Firm Profile > DAC Beachcroft LLP > Manchester, England

DAC Beachcroft LLP
M3 3HF

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

Simon Wortley leads the Manchester clinical risk practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP, where the team's national reputation is underlined by regular instructions from the main London healthcare providers. Wortley, who is highly regarded for his client handling skills, also works with insurers to the healthcare sector, advising on both domestic and cross-border claims. Other key team members include Sean Doherty and associates Claire Fitzgerald and Paul Burrows.


DAC’s clinical negligence team is incredibly responsive, cost effective and gives me confidence that the matter is being dealt with in the best way possible. They have a wide range of experience and always know the right person for the job.’

Simon Wortley is the best client relationship partner there is. He is extraordinarily responsive, deals with and resolves any issues promptly, and always knows who has the right expertise for the matter, including for areas outside of clinical negligence. He is very pleasant in meetings and always has a good anecdote to share. He has also provided good training sessions for our in-house team. He ensures that all work coming from his office is of a high standard.

The team is very strong and provides excellent legal advice. It’s an extremely approachable firm and the response time is minimal to any queries raised. The calibre of talent is way above the competitors.

Simon Wortley is sensible in his advice and is able to provide advice with a very short turn over time. He is also most importantly a really approachable person and a great sounding board.’

Key clients

BMI Healthcare Ltd

HCA International Ltd

Medical Defence Union

Elysium Healthcare Ltd

Care Fertility Group Ltd

Florence Nightingale Hospital


NHS Resolution

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Employment Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP's impressive client base draws on business across sectors including logistics, retail and leisure. The team is known for handling cross-border employment matters, industrial relations matters as well as HMRC audits relating to national minimum wage issues. Other areas of activity include complex and high profile employment tribunal cases and High Court injunctions, as well as large strategic reorganisations and TUPE matters. Philip Harman and Deborah Hely jointly lead the practice. Nicola Sherry is also recommended.


The team are very commercially driven and nothing is too much trouble – they have great knowledge and apply this to the task in hand in a very commercial and pragmatic way.’

Nicola Sherry and Deborah Hely are great assets to the team – they are accessible, practical in approach to a commercial business and provide options when faced with a problem so that a business has chose.’

Everyone is very helpful and they always listen to our requirements. Nicola Sherry understands how we function and what our needs are and always gives us advice and information that we find perfect for our business.

Philip Harman knows our business, is highly commercial, readily available and his counsel cannot be faulted.

They have been incredibly supportive, requests for support and advice are always met very promptly and they are always able to help no matter what the situation. They are able to help no matter what the query is and we have had a range of challenging issues.

Michelle Jenkins and Philip Harman have provided invaluable support over the years.

Key clients

2020 Legal Limited

A & S Leisure Group Limited

Abbots Bromley Surgery

Accent Housing Group


ARAG (Confidential)

Arcadia Group Limited

Assura plc

Balfour Beatty Utilities Limited

Barrington Stroud Limited

Bentley Motors Limited

Bolton Council

Broderick Group Limited

Bullhorn International Limited


Care UK

Care Management Group Limted

Castlefield Partners Limited

Chem-Trend (UK) Limited

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS FT

Chubb Insurance of Europe SE

City of Wolverhampton College

Clatterbridge NHS Trust

Clean Tech UK Limited

Computer Design Systems Ltd

Cornelius PLC

Countess of Chester NHS FT


Cygnet Health Care

Derwent Living


Dixons Carphone

Doric Group Limited

Ear to the Ground (UK) Limited

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Emerald Kalama Chemical Limited

