Firm Profile > DAC BEACHCROFT LLP > London, England

DAC BEACHCROFT LLP
25 WALBROOK
LONDON
EC4N 8AF
England

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP fields a 'strong' clinical risk team with an in-depth knowledge of 'all legal aspects of healthcare law', which attracts both nationwide and international instructions. Its client portfolio is populated by a range of healthcare provider and insurer clients, with NHS Resolution taking up most of the 'diligent and approachable' practice's caseload. With more than 25 years' clinical negligence experience, Nigel Montgomery leads the national team, splitting his time between Bristol and London; the practice head is further noted for his management of group actions as well as catastrophic injury work. Birth injury claims are a key strength for co-leader Matthew Mcgrath, who has handled some of the largest claims made against the NHS. Simon Perkins is, in turn, the key point of contact for medical malpractice insurers, and specialises in ophthalmic and plastic surgery claims.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Montgomery; Matthew McGrath

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The practice has a wide experience of complex high value cases that is almost unique.’

‘Responsive, efficient and easy to work with.’

‘Approachable and pro-active with a broad knowledge of healthcare law.’

‘I have worked with the healthcare team at DAC Beachcroft for 10 years now. They are always helpful, efficient, provide first rate advice and provide excellent defence for those clinicians who are the subject of a claim.’

‘They are courteous and show interest not just in particular cases, but in the needs of the organisation and its staff as well. As a client I feel looked after and have confidence in them.’

‘Matthew McGrath is one of the best clinical negligence litigators of his generation.’

‘Simon Perkins is in all respects an exceptional lawyer; knowledgeable, effective advocate, extremely helpful.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

The Medical Defence Union

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Zurich Global Corporate

RSA

WR Berkley

Bupa Dental

Enstar

Optegra UK

Priory

QBE

Beazley

Neon

Renaissance

Bermuda Hospital Board

Newline

MS Amlin

Corvelia

Health and safety Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong emphasis on international work, with a particular focus on sectors such as insurance, health and real estate. Fiona Gill - who is described as 'highly respected' and 'at the top of her game' - heads up the practice and has a reputation for working on high profile cases relating to construction and healthcare. She is supported by 'experienced big-hitter' Colin Moore and solicitor Claire Moore, whose work predominantly revolves around road haulage, manufacturing and construction. Recent major work for the team has included advising construction company Rydon Maintenance in relation to the Grenfell Tower fire, including the public inquiry and police investigation.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Gill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Very experienced and currently absorbing most of the insurance market in the big cases.’

‘Fiona Gill is at the top of her game. She is highly respected and very cerebral on tactics and decision making. Her particular strength is her questioning mind and her desire to make sure that the usual approach to these cases is the best course for her client.’

‘Colin Moore is an experienced big-hitter and not fazed by the big case and quick to understand a complicated issue. He gets to the point and achieves great results. He has a particularly sound knowledge of the relevant legislation.’

Key clients

Rydon Maintenance Ltd

St George PLC

Howdens Joinery Co

Priory Group

HDIG

Robinson Birdsell

Healthcare Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP's healthcare practice continues to make its mark in the healthcare space, acting on high-value transactions and developments such as advising Ealing CCG on the largest integrated care contract procured in London and working on the London Digital Programme, a project to facilitate information sharing at scale across the city. Hamza Drabu's practice spans advising public and private healthcare providers on joint ventures with the NHS, new models of care projects, governance and regulatory issues, GP federations, NHS M&A and outsourcing, among others. Public law partner Alistair Robertson is 'simply brilliant' for highly complex judicial review cases and regulatory matters. Regulatory expert Belinda Dix also acts in complex inquests and regularly advises organisations in respect of their relationship with the CQC. Anne Crofts chairs the national practice.

Practice head(s):

Anne Crofts

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Guys & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust

University College Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

BUPA

NHS Ealing CCG

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP continues to expand and strengthen its insurance bench, recently welcoming the highly regarded Liam O’Connell from Norton Rose Fulbright as the new head of its global practice. With 'a very broad experience base', the team handles a range of complex and high-value claims covering construction, property, energy, data protection and professional indemnity policies. Wendy Hopkins leads the team in London, which features 'fantastic' property expert Nick Young, energy, construction and engineering specialist Chris Wilkes as well as the professional and financial lines insurance head Patrick Hill and the 'dynamic and insightful' James Deacon, ably supported by associates such as Sarah Hennessy and Lucy Dyson.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Hopkins

Testimonials

DAC Beachcroft has a very broad experience base within its team, ensuring that lawyers can advise on most matters. They are on the top of the list for go-to firms to work with

The individuals within the team understand their clients’ needs. They proactively manage cases, ensuring regular updates are provided. Their ability to engage in plain English allows clear understanding of the issues, thus meaning better decisions are made

The team is able to deal with complex matters promptly and in a clear concise manner

The team is client friendly, commercial, intelligent and knowledgeable about current issues. Practitioners are very approachable, always keen to help and have great international connections

Nick Young is fantastic at managing a large team in complex claims and is a very experienced construction lawyer

Patrick Hill is very calm under pressure and has good rapport and connections with the market

Liam O’Connell is a fantastic addition to the team

James Deacon is dynamic and insightful, focused on providing comprehensive guidance and advice to his clients. He always delivers

James Deacon is determined, responsive and has a keen eye for detail. He’s always looking for solutions not problems and keeps the client’s best interest always to the fore

Legal director Stephen Turner is a brilliant legal mind

Fiona Gill provides very confident advice, is very experienced, and has a lot of compassion and understanding of how individuals may be affected

James Deacon, associate Eleanor Whittaker and senior associate Denise Eastlake can always be counted on to assist when needed

Key clients

Allianz

AXA XL

Chubb

HDI Global

Markel

Munich Re

Berkshire Hathaway/Resolute Management Services Ltd

QBE

Swiss Re

Tokio Marine Kiln

Zurich

Quilter

Ascot

Neon

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP's nationwide practice traditionally handles domestic work across the healthcare, real estate, financial services and technology sectors. However, work has increasingly developed an international flavour, with instructions coming from the US, Asia and continental Europe, as inbound investment into the UK remains steady. Particular focal points have been financial services, where the firm works for insurers and BVI-incorporated entities, and healthcare, representing US-based pharmaceutical and health clients. Senior associate Lucy Tyrrell advises clients on public and private mergers, and has acted on some of the firm's most complex transactions. Practice head Matthew Darling is experienced in cross-border M&A transactions, and counts AIM-listed technology companies, start-ups and high net worth individuals among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Darling

Other key lawyers:

Nick Gibbon; Jonathan Deverill; Lucy Tyrrell

Testimonials

DAC always put their clients first no matter what. They are responsive even when they may not have an immediate solution and will always ensure you know that a solution is on its way

Both Nick Gibbon and senior associate Lucy Tyrrell are highly valued advisers,  available and very client focused .

Matthew Darling has that essential mix of sound legal knowledge and an understanding of the core business issues that helps quickly get to the right outcome, be it closing the deal or walking away with sound justification

 

Key clients

Crest Nicholson plc

Linden Homes/Galliford Try

Warpaint London plc

Loot Financial Services Limited

HSS Hire Group Plc

SmartSpace Software plc

MXC Capital Limited

Castleton Technology plc

Exponential-e Limited

KK Fine Foods PLC

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP is, according to one client, 'the stand-out personal injury defendant firm' and fields a 'knowledgeable' team of lawyers with wide-ranging expertise across high-value motor and other catastrophic injury claims, complex employers' and public liability cases, international matters, and the full array of disease work. Heavyweight names from the insurance, corporate and public sectors feature prominently in the practice's client list.  David Knapp is noted for his advice offered to public entities; while Tania Sless excels in employers' liability, high-value motor and international claims. Head of strategic litigation Andrew Parker advises on emerging issues in the injury and insurance fields, such as the whiplash reform and discount rate. The motor injury team includes Michelle Traxler, while Adrian Cottam's expertise encompasses catastrophic brain, spinal injury, amputations and chronic pain claims. Tom Walshaw is a key name for public sector work and has longstanding experience in complex liability claims.

Practice head(s):

John Goodman; David Knapp; Tom Walshaw; Tania Sless

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Parker; Michelle Traxler; Adrian Cottam; Andrew Sheppard; Danielle Singer

Testimonials

They are all very adept at dealing with all manner of high-value personal injury cases and are very pragmatic, commercial and personable too.

They have the breadth of expertise, knowledge and personnel that makes them fitted to deal with cases at all levels, including the most serious and valuable cases.

The team has handled some of the leading cases on liability, including occupational stress claims, occupiers and employers’ liability. Willing to fight cases on behalf of insurers and their clients.

The police team is prepared to roll up its sleeves and get stuck in and is focused on getting the best outcome for the client – the team is extremely supportive of the police service.

