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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The corporate and commercial litigation team at DAC Beachcroft LLP handles dispute resolution as well as providing risk management advice to its clients, which are predominantly in the healthcare and local authority sectors. Duncan Greenwood heads the practice from Leeds and frequently works alongside the firm's other offices in the North.

Practice head(s):Duncan Greenwood

Key Clients

Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Lynne Young Associates Limited

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Fullers Foods International plc

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ascribe Limited (part of Emis Group PLC)

Chesterfield Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The employment team in DAC Beachcroft LLP's Leeds office is one of the largest specialist employment team in the region. The team works with a range of independent health providers - a key area of expertise for the firm - as well as many other household name commercial clients, which it advises on matters including restructurings, complex litigation and industrial relations. Louise Bloomfield, who heads up the practice, advises major corporates including McDonald's, for which the firm acts as sole adviser for all of its employment and immigration issues in the UK. James Rhodes leads on the firm's healthcare sector work, advising on matters including TUPE, senior exits and complex litigation.

Practice head(s):Louise Bloomfield

Other key lawyers:James Rhodes


'The team has a good blend of skills and personalities- they are not pushy and I feel they are customer focused in a genuine way.

'The firm is at par with any other city firm including the ones I have dealt with before in my previous employment. They are professional and have a client-centric service focus.'

Key Clients

BT plc

McDonald's Restaurants Limited


Care UK

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Arcadia Group Ltd

HSS Hire

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dixons Carphone

Royal Mail

Work highlights

  • Serving as sole advisers to McDonald's on all of its UK employment and immigration issues, and working on the revision of the company's handbook for its restaurant staff.
  • Advised a leading technology business on the exit of its HR director after allegations of fraud were brought to light against the individual during a period of absence from the business.
  • Advised Solvay's US-based legal team as to its rights and options following the resignation of its global research and development director to join a competitor.
  • Advised the Whittington Health Trust on the successful defence of a highly contentious Employment Tribunal claim brought by a dental nurse, which consisted of complaints arising from a large-scale TUPE transfer and internal reorganisation exercise.
  • Instructed by a Zurich insured in the defence of a contentious Employment Tribunal claim from an ex-employee who is alleging a prolonged course of discrimination in the workplace related to gender reassignment.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's safety health and environment practice is noted for its impressive client roster of top insurers; it also assists private corporates with a range of health and safety matters. The groups also acts in a range of investigations, and has substantial expertise in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, leisure, rail and transport sectors. Practice head Chris Baranowski focuses primarily on corporate manslaughter and health and safety investigations, Tracey Longfield is a key name for healthcare sector clients, and Matthew Breakell assists a range of companies from SMEs to large corporates.

Practice head(s):Chris Baranowski

Other key lawyers:Tracey Longfield; Matthew Breakell


'DAC Beachcroft LLP boasts an insurance-focused but particularly strong health and safety team based in Leeds.'

'The health and safety team at DAC Beachcroft LLP has strong depth of talent and resources, covers a wide geographical area and has good legal and market awareness.'

'DAC Beachcroft LLP's health and safety team provides clear and concise updates and deals with client's questions in a thoughtful, precise manner.'

'Practice head Chris Baranowski is very client focused, has an excellent unflappable manner and is very popular with clients.'

'Associate Matthew Breakell is a very shrewd operator with an excellent depth of knowledge of the law and very good client skills.'

'Associate Matthew Breakell impresses clients with the clear and sympathetic way that he guides them through the whole process, and invokes confidence that they are in good hands.'

Key Clients

Aviva Insurance

AXA Insurance

Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Zurich Insurance

The Police Federation of England and Wales

Dimensions UK Ltd

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Henderson Insurance Brokers

Work highlights

  • Acting for a roofing contractor in a prosecution by the HSE following a fall from height by a sub-contractor during building works at a school.
  • Acting for a materials handling company in a prosecution by the HSE following a serious incident, in which an employee fell ten metres at a customer's premises.
  • Represented a Northern Ireland-based furniture manufacturer in a prosecution following an incident that left an employee paralysed.
  • Acted for a commercial printing company in HSE investigations arising out of an incident in which an employee sustained an amputation of his arm whilst cleaning a machine.
Rising stars

Matthew Breakell - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

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

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's well established clinical negligence team has a firm grip on its position at the top of the market, acting for both public and private clients including blue chip insurers and an array of NHS trusts. Leeds clinical negligence head Paul Taylor's talent in catastrophic injury work, especially spinal and birth injury claims, is universally recognised. He leads the department with the equally highly regarded Sean Doherty, who also has experience of complex metal hip claims. As well as high-profile national work, the practice also advises a regional client base on matters relating to patient safety, risk management and governance.

Practice head(s):Sean Doherty; Paul Taylor


'This team has unique and complete expertise in NHS hip claims, especially those arising from failed 'metal-on-metal' implants.'

