Firm Profile > DAC Beachcroft LLP > Bristol, England

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.


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


WR Berkley

Bupa Dental


Optegra UK





Renaissance Re

Bermuda Hospital Board


MS Amlin


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.


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


Arthur J Gallagher



Western Union



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.


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 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.


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


Saint Gobain

Unite Students

University Hospitals Bristol

Spire Healthcare

Shield Environmental Limited

Lorne Stewart Plc

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.


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







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.       


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




CNA Hardy

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.


A highly professional team

An efficient and experienced team with strong technical knowledge

Key clients

St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group


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.

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.

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.

Key clients

Royal Mail Group


Coventry Building Society

Spire Healthcare

Pure International

Cushman & Wakefield

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Knight Frank


Enterprise Rent-a-Car

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.


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

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.


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


Deeley Freed Estates

Puma Property Finance

Backhouse Housing

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.


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


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.

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.

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.


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


Taylor Wimpey

Wainhomes North West

Port of London Authority

Keepmoat Homes


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.

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.


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

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.

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

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.


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

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.


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)


The Go-Ahead Group

Watkin Jones & Son

Royal Mail

Deeley Freed Estates

Abacus Projects

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust


Elysium Healthcare

Somerset County Council

Waverley Borough Council

Lovell Partnerships

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Backhouse Housing

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
 Peter Allchorne  photo Peter Allchorne
 Michael Bothamley  photo Michael Bothamley
 Graham Brothwood  photo Graham Brothwood
 Tony Cherry  photo Tony Cherry
 Tom Corrigan  photo Tom Corrigan
 Ben Daniels  photo Ben Daniels
 Helen Faulkner  photo Helen Faulkner
 Giles Hindle  photo Giles Hindle
 Stephen Hocking  photo Stephen Hocking
 Martin Holmes  photo Martin Holmes
 Katy Horner  photo Katy Horner
 Nick Knapman  photo Nick Knapman
 Alex Lock  photo Alex Lock
 Nigel Montgomery  photo Nigel Montgomery
 James Morris  photo James Morris
 Richard Ottley  photo Richard Ottley
 Ben Pariser  photo Ben Pariser
 Paul Parke  photo Paul Parke
 David Pollitt  photo David Pollitt
 Alan Pratt  photo Alan Pratt
 Daniel Preddy  photo Daniel Preddy
 James Reed  photo James Reed
 Phillip Roberts  photo Phillip Roberts
 Rachel Roberts-Jenkins  photo Rachel Roberts-Jenkins
 Corinne Slingo  photo Corinne Slingo
 Helen Staines  photo Helen Staines
 Giles Taylor  photo Giles Taylor
 Marcus Thomson  photo Marcus Thomson
 Ben Thornycroft  photo Ben Thornycroft
 John Williams  photo John Williams
 Julitta Yates  