David Knapp is a really strong defender of the police but does not let this cloud his advice.  He draws on a very strong knowledge and experience of police claims and is robust when necessary.

Tom Walshaw has recently handled a hugely important claim, his strategic and technical skills played a large part in a very successful outcome.  He has a good rapport with witnesses and does not step back when the going gets a bit rough.

Tania Sless has an amazing grasp of detail, outstanding judgement.’

Danielle Singer has excellent and sound judgment.’

‘Andrew Parker is a fountain of knowledge regarding the industry and legal developments.’

‘Michelle Traxler and the team she runs is efficient and effective. The advice given is transparent and realistic.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance

Allianz Insurance

Admiral Insurance

NFU Mutual

AXA Insurance

Ministry of Defence

Royal and Sun Alliance

Tokio Marine Kiln

Aspen Insurance UK Ltd

Marks & Spencer plc

Covea Insurance

David Lloyd

Samworth Brothers

MS Amlin

Barbican Insurance

NFU Mutual

Cardiff Council

Ashtead Plant Hire

Travelers

Thames Valley Police

Product liability: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a strong profile in the product liability space, acting for insurers as well as corporates from a variety of industry sectors, including pharmaceutical, medical device, food, chemicals, cosmetics, consumer goods and, increasingly, new technology companies. The team is led by Wendy Hopkins, who is regularly instructed to advise on products manufactured in China. Simon Pearl and Alison McAdams  have significant expertise in vaccine litigations. Other names to note are Mark Kendall and senior associates Olya Melnitchouk and Stephen Turner.

Practice head(s):

Wendy Hopkins

Testimonials

The team is very experienced and gives immediate feedback. The lawyers are likable and enthusiastic about their work.’

They are very good in all insurance and liability matters.

Practice head Wendy Hopkins is very structured and noted for her sharp understanding.

Mark Kendall is easy to work with and very experienced in recall matters and international business.’

Stephen Turner is a highly intelligent, responsive lawyer.

Key clients

Novartis

Alcon

Sandoz

BMI Healthcare

Optegra

Draeger

Fresenius Kabi

Ipsen Pharma

NHS Resolution

NHS Blood and Transplant Service

Rydon Maintenance

Clinimed

HDI

Zurich

Chubb

Allianz

QBE

XL Catlin

Newline

CNA Hardy

Hiscox

RSA

Administrative and public law Tier 2

The administrative and public law practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP provides advisory and judicial review defence expertise to a client list of public sector bodies - notably NHS trusts, local authorities and educational institutions, as well as unique clients such as the Information Commissioner’s Office and the Association of British Insurers. Standout examples of advisory instructions include Stephen Hocking’s advice to the Office for Students on the creation of its regulatory framework, and Alistair Robertson’s public law advice to Post Office Limited concerning its network development programme. Defending challenges to NHS policy decisions, such as the Accountable Care Organisation model and pricing structures, comprises the bulk of contentious instructions, with a prominent mandate seeing Robertson defending the NHS in a judicial review lodged by campaigners headed by Prof Stephen Hawking. Further contentious mandates involved misconduct inquiries and defending clients in the higher education sector  against challenges to their disciplinary procedures.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hocking

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

NHS England

Office for Students

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Office for Fair Access

Disabilities Trust

Association of British Insurers

Information Commissioner’s Office

Post Office

The Faraday Institution

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘outstanding all-round team’ represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm’s offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements. Andrew Boulton serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson 'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Boulton

Other key lawyers:

Nick Marshall; Madeline Ball; John Noonan

Testimonials

‘The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.’

‘Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.’

‘Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.’

‘Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.’

‘An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client’.

‘One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.’

Key clients

Schindler

Panasonic

Go-Ahead

L’Oreal

EDF

Northdoor Plc

PwC

McAfee

The Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth

Queen Mary University of London

Guys & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

London & South Eastern Railway

Aquiline Capital Partners

SH Pratt

CHEP / Brambles

Advancy

IDE Group Manage

EQS

Halcyon Galleries

NeuLion Inc

Page White & Farrer

PatSnap

X Real Estate

Elysium

Warpaint

Escada

NYX Professional Makeup

L’Atelier Cologne

Hydro Mine Inc

Education: institutions Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP is particularly well known for assisting its higher education clients with contentious commercial property issues pertaining to restructuring, mergers and development. Led by Stephen Hocking, the team is active in high-value advisory work related to acquisitions, where Newcastle-based James Harrison and Nicola Fairbairn have particular expertise. Richard Hartis specialises in handling non-contentious property matters for public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hocking

Key clients

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

Newcastle College

The Office for Students

Higher Education statistics agency

OFSTED

University of Sunderland

University of Sheffield

Faraday Institution

Employment: employers Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP's London employment group has enjoyed consistent growth in recent years, on the back of high-profile work for a client roster comprising international banks, major insurers and bluechip healthcare organisations. The team has recently been handling an increasing amount of work related to the Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SMCR), while it also has a growing High Court practice, with contentious matters making up approximately 60% of the team's work. The practice is led by 'star individual' Khurram Shamsee, who is also on the firm's group board, alongside health and social care practice head Udara Ranasinghe. Other key team members include employee relations unit head Nick Chronias, David Sims, who leads the firm's cross-practice SMCR team, the 'excellent' Georgina Rowley and 'unflappable' contentious specialist Richard Loxley.

Practice head(s):

Khurram Shamsee

Testimonials

‘Professional, responsive, client focused.’

‘Friendly, practical and pragmatic. The firm’s advice is always sensible and mindful of the organisation in which you work. They are very good at getting a speedy understanding of your business.’

‘This employment team is as good as any of the magic circle teams in terms of its breadth and depth of employment law expertise. They are extremely pragmatic and strategic in their approach and focused on achieving the best outcomes for their clients.’

‘Georgina Rowley is excellent. She makes herself accessible and readily available. She is an absolute subject matter expert, but relays her knowledge and will discuss her approach in a manner that is personable and digestible for the layperson. She is considerate with billing and won’t undertake a task herself that can be completed by a more cost effective resource. She demonstrates commercialism and pragmatism in all advice provided; she makes a point to really get to know the culture and business of her clients.’

‘We work most closely with Udara Ranasinghe and Geetika Bansai and cannot praise them highly enough. They have a very nice manner which works across all levels of our business.’

‘David Sims is a thoughtful, highly competent lawyer, sensitive to the soft factors driving such matters as much as the contracts and the law. I would turn to him whenever I would need to seek again advice on matters of UK employment law.’

‘Khurram Shamsee is a star individual who combines excellent technical knowledge with a sharp strategic brain and is extremely pragmatic. He has excellent client handling skills and used his extensive employment law experience to achieve excellent outcomes for his clients. Khurram is also one of the market experts on data protection in an employment context.’

‘Richard Loxley is pragmatic and unflappable under pressure. He has very good client handling skills and combines deep knowledge with a pragmatic common sense approach.’

Key clients

Deutsche Bank

HSBC Life

AXA Insurance

Arthur J. Gallagher

KKR

Unilever

Royal Mail

McDonald’s

McAfee

Associated Press

South African Airways

Spark Therapeutics

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children

Associated Press

Conduent

Xerox

Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Virgin Care

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Ofsted

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 2

The corporate and regulatory insurance practice at DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for some of the UK's top insurers, while also handling key insurance matters for other clients such as HSBC, which it advised on its 10-year distribution deal with Aviva. The team also has a focus on data protection, which forms a core part of the insurance advisory practice. Mathew Rutter, who heads up the practice, specialises in advising on financial services regulation and the regulatory aspects of corporate and commercial agreements. He works alongside Mark Neville, Rhiannon Webster and Jade Kowalski , all of who are described as 'standout' partners. The firm is also a founding member of Legalign Global, a integrated alliance of four insurance focused law firms covering Germany, the US and Australia.

Practice head(s):

Mathew Rutter

Testimonials

‘The team clearly has a wealth of experience within the industry/sector and presents this in practical terms. Client service is also clearly at the forefront of what they do and they are generally incredibly responsive and helpful. For the service they offer, their fees are incredibly competitive.’

‘A responsive and commercial team with excellent industry expertise.’

They seem to be on the forefront of current legislation and have vast knowledge of the insurance sector – each person brings something different in their area of expertise.’

‘Mark Neville is our key relationship partner and is wonderful to deal with. He constantly seeks feedback at the end of each key transaction to ensure that the service provided remains in line with expectations – this level of interest is not something that we generally experience with our panel.’

‘Rhiannon Webster and Jade Kowalski are standout individuals, always practical, responsive and the wider business has had nothing but positive comments about them.’

‘A lovely bunch. Coupled with their excellent approach to client service and advice, they are one of our key firms.’

‘Mark Neville is a stand out partner, providing a full client service, excellent drafting and strategic advice.’