'Excellent lawyers, all of whom are experts in the field, very approachable and easy to work with.'

'Great ability to understand our needs and to work collaboratively towards just and fair outcomes.'

'They provide a thorough review of the risk of litigation and the strengths and weaknesses of a claim. They keep us fully informed.'

'Sean Doherty runs the team with military efficiency. He is incredibly hardworking and committed to getting the best results. Nicola Perrott is absolutely in control of her cases and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the field. Mikaler Cutts has the same work ethic and excellent grasp of the work.'

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

MDU and Dental Defence Union Ltd

NHS England

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital

Work highlights

  • Represented the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and various NHS Trusts on behalf of NHS Resolution in all metal on metal hip claims including as an interested party in the Pinnacle litigation.
  • Advised NHS Digital on the development and implementation of the new NHS App, which started its public rollout across England in January 2019.
  • Advised NHS Resolution, on behalf of The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, on the largest orthopedic group action in claims against various trusts involving one surgeon in Yorkshire undertaking hip, knee, ankle and shoulder surgery.
  • Helped the Dental Defence Union Ltd to secure discontinuance of a multi-party clinical negligence claim brought against a dentist.
Leading individuals

Paul Taylor - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sean Doherty - 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 and evolving presence in Leeds, with heavy volumes of work and a breadth of expertise marking it out as a top player in the regional market. The firm undertakes work across the whole spectrum, from severe and catastrophic injuries to motor cases, as well as claims in emerging areas such as accidents involving animals, amputations and chronic pain. The latter is an area of expertise for Andrea Drew, who was promoted to partner in mid-2018. Catastrophic injury specialist Owen Rees left to join DWF later in the year.

Practice head(s):Vicky Hilton; William Potts; James Tallant

Other key lawyers:Andrew Drew

Key Clients

Allianz Insurance

Aviva Insurance

AXA Insurance



NHS Resolution

Zurich Insurance

Work highlights

  • Represented the defendant in an employers' liability spinal injury claim, achieving a settlement on the basis that the claimant's injury alleged spinal injury (which was causing him to use a wheelchair) was the manifestation of symptoms of a psychological condition and would resolve on the conclusion of the litigation.
  • Secured an indemnity from a contractor whose workmanship had led to the claimant suffering a brain injury when struck by falling roof tiles.
  • Settlement achieved for mesothelioma claimant securing payment of ongoing treatment.

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Professional negligence: defendant
Professional negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's North East and Yorkshire professional and financial risks team, which is split across Leeds and Newcastle, acts for all of the major UK PI insurers, as well as financial institutions, construction companies and major players in the property world. Duncan Greenwood specialises in claims against property professionals, solicitors and insurance brokers, while fellow Leeds partner Suzanne Wharton  focuses on high value complex claims against solicitors and financial services professionals.

Practice head(s):Suzanne Wharton

Other key lawyers:Duncan Greenwood


'The firm knows what we want and delivers on it. Great subject knowledge.'

'Excellent client relationships. Legally proficient yet realistic and commercial. Great strength in depth.'

'A disciplined, honest and very experienced team; very perceptive and commercially astute.'

Key Clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc


CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI


MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

Work highlights

  • Acting for a Lloyd’s insurer in relation to a complex policy coverage dispute arising from design of a number of wind farms.
  • Acting for a firm of tax advisers and their insurers in the defence of a £35m claim arising out of a failed property investment club.
  • Acting for an offshore law firm who were retained by a City firm and its client to act in a trusts dispute.
  • Instructed by an electrical engineering contractor to defend a claim concerning the outbreak of a fire at Gemini Retail Park in Warrington.
  • Acting for a firm of chartered surveyors in defence of a claim concerning an alleged negligent expert determination.
Leading individuals

Duncan Greenwood - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's public law and health projects team handles the full spectrum of health work with notable expertise in care systems, partnerships, policy development, procurement matters and integrated services contracts. The group is also highly regarded for its mental health advice to public and private sector clients, and works closely with the real estate team to assist with property portfolio management and property purchases. Team head Charlotte Burnett advises on commercial, integration and primary care issues; healthcare regulatory team head Tracey Longfield handles criminal, health and safety and regulatory work; Sean Doherty is the key contact for clinical negligence matters, Peter Merchant handles mental health work, and James Rhodes focuses on employment issues.

Practice head(s):Charlotte Burnett; Tracey Longfield

Other key lawyers:Sean Doherty; Peter Merchant; James Rhodes


'DAC Beachcroft fields a strong personable team, which is able to respond to a broad range of questions and concerns. It has a good ability to quickly understand the context of the issue and provide relevant and timely advice'.

'The group has expert knowledge of mental health related issues, fields friendly individuals, and provides easy-to-understand advice'.

