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DAC Beachcroft LLP

1 MINSTER COURT, MINCING LANE, LONDON, EC3R 7AA, ENGLAND
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Work 0207 894 6800
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753 LONDON
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www.dacbeachcroft.com

London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice is particularly active in the financial institutions, healthcare and public sectors, where the firm acts for public and private sector organisations in outsourcings and procurement matters, as well as various other commercial and IT/technology projects. Robin Fry is experienced in technology licensing matters. Michael Peeters is leading the advice to Centro (the West Midlands passenger transport executive) on the procurement of smartcard ticketing systems. In another highlight, Anne Crofts, Giles Peel and Hamza Drabu acted for Brighton and Hove Integrated Care Services, which was part of a consortium bidding to provide musculoskeletal physiotherapy services in the Central and East Sussex area. Other clients include EE, Royal Mail Group and Zurich Insurance, as well as entrepreneurial SMEs. Tim Sewart leads the team, which includes Alan Pratt and legal director Prakash Kerai.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides a ‘can-do’, ‘highly pragmatic’ approach and ‘in-depth knowledge’, with a focus on regulated or publicly owned sectors, including healthcare, financial services, and postal services. Practice head Alexandra von Westernhagen (who is noted for her ‘diverse knowledge of EU law’ and ‘ability to explain complex topics in clear terms’) advises Royal Mail on competition law and regulatory issues in relation to UK and EU law, and is providing state aid advice to North East Finance on its establishment of a suite of public investment funds for SMEs in the North East. Legal director David Harrison is part of the team advising British Business Bank on a number of state aid matters, including its Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme; he is also advising the Association of Independent Healthcare Organisations on competition law issues arising from horizontal co-operation between competitor groups in a policy initiative to bring more people into private healthcare.

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s Matthew Darling has a wealth of experience acting for technology sector clients ranging from start-ups and high-net-worth individuals to AIM-listed companies. In 2016, Darling, legal director Michelle Jones and others acted for Castle Street Investments (now CoreTx Holdings) on the acquisition of Selection Services by way of a reverse takeover and the company’s re-admission to AIM. The firm’s practice also covers other sectors, such as natural resources, real estate and insurance. In 2016, Clive Garston advised cosmetics group Warpaint London on its AIM IPO. Complementing its work for issuers, the team also serves NOMADs/brokers; Jonathan Deverill acted for Cenkos Securities on a placement by dual AIM/ASX-listed Salt Potash Limited to raise A$3.2m.

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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 ‘excellent’, ‘very responsive’ team has ‘good knowledge’ and handles a high volume of matters, completing £500m-worth of M&A in 2016. It handles public as well as private M&A: group head Nick Gibbon advised Tower Gate Group on its recommended £4.5m takeover by MJH Group Holdings. Financial services (especially in the insurance space), technology and corporate real estate are sector strengths: Matthew Darling advised the shareholders of Tax Computer Systems on its £73m sale to Eco City Vehicles, and acted for Castle Street Investments (now CoreTX Holdings) on its £39m purchase of Selection Services Investments. He also assisted Pinnacle Technology Group with its acquisitions of Weston Communications, Ancar-B Technologies and Adept4, and its sale of the Pinnacle CDT business to Chess ICT. In the insurance space, Jonathan Deverill advised Arthur J. Gallagher on its purchase of Orb Financial Services. On the cross-border side, Gibbon acted for a Dutch subsidiary of ABEO Group on its purchase of a controlling stake in Sportsafe UK. Other clients include Crest Nicholson, Linden Homes, Castleton Technology and Keller Group. ‘Tenacious’ associate Jenny Goodrich is ‘committed to completing deals’; senior associate Holly Buckley is also recommended. Energy and infrastructure expert Nick Fothergill arrived in March 2017 from Watson Farley & Williams 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 handles complex, high-value disputes in the financial sector that frequently involve international dimensions. The team defended a former Deutsche Bank employee against the SFO’s case for alleged manipulation of the EURIBOR benchmark rate; it also acted for Irish Banking Resolution Corporation (In special Liquidation) (IBRC) in mis-selling claims, made against IBRC in the Commercial Court by five investors in a £70m UK property investment. National practice area head John Bramhall, London practice head Jonathan Brogden and Matthew Wescott are the key names.