Key clients

Ageas

AIG

Hiscox

Arthur J Gallagher

AVIVA

BIBA

Bupa

Covéa Insurance

HSBC

QBE

Professional discipline Tier 2

Regularly advising on professional disciplinary matters in relation to the financial services, healthcare and local authority sectors, DAC Beachcroft LLP's team provides 'excellent preparation of frequently complex cases'. Manchester-based Christopher Briggs is well known for his representation of doctors and dentists in disciplinary proceedings before the GMC and GDC; Bristol's Stephen Hocking's work includes major misconduct enquiries; and Daniel Preddy frequently defends claims and connected disciplinary proceedings against a variety of professionals, including financial advisers and accountants and their professional indemnity insurers. Other key advisers are London's Richard Highley and Newport-based Clare Hughes-Williams and Catrin Davies, along with Rosalind Ashcroft in Bristol. Senior associate Karen Rawsthorne and associate Christian Carr are also names to note. Louise Wiltshire made partner.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hocking; Christopher Briggs; Richard Highley; Clare Hughes-Williams

Testimonials

Associate Christian Carr is very hardworking and gives very practical advice to clients‘.

Key clients

Medical Defence Union

Arag

New Line

XL Catlin

DAS

Zurich

Professional negligence Tier 2

With an international presence, the London team at DAC Beachcroft LLP works closely with its teams based across the UK to advise insurers and their key insureds in high-value and complex professional negligence disputes across the legal, cyber, construction, technology, legal, finance and insurance sectors. The team is 'experienced, hardworking and efficient at producing good results for its clients' and it stands out for its 'commercial awareness'.  Philip Murrin, who 'manages his cases with great skill and aplomb, and has sound commercial judgement', regularly handles high-profile claims against solicitors for household name insurers; he successfully represented Fox Williams LLP and its professional indemnity insurer in defending a £15m professional negligence claim. Senior associate Parminder Badhan, who supported Murrin in his advice for Fox Williams LLP, is 'calm, hardworking and intelligent'.  Julian Miller handles disputes involving accountants, fund managers, tax advisers, pensions trustees and solicitors, while Matthew Olorenshaw is instructed by major insurance clients on defending claims against construction professionals both in the UK and overseas. The team was recently bolstered by the arrival of Liam O’Connell from Norton Rose Fulbright.

Practice head(s):

Patrick Hill; Hans Allnutt; William Allison; Richard Highley; Mark Roach

Other key lawyers:

Julian Miller; Ross Risby; Philip Murrin; Liam O’Connell; Matthew Olorenshaw; Parminder Badhan; Sarah Crowther; Leanne Rogers

Testimonials

Philip Murrin and Parminder Badhan are excellent lawyers and highly experienced.

Julian Miller has a superb legal mind and is an exceptional, market-leading lawyer.

The whole team is outstanding and particularly good with clients; it knows what clients want and it is very sensible and commercial.

Julian Miller is a real market heavyweight, amazingly smooth, highly intelligent and sophisticated.

Philip Murrin is very clever, very experienced; he is the perfect solicitor for serious insurance and professional negligence cases.

 

Key clients

Zurich Insurance

AXA XL

Chubb

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

RSA

Allianz Global Corporate and Specialty

AmTrust

Axis

Beazley

Markel, Travelers, MS Amlin, QBE Insurance (Europe) Limited, Aviva and Swiss Re

Commercial property: development Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘outstanding all-round team’ represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm’s offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements. Andrew Boulton serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson 'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:

Lucinda Walsh; Crispin Tomlinson; Gemma Leonard; Nicholas Taylor; Charlotte Wilson

Testimonials

‘The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.’

‘Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.’

‘Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.’

‘Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.’

‘An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client’.

‘One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.’

Key clients

Barratt

Taylor Wimpey

Persimmon

Berkeley

Bellway

Redrow

Linden/Galliford Try

Bovis Homes

Crest Nicholson

Bloor

Countryside

CALA

Fairview

Wates Developments

Criterion Capital

Campbell Buchanan George

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘outstanding all-round team’ represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm’s offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements. Andrew Boulton serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson 'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Robert Lee

Other key lawyers:

Nick Marshall; Helen Murcott; Paul Hicks; Madeline Ball

Testimonials

‘The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.’

‘Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.’

‘Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.’

‘Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.’

‘An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client’.

‘One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.’

Key clients

Greenridge

Qatari Investment Bank

Ahli Bank

Royal London

Westfield

Bouygues (UK)

Royal Mail

Arab Investments

Savills IM

Hines

Panasonic

Inchcape

Irish Life

Lloyd’s of London

KCM Invest AG

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s ‘outstanding all-round team’ represents institutional, international and private investors and developers, and is particularly adept on mixed-use schemes while also handling asset management, litigation and strategic land projects. The build-to-rent sector is an emerging keystone of the practice while joint ventures are also an established fortitude. Retail and corporate occupier expertise are also part of the firm’s offering, with the team acting on acquisitions and disposals, landlord and tenant law, regulatory matters and environmental requirements. Andrew Boulton serves as practice head, while at the junior end, residential development specialist Charlotte Wilson 'provides innovative solutions'.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Boulton

Other key lawyers:

Paul Hicks

Testimonials

‘The team is focused on delivering clear and concise advice. They are proactive and should any unforeseen events occur they advise promptly and offer workaround solutions.’

‘Good quality people who are capable and work to get a deal over the line.’

‘Gemma Leonard has a good grip on the overall picture and proactively works to resolve issues with significant success.’

‘Charlotte Wilson is an expert at drafting and providing innovative solutions to tricky contractual points.’

‘An outstanding team all round. They are always available and responsive and deliver on time. Whilst remaining organised and pragmatic, they are very personable and genuinely care about the client’.

‘One to one attention. High quality of service. Specific client contacts that make the effort to understand the requirements of business.’

Key clients

Royal London

Court of protection Tier 3

Newcastle-based Gill Weatherill heads the national team at DAC Beachcroft LLP. The group provides specialist advice to health and social care commissioners and the NHS as well as independent health and social care providers on a broad range of issues. It is skilled at advising on matters such as the complex legal framework covering capacity, mental health and deprivation of liberty as well as disputes about best interest, serious medical treatment and accommodation. Other areas it regularly advises on are adult safeguarding and serious ethical issues surrounding the withdrawal of treatment and forced treatment.

Practice head(s):

Gill Weatherill

Other key lawyers:

Alan O’Beirne; Jessica Major; Corinne Slingo; Helen Kingston

Testimonials

The team is really responsive and recognises the urgency of applications to the Court of Protection. It has a pragmatic approach from the outset‘.

‘DAC Beachcroft is extremely talented and competent in this field of practice. The breadth of its knowledge is impressive as is its ability to communicate this knowledge on many levels‘.

‘The team works in a very supportive way, breaking down and conveying often very complex information so that the recipient of the information can make sense of it and use it in practice‘.

Gill Weatherill and Helen Kingston are able to very quickly assimilate situations and have expert knowledge. They are then able to provide comprehensive advice quickly‘.

Gill Weatherill has a broad range of knowledge and experience and leads by example. She is flexible and willing to adapt her approach to meet the ever changing needs of the client‘.

‘Gill Weatherill and Helen Kingston particularly stand out as consummate professionals. They are very good at juggling their competing demands to make sure they respond in a very timely way. Their patience in providing advice to people who do not have their knowledge is impressive‘.

Alan O’Beirne and Jessica Major are honest, kind and patient in what can be a very stressful situation for the Trust and our team‘.

Corinne Slingo provides calm and clear advice‘.

Key clients

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHSFT

Heart of England Foundation Trust

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Guys and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Cygnet Health Care

City Hospitals Sunderland NHSFT

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne NHSFT

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group

Pharmaceuticals and biotechnology Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a well-established track record in dealing with significant pharmaceutical and medical product liability cases in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. It excels in dealing with litigation and the regulatory issues connected with medical devices, clinical trials and consumer healthcare goods and pharmaceuticals. It frequently acts in connection with insurance claims and also handles related IP and commercial work. It has also formed a specialist MedTec offering. Alison Mcadams and Simon Pearl head the practice and Andrew Allan-Jones and Hamza Drabu are key advisors, the latter focuses on clinical research agreements and other commercial agreements.

Practice head(s):

Alison McAdams; Simon Pearl

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They have excellent and wide knowledge of the sector – extensive medical device expertise. Olya Melnitchouk is a rising star and  Simon Pearl and Alison McAdams are already top advisers.’