Essity UK Limited

Fastflow Group Limited

Fircroft Engineering Limited

Frederic Robinson Limited

Freedom Finance Limited

Fruehauf Limited

Fusion Consulting Gmbh

Gateshead College

GEA Farm Technologies UK Limited

GEA Mechanical Equipment UK Limited

GEA Mechancial Equipment Retirement Benefit

GH Elias Ltd

Greater Manchester Mental Health and Social Care NHS FT

Greiner Extrustion Group GmbH

Help Systems

Henri-Lloyd Limited

High Peak CVS

Hydes’ Brewery Limited

Internorm Windows UK Ltd

James Halstead plc

J B W Group Limited

J W Suckling Transport Limited

Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust Ltd

Klueber Lubrication GB Ltd

Krenmayr Transport GmbH

LeadX Holdings Limited

Lease Comparison Limited

Lewis Home Retail t/a TJ Hughes

Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust

Liverpool Hope Students’ Union

Liverpool Students’ Union

Loft Talent

Manchester Growth Company

Manchester Students’ Union


Middlesex Students’ Union

National Union of Students

NHS Greater East Midlands Commissioning Support Unit

North West Boroughs Partnership NHS FT

Oasis Healthcare t/a Bupa Dental

Optegra UK Limited

Perstorp UK Limited

Pitmans ABC Ltd

Places for People Group Limited

Plastipak UK Ltd

Portlock Hotel Ltd

Praesidiad Limited

Preferred Homes Limited

Ramsey Care

Reaseheath College

Reclaim Project Limited

Robert Lister Events Limited t/a LIT Productions

Roseland Property Capital Ltd

Royal British Legion

Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Mail Group

Salford Van Hire

Skillforce Development

Soda Software Labs Limited

Soditic Ltd

Spark Therapeutics Ltd

Summer Infant Europe Ltd

Summer Infant Inc

St Gobain Building Distribution

Tameside Hospital NHS FT

Thera Trust


Training 2000 Limited

Tyldesbury Rugby Union Football Company Ltd

Unilever Plc

University Hospitals Central Manchester NHS FT

University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS FT

University of Manchester Students’ Union

University of Salford Students’ Union

University of Sheffield

University of Sunderland Students’ Union

University of Westminster Students’ Union

University of York Students’ Union

Vesuvius Plc

Virgin Care Services Ltd

Warmer Energy Services Ltd

Williams Lea Limited

Wirral Community Health NHS Trust

Wood Street Mission

Workforce Software Ltd

Yorkshire Ambulance NHS Trust

Zurich Plc

Immigration Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises both public and private sector clients on issues relating to the recruitment or transfer of overseas workers into the UK, with particular reference to the points-based system. As a result of Brexit, the team has seen an uptick in work relating to the status of European workers in the UK, while other areas of activity include advice on compliance and risk levels regarding potential illegal working and potential licence revocations. Shahjahan Ali leads the team, while Philip Harman and Nicola Sherry are other key contacts.

Key clients

McDonald’s Restaurant Limited

DHL GBS (UK) Limited

Manchester Diocesan Board of Finance

University of Sheffield

General Medical Council

Royal Mail Group Limited

DHL Parcel UK Limited

Care UK

Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on shareholder, contract and professional negligence disputes and fraud and insolvency matters, with key client sectors including TMT, healthcare, insurance and the public sector. Jan Levinson heads the team and focuses on IT and outsourcing disputes and property claims, while the firm's German Desk is run by ‘top solicitorHarald Loeffler in the Manchester office. Also recommended is Sydney Fulda, who is experienced in mediations, arbitration and adjudications.


The team are creative, modern and always service-orientated’.

Sydney Fulda has the tenacity, commercial awareness and firm grasp of the issues you would expect from a partner at a top-tier law firm’.

Vicki Bates is a stand-out associate who will go far

They always try to understand our issues from our point of view and can provide a solution very quickly’.

Key clients

Former Home Secretary, the Right Honourable Charles Clarke


Irlam Wharf Properties Limited




Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust


AllScripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Wrights Health Group Limited

Manchester United Football Club

Health Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields an 'excellent multi-skilled team' and acts for public and private sector health clients across a range of real estate, negligence, employment, technology, IT, procurement and regulatory mandates. The team handles defendant clinical negligence work where team head Sean Doherty, who is based across the Manchester and Leeds offices, is noted. The team also handles commercial disputes in the sector and represents professionals in the health and care sector in disciplinary proceedings.


‘The team has technology expertise combined with in depth knowledge of the NHS which is especially valuable and unique.’

‘The team is friendly and easy to work with, with excellent knowledge and skills and it has a commercial approach.’

‘The team provides comprehensive, thorough and sensible instructions in good time for sensible tactical decisions to be made.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution


Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Allscripts IT Healthcare

BMI Healthcare

HCA International

Elysium Healthcare

Care Fertility Group

Florence Nightingale Hospital


Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin



Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Wellbeing Software Group

North West Boroughs Healthcare

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Digital

NHS England

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust

Licensing Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides licensing advice in complex and high value matters. Although it handles license applications, the team is best known for its ability to provide commercial solutions on strategic licensing requirements. The team acts for a range hospitality, sports, leisure, health and public sector clients, and it is increasingly instructed by real estate and commercial property clients such as large shopping centres and investor landlords. Jan Levinson heads the team.

Key clients

Manchester United Football Club

MITIE Facilities Management

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust

Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Epping Forest District Council


MSV Group

Department of Education

Design Reach Limited

Chester West and Cheshire Borough Council

La Salle (Investments for BAE Systems Pensions Fund Trustees Limited)

City and Country Hotels

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP's defendant personal injury team is continuing to expand its client base, which includes many of the leading UK insurers and self-insured corporates. Head of motor injury Craig Godding has extensive experience of dealing with complex road traffic, employers' and public liability claims, while the team also has strength in the defence of disease claims, particularly those relating to deafness. Corrine Sinker is in charge of the firm's casualty department and focuses on accident and disease work, with particular strength in dealing with complex asbestos cases. Kate Archer recently rejoined the firm as partner after six years at DWF.