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Commercial litigation
Commercial litigation - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘well equipped to handle even the most complex, cross-border litigation’. The firm grew the group through the hire of commercial litigator Rachel Cropper-Mawer from Clyde & Co LLP; and it recently acted for interested parties in the ongoing LIBOR investigations. It has also represented clients during interviews with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), the US Department of Justice, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, the FBI, and European-based regulators. It defended Henyep Capital Markets (UK), a global capital market trading business, against a claim by Kuwaiti company Amwal International Investment Company, which was issued in the Commercial Court upon the termination of the parties’ trading relationship. John Bramhallhas a sensible approach to matters’; Richard Highley is ‘calm, thoughtful and pragmatic’; Ken Forsyth is ‘a strong lateral thinker’; and Matthew Wescott is ‘recommended for his command over both the entire file and the subtleties of a case’. Jonathan Brogden’s recent work focused primarily on banking-related litigation, FCA investigations and enforcement and corporate crime; and Campbell Dye’s practice is increasingly focused on TMT work, as well as defending claims for infringement of copyright, trade marks and design rights.

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International arbitration
International arbitration - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is an ‘excellent, commercial practice that provides punctual service and keeps costs within budget’. It scope of work covers complex construction and engineering infrastructure disputes, as well as insurance and reinsurance cases. Matthew Wescott’s ‘no- nonsense approach and ability to understand business drivers are appreciated’; and Michael Blackburnehas terrific experience of handling challenging international engineering disputes’. Other recommended practitioners are Rowan Planterose and Ken Forsyth.

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Professional discipline
Professional discipline - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Manchester-based Christopher Briggs leads the practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which includes public law specialist Stephen Hocking, accountancy and financial services specialist Richard Highley, and legal sector-focused Clare Hughes-Williams in Newport. The team focuses on defending professionals, with particular strengths in the medical and healthcare sector. Key clients include the Medical Defence Union and insurers such as Arag, New Line and XL Catlin. Christopher Morris left the team to become a coroner, and senior associate Emma Dowden-Teale joined Bates Wells Braithwaite.

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London: Human resources

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s department often handles litigation for clients ranging from the financial services, commercial to health and public sectors. Georgina Rowley represented Dell in litigation brought by a former employee regarding the employee’s rights under a stock plan. Rowley also led advice to CORETX on the employment aspects regarding its acquisition of Selection Services, including due diligence and arrangements for exiting employees. The department includes Nicholas Chronias, who specialises in trade union relations and multi-party employment matters, and Udara Ranasinghe, who has experience acting for clients in both the public and private sectors. The group is headed by Khurram Shamsee, who assisted the Government Equalities Office with Gender Pay Gap Reporting regulations. Other clients include Deutsche Bank, Royal Mail Group and Freightliner Group.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘seamless’ and ‘accessible’ team stands out for its ‘very high quality of service’, and has notable experience in ‘what are often very difficult cases’. London practice head Fiona Gill, who ‘provides very good partner support’, has considerable experience representing clients in investigations brought by the HSE, police and other regulators, as well as acting in inquests. Gill’s recent work includes advising a healthcare provider on a number of deaths in hospital care. Colin Moore, who was recently promoted to the partnership, has extensive experience advising on criminal investigations, as well as handling regulatory matters regarding fire safety, food safety and environmental law. Clients include insurers Aviva, Zurich and Allianz.

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice is notable for its public sector experience. Practice head Neil Bhan continues to lead advice to Mitie on the pensions aspects of a number of outsourcings, including auto-enrolment, contractual and transfer value issues. Bhan also assisted Lancashire County Council in relation to the pensions aspects of the merger of its investment and administration services. Senior associate Joanna Taylor is also recommended. Other clients include Zurich Insurance, Care UK and the trustees of Christ’s Hospital Pension Scheme.