Key clients

Novartis, Alcon and Sandoz N

BMI Healthcare N

Optegra N

AstraZeneca N

Draeger N

Ipsen Pharma

NHS Resolution and NHS Blood and Transplant Service

Clinimed

NHS England

Insurer clients specialising in insureds in the life sciences sector

including HDI, Newline, Zurich, Allianz, QBE, Catlin and CNA

Commercial litigation Tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP is 'commercial, practical and approachable'. The practice is particularly known for disputes work in the banking and financial services arena, accountants' regulatory investigations and professional liability, and IT, IP and defamation matters. It also provides litigation support to the health sector. Many of its disputes involve international aspects, with Italy, Russia and Latin America all the sources of significant instructions.  Practice head John Bramhall, Richard Highley and Jonathan Brogden are highly rated; other key litigators are Campbell Dye, Ken Forsyth and Rachel Cropper-Mawer.

Practice head(s):

John Bramhall

Testimonials

‘Practical and to the point’

‘Sensible pragmatic lawyers, who are experienced and user friendly‘.

Richard Highley and John Bramhall embody the qualities of commerciality, practicality and approachability‘.

Key clients

Sanofi Aventis Groupe

Unilever

Edwards (part of the Atlas Copco group)

The Bacardi Group

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP’s sector-focused approach primarily focuses on the insurance and health sectors with additional expertise in the cyber and technology spaces. The information law group handles contentious and non-contentious mandates under the leadership of Rhiannon Webster; Webster is noted for her experience in data protection compliance work, cross-border personal data transfers and data breaches and ICO complaints. The firm’s cyber and data risk team is headed up by Hans Allnutt, who primarily acts for insurers in claims involving financial institutions, professionals and technology companies. Newly promoted partner Jade Kowalski, Anne Crofts and Alistair Robertson also contribute to the team.

Practice head(s):

Rhiannon Webster; Hans Allnutt

Key clients

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

Lloyds Market Association

Hiscox

Association of British Insurers

North London Partners in Health and Care

NHS Digital

Ecclesiastical

Land Securities

Insure The Box

Spire

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP has historical strengths in acting for corporate issuers and nomad/brokers in secondary fundraisings and IPOs on London's AIM. In line with the AIM's sector spread, the team has noted experience in the natural resources sector.

IT and telecoms Tier 4

The group at DAC Beachcroft LLP has substantial expertise in technology transactions across the financial services, insurance and health sectors, and has the capacity to handle the full range of commercial, intellectual property, financial services regulatory, and data protection matters. Tim Ryan heads up the practice and frequently handles large projects for enterprise IT systems, software development issues, hosting, licensing and data analytics work, and open banking matters. Prakash Kerai is also a key name to note; he has particular experience in the fintech space.

Practice head(s):

Tim Ryan

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Smith & Williamson

Guardian Media Group Plc

Seven Publishing Group Limited

Cloud Chambers

HSS Hire Service Group Limited

11:FS

Together

Tandem

techUK

Intelliflo

Planning Tier 4

A considerable number of market-leading housebuilders often instruct the DAC Beachcroft LLP planning team on complex housing-led regeneration schemes and garden village developments. The client list also includes hospitals, universities and Royal Mail, for which the team are instructed to handle a number of key redevelopment projects. Expertise with public bodies includes advising a number of local authorities on their CPO applications for new hotel and leisure developments as well as providing assistance to landowner and institutions on the CPO powers of HS2. Recent contentious work involved promoting planning objections in the High Court.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Stanwell

Testimonials

DAC Beachcroft provides good strategic advice, a range of good contacts, a commercial yet engaging manner for dealing with planning authorities, and an efficient and effective section 106 process.

The lawyers at DAC Beachcroft are very positive and solutions-focused when dealing with a range of complex issues.

Key clients

Heathrow Hub Limited

Royal Mail

Baroness Cumberlege of Newick

University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Crest Nicholson

Taylor Wimpey

Linden Homes

Persimmon Homes

Barratts

Property litigation Tier 4

As an integral part of the firm's residential development team, DAC Beachcroft LLP routinely assists developers with restrictive covenants, easements and rights to light issues as well as site clearances and other development-related matters, while, as another key area of expertise, the group regularly handles tenant matters arising from the management of shopping centers, such as lease renewals and dilapidations, and commercial portfolio-related issues. The 'experienced and friendly' Guy Knight heads the team and is rated for 'his strategic nous, which is hard to beat'.

Practice head(s):

Guy Night

Testimonials

Very good to deal with. Technically sound, commercial and get on with the job with minimum fuss.

Go-to firm for housebuilders.

Guy Night is a sharp lawyer with an eye for detail while also being a really fun person to work with.

Very competent with disrepair cases and experienced in the issues that arise in major developments.’

Key clients

Persimmon

Taylor Wimpey UK

Crest Nicholson

Linden Homes – Galliford Try

Arab Investments

Royal London

Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust

Notting Hill Housing Trust

The Go-Ahead Group

Lloyd’s of London

Great Arthur House Leaseholders

Sport Tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP's global sports team's has broad expertise, spanning commercial and regulatory dispute resolution, sponsorship work and IP matters. Clients include rights holders, sports associations and clubs, and the firm has particular expertise in pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of sportspeople, as well as financing work for football clubs. Jan Levinson, who specialises in commercial dispute resolution and personal injury claims, is currently advising a former Manchester City footballer on a High Court claim against the FA after he was forced to retire from the game due to an injury sustained while playing for the England under-16s team.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Allan-Jones

Key clients

Manchester United Limited

Joshua Murray

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Worcestershire County Cricket Club

ECB Cricket Discipline Commission

Brighton & Hove Albion FC

TLA Worldwide Limited

George Crook

Lincoln City Football Club

Commercial contracts Tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP has particular experience in IT and technology transactions, notably commercial issues relating to the application of technology to areas such as financial services, healthcare and real estate. A key name for the firm in this area is Tim Ryan, who is head of the national TMT team and an experienced commercial lawyer. He advises across a variety of matters in technology, media and telecoms.

Construction: contentious Tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP's contentious team is led by Mark Roach, who represents employers, developers, contractors and sub-contractors on contentious matters relating to the construction of hotels, power plants, waste, utilities, car parks, as well as rail and infrastructure projects. Michael Blackburne and Matthew Olorenshaw are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Roach

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 5

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a growing pensions offering and counts a healthy list of public bodies, professional services providers, trustees and commercial names on its client roster. Recent work has involved de-risking transactions, pension scheme wind-ups, mergers, equalisation issues and auto-enrolment compliance. Neil Bhan has experience with governance and risk management strategy as well as advising on the pensions aspects of corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alex Lock; Neil Bhan

Key clients

Trustees of the Conran Shop Pension Scheme

Lancashire County Council

Mitie

London Luton Airport

McDonald’s Restaurant

North East London Foundation Trust

Trustees of the GEA defined benefit Pension Scheme

Trustees of the Royal Institution of Great Britain Pension Scheme

Care UK

Royal College of Occupational Therapists

Banking litigation: investment and retail Tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on complex, high-value disputes and regulatory work in the banking and financial sector, including multi-jurisdictional investigations and bribery and corruption issues. The practice's disputes work frequently involves international dimensions in relation to Italy, Russia and Latin America. John Bramhall acts both for and against financial institutions in complex disputes involving the mis-selling of complex financial products and fraud and regulatory investigations. Jonathan Brogden and Richard Highley are also key contacts.

Practice head(s):

John Bramhall

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Delta Capital International

CMC Markets UK

Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena

EU and competition Tier 6

Focusing on behavioural rather than transactional competition work, DAC Beachcroft LLP provides legal advice in regulated and publicly owned sectors such as financial and postal services. A field of particular focus for the team is the interaction between the competition law regime and economic regulation. Moreover, the team has carved out a significant reputation in the public and private health space, in which it advises private and public-sector bodies on general competition and merger control issues. A sizeable portion of instructions from clients also concern state aid matters — a standout example in this regard is the group’s ongoing work for British Business Bank.

Practice head(s):

Alexandra von Westernhagen

Key clients

British Business Bank

North East Finance

Development Bank of Wales

Royal Mail Group

Heathrow Hub

The Post Office

The Manchester College

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Jisc

esure

International arbitration Tier 6

DAC Beachcroft LLP's 'technical knowledge is very good and the team manages clients' expectations very well'. The international arbitration group has specialist teams in insurance and construction disputes, as well as commercial dispute resolution. The main advisers are Ken Forsyth, Anthony Menzies, Julian Miller, Rachel Cropper-Mawer and Michael Blackburne. Former consultant Rowan Planterose left for 3PB.

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

At DAC Beachcroft LLP, the team regularly acts for blue-chip companies, corporate insurers and the largest national health-care provider in high-value medical malpractice claims. Department co-head Matthew Mcgrath specialises in clinical risk, and Anthea Lane has a focus on dental negligence. Heather Durston-Hillyer is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Matthew McGrath; Nigel Montgomery; Heather Durston-Hillyer

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Belinda Dix and Heather Durston-Hillyer stand out as partners who genuinely care about their clients and go above and beyond when I have needed help and advice.’

