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DAC Beachcroft LLP

1 MINSTER COURT, MINCING LANE, LONDON, EC3R 7AA, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong capability in discrete IT and technology transactions, and with navigating the commercial issues arising from the application of technology to areas such as financial services (including insurance), healthcare and real estate. The firm's extensive coverage of a broad cross-section of commercial contracts is supported by its ability to advise on related regulatory, data protection and cyber risk issues. In 2017, Tim Ryan joined the firm from Memery Crystal LLP to become the team head; the outgoing former head Tim Sewart went in the opposite direction, along with Robin Fry. Ryan acts for clients ranging from scale-ups to listed companies. A recent highlight for the team involved Prakash Kerai acting for digital fintech start-up Tandem Money Limited in the outsourcing of its risk strategy and fraud management services. Transversal Corporation Limited, King's College Hospital NHS Trust and Intelliflo Limited are among other clients of the firm. Richard Watkinson is a name to note in Leeds.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†provides a ‚Äėcan-do‚Äô, ‚Äėhighly pragmatic‚Äô approach and ‚Äėin-depth knowledge‚Äô, with a focus on regulated or public sectors, including healthcare, financial services and postal services. Practice head¬†Alexandra von Westernhagen¬†(who is noted for her ‚Äėdiverse knowledge of EU law‚Äô and ‚Äėability to explain complex topics in clear terms‚Äô) assisted with the re-notification of the Development Bank of Wales‚Äô Rescue & Restructuring Fund for SMEs for approval to the EC. Legal director¬†David Harrison¬†has been advising Royal Mail and The Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations on competition law and regulatory issues in relation to UK and EU law.

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Flotations: small and mid-cap
Flotations: small and mid-cap - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's team stands out in the advice to issuers and NOMADs/brokers on AIM-related matters in the natural resources and TMT sectors. It is also highly regarded in other areas, such as health, real estate and financial services. The broad scope of its practice covers AIM listings, secondary fundraisings and tender offers, as well as public and private M&A. The group acts for 22 AIM-listed companies, including Warpaint London Plc; it advised the client on its AIM IPO in 2016 and, in 2017, consultant Clive Garston and team head Nick Gibbon assisted it with its £21m placing and related acquisition of Retra Holdings. Other AIM-listed clients include iDe Group Holdings Plc, Castleton Technology Plc and Adept4 Plc. On the NOMAD/broker side, Jonathan Deverill and associate Rishi Solan acted for Arden Partners in Ethernity Networks' £15m AIM IPO and associated placing. In addition to undertaking AIM-related work, legal director Michelle Jones is experienced in NEX Exchange admissions, capital raisings and reverse takeovers, among other matters. Matthew Darling, who has a focus on the technology sector, acts for clients ranging from start-ups to AIM-listed companies. Nick Fothergill is also recommended.

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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 handles domestic and international transactions for clients from sectors ranging from financial services, technology and real estate to healthcare and energy and natural resources. Nick Gibbon heads the team; his recent highlights include advising cosmetics company Warpaint London on its £18m acquisition of Retra Holdings. In the technology sector, Matthew Darling acted for MXC Capital on its joint venture with Liberty Global, a company within the Virgin Media Group, to undertake a series of acquisitions in the IT services sphere, and on the insurance side, Jonathan Deverill advised Arthur J. Gallagher & Co on the acquisition of the issued share capital of Gatehouse Consulting. David Manifould is also a key member of the team; among other matters, he acted for Keller on the £62m sale of its interests in a Jersey property unit trust, whose structure was a corporate wrap for the largest wine warehouse in Europe, to a South Korean institutional investor.

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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 is particularly noted for its sector experience in in insurance, health and real estate; and the practice has acted in a wide range of disputes including loan recoveries, enforcing securities, bond and complex derivatives litigation, fraud, asset-tracing, injunctive relief, bribery, corruption and money laundering, international sanctions and FCA regulatory investigations. John Bramhall has represented numerous clients in the long-running LIBOR, EURIBOR and Forex investigations in the UK, US and Europe; and Jonathan Brogden’s recent work focused primarily on banking-related litigation, FCA investigations, and enforcement and corporate crime. Matthew Wescott joined Carter-Ruck.

