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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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’.


‘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



HC One


Bupa Dental

Care UK


States of Jersey

MS Amlin Inc




Allied World

WR Berkeley





NHS England



Marie Stopes


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.

Key clients

South Tyneside Homes / South Tyneside Housing Ventures

Newcastle City Council

Bellway Homes

Taylor Wimpey UK

Criterion Capital

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.


‘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

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.


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

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

Key clients

Zurich Insurance Plc

Aviva Plc




Municipal Mutual

Insure the Box


Eldon Insurance

NHS Resolution

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.


‘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


CNA Hardy

Manchester Underwriting Management / IGI


MS Amlin

Tokio Marine HCC

Global Risk Partners

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.

Key clients


Royal Mail Group

Newcastle University

Newcastle Building Society

Newcastle City Council

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.


‘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



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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Banking and finance
    • Commercial
    • Competition and procurement
    • Data & privacy
    • Governance
    • Intellectual property
    • Outsourcing
    • Corporate
    • Dispute resolution
    • Employment & pensions
    • Public law
    • Regulatory
    • Tax
Department Name Email Telephone
Senior partner Virginia Clegg
Managing partner David Pollitt
Claims solutions Craig Dickson
Commercial John Williams
Corporate John Williams
Competition and regulatory Mathew Rutter
Competition and regulatory Stephen Hocking
Dispute resolution John Bramhall
Employment and pensions Alex Lock
Finance Steven Ramsden
Global Wendy Hopkins
Healthcare and clinical risk Nigel Montgomery
Public Stephen Hocking
Tax John Dunlop
Insurance Helen Faulkner
Real estate Michael Bothamley
Photo Name Position Profile
 Guy Bredenkamp  photo Guy Bredenkamp
Mr Paul Davison  photo Mr Paul Davison
 James Harrison  photo James Harrison
 Warren Kemp  photo Warren Kemp
 Neil Rowe  photo Neil Rowe
 David Weatherburn  photo David Weatherburn
 Gill Weatherill  photo Gill Weatherill
Number of UK partners : 277
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,978