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London: Insurance

Clinical negligence: claimant
Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Nigel Montgomery - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP has acted for the NHSLA for a number of years and is experienced in providing strategic, commercial and regulatory health advice on a range of issues affecting the NHS and other private healthcare providers. The practice specialises in catastrophic injury claims brought against the NHS and handling claims with potential liabilities in excess of £2bn. Recent work includes defending the NHSLA in a £6m catastrophic brain injury claim; the claimant allegedly suffered hypoglycaemia and subsequent brain injury as a result of negligent care. Nigel Montgomery, who heads the national health sector team, is a nominated partner for the NHSLA and is experienced in catastrophic injury claims. Also recommended are Matthew McGrath, who is head of clinical risk and specialises in handling brain injury claims; and Heather Durston-Hillyer, who has experience in maximum severity cases with an emphasis on cerebral palsy and other birth-related injury claims.

Leading individuals (Claimant and Defendant)

Nigel Montgomery - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s 70-strong London team provides ‘great service’ and impresses with its ‘excellent technical knowledge’ and ‘commercial attitude’ under the leadership of Helen Faulkner, who ‘has vast knowledge’ and ‘finds new solutions within moments’ for professional indemnity and coverage issues. The department is formed of specialist groups, which includes Hans Allnutt’s cyber and data risk team, and the marine, aviation and transport group led by Anthony Menzies, who also heads the onshore and offshore energy team. Construction and engineering practice head David Bear is known for his ‘great market knowledge’ and ‘very client focused’ approach, the ‘very intelligent and friendlyWilliam Allison leads the D&O and financial institutions team and is recommended with ‘talented partnerJames Deacon. Professional risk group head Patrick Hill is another key figure with barrister and recently promoted partner Graham Ludlam. The ‘extremely client focused and proactiveNick Young leads the property insurance team and is representing Zurich in a high-profile property damage and business interruption matter in relation to a landslide caused by coastal erosion. Chris Wilkes, who is ‘a legend in the insurance market’, acted for Swiss Re in investigating coverage for losses incurred by the İzmit Bay Bridge collapse, and is representing the insurer in a subrogation claim against suppliers of allegedly faulty materials. Chubb and RSA appointed the firm to their panels and other clients include Allianz, XL Catlin and AXA. Simon Jones joined from Cozen O'Connor, Rachel Cropper-Mawer arrived from Willis Towers Watson and senior associate Sarah Crowther was a key hire from Simmons & Simmons. Associate Ilana Gilbert is well regarded.

Leading individuals

Chris Wilkes - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ilana Gilbert - DAC Beachcroft LLP

James Deacon - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The ‘practical and commercial’ team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘always willing to go the extra mile to provide assistance’ and ‘offers advice which is very much tailored to the client’s requirements’. The group has been notably active in the data protection space, working with cyber insurance experts to advise on compliance with data protection regulations. It has also seen a steady pipeline of corporate and M&A transactions, and regularly advises on the impact of Solvency II and other regulatory changes. Recent work included advising Flood Re on a strategic policy document for cyber risk management; acting for AXA PPP Healthcare on its business transfer agreement with Universal Provident, an employee benefits and insurance provider; and assisting AIG Life with its new partnership with NFU Mutual. Regulatory specialist Mathew Rutter heads the practice and ‘has great industry knowledge’, and Emma Bate advises on the full range of commercial and contractual issues.

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Personal injury: claimant
Leading individuals

Andrew Parker - DAC Beachcroft LLP

David Knapp - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Tania Sless - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘exceptional’ practice is ‘market leading’ and provides ‘excellent expertise’ in a range of areas, specialising in cases involving complex EL, product liability, disease and care home claims. Recently, the firm defended claims relating to asbestos and chemical exposure, occupational strain injury and noise-induced hearing loss. The ‘innovative’ and ‘solution-drivenTania Sless heads the department and specialises in employers’ liability, product liability and catastrophic injury disputes; she is ‘a good negotiator who obtains good settlements’ and ‘takes a business-like approach to handling claims’. Andrew Parker is at the forefront of strategic litigation and advises insurers on a range of emerging issues affecting injury claims. Tom Walshaw, Nigel Adams, John Goodman, David Knapp, Danielle Singer and Michelle Traxler joined from Clyde & Co LLP.