Leading individuals

John Bramhall - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'team is outstanding in all respects'. The firm's disputes work frequently involve international dimensions; and the group is particularly known for disputes and regulatory work in the banking and financial services sector; accountants' regulatory investigations and professional liability; IT and IP-related disputes; defamation; and health sector-related litigation. It represented Delta Capital International as second defendant, and one of its directors as fourth defendant, in defending a claim that arose from a disputed sale of shares in one of the key players in Bulgaria's telecoms industry. Department head DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'especially good at negotiation with other parties'; Richard Highley, Ken Forsyth, Jonathan Brogden, Campbell Dye and Rachel Cropper-Mawer are also key advisers; and Laura Berry is 'extremely empathetic at helping clients through major pieces of litigation'. Matthew Wescott joined Carter-Ruck.

DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'team is outstanding in all respects'. The firm's disputes work frequently involve international dimensions; and the group is particularly known for disputes and regulatory work in the banking and financial services sector; accountants' regulatory investigations and professional liability; IT and IP-related disputes; defamation; and health sector-related litigation. It represented Delta Capital International as second defendant, and one of its directors as fourth defendant, in defending a claim that arose from a disputed sale of shares in one of the key players in Bulgaria's telecoms industry. Department head DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'especially good at negotiation with other parties'; Richard Highley, Ken Forsyth, Jonathan Brogden, Campbell Dye and Rachel Cropper-Mawer are also key advisers; and Laura Berry is 'extremely empathetic at helping clients through major pieces of litigation'. Matthew Wescott joined Carter-Ruck.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields specialist teams in insurance disputes, commercial dispute resolution and construction disputes. The firm's arbitration specialism spreads from Asia across Europe to Latin America, and it recently opened a representative office in New York, with a view to conducting arbitrations in the wider American market. The principal advisers are Ken Forsyth, Anthony Menzies, Julian Miller, Michael Blackburne and consultant Rowan Planterose. Matthew Wescott departed for Carter-Ruck.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'very good team' is able to leverage its in-depth knowledge of the financial , healthcare and local authority sectors when handling professional disciplinary instructions. Manchester-based Christopher Briggs' 'strengths are that he digs into a case and is prepared to work at the coalface when others might try and delegate; he is also meticulous in recording instructions and detailed proofs'. Briggs represents medical practitioners in both civil and regulatory matters. In Bristol, Stephen Hocking is a public and regulatory lawyer specialising in financial services-related professional discipline matters, particularly in the public sector; Dan Preddy is noted for Financial Reporting Council (FRC) cases; London's Richard Highley specialises in representing directors and officers in the accountancy and financial services sectors in relation to high-profile FRC cases; and Clare Hughes-Williams in Newport represents the interests of solicitors facing complex prosecutions brought by the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'fantastic' practice is 'excellent in defending claims in the financial services space' with a client roster including Deutsche Bank, Axa Insurance and Arthur J Gallagher. The firm's litigation strength also extends across the commercial, public and healthcare sectors; recent highlights include representing Royal Mail in injunction proceedings to prevent a national strike action by its postal workers and handling multiple unfair dismissal and sex discrimination claims. Other non-contentious work includes advising McDonald's on the roll out of its guaranteed minimum hours contracts and assisting McAfee with the employment aspects of its spin-off from Intel. 'Star individual in the financial sector' Khurram Shamsee is 'a calm, measured and unfussy lawyer' and leads the department, which also fields Udara Ranasinghe, trade union expert Nicholas Chronias, Richard Loxley and the 'highly talented' Georgina Rowley. David Sims joined from Clifford Chance LLP in 2017.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Fiona Gill leads DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'solid and well-regarded group', which excels in criminal investigations for corporate and gross negligence manslaughter, and regulatory offences including fire safety, product safety and environmental breaches. Gill is experienced in regulatory mandates, policy development and inquest issues, while Colin Moore handles investigations. Moore's recent highlights include defending IS Europe and one of its directors in health and safety and gross negligence manslaughter prosecutions following a pedestrian struck by a metal frame falling from a construction site, and acting for a company in an investigation relating to an explosion of a subterranean petrol tank which killed a sub-contractor. The firm's insurer client base includes Aviva, Zurich and Allianz.

