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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Giles Taylor

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Work Department

Corporate and commercial.


Giles advises purchasers, suppliers and funders on a wide range of commercial contracts in particular infrastructure related transactions. He also advises on procurement law and strategy. Giles has considerable experience of working on PFI and PPP projects in both the UK and internationally. His clients include major organisations from the public and private sectors.


Trainee and solicitor, Berwin Leighton Paisner 1994-99; associate Allen & Overy 2000-02; senior commercial manager Jarvis plc 2002-04; senior associate Pinsent Masons 2004-06; partner in Beachcroft LLP (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 2006.


University of Southampton (1992 Law); University College London (2000 Masters in Law).

South West: Finance

Banking and finance

Within: Banking and finance

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s finance team is best known for advising high-street banks and domestic lenders on real estate and development finance transactions. Giles Taylor and Michael Pearce jointly head the banking department, which is regularly instructed by Santander in relation to real estate finance transactions. Additionally, Pearce has advised peer-to-peer funder Lendy on the provision of multiple short-term bridging and development loans. The department has also acted for borrowers in the hotel, housing and healthcare sectors in connection with bilateral acquisition and development finance and refinance facilities. Pearce’s team has also advised a tax-efficient investment manager on a number of multimillion-pound asset-backed financing transactions. Legal director Simon Pickett has extensive experience of property finance and is another key figure in the team. Additional clients include Bank of Ireland and Puma Investments.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI

Within: Project finance and PFI

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP has ‘all the relevant experience, but most importantly, the lawyers have proved themselves able to accommodate the evolution of the project finance industry’. With experience of contentious and non-contentious matters, the group provides ‘the quality of service clients would expect from larger firms’ and has been involved in a number of PFI and PPP projects in the energy and transport sectors. Practice head Giles Taylor advises Liverpool City Council on its entire portfolio of operational PFI projects, which includes the client’s £60m central library redevelopment scheme. Further, Taylor is acting for the local authority and the project company in relation to the refinancing of a £65m housing PFI project. The practice head also advised a major government ministry on the high-value refinancing of a nationwide PFI scheme. Moreover, the team has also handled a number of school development projects for clients such as Mitie PFI and Somerset County Council.

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South West: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides advice on real estate projects, policy and strategy, pensions, mental health, safeguarding, information law, procurement, competition law, state aid, corporate and commercial issues, and governance. Stephen Hocking heads the public law team, which includes Giles Taylor, who advised Somerset County Council in relation to its building schools for the future programme. Ben Pariser acted for Bath and North East Somerset Council with regards to the purchase of an investment property from an overseas company, and Ben Thornycroft advised Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in relation to a planning project to redevelop their civic offices and theatre in a deal worth £30m. Rosalind Ashcroft left the firm.

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