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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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David Weatherburn

Work 0191 404 4000

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Clinical risk, PCR north, CSG.


David is RSP of the Newcastle office, head of the Med Mal serviceline for insurer clients within clinical risk, cluster head for PCR North, a member of the board of DACB Claims Limited, a member of DACB Scotland LLP and part of the leadership execs of both our insurance and health care sector teams. David has acted as a nominated partner for the NHSLA since its inception, and is workstream lead for a roster of NHS and private sector health clients including Spire and Bupa. He has built an insurance medical malpractice defence team for insurers since incept two years ago and clients include CNA.Marketform Mitsui, Newline and zurich. The Newcastle office has grown by 10-15% in headline revenue each year since opened by David in November 2008, and is on course for 30% growth this financial year.


Trained Eversheds; qualified 1987; solicitor Eversheds 1987-97, partner 1997-2008; partner Beachcroft (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2008 to date.


FOIL; NE Medico Legal Society.


University of Bristol (1984 LLB).

North: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant

Within: Clinical negligence: defendant

Well respected in the field of clinical negligence defence’, DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘top-drawer’ team comprises ‘high-quality people’, who are ‘very responsive’ and ‘know the healthcare market very well’. The practice handles a high volume of instructions from NHS Resolution (formerly known as the NHS Litigation Authority); the team acted for the client alongside various NHS trusts in all vaginal mesh claims against NHS England relating to mesh products used in the surgical management of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In other group action work, the ‘sensible and pragmaticNeil Rowe is advising Spire Healthcare on various claims made in England and Scotland concerning the implantation of silicone breast implants filled with industrial grade rather than clinical grade silicon. David Weatherburn heads the team, which includes senior associate Dawn McIntosh, who is noted for her ‘ability to handle tricky claims’, and senior associate Caroline Calder.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: defendant

Within: Professional negligence: defendant

The professional and financial risks team at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides 'excellent technical and commercial knowledge, good value for money and successful outcomes'. The 'established and well-respected' practice represents insured companies across a range of industries. It was instructed by Liberty Mutual Insurance to advise a firm of insurance brokers in a £6m claim resulting from declined cover of the fire at a waste recycling plant. Duncan Greenwood led a team in this matter successfully settling at less than 10% of the original claim value. David Weatherburn heads the group which includes the 'intelligent and capable' Suzanne Wharton and 'very bright, thoughtful, diligent and conscientious' senior associate Naomi Park as well as Mark Cawthorne, who is singled out for his 'excellent judgment and tactical know-how'. Other clients include First Title Insurance, Countrywide plc and Zurich Professional & Financial Lines.

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