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Noted for its 'good industry knowledge and expertise', DAC Beachcroft LLP is active in the public, retail, health and charity sectors; clients include the trustees of the Aircraft Research Association Pension Scheme, McDonalds and London Luton Airport. Recent work includes advising the trustees on the winding up of the Conran Shop occupational pension scheme, assisting Lancashire County Council with the pensions elements of the merger of its investment and administration services and acting for Mitie on the pension aspects of multiple outsourcings. The 'calm, pragmatic and knowledgeable' Neil Bhan leads the group, which includes senior associate Joanna Taylor.

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London: Insurance

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†provides strategic, commercial and regulatory advice to NHS and private healthcare clients. The practice is particularly active in¬†large group actions arising from the work of individual surgeons in the fields of breast surgery and orthopedics. It acts for three of the UK‚Äôs five largest providers of independent acute hospital services ‚Äď Spire, Bupa and Nuffield. Nigel Montgomery¬†is highly active in defending against cases involving catastrophic injury and group actions. Matthew McGrath¬†is also recommended.

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's team¬†‚Äėhas¬†a pragmatic, focused approach and adds real value for its clients‚Äô. This is married with a ‚Äėvery good level of service with strong knowledge in key areas such as construction‚Äô. David Bear,¬†‚Äėa specialist in the field of construction insurance‚Äô who makes clients ‚Äėfeel confident and comfortable when cases are in his hands‚Äô, is noted for his work in this sector. As well as construction, the firm has dedicated teams focusing on product liability, marine, and global insurance, to name but a few. The particular strength of the firm‚Äôs Latin American practice has attracted prominent partners such as Mark Kendall¬†and Duncan Strachan¬†from¬†Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, along with senior associates Sarah Hennessy¬†and Lucy Dyson, to a growing team that has also seen the lateral hire of Matthew Olorenshaw¬†from DWF. This expansion has strengthened a team that already includes the likes of Chris Wilkes, Ilana Gilbert¬†and James Deacon. With ten offices across the UK and eight international offices, the practice offers an insurance service across all lines of business from straightforward to complex claims, and the information security and cyber team headed by Hans Allnutt¬†demonstrates ‚Äėthe level and quality of service you would expect from a leading firm‚Äô in the key market areas. Leading the practice is Nick Young,¬†who, along with Fiona Gill,¬†was also recently instructed by HDI Global and Rydon Maintenance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Leading individuals

Chris Wilkes - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Nick Young - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ilana Gilbert - DAC Beachcroft LLP

James Deacon - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Lucy Dyson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sarah Hennessy - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

With a strong international presence and one of the largest global insurance/reinsurance practices, DAC Beachcroft LLP has the influence and depth of expertise to bring in work from most of the UK's top insurers. In addition to this, it is a partner of choice for bodies such as the Association of British Insurers, the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters, the Law Commission, and the British Insurance Brokers' Association. The firm separates itself from the crowd with a particularly strong data protection practice, which makes up a core part of its insurance advisory practice. This cyber risk team is an industry leader for contentious data protection issues and data breaches arising out of cyber incidents, an example of which can be seen in the team's support and advice to Ecclesiastical on compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, led by senior associate Jade Kowalski. In another stand-out matter, Mark Neville acted for HSBC on a ten-year distribution deal with Aviva, one of the largest transactions of its kind signed in the UK.