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

Up there with the leaders in the field’, DAC Beachcroft LLP is renowned for pharmaceutical and healthcare sector work, where it excels in disputes arising out of clinical trials. Simon Pearl became a consultant and ‘lends gravitas to the team’, which includes ‘genuine products, pharmaceutical and medical devices specialistsAlison McAdams and senior associate Olya Melnitchouk; together, they are representing Novartis and its subsidiary Alcon in claim relating to a phase two trial for a drug that is being tested for treating myelofibrosis, which allegedly caused neurological and cognitive impairment. The ‘very experienced and efficientWendy Hopkinsis always a calm and very safe pair of hands’, who recently took over from Pearl as practice head. Together with ‘skilled’ and ‘very bright’ legal director Stephen Turner, Hopkins is acting for Spire Healthcare in relation to metal-on-metal-hip litigation and High Court proceedings brought against defunct company Poly Implant Prothèse (PIP), which concerns implants that were manufactured with unapproved silicone gel; Pearl represents BMI Healthcare in both cases, with Melnitchouk also working on the hip litigation. The firm’s technology caseload increased, with McAdams advising EE on recalling all of its power bar mobile phone chargers in relation to allegations that they overheated and caused fires, resulting in personal injury and property damage. GlaxoSmithKline, Optegra and Allianz are additional clients of the practice, which includes Chris Wilkes.

Leading individuals

Alison McAdams - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Simon Pearl - 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’s team has ‘in-depth market knowledge’, provides ‘very good response times’ and is ‘client friendly’. Its expertise spans disputes in the legal, construction, technology, financial and insurance industries. Head of the D&O and financial institutions practice Will Allison, who is ‘very responsive’, is acting for the D&O insurer of the directors of a fund management company facing various criminal investigations instigated by Germany’s Public Prosecutor related to cum/ex trading involving several investment banks. The ‘brilliantRoss Risby is representing Markel Insurance, Brit Insurance, Liberty Speciality Markets and Chubb in a case pertaining to fraudulent acts committed by an employee of a solicitor’s firm in the Isle of Man. Other names to note include head of professional risk Patrick Hill, who is ‘calm under pressure’, Michael Blackburne, who is ‘first-rate for construction matters’, Hans Allnutt who is the head of cyber and data risk, Mark Roach, who is noted for construction and engineering disputes, head of accountancy Richard Highley, Phil Murrin, who is experienced in defending claims against solicitors, and the ‘highly regardedJulian Miller. Trevor Chamberlain is now a consultant and Evi Hava moved in-house with the RenaissanceRe Group.

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London: Private client

Court of Protection
Court of Protection - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP (Newcastle)

The national team at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides ‘excellent levels of service and is very knowledgeable. It is vastly experienced and there is great support at all levels’. Practice head Gillian Weatherill and senior associate Jemma Gillson (both based in Newcastle) are ‘excellent and well organised’, with Weatherill notable for her experience in mental health and mental capacity issues. The firm advises the NHS and independent providers of health and social care services as well as local authority commissioners of care; examples include Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

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London: Public sector

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The ‘outstandingDAC Beachcroft LLP shines in the healthcare sector, providing ‘quality support on difficult issues’ concerning new treatments, judicial reviews and other complex matters. Practice head Stephen Hocking represented NHS England in a judicial review that was filed by the National AIDS Trust in the Court of Appeal, where it was decided that the NHS does have the power to fund the pre-exposure prophylaxis drug. The Health Research Authority was added to the firm’s substantial list of healthcare clients, which includes Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Family Health Services Appeal Unit. Water UK and Association of British Insurers are other key clients. Julian Gizzi is now a consultant and is advising the Higher Education Funding Council for England on drafting the Higher Education and Research Bill. Rosalind Ashcroft is the main contact in Bristol.