Professional negligence Tier 2

Ian McConkey is at the helm of DAC Beachcroft LLP's team, which, in addition to acting for most of the major professional indemnity insurers, has considerable experience acting for a wide array of professionals including solicitors, insurance brokers, property managers, engineers, architects as well as design and build contractors. The team also handles an increasing number of claims against 'emerging' professionals, particularly those in the media and IT sector. Martin Paxton and IP and IT specialist Harald Loeffler are also key team members.

Key clients

QBE European Operations

Travelers Insurance Co Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Tokio Marine HCC

Great Lakes SE

Allied World Assurance Company


WR Berkley

CNA Hardy

XL Insurance

Sport Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises sporting clients on matters including commercial services, employment and contractual issues, disputes, corporate finance and licensing. A particular area of expertise for the firm is sports injuries - the practice handling claims involving clubs, players and medical professionals. Jan Levinson heads the team and focuses on commercial dispute resolution.

Key clients

Manchester United Limited

Joshua Murray (ex-Manchester City FC)

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Worcestershire County Cricket Club

ECB Cricket Discipline Commission

Brighton & Hove Albion FC

TLA Worldwide Limited

George Crook (ex-Worcester Warriors player)

Lincoln City Football Club

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles a full range of real estate work and is particularly noted for its experience in handling large scale asset management work for shopping centre operator clients. Commercial and residential development work is a key focus, and the team is also noted for its fund management expertise. The healthcare sector is an area of focus, as is real estate finance which is led by Peter Williams. The practice, which is led by Alison Key, was recently bolstered by the arrival of Sally Morris-Smith, who joined in 2019 from Shepherd and Wedderburn, and legal director David Lees, who joined from CMS in 2018.

Key clients

Property Alliance Group

URW (Westfield)

Intu Properties

Land Securities

Lend Lease

Barratt Homes

Titlestone (now Paragon Bank)

Chester West and Chester Borough Council

Intellectual property Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises a broad range of national and international clients on both contentious and non-contentious IP matters including IP transactions, disputes and litigation. Other areas expertise include copyright, trademarks, passing off, database rights, confidential information and design rights. Key client sectors include insurance and healthcare. Harald Loeffler heads the team and is experienced in various IP litigation matters including licensing disputes, and trademark and design right infringement claims.

Key clients


Sir Bradley Wiggins

Banner GmbH

LIWEST Kabelmedien GmbH



EMIS Health

Splitpixel Creative Limited


IT and telecoms Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a particular focus on the healthcare and insurance sectors where it provides sector-specific advice in relation to all IT matters. It also acts for digital tech suppliers and US-based software suppliers who sell software in the UK. The firm also handles technology procurement, and matters relating to data protection and cyber risk. Leeds-based Michael Peeters heads the team. Legal director Andrew Rankin focuses on system integration and outsourcing projects.


The team has strength in depth and for businesses that operate in health tech’.

They are able to combine IT law experience with great awareness of issues in the health sector’.

Chris Air always impresses with his awareness and commitment’.

Harald Loeffler is extremely efficient and knowledgable; careful and considered yet commercial’.

Andrew Rankin is excellent to work with – responsive, interested in understanding business context, pragmatic and thorough’.

Key clients

Allscripts IT Healthcare

Bullhorn International

NHS Professionals

Churchill Contract Solutions

EMIS Health Secondary Care

Wellbeing Software Group

Transport for Greater Manchester

Nirvana Intelligent Systems


CDS Computer Design Systems



Local government Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP is active across a range of real estate, project, corporate and commercial mandates and also offers expertise across construction, pensions, mental health, safeguarding, information law, corporate manslaughter, procurement, competition law and state aid. The team also handles core local government law and governance issues for local government clients. Northern real estate head Alison Key leads the team.

Key clients

Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council

St Helens Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Trafford Borough Council

Bradford City Council

Liverpool County Council

Property litigation Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP stands out for its asset management and leasing expertise and the team acts for a range of institutional investors, shopping centre owners, property funds and REITs. It is also regularly instructed by commercial and public sector clients on high-value and strategic property disputes, and is often engaged on disputes involving development and regeneration projects, and rent reviews. Leeds-based consultant Lesley HughesClare Hartley, who is also based in Leeds; associate George Taylor; and legal director Rachael Reynolds, who heads the Manchester-based team, are the key contacts.