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

'One of the leading firms in this area', DAC Beachcroft LLP  offers 'excellent service' and has 'a long track record for handling claims effectively'. The practice handles the full range of PI cases, from high-value motor claims, complex employers’ and product liability matters, to disease, care home and international work. Clients include major insurers such as Zurich, Allianz, AXA, Admiral and Aspen, as well as individual corporate clients and government bodies such as the Ministry of Defence. The practice was strengthened further by the arrival of 'top-level solicitor' Victoria Kennedy and Emily Osborne from BLM. They join a team that includes Andrew Parker, who has a longstanding reputation of handling strategic litigation for a range of insurers; David Knapp, who is particularly active in handling public sector claims; and Tom Walshaw, who specialises in cases concerning social services and abuse claims. Other key individuals include Michelle Traxler, Adrian Cottam and Patricia Baxter.

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

‚ÄėA major player in the field‚Äô,¬†DAC Beachcroft LLP¬† is renowned for its track record in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Simon Pearl, now a consultant at the firm, continues to lead the practice, which has particular strength in issues arising from clinical trials; recent work includes acting for Novartis in a matter concerning the alleged side-effects of two optical trial drugs. Alison McAdams¬†and senior associate Olya Melnitchouk¬†are representing Optegra and Allergan in complex medical device claims. The firm has won several new instructions across the tech, consumer products and medical devices sectors, as well as several new instructions from insurers.

Leading individuals

Alison McAdams - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Simon Pearl - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Wendy Hopkins - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next generation lawyers

Olya Melnitchouk - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP‚Äôs expertise spans the cyber, construction, legal, technology, finance and insurance sectors; the team is instructed by clients such as Zurich, Aviva, XL Catlin, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, TalkTalk, McLaren Construction and Markel. The ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô Ross Risby¬†is defending a $100m claim against a boutique London law firm which is alleged to have conspired with the directors of a Gibraltarian investment company to siphon off investor funds for private objectives; he is also defending a claim brought against a QC arising from failed litigation against Port of London Authority and Hutchison Whampoa. William Allison, who heads the D&O and financial institutions group; professional risk team head Patrick Hill, who routinely advises insurers on claims against technology companies; Michael Blackburne¬†and Mark Roach,¬†who head the construction practice; cyber and data risk group head Hans Allnutt; accountancy head Richard Highley; Phil Murrin, who is experienced in claims against solicitors; and Matthew Olorenshaw, who recently joined from DWF¬†and handles construction-related cases, are also key members of the team, as is Duncan Strachan, who recently joined from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, and is advising a London market reinsurer on its involvement in the programme of reinsurance for Bancolombia. Julian Miller, who is ‚Äėhighly intelligent‚Äô and ‚Äėexcellent at spotting the key issues‚Äô; Graham Ludlam; and senior associates Sarah Crowther¬†and Mark Healing¬†are also recommended. Consultant Trevor Chamberlain¬†heads the professional liability practice.

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London: Private client

Court of protection
Court of protection - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

At DAC Beachcroft LLP¬† Newcastle-based Gill Weatherill¬†heads a ‚Äėvery responsive‚Äô team. The national team advises NHS and independent providers of health social care services as well as local authority commissioners of care. In a complex case the team brought a court of protection (High Court) application on behalf of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust seeking a best interests‚Äô declaration. This was in respect of the proposed surgical clearance of all of an incapable patient‚Äôs teeth. The patient was a Syrian refugee with learning disabilities who was non-verbal and had witnessed the torture of his brother in Syria by way of forced tooth extraction. Senior associate Jemma Gillson¬† is also recommended.

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London: Public sector

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises public bodies across education and local government and has a well-established reputation for its work in the health sector. Stephen Hocking’s work encompasses strategic advice on public and commercial law matters as well as judicial review and procurement challenges. He acted for NICE in a judicial review brought by the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry against a new budget impact test in which it was successfully argued that NICE could consider costs when approving a drug for use by the NHS and which was a highly significant result for the NHS. He also advises NHS England on various pharmaceutical regulatory matters. Julian Gizzi, who now practices as a consultant, offers similarly deep expertise and advised the Higher Education Funding Council for England/the Office for Students on all aspects of the latter’s creation and powers. Other clients include the Post Office, the Faraday Institution and the Office for Fair Access.