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 group utilises its ‘excellent knowledge, experience and ability to investigate and analyse difficult cases’ to act for education providers, as well as local authorities and public bodies on contentious as well as non-contentious matters. Practice co-head Julian Gizzi is assisting Higher Education Funding Council for England with its review of additional funding for specialist higher education institutions and with the drafting of the Higher Education and Research Bill, which is intended to amend the current regulatory regime and establish a new regulatory body. Gizzi is also providing ongoing assistance to ESCP Europe Business School and, alongside fellow co-head Stephen Hocking, is advising The Society of Jesus on the planned withdrawal of Heythrop College as a constituent college of the University of London. The group is also representing universities and colleges in abuse and historic abuse claims and successfully defended Ofsted in an appeal to a deregistration decision filed by the education provider the decision related to. Other clients include the University of Sheffield, Queen Mary University of London and Office for Fair Access.

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Healthcare
Healthcare - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘excellent, responsive and knowledgeable’ team ‘outstrips others in the field’, counting numerous NHS foundation trusts among its clients, including Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts, as well as ambulance trusts, clinical commissioning groups and several independent health providers. The group’s wide-ranging expertise includes partnership advice, handling procurement processes, defending judicial review proceedings and conducting compliance reviews. The ‘quick-thinking’ Hamza Drabu, who ‘understands clients’ needs and designs creative solutions to complex problems’, and practice head Anne Crofts are advising four partners of the Hillingdon Accountable Care Partnership on the creation of an accountable care partnership, including two NHS foundation trusts, a voluntary sector organisation and a GP federation. The group also assisted London Central & West Unscheduled Care Collaborative with procurement for the provision of integrated urgent care and 111 services across five boroughs in north London, which included related commercial, employment and property advice. Giles Peel led a team handling a potential conflict of interest arising from a non-executive director’s position as a director of a company with business links to the Trust for an NHS foundation trust. Stephen Hocking advised NHS England on the commissioning of a preventative HIV treatment and represented the client in related judicial review proceedings concerning the scope of the NHS’ powers in public health matters. Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, Bupa and Spire Healthcare are also clients.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: hotels and leisure - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘personable and astute’ lawyers act for a broad array of housebuilders and public sector clients including Crest Nicholson, Taylor Wimpey and Waverley District Council. Recent highlights included Crispin Tomlinson’s advise to Linden Homes on the acquisition of a development site from The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, and Glenn Ruddy’s advise to Amcorp Properties Berhad on a joint venture with Grosvenor Europe Investments and Grosvenor Fund Management Spain to invest in Spanish real estate. The team was also active in the retail space on behalf of both landlords and high-end retail tenants: in one ongoing matter, Andrew Boulton continues to represent Epping Forest District Council in relation to the leasehold agreements for the Epping Forest Shopping Park in Loughton. Head of practice Robert Lee focuses on regeneration work with an emphasis on housebuilding. The practice underwent some expansion in 2016 with the hires of Helen Murcott from King & Wood Malleson, James Ross from Ashurst, and Nick Marshall from EMW Law LLP.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘energetic and efficient team’ handles a considerable development work caseload, and demonstrates a ‘high level of understanding’ – particularly in relation to the housebuilding sector. Non-contentious head Nicholas Taylor, who has a ‘wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of construction law’, advised McLaren Construction on two mixed education-and-residential developments procured under the London Borough of Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future Programme, and also handled various housebuilding mandates for the likes of Taylor Wimpey and Linden UK. On the contentious side, the team specializes in representing main contractors undertaking design-and-build work, and their insurers. Practice head Michael Blackburne, who is a ‘great communicator, and a canny thinker’, acted successfully for Amec Foster Wheeler in resisting Arcadis Hyder’s attempt to limit a potential claim arising from the construction of Castle Point car park in Bournemouth. Other names to note are Mark Roach and Chris Doran.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