James Bolton went out of his way to make sure we were fully prepared and was courteous and reassuring at all times.’

‘The team is highly experienced, extremely helpful, supportive, and has integrity.’

‘Their advice is balanced and sensible.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS FT

Poole Hospital NHS FT

Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT

Great Western Hospitals NHS FT

Salisbury NHS FT

Isle of Wight NHS Trust

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘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

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.

Practice head(s):

Simon Wortley

Testimonials

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

Evodental

NHS Resolution

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin

Zurich

Beazley

Allied World Assurance Company

Priory Group

THFC (Transform)

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP handles legacy liability claims for NHS England. Practice co-head Nigel Montgomery is experienced in the management of group actions as well as catastrophic injury work. Practice co-head Rachel Roberts-Jenkins has expertise in advising on birth injury and brain damage claims as well as claims arising from rectal mesh. The firm also provides advice on risk management and drafts policy wordings.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Montgomery; Rachel Roberts-Jenkins

Testimonials

DAC Beachcroft works hard at ensuring that the needs of the Defendant Trusts and clinicians are put at the heart of the claims management process.

The go-to legal team is exemplary. It is efficient, effective, supportive and available to assist. It advises and delivers on agreed assessments of the strengths and weaknesses of any cases. The advice is absolutely excellent.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucester Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Zurich Global Corporate

RSA

WR Berkley

Bupa Dental

Enstar

Optegra UK

Priory

QBE

Beazley

Neon

Renaissance Re

Bermuda Hospital Board

Newline

MS Amlin

Corvelia

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP is well-known across medical defence organisations, insurers and the NHS Resolution. The firm’s medical malpractice law team acts for insurers and insureds in a range of clinical defence matters. David Weatherburn has expertise in volume claims portfolios as well as appellate court work. He leads the team with Neil Rowe, who has ‘excellent judgment and tactical know-how’.

Practice head(s):

David Weatherburn; Neil Rowe

Testimonials

‘DAC Beachcroft is probably the market leader in defendant healthcare. Its strength lies in the depth of experience across all of its offices, putting it ahead of its competitors.’

‘Neil Rowe is an outstanding partner in Newcastle. He has huge experience in large scale litigation, including group actions.’

Key clients

NHS Resolution

RSA

Zurich

HC One

BUPA

Bupa Dental

Care UK

Priory

States of Jersey

MS Amlin Inc

Sunrise

QBE

Neon

Allied World

WR Berkeley

Enstar

Beazley

Circle

Cygnet

NHS England

Numark

MDU

Marie Stopes

Nuffield

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 1

Financial services is a core specialism at DAC Beachcroft LLP, which counts a number of market-leading insurers as clients. In addition, the team regularly acts for some of the largest financial advice networks in the UK. Elsewhere, the firm has a strong reputation in other general, commercial litigation. The practice has had an increase in data-related disputes, including those with a regulatory overlay. The group also has expertise in contentious matters connected with the healthcare, energy, life sciences and telecoms sectors. Ben Daniels and Daniel Preddy jointly head up the practice. Martin Langley is another key figure with experience of high-value litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ben Daniels; Daniel Preddy

Other key lawyers:

Rebecca Smith; Simon Thomas; Martin Langley

Testimonials

We know that DAC Beachcroft is very strong in the financial services space

DAC are competing with leading London firms in the litigation space

Key clients

Zurich Insurance plc

AXA UK plc

St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group

Hiscox

Arthur J Gallagher

Equifax

Bupa

Western Union

Wonga

Openwork

Construction Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP's substantial Newcastle-based construction team handles mandates at the top of the market in the North East and across the country. Particular areas of expertise include the education sector, where clients include a number of public bodies, while the group also services a number of major housebuilders and, increasingly, energy sector clients. The group is co-led by Warren Kemp, who handles contentious matters, and James Harrison, who leads the non-contentious practice. Specialising in procurement, Roddy Gordon is also recommended alongside construction and engineering disputes lawyer Stephen McLellan.

Practice head(s):

Warren Kemp; James Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

South Tyneside Homes / South Tyneside Housing Ventures

Newcastle City Council

Bellway Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK

Criterion Capital

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.

Practice head(s):

Philip Harman; Deborah Hely

Other key lawyers:

Richard Kay; Nicola Sherry; Michelle Jenkins; Helen Rowley

Testimonials

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

AIG

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

BT/EE

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

Cytec

Cygnet Health Care

Derwent Living

DHL

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

McDonald’s

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

TJX UK

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

Health Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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 Leeds CCG

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

BUPA

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

NHS Hull CCG

Babylon Healthcare Services

City Health Care Partnership CIC

Health Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP assists clients with all types of sector-specific issues, such as clinical risk and negligence, healthcare regulation and social care. In addition, it offers additional expertise in corporate and commercial, data protection and employment matters. Nigel Montgomery, who heads up the health sector practice nationally, has more than 25 years of clinical negligence experience; he is a particular expert in group actions and catastrophic injuries. Corinne Slingo leads the advice on healthcare regulation. Legal director Alison Martin is knowledgeable about issues associated with the procurement of health services. At the end of 2018, Jonny Landau departed to pursue a career as a barrister.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Montgomery

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A first-class health team which provides healthcare advice of unsurpassed quality, which is also at a very reasonable price

The teams working on clinical risk and healthcare regulation are very approachable and always available for advice when needed

The team truly understands the specifics in its clients’ service and the difficulties that they face on the market

The firm retains great solicitors, which fosters a great team spirit which the client can feel

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Marie Stopes International

NHS Foundation Trust

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

Health Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for NHS and private sector clients working in the health sector in range of matters, including those related to corporate, commercial, regulatory, employment and governance issues. The firm is known for combining insight into the NHS landscape and the challenges facing the independent health sector. Nigel Montgomery leads the national practice, while in Newcastle, healthcare regulatory specialist Gill Weatherill co-leads with Guy Bredenkamp, who has particular experience in advising NHS employers on employment matters.

Practice head(s):

Gill Weatherill; Guy Bredenkamp; Nigel Montgomery

Testimonials

‘The firm has subject knowledge in relation to Mental Health’

‘The team provides supportiveness, flexibility, a safe pair of hands and responsiveness’

‘Gill Weatherill, Jemma Gillson and Amy Fishburn are good team players’

Key clients

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS FT

Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT

North of England Commissioning Support Unit

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

NHS England

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT

North West Boroughs NHS FT

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

City Hospitals Independent Enterprises Ltd

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Improvement

Central North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Northumberland Clinical Commissioning Group

The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

QE Facilities  Ltd

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Health and safety Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises clients from a broad cross-section of industries, with a particular strength in construction, manufacturing and care. Recent work included representing clients in a number of fatal accident investigations and complex inquest proceedings, and also acting for various companies and individuals in criminal cases under the Health and Safety Sentencing guidelines. The skilled team also advises on all aspects of compliance work. Andrew Roach is the practice head in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Roach

Other key lawyers:

Steven Harrison

Testimonials

Steven Harrison  has a calm demeanour and detailed knowledge which reassures clients and impresses his peers‘.

Key clients

Bodyshop

Leadec

The Range

Alina Homecare

Health and safety Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP primarily acts for insurers in health and safety cases, and has been appointed to a number of insurer panels to provide ongoing support to clients. The practice's national coverage permeates the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, transport and public sectors. The team advises clients on regulatory issues, corporate manslaughter investigations and offences. Another driver of work involves advising corporate entities and directors on health and safety obligations, particularly within workplaces and public spaces. Practice head Richard Ottley specialises in serious regulatory investigations and criminal prosecutions, and has extensive crisis management experience. Senior associate Ian Manners is highly experienced in acting for corporate and insured companies, and is recommended for his expertise in the construction, manufacturing and health and social care sectors.