Leading individuals

Stephen Hocking - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'level of service is very good and the people handling the work are very experienced and knowledgeable'. It has a reputation for providing regulatory and funding advice and is advising the Higher Education Funding Council for England on a range of work, including the conduct of its review of additional funding for specialist higher education institutions. It is also involved in policy development matters such as the development of the new Higher Education and Research Act. Julian Gizzi and Stephen Hocking co-head the group and Eve Gregory leads the employment law advice. The team is advising ESCP Europe Business School on various matters including the setting up of its executive master's programme. It is also advising a number of clients on investigations into cases of historic sexual misconduct. Other clients include Ofsted, the University of Sheffield and Queen Mary University of London.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for NHS Trusts, CCGs and private healthcare providers. The practice, led by Anne Crofts,  balances commercial interests with a public sector focus to deliver innovative projects such as the first London devolution project for City & Hackney CCG to commission health and social care alongside two local authorities, and for London Central and West Unscheduled Care Collaborative on its successful bid to provide integrated urgent care and 111 services across five boroughs in North London. Crofts focuses on advising public and private providers and commissioners on innovative joint ventures, she recently assisted Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on a joint venture to establish a private patient clinic with US-based The Mayo Clinic. Hamza Drabu  advises on a broad range of commercial and public law issues. Senior associate Alistair Robertson is highly recommended for challenging public procurement decisions, as is Dean Parrett for real estate work.

Next generation lawyers

Alistair Robertson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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London: Real estate

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The real estate department at DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on asset management, strategic investment transactions and residential development projects. Headed by Robert Lee, the team provides comprehensive portfolio management advice to shopping centre operators including Westfield Europe, and on the tenant side, advised Panasonic on the relocation of its UK HQ. Similarly, Sakis Tombolis assisted a technology company on the lease of its new HQ in Slough. The team also handles landlord and tenant work for clients such as L’Oreal and Go-Ahead Group. On the development side, Gemma Leonard has handled strategic development site acquisitions for house builders including Bellway Homes, and Crispin Tomlinson advised Galliford Try Partnerships on the property aspects of its acquisition of five freehold site with potential planning for over 5,000 residential units. Investment highlights included Helen Murcott advising Hines, in conjunction with Greenberg Traurig, on the sale of its Grade A development at Cannon Place, and James Ross acting for The Royal London Mutual Insurance Society on its £152m acquisition of Hermes’ stake in Bluewater Shopping Centre. Further, Andrew Boulton and Graham Brothwood have handled investment transactions for local authorities including Waverley Council. Lesley Hughes is another key contact.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Contruction (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Mark Roach heads the contentious team at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which acts for clients including Bouygues and its UK subsidiaries, McLaren Construction Ltd, Brogan Group, Taylor Wimpey, Crest Nicholson Plc, Total Lindsey Oil refinery Limited, Keller Limited and Keller plc. Nicholas Taylor heads up the transactional side, principally acting for the firm's larger developer clients on high end residential developments in SE1 and Mayfair, on retail parks and other commercial developments, recently acting for Zurich on the construction aspects of the purchase of a number of properties in to its recent property investment fund, initially capitalised at £100m. Taylor and Christine Burrows assisted on DAC’s instruction from Property Alliance Group on all aspects of the construction of £30m Axis Tower in Manchester. Matthew Olorenshaw joined from DWF, Rando Howard from BLM, and Harriet Sykes from Bevan Brittan LLP.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†attracts praise for its ‚Äėpragmatic and commercial industry knowledge and business acumen‚Äô.¬†Christopher Stanwell¬†heads the team, which advised Canterbury City Council on all aspects of the promotion of a compulsory purchase order for a ¬£20m hotel-led mixed-use development in a sensitive site in the historic centre of Canterbury. The ‚Äėexperienced‚Äô Andrew Morgan¬†specialises in securing planning permission for major complex residential-led mixed-use schemes and is ‚Äėable to think laterally to find solutions'; he¬†recently advised Crest Nicholson on the Tadpole Garden Village project in North Swindon, one of the first commercially branded garden villages. Kali Yau¬†has particular expertise in complex highway and drainage issues, infrastructure agreements and highway licences, and was also appointed by Crest Nicholson to advise on highway and infrastructure issues concerning a major new development by the Grand Union Canal in Campbell Park in Milton Keynes.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP¬†is regularly instructed for residential development disputes, retail and shopping center management and commercial property portfolio management. Practice head Guy Knight¬†and senior associate Jonathan Smith¬†are hailed as ‚Äėthe Batman and Robin of property litigation‚Äô and the wider team is praised as being ‚Äėextremely talented with superb clients‚Äô. Joanna Christou¬†is a key member of the group which has been bolstered by the arrival of¬†Ellen La¬†from Ronald Fletcher Baker LLP. Knight has recently been acting for Sydney Road Developments to obtain vacant possession of a development site tenanted by a number of commercial tenants. The firm has also acted for Royal London, advising them on the significance of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987 on their ¬£2.7bn UK property fund. Other clients include the NHS and Lloyd‚Äôs of London.

