Personal injury: defendant in North

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides a range of casualty services to clients, including pre-litigation claims handling services, as well as a speciality in current and historical abuse claims. The counter fraud team is led by Catherine Burt and handles claims across motor, casualty, disease and property matters. Also notable are Andrea Ward, head of the national abuse team, and David Drewe, who has expertise in complex and catastrophic claims against public and health sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Burt; Andrea Ward; David Drewe


‘DAC Beachcroft is reliable and has integrity when dealing with serious issues.’

‘Andrea Ward and Joanne Kingsland are very experienced and knowledgeable. They are always up to date with legal developments and are able to provide a very detailed and sensitive service.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Aviva Plc




Municipal Mutual

Insure the Box


Eldon Insurance

NHS Resolution

Work highlights

  • Represented Northumberland County Council in a claim brought by an employee assaulted in the course of her work.
  • Represented Newcastle City Council in an RTA case where it had designed a traffic light system on behalf of a neighbouring authority.
  • Acted for the employer in work-related stress claim.
  • Advised Bradford Metropolitan District Council and insurers Municipal Mutual Insurance and Zurich on sexual and physical abuse claims arising out of Tong Park residential home.

Keoghs LLP

Keoghs LLP's newly acquired Newcastle defendant insurance business, which was bought from Sintons LLP in September 2019, focuses on high value serious injury claims, with particular expertise in motor-related accidents, as well as brain and spinal cord injuries. The team is also instructed by insurers in relation to cross-border claims and on settlements for claimants based outside the UK. The team is led by motor insurer expert Jamie McCabe, who works with senior associate James Fisher, who has experience in complex issues regarding indemnity and policy coverage, and senior associate James Knox, who specialises in catastrophic injury claims.

Practice head(s):

Jamie McCabe

Other key lawyers:

James Fisher; James Knox


‘Jamie McCabe is a world class catastrophic injury lawyer.’

‘Jamie McCabe and James Knox are stand-outs for how they look at technical matters with a fine tooth comb, but appreciate the economics.’

Clyde & Co LLP

Clyde & Co LLP acts primarily in the areas of latent disease, including strategic advice to insurers, handling asbestos claims and short tail disease litigation. Industrial disease specialist Toby Scott leads the team and can call on experienced senior associate Emily Blackett, who has particular expertise in poisoning claims.

Practice head(s):

Toby Scott

Other key lawyers:

Emily Blackett

Key clients

Aviva Group

Berkshire Hathaway Insurance Group