Practice head(s):

Richard Ottley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DAC Beachcroft’s Bristol office is a centre of excellence in the area of Health and Safety in the region and cannot be matched for its strength in depth. They handle cases not only in their area but are frequently called in by reputation to cover incidents and investigations throughout the country. We see them as the number one firm in the region

This is an excellent team of health and safety practitioners. They respond immediately to instructions and, as a result secure distinct advantages for the client. Detailed instructions and submissions significantly improve the prospects for the Clint in the longer term

The team is the epitome of organised, focused and client-centred. They juggle the potentially conflicting obligations to Insured and insurer with care, ensure that both clients are kept informed and understand the issues

I would recommend them for their strength in depth, expertise, knowledge of similar cases, very good understanding of my sector, diligence, organisation and responsiveness

Richard Ottley commands respect amongst health and safety lawyers. He is robust in his advice and when dealing with enforcement agencies. He works extremely hard and secures excellent results. His response time is exceptional

Richard Ottley lives and breathes Health and Safety. There is not a situation or problem that he has not seen and resolved in his practice

The exceptionally gifted associate Ian Manners has an increasingly national reputation which makes him a lawyer to watch. He is remarkably unflappable and manages to calm even the most excitable client

Neil Scott knows the law inside out and has substantial big trial experience, he is the ‘go to’ solicitor for a number of big construction firms when the regulator comes calling

I would thoroughly recommend Ian Manners for his calm and authoritative approach. He leads by example and it is clear that his team are imbued with his ethos and management style

I would unreservedly recommend Ian Manners to any client facing a health and safety charge

Over the last 3 years Ian has provided very clear and timely advice, both verbally and in writing. He has been very flexible in terms of attending meetings.  I also appreciated Ian’s support for me on a personal level at what was at times a very challenging process. It also helps that Ian is a thoroughly decent human being. All in all, Ian is a credit to Beachcroft

Key clients

Aster Group

Royal Mail

Keepmoat

Saint Gobain

Unite Students

University Hospitals Bristol

Spire Healthcare

Shield Environmental Limited

Lorne Stewart Plc

Health and safety Tier 1

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

Testimonials

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Shahjahan Ali

Other key lawyers:

Philip Harman; Nicola Sherry; Sajida Hussain

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

EPUT

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

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

HDI-Global

Markel

NHS Resolution

Zurich Insurance

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

The team at DAC Beachcroft LLP handles the full scope of personal injury matters. Leveraging over 20 years of experience, Winchester-based Lea Brocklebank is skilled in defending high-value and complex personal injury claims involving traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and spinal injuries. Other members include Heather Durston-Hillyer, who focuses on defending clinical negligence claims, and senior associate Sheryl Gearing.

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

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

Testimonials

‘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

Tradex

NFUM

Allianz

Municipal Mutual

Insure the Box

RSA

Eldon Insurance

NHS Resolution

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP's Birmingham team is led by Rhodri Richards. High-level multi-track and catastrophic injury matters are an area of focus; Sara May leads the work in this space. Helen Bates is the main contact in relation to volume motor and credit hire matters. Elsewhere, the firm has a well-regarded counter-fraud team. In addition, the firm assists clients with specialist motor claims management, motor prosecutions and coverage issues. It also advises on sports liability claims. Richard Stallard is also recommended. Paul Cox joined the team from Browne Jacobson LLP.

Practice head(s):

Rhodri Richards

Other key lawyers:

Sara May; Helen Bates; Richard Stallard; Elisabeth Jones; Paul Cox

Testimonials

Unrivalled experience, technical knowledge and commercial nous of the partners is what sets this team apart‘.

Richard Stallard holds the unique position of being the defendants’ expert on periodical payments. He is intellectually tenacious, with formidable forensic skills and fights a shrewd and unflagging battle for his clients‘.

Richard Stallard and Elisabeth Jones are exceptionally conscientious, their knowledge of relevant law and ability to apply it to best effect; their commercial nous and deal making abilities when negotiating with opponents, along with their total professionalism and customer focused approach, all set them apart from the pack‘.

Key clients

Aviva

AXA XL

NFU Mutual

Allianz

Ageas

Coop

ERS

AXA Insurance

MS Amlin

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP provides a comprehensive defence service across personal injury motor claims handling, motor injury and casualty claims and litigation from first notification of loss until trial. Spearheaded by Nick Mahoney, the Newport office is a centre of excellence for motor work and has the scale and resources to manage a high volume of motor claims on behalf of the majority of leading motor insurers, regardless of value or complexity. Sally Roff  handles personal injury defence matters within a health and safety context - work which regularly sees her brought into advise corporate boards of directors on crisis management in the aftermath of major incidents.

Practice head(s):

Sally Roff, Faye Fishlock, Nick Mahoney and Emma Fuller

Other key lawyers:

Sean Harris; Tim Rees; Melanie Lewis

Testimonials

‘The scope of the related services provided across claims of all values and complexity and the extensive knowledge and experience of the individuals making up the team was fantastic.’

‘The credit hire team has a truly in-depth understanding of their area of the law and a tremendous esprit de corps.’

‘Emma Fuller is a power player in the area of credit hire.’

‘The tactically very sound Sally Roff has a wonderful way with clients.’

Key clients

Zurich Insurance

AXA insurance

Allianz

NFU Mutual

HDI Gerling

Equity

Co-operative (CIS)

NPS Wales

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP is experienced in advising the defendant parties on brain and spinal injury claims as well as on injury claims arising from accidents in the construction sector. The firm also has expertise in cases involving chronic pain, amputations as well as musculoskeletal injuries. ‘The dynamic and client-focusedSally Yuill heads the practice as ‘a trusted adviser‘ and handles motor, employer liability, casualty and public liability claims for insurers and corporations. Paul Parke has particular expertise in claims involving children as well as medical and causation issues.

Practice head(s):

Sally Yuill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Sally Yuill brings flair, tactical excellence and detailed legal analysis to any case she deals with. She handles the top value multi-million pound cases and consistently gets first class results.

A strong and experienced team that proactively manages high value claims to drive settlements and mitigate overall claims costs.

The practice has strong technical knowledge of personal injury and the market.

A great all-round defendant litigation team that offers full technical and practical support to insurers with innovative and smart approaches in an ever changing environment.

DAC Beachcroft stands out because of its professionalism, depth of knowledge and proactive approach.

The practices focuses on understanding the key isues and driving economic settlement.

The firm provides timely reports, technically sound recommendations and has a lot of commercial awareness.

Key clients

AXA

NFUM

Zurich

Aviva

Allianz

Admiral

Professional negligence Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for solicitors, property professionals, financial institutions, insurance brokers and construction companies, as well as specialising in coverage disputes and policy wording. Leeds-based Suzanne Wharton leads the team that includes in the Newcastle office: Paul Davison, who acts for a number of leading insurers, advising upon a wide range of complex and high value claims and policy coverage issues; and construction specialist Stephen McLellan. Also notable is legal director Gillian Burnett, who has particular expertise in claims against solicitors, accountants, surveyors and brokers.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Wharton

Testimonials

‘Provide an excellent resource for professional negligence claims.’

‘Paul Davison is an excellent coverage lawyer. He provides realistic succinct coverage advice.’

‘Gillian Burnett has excellent attention to detail, leaving nothing unturned.’

‘Stephen McLellan is very client focused and approachable to both insured and insurer clients.’

Key clients

Zurich Professional & Financial Lines

Markel (UK) Limited

Travelers Insurance Company

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE

QBE European Operations FSM

Countrywide Plc

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI

Amtrust

MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

Professional negligence Tier 1

'Streets ahead of anyone else in the region and a serious player on the national scene', the Newport-based five-strong team at DAC Beachcroft LLP is focused exclusively on defendant work, and has deeply embedded ties with insurers who instruct them across negligence claims brought against a raft of professionals. It is, however, perhaps best-known for its defence work on behalf of solicitors, an area for which the 'exceptionalClare Hughes-Williams and the 'dedicated and sensitiveCatrin Davies are particularly well-regarded. Senior associate Tom Bedford also handles solicitors' defence work, as well as actions brought against surveyors.

Practice head(s):

Clare Hughes-Williams

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has extensive expertise, with litigators who are willing to go the extra mile.’

‘Case handling is intelligent and balanced.’

‘The firm has vast experience and knowledge in the professional indemnity field.’

‘Clare Hughes-Williams inspires confidence and gives clear and direct advice.’

‘Clare Hughes-Williams is quick to identify and focus on the issues at the heart of the matter.’

 

Key clients

AmTrust

Aviva

Axa XL

MS Amlin

Munich Re

QBE Insurance Company (UK)

Tokyo Marine HCCI

Travelers Insurance

W R Berkley Insurance (Europe)

Zurich

Liberty

Professional negligence Tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP defends against claims in the insurance, financial services, legal and engineering sectors. The firm has particular expertise in handling claims under title indemnity policies for insurers. The practice also advises construction professionals on claims arising from the negligent planning and construction of properties. The team is equally experienced in claims involving criminal and regulatory exposures, as well as indemnity claims involving environmental negligence.  Practice co-head Marcus Campbell is experienced in defending claims against insurance brokers and commercial surveyors, while legal director Kylie Poyner defends schools, colleges and universities.       