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London: Risk advisory

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The information law practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for insurance and health sector clients in a full range of data protection, privacy and cyber security matters. The team was instructed by Lloyd's Market Association and the Association of British Insurers to consider and provide strategic advice on on the UK Data Protection Bill's application to the insurance industry. It also handles contentious work and successfully defended a large insurer client against an ICO Prosecution, for alleged breach of data protection laws. Rhiannon Webster heads the practice which includes head of cyber and data risk Hans Allnutt.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's technology team advises clients in the public and private sectors, with particular expertise in the health and insurance sectors, and on fintech matters. A team led by Prakash Kerai  - which included financial regulatory and technology team members - acted for Tandem Money on the outsourcing of its risk strategy and fraud management services. The department is headed up by Tim Ryan who joined the team from Memery Crystal LLP, and  Tim Sewart and Robin Fry both departed to join Memery Crystal LLP.  

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'highly regarded' and has strong expertise in product liability and regulatory work. Simon Pearl and Alison MacAdams jointly lead the practice and both have 'tremendous analytical legal skills' with 'second-to-none experience in life science product and healthcare law'. BMI is a key client of Pearl's, which he advised on claims over the failure of metal hip replacements brought by 500 individuals. He also defended BMI on litigation concerning claims brought by silicone gel in breast implants manufactured by PIP. Recent work highlights for MacAdams include advising Optegra on the allegedly defective implantation of an intraocular lens, which was brought by a number of claimants. Bristol-based IP specialist Andrew Allan-Jones is also a key figure, as is associate Olya Melnitchouk, who is 'destined for great heights' and 'oozes efficiency and legal skill'.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Noted for its 'expertise in amateur and professional motorsports', DAC Beachcroft LLP's department is also often active in football, cricket and rugby. Manchester-based group head Jan Levinson, a commercial litigator with particular knowledge of sports injuries and regulatory matters, acted for Manchester United FC on licensing issues; Nicholas Taylor advised Brighton & Hove Albion FC on property matters regarding its stadium. In cricket, Ken Forsyth advised the ECB's Cricket Discipline Commission on amendments to, and the implementation of, the ECB's disciplinary rules and procedures. The Bristol-based Andrew Allan-Jones acted for Worcestershire CCC on its five-year sponsorship deal with Blackfinch. On the contentious side, Clive Garston represented TLA Worldwide in commercial litigation. Other clients of the practice include Bradley Wiggins and the National Autograss Sport Association.

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