'Peter Merchant has a wealth of experience and knowledge. He is always thorough to ensure that the best representation is provided and comes up with innovative ways to consider cases'.

Key Clients

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust


NHS North Kirklees and NHS Huddersfield CCG

NHS Wakefield CCG

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Health Research Agency

Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Harrogate NHS Foundation Trust


Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England)

NHS North East Lincolnshire CCG

NHS Calderdale CCG


Babylon Healthcare Services

City Health Care Partnership CIC

Work highlights

  • Advising NHS England on the development and implementation of its new business model programme across the NHS.
  • Assisting the Government Legal Department with the drafting of the 2019 voluntary scheme for branded medicines pricing and access.
  • Defending The Whittington Health Trust in an Employment Tribunal claim brought by a dental nurse relating to complaints arising from a large-scale TUPE transfer and internal reorganisation.
  • Acting for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust on its sale of surplus land at a decommissioned hospital for retail and residential development.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's national public law group handles a wide range of matters including constitutional and governance issues, regulatory matters, real estate work, health mandates and finance issues. Senior associate Ioan Davies is the key contact in the Leeds office and handles work including PFI and PPP schemes.

Other key lawyers:Ioan Davies

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP's real estate team undertakes a variety of commercial property matters, including acquisitions and disposals of freehold and leasehold properties for private and public sector clients. Alison Key leads the firm's northern real estate team.

Practice head(s):Alison Key

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

With substantial expertise in contentious work and construction-related insurance claims, DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on the engineering, design and build sectors and counts contractors, architects, engineers and insurers as clients. 'Class act' Andrew Marsh leads the team and also heads up the firm's national construction professionals group. Senior associate Laura Clayburn, whose 'technical knowledge is second to none', is another key name to note.

Practice head(s):Andrew Marsh

Other key lawyers:Laura Clayburn


'The team at DAC Beachcroft is knowledgeable and approachable in equal measure'.

'The practice is pragmatic and professional. It provides the right answer and the right advice which at times may not be what the client wants to hear. It knows the law and what makes a good case and encourages client engagement to ensure that the best possible position is tested'.

'DAC receives top marks for its preparation of position statements, mediation advocacy and generally looking after the client's interests'.

'Both Andrew March and Laura Clayburn are experts in their fields. Laura's technical knowledge is second to none. The speed with which she acquires a deep understanding of the underlying issues in a claim is truly impressive'.

'Andrew and Laura know their work and know the market. They are a fantastic team and work together to ensure that the best possible outcome is achieved. Their advice is clear, concise and to the point. Everything is done in an easy and friendly way but smacks of nothing but professionalism'.

'Andrew Marsh has a relaxed but firm style of advocacy, is receptive to ideas put forward to enable progress, and is altogether a class act'.

Work highlights

  • Defending a geotechnical engineering consultancy in a claim brought by a contractor arising from alleged defective foundations for a new industrial and commercial premises.
  • Acting for a developer in a claim against its contractor relating to extensive water damage to completed properties.
  • Representing a construction consultancy in extension of time claims, loss and expense claims.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

The TMT team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is highlighted for its public sector, healthtech and fintech expertise; it acts for significant healthcare clients on a range of procurement transactions, contracts and disputes, and for financial services providers on large IT projects. The group also counts several telecoms suppliers among its client roster, which it assists with bids to clients in the public sector. Team head Michael Peeters has broad technology, IT and telecoms experience, while Richard Watkinson focuses on national and international systems integration, procurement and outsourcing technology projects. Legal director Emilie Yates is another name to note for IT transactions, particularly for financial services clients. The team benefits from the addition of telecoms expert Luke Maidens, who joined from Shulmans LLP.

Practice head(s):Michael Peeters

Other key lawyers:Richard Watkinson; Luke Maidens; Emilie Yates


'DAC Beachcroft LLP is a key name to note for public sector IT work.'

'Michael Peeters is highly regarded in the region for IT work.'

Key Clients

NHS Digital

City Hospitals Sunderland


British Business Bank plc

Department of Health and Social Care

Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Lowell Group

Yorkshire Building Society

Transport for Greater Manchester

Work highlights

  • Advised NHS Digital on the development and implementation of the new NHS App, including the information governance and contractual elements.
  • Assisted City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust CHS with the urgent procurement, supply and implementation of an electronic patient record solution at South Tyneside Hospital.
  • Advised Ontix on its successful bid to Westminster City Council to upgrade the telecoms infrastructure in public spaces across Westminster, including the capability for enhanced 5G-compatible mobile infrastructure.
  • Acted for British Business Bank on its project to procure its fully managed outsourced IT service nationally.
  • Assisted Zurich with the renegotiation of its framework agreement with Acturis, a leading software house to the insurance sector in the UK.
Leading individuals

Michael Peeters - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Richard Watkinson - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Next Generation Partners

Luke Maidens - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Emilie Yates - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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