Practice head(s):

Marcus Campbell; Caroline Cherry

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The pragmatic, personable and accessible team understands business requirements and concerns

The team is acutely aware that safeguarding client reputation is paramount. As such, the team goes the extra mile to ensure it engages with the client and client expectations within the parameters of the policy cover. The practice keeps fully informed of all developments, which is highly important

 The advice provided is always clear and thorough and delivered in a way that is understood

Marcus Campbell is personable, pragmatic and accessible

Key clients

Aviva Insurance (Corporate & Specialty Risks)

Zurich Financial Services

QBE Europe

Markel International Insurance Company

XL Catlin Insurance

AmTrust Europe

Libra Managers

Cushman & Wakefield

Liberty Insurance

Travelers Insurance

RSA

Chubb

ERGO

CNA Hardy

Professional negligence: defendant Tier 1

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:

Testimonials

‘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

AXA XL

CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI

Amtrust

MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

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.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Sydney Fulda; Harald Loeffler; Vicki Bates; Andrew Martin; Joanne Dumphy

Testimonials

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

DHL

Irlam Wharf Properties Limited

Rosenbauer

RSA

Internorm

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

BUPA

AllScripts Healthcare Solutions Inc.

Wrights Health Group Limited

Manchester United Football Club

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP is renowned for its work in the shopping centre sector, where it acts on high-profile joint ventures and pre-lets, among other matters. Nick Knapman leads the firm’s national real estate shopping centre team and handles contentious and strategic property matters. Julitta Yates specialises in shopping centre asset management work. Elsewhere, the firm has also raised its profile in the housebuilding space, where it acts for a number of the UK's largest residential developers. Bristol team head Graham Brothwood advises multiple corporate clients on their real estate requirements. Ben Pariser has significant experience of acting for mixed-use, residential and commercial developers. Michael Bothamley has expertise in regeneration, development, investment and funding.

Practice head(s):

Graham Brothwood; Michael Bothamley

Testimonials

A highly professional team

An efficient and experienced team with strong technical knowledge

Key clients

St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group

Landsec

Intu Properties

Crest Nicholson

Galliford Try Partnerships West

Bellway Homes

Persimmon Homes

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Elysium Healthcare Holdings

Crime: general Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP is experienced in representing at interviews under caution, court hearings and criminal investigations. The firm has expertise in traffic offences and defends clients with regards to fatal collisions, represents them at police stations and PACE interviews, and maintains a 24-hour national helpline for drivers requiring legal assistance. The firm also advises car insurance companies on financial liabilities arising from car accidents.

Practice head(s):

Lili Oliver

Employment: Bristol Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP primarily acts for the firm's corporate clients in matters concerning discrimination, transfers of undertakings and detriment claims in employment tribunals. Alex Lock advises public and private sector employers on TUPE and outsourcing issues. Joanne Owers is praised by clients for her 'blend of pragmatism and commerciality' and 'unflappable style'; indeed, clients say they have 'complete confidence in her guidance and advice', particularly in the regulated financial sector.

Practice head(s):

Alex Lock

Other key lawyers:

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

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:

Testimonials

‘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

DHL

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

Health Tier 2

A key name for national healthcare work, DAC Beachcroft LLP's regional offering is provided by its Winchester office, which acts for several NHS trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups in the region. The team is particularly experienced in clinical negligence defense work, where Matthew McGrath is a prominent expert. It also provides healthcare regulatory services - this expertise is fronted by Belinda Dix.

Practice head(s):

Matthew McGrath; Belinda Dix

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Medical Defence Union

Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT

University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS FT

Poole Hospital NHS FT

Hampshire Hospitals NHS FT

Great Western Hospitals NHS FT

Salisbury NHS FT

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.

Practice head(s):

Sean Doherty

Other key lawyers:

Deborah Hely; Harrald Loeffler; Simon Wortley; Andrew Rankin; Christian Carr; Claire Fitzgerald; Katy Reddiough; Helen Rowley

Testimonials

‘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

MDU

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS England

Allscripts IT Healthcare

BMI Healthcare

HCA International

Elysium Healthcare

Care Fertility Group

Florence Nightingale Hospital

Evodental

Insurance Corporation of the Channel Islands

SHA (South Africa)

MS Amlin

Zurich

Beazley

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

Health and safety Tier 2

An integral part of the firm's UK-wide network, DAC Beachcroft LLP's two-strong Newport team has an excellent reputation defending organisations and individuals within the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, retail and transport sectors, facing corporate manslaughter, health and safety and environmental offences. As well as her contentious expertise, 'knowledgeable and professional' team head Sally Roff  also regularly provides training to corporates and directors, to ensure that correct governance procedures are in place to minimise the impact of any health and safety issue.

Practice head(s):

Sally Roff 

Other key lawyers:

Stefan Desbordes

Testimonials

‘Responsive and supportive team.’

‘Sally Roff is tactically very sound and has a wonderful way with clients.’

‘Stefan Desbordes is assiduous and displays splendid attention to detail.’

 

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

NFU Mutual

AXA Insurance

Allianz

RSA

Aviva

Tokio Marine HCCl

IT and telecoms Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises clients ranging from scale-ups to international listed companies on large technology projects, digital business, software development, data analytics, eCommerce and licensing. It has built up a particularly notable client base centred on the financial services and healthcare sectors, for whom the team handles business-critical IT issues of both a contentious and non-contentious nature. Team head Alan Pratt is experienced in advising on large-scale telecoms infrastructure projects and the IT elements of complex corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Alan Pratt

Other key lawyers:

James Warburton; Sarah Hopton; Giles Taylor

Key clients

Royal Mail Group

Ultrahaptics

Coventry Building Society

Spire Healthcare

Pure International

Cushman & Wakefield

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Knight Frank

Equifax

Enterprise Rent-a-Car

IT and telecoms Tier 2

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

Testimonials

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

Ontix

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Martin

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

EE

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.

Practice head(s):

Craig Godding; Corrinne Sinker; Kate Archer

Other key lawyers:

Peter Newstead; Naomi Marshall; Barrie Hall

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.

Practice head(s):

Ian McConkey

Other key lawyers:

Martin Paxton; Harald Loeffler; Stephen Gorman

Key clients

QBE European Operations

Travelers Insurance Co Limited

Zurich Insurance plc

Tokio Marine HCC

Great Lakes SE

Allied World Assurance Company

AmTrust

WR Berkley

CNA Hardy

XL Insurance

Project finance and PFI Tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for private and public clients across multiple sectors, including health, energy, defence, justice, housing and education. The 'highly experiencedGiles Taylor advises on PFI, PPP and project finance transactions. Legal director Alison Martin and 'pragmatic' senior associate Ioan Davies are also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Giles Taylor

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is well respected in the NHS

The team has deep knowledge and a lot of experience with PFI and all associated contractual arrangements

Alison Martin is very knowledgeable when it comes to all aspects of projects work

Ioan Davies is always available for consultation and comes up with pragmatic solutions

Key clients

Liverpool City Council

Somerset County Council

Oldham Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council

King’s College Hospital NHS Trust

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Breathe Energy

Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

John Laing Infrastructure Fund

Interserve Investments

Mitie PFI Limited

Bellrock Property and Facilities Management

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Robertson Facilities Management

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.

Practice head(s):

Jan Levinson

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Martin 

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

Banking and finance Tier 3

The majority of DAC Beachcroft LLP’s finance mandates come from clients active in the sphere of investment and development finance. Operating as part of a larger national practice, the team in Bristol acts for both lenders and borrowers, including multiple NHS foundation trusts. In February 2018, practice head Chris Wall joined the team from Kirkland & Ellis International LLP. Wall's wide-ranging expertise includes leveraged acquisitions, fund finance, investment grade borrowing and structured finance. Michael Pearce is experienced in real estate finance transactions, with a particular focus on development transactions and transactions utilising funds from venture capital trusts.

Practice head(s):

Chris Wall

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

An excellent team which puts the client first

Always available and prepared to help

Team members consistently perform to a higher standard than others in the same market

Michael Pearce consistently delivers  good results

Key clients

Santander UK

The Serviced Apartment Company

St James’s Place

Morgan Sindall Investments

Bank of Ireland

John Laing Investments

Lendy

Deeley Freed Estates

Puma Property Finance

Backhouse Housing

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.

Practice head(s):

Alison Key

Other key lawyers:

Sally Morris-Smith; Peter Williams; Adrian Wallbank; Liz Donnelly; Rachael Reynolds; Leanne Murray; Nick Molloy; David Lees; Katy Reddiough; Adam Simpson

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

Construction Tier 3

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 actAndrew 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:

Testimonials

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‘.

Construction Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP is particularly well-known for undertaking commercial construction and professional indemnity claims against construction professionals; illustrative of its excellent reputation in this space, the firm generates a significant amount of work from corporate and London market insurers. Elsewhere, the firm handles a wide range of complex construction projects for clients such as national housebuilders and the NHS. The utilities and financial sectors, are among other areas of activity. Ben Thornycroft heads up the group, which also includes Philip Roberts.