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

Lend Lease

Land Securities

Intu Shopping Centres

Royal London Mutual Insurance Society Limited

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council for Greater Manchester Pension Fund


St Helens Borough Council

Bolton Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council


Property Alliance Group

Japan Centre Group

Safran Nacelles

Clas Ohlson

Bradford City Council

Criterion Capital

Loreal (UK)

Arthur J. Gallagher (U.K.)

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP offers a full range of corporate and commercial work from its Manchester office including M&A, equity capital markets, joint ventures, venture capital, private equity, fundraisings, reorganisations and corporate governance. Its key client sectors include financial services, technology, property, healthcare, retail, energy and natural resources. Paul Ellaby heads the team.

Construction Tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles construction disputes and transactional work from its Manchester office. On the contentious side, the team acts for employers, developers, contractors, funders, specialist subcontractors and suppliers and leading insurers. The team is particularly noted for its experience in contentious construction and contentious insurance claims. In Manchester, Ian McConkey and Martin Paxton handle professional negligence cases.


‘The team is very approachable, has excellent sector knowledge and it is very commercial.’

Key clients

The Co-operative Group

McLaren Construction

CPD Powerline

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Dawn Construction

Black and Veatch (Teal Insurance)


BBL Company – Netherlands

Close Investments (Alpha  Real Capital)

Thundercloud & Others (Class Action)

Property Alliance Group

Bellway Homes

Kings School, Macclesfield

LTE Group

Taylor Wimpey

Burnley Council

Bolton Council

Greater Manchester Pension Fund

Health and safety

Consultant Iain Moore heads up DAC Beachcroft LLP's health and safety practice. The department provides advice for companies who are suspected of corporate manslaughter, health and safety as well as environmental offences, particularly those operating in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare and public sector.


‘The team at DAC Beachcroft are available, professional and knowledgeable, who often go above and beyond to ensure our needs are met’.

Key clients



Yorkshire and the Humber > Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

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.

DAC Beachcroft is a leading international legal business of more than 2,500 people across offices in the UK, Europe, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. The firm has one of the most comprehensive legal networks, operating from ten UK locations: Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport and Winchester. Its purpose is to help clients and colleagues succeed, creating sustainable value. The firm is passionate about being a responsible business, doing the right thing for clients, colleagues and the community.

The firm: DAC Beachcroft’s teams of legal experts work across a range of market sectors for international, institutional, private and government clients. The firm combines in-depth sector knowledge with astute commercial awareness and global reach, providing clients with a comprehensive advisory, claims, dispute resolution, regulatory and transactional capability.

The firm is proud to be a founding member of Legalign Global, a closely integrated alliance of four laws firms focused on the requirements of the international insurance market, operating from Australia and New Zealand, Germany, the USA, as well as the UK. The member firms are best in class in their regions and each enjoys a well-earned reputation in insurance law. The firm collaborates closely to provide the industry with uniformly high levels of service, quality and efficiency around the world.

DAC Beachcroft is best known for its market-leading advice in health, insurance and real estate, and has a growing corporate and commercial practice, which serves these sectors as well as a range of others, including construction, financial services, retail, telecoms, technology and utilities.

Types of work undertaken: DAC Beachcroft’s services include:

    • Banking and finance
    • Commercial
    • Competition and procurement
    • Data & privacy
    • Governance
    • Intellectual property
    • Outsourcing
    • Corporate
    • Dispute resolution
    • Employment & pensions
    • Public law
    • Regulatory
    • Tax
Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Virginia Clegg
Managing partner David Pollitt
Claims solutions Craig Dickson
Commercial John Williams
Corporate John Williams
Competition and regulatory Mathew Rutter
Competition and regulatory Stephen Hocking
Dispute resolution John Bramhall
Employment and pensions Alex Lock
Finance Steven Ramsden
Global Wendy Hopkins
Healthcare and clinical risk Nigel Montgomery
Public Stephen Hocking
Tax John Dunlop
Insurance Helen Faulkner
Real estate Michael Bothamley
Photo Name Position Profile
 Christopher Briggs  photo Christopher Briggs
 Phillip Fry  photo Phillip Fry
 Sydney Fulda  photo Sydney Fulda
 Craig Godding  photo Craig Godding
 Deborah Hely  photo Deborah Hely
 Sue Jenkins  photo Sue Jenkins
 Alison Key  photo Alison Key
 Jan Levinson  photo Jan Levinson
Mr Harald Loeffler  photo Mr Harald Loeffler
 Ian McConkey  photo Ian McConkey
 Iain Moore  photo Iain Moore
 Corrinne Sinker  photo Corrinne Sinker
 Adrian Wallbank  photo Adrian Wallbank
 Peter Williams  photo Peter Williams
 Simon Wortley  photo Simon Wortley
Number of UK partners : 277
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,978