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Rankin - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP  works for national and international clients on all kinds of IP transactions and disputes.Harald Loeffler  regularly advises on multi-million pound disputes and Andrew Rankin  was promoted to legal director. The team continues to act for Internorm (a large windows brand in Europe) in connect with the protection of its intellectual property rights in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the USA. Other key clients include Bandex Textil und Handels –GmbH and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Jan Levinson heads a multi-disciplinary team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which provides a wide range of commercial services to an ever-growing portfolio of sports clients. It advises on issues such as employment and contractual matters to sports stadium issues and corporate finance. Senior associate Andrew Martin  is also recommended. The group continues to act for Manchester United and has advised it on issues such as variations to the club’s premises licence. It has also been instructed by Brighton & Hove Albion FC on various matters such as real estate matters and property matters. Sir Bradley Wiggins, ECB Cricket Discipline Commission and National Autograss Sport Association are all clients. The group is also very well regarded for its work in sports injuries.

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