Practice head(s):

Ben Thornycroft

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic, realistic and efficient

Ben Thornycroft is approachable, engaging and proactive

They are keen to understand our business and tailor their advice accordingly. In addition to having the relevant expertise, they bring a pragmatic approach to problem solving

Ben Thornycroft has authority and expertise, and is also very approachable and a good team player. He is always a pleasure to deal with and very responsive in the timely delivery of his advice, which is focused on the client’s needs

From the first conversation to the conclusion of the matter, DAC Beachcroft was on hand to offer clear guidance not only on the course of action that we should take, but on the anticipated response of the claimant. It constantly showed that it was three steps ahead of the claimant and this offered the reassurance that we had the right team for the job

Key clients

Crown Commercial Service

Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Backhouse Housing

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council

Aviva

Deeley Freed Estates

Shore Capital Group

QBE Insurance Company (UK)

Bristol Water

Linden Homes

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for clients on corporate M&A, restructurings and fundraising for IPOs. Work with a nexus to the energy and infrastructure sector is an area of focus, with the firm advising clients on commercial contracts and corporate strategies. John Williams leads the team.

Practice head(s):

John Williams

Debt recovery Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP has notable expertise in the recovery of business debts for investment funds and insurers. Practice head Giles Hindle is experienced in dealing with all types of corporate insolvency, both domestically and internationally.

Practice head(s):

Giles Hindle

Environment Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP focuses on advising landowners and developers on contaminated land and land-related environmental liabilities, as well as handling regulatory issues (including waste management and pollution permitting offences) and environmental due diligence in corporate and commercial transactions. Legal director Anne Harrison jointly heads up the department with Sally Roff, who regularly represents corporate entities and individuals facing regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Karen Howe joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):

Sally Roff; Anne Harrison

Testimonials

The team is highly respected and compares very favourably to other highly regarded teams in Bristol

Team members give realistic advice to their clients, not just what people want to hear

High-calibre expertise at all levels – from partner to associate

Anne Harrison is the top environmental solicitor in Bristol at the moment, combining a wealth of experience, excellent knowledge and a lot of good sense

Key clients

Somerset County Council

Royal Mail

Crest Nicholson

South West Water

Bellway

Taylor Wimpey

Wainhomes North West

Port of London Authority

Keepmoat Homes

Axa

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises on high-value contentious and non-contentious matters at regional and international level. The team has a strong capability advising both large accountancy firms and smaller regional practices on a full scope of issues, such as insolvency appointments, asset advice and company disposals. Other clients include directors, interim managers and turnaround practitioners. Giles Hindle, who heads up the department, has extensive corporate recovery experience. Kevin Hawthorn focuses on personal insolvency and insolvency-related pensions and security issues.

Practice head(s):

Giles Hindle

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Harald Loeffler

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Rankin; Chris Air

Key clients

Internorm

Sir Bradley Wiggins

Banner GmbH

LIWEST Kabelmedien GmbH

Lawspeed

Oberbank

EMIS Health

Splitpixel Creative Limited

Sika

Intellectual property Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP advises a broad range of clients on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP assets, as well as portfolio management and trade mark filings. Andrew Allan-Jones advises on intellectual property disputes, licensing deals and corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Allan-Jones 

Testimonials

The team has an in-depth knowledge of the law, is creative in problem solving, responsive and has a high success rate

They demonstrate a high level of competence in soft-IP areas advising and representing some of the world’s largest companies, and punch above their weight. They have the quality of a top London firm

We found the team at DAC Beachcroft fantastic to work with. We found ourselves in a very difficult situation with a trademark infringement case and they helped keep us calm and collected and we felt very assured in their hands. They were so professional and did a fantastic job of dealing with the claimant and making their case look very weak

Andrew Allan Jones has a heavyweight knowledge of case law and problem solving abilities

Kate Loxton is efficient and diligent

Campbell Dye and Andrew Allen-Jones are the stand-out IP litigators at this firm. They both have a deep knowledge of the legal subject matter and a firm grasp of the facts in each case

We dealt with Andrew Allan-Jones and Susanna Read and they were both great to deal with. They were both very professional, very easy to talk to and they went the extra mile to really get to know our business and properly understand the intricacies of the problems we were confronted with. I would strongly recommend them both to anyone looking for a trademark/copyright infringement lawyers

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.

Practice head(s):

Michael Peeters

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Rankin; Harald Loeffler; Nick Spearing; Jan Levinson; Chris Air

Testimonials

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

Vestel

CDS Computer Design Systems

TechUK

Intellifo

Local government Tier 3

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.

Local government Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP leverages strengths in multiple disciplines to advise local authorities on property, development, income generation projects and complex public law work, including state aid and procurement. In addition, it has had an increase in mandates from local authorities seeking GDPR and data protection advice. Stephen Hocking is knowledgeable about local authority governance, powers and conduct issues.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Hocking; Ben Pariser; Ben Thorneycroft; Andrea Livingstone; Giles Taylor

Key clients

Cornwall Council

Borough of Tunbridge Wells

Somerset County Council

Bath and North East Somerset Council

Cheshire West and Chester Council

Surrey County Council

Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council

Bristol City Council

Blackburn with Darwen Council

Liverpool City Council

Blackpool County Council

Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council

Waverley Borough Council

East Hampshire District Council

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.

Practice head(s):

Alison Key

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Reynolds

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.

Practice head(s):

Clare Hartley (Northern lead – Leeds); Rachael Reynolds

Other key lawyers:

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

Quintain

St Helens Borough Council

Bolton Council

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council

Cheshire West and Chester Borough Council

Oldham Borough Council

Laduree

Property Alliance Group

Japan Centre Group

Safran Nacelles

Clas Ohlson

Bradford City Council

Criterion Capital

Loreal (UK)

Arthur J. Gallagher (U.K.)

Property litigation Tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP has a particular strength in handling contentious property issues in the retail sector. Notable clients include large shopping centres, corporate occupiers and landowners. Practice head Nick Knapman has extensive experience of contentious matters, such as rent reviews, service charge issues, and dilapidations claims, among others.

Practice head(s):

Nick Knapman

Testimonials

The team has wide-ranging skills and knowledge of property litigation

The team is always highly efficient and responds to queries quickly, regardless of the time at which the notice comes

Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP's Newcastle offices support the firm's national network on the spectrum of real estate matters across the country. The group, which is led by housebuilding sector expert Duncan Fisher (who joined from Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP in February 2018), advises private commercial clients, in addition to public and private healthcare operators, local authorities and educational establishments.

Practice head(s):

Duncan Fisher

Other key lawyers:

Nicola Fairbairn; Andrea Proudlock

Key clients

Lendlease

Royal Mail Group

Newcastle University

Newcastle Building Society

Newcastle City Council

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Ellaby

Other key lawyers:

William Pinnock;

Employment Tier 4

Best known for its employment tribunal service, DAC Beachcroft LLP also has expertise in equal pay claims, TUPE transfers and capability cases involving doctors and executives in the NHS. Guy Bredenkamp leads the team and specialises in major organisational changes, as well as industrial action. Also notable is associate Sarah George, who has particular experience in employment disputes.

Practice head(s):

Guy Bredenkamp

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is very professional and commercial thinking’

‘Advice is always consistent and mindfully given’

‘No problem is too big or too small’

‘DAC has a specialist healthcare team to match that of any other firm’

‘Specialist knowledge is matched with quality lawyers to produce a high level of service’

Key clients

NHS England

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

EE

BT

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS FT

East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

North Cumbria  University Hospitals NHS Trust

Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT

Northumberland County Council

Planning Tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP's team has extensive expertise in the development space, where it acts for a wide range of housebuilders and commercial developers. The practice assists clients with drafting and negotiating section 106 agreements for residential and mixed-use development projects, as well as highways and other infrastructure agreements. In addition, it has expertise in permitted development rights, classes and planning charges. Beyond its work in the development sector, the team regularly supports other departments in relation to matters involving areas such as retail, finance and investment, insurance and the public sector. Department head Anne Harrison, who is ‘an outstanding lawyer’, has overseen the growth of the planning practice. Legal director Karen Howe joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Stanwell; Anne Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is quick in responding and adopts a proactive approach in solving a problem

The team is well-informed and has up-to-date knowledge of the sector

Anne Harrison keeps matters moving and gets things done quickly, while her team provides excellent support in reaching clients’ goals

Key clients

Taylor Wimpey UK

Linden Homes

Galliford Try

Crest Nicholson (South West)

Persimmon

The Go-Ahead Group

Watkin Jones & Son

Royal Mail

Deeley Freed Estates

Abacus Projects

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Bellway

Elysium Healthcare

Somerset County Council

Waverley Borough Council

Lovell Partnerships

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Backhouse Housing

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Alison Key

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.

Practice head(s):

Michael Blackburne (London); James Harrison (Newcastle)

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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)

Internorm

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.

Practice head(s):

Iain Moore

Other key lawyers:

Barrie Hall

Testimonials

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

Key clients

DHL

BAE SYSTEMS

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
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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
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