For one observer, DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘ubiquitous when it comes to section 106 issues arising from residential developments across the country’. The team, which is well known for acting for housebuilders such as Taylor Wimpey and Linden Homes, is headed by Christopher Stanwell, who is ‘highly experienced and effective in relation to infrastructure matters’; Stanwell’s recent caseload includes advising Cumbria County Council on planning and compulsory purchase processes in respect of NuGen’s Moorside Power Station and National Grid’s North West Coast Connections Project. He is also representing Heathrow Hub on planning matters relating to the extension of its northern runway. Other key figures include senior associate Andrew Morgan, who is ‘particularly good on viability disputes’ and is advising a major developer on all legal planning aspects of its 2500-dwelling scheme in West Sussex; and senior associate Kali Yau, who is assisting David Wilson Homes with its mixed-use scheme at Newbury Racecourse.

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Property finance
Property finance - ranked: tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP

Hotels expert Paul McCartney heads DAC Beachcroft LLP’s group; he advises lenders and borrowers, and has experience in acquisition, investment and development finance. He also handles Islamic finance. Clients have included Pinnacle No 1.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, practice head Guy Knight, has ‘a diligent, pragmatic and practical manner’ paired with ‘a friendly approach’ and ‘a real nous when it comes to strategy and tactics’. Senior associate Jonathan Smith is ‘very dedicated and knowledgeable in residential litigation’ and solicitor Joanna Christou is ‘highly organised, good with clients and always on top of her brief’. The group regularly handles residential development disputes and is also recommended for issues concerning retail and shopping centre management, work for NHS clients, advising on property portfolio management litigation and representing family property investment companies. Smith recently acted for Royal London in a service charge dispute. Persimmon is also a client.

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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 is ‘a first-rate practice in the insurance space’ and has ‘a deep and sound understanding of the insurance industry that sets it apart from others, paired with a positive and pragmatic approach and excellent client care’; the team handles data breaches and regulatory matters for a client list which includes Hiscox, Beazley and QBE. Practice head Rhiannon Webster is recommended for cross-border data transfers, and the team also includes litigator Hans Allnutt, Bristol-based public sector specialist Rosalind Ashcroft, and Emma Bate, who is ‘a pleasure to work with’.

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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 primarily acts for technology suppliers, and acts for clients including Crimson Tide, Solutions and Evalue. Practice head Tim Sewart advises on new technology and technology transactions, and recently advised Transversal on drafting and negotiating a contract with a major customer.Robin Fry is an expert in acting for corporate clients and public bodies in license audits undertaken by global software sellers. Fry assisted The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales with a strategic deal for the hosting, development and support of a web-based service. Legal Director Prakash Kerai, who specialises in technology and data licensing deals, and Tim Sewart, advised Tandem Bank on outsourcing its digital banking and mobile platforms to Fiserv.

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Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology
Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP is ‘one of the market leaders in product liability claims’, with ‘in-depth medical and pharma-industry experience’. Its client roster features pharmaceutical companies as well as medical device manufacturers and their insurers. It is handling a number of high-profile product liability cases involving PIP breast implants and metal-on-metal hip replacement products. The team is representing BMI Healthcare Group and Spire Healthcare in High Court group litigation relating to the silicone gel in breast implants manufactured by PIP, and is acting for Novartis International and its subsidiary Alcon in a claim arising out of a phase 2 clinical trial for a drug being tested for the treatment of myelofibrosis. The practice is led by consultant Simon Pearl and includes Alison McAdams, who has ‘extensive and in-depth knowledge’, and senior associate Olya Melnitchouk.

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Sport
Sport - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s practice has an excellent corporate and commercial track record, and strong experience on the regulatory side. M&A specialist Clive Garston acted for athlete representation and sports marketing company TLA Worldwide on preparing the relevant documents for a Premiership rugby match played in New York between London Irish and Saracens. Manchester United FC is also a client. Commercial litigator Jan Levinson heads the practice. Sport injury specialist Bruce Ralston left to join Weightmans LLP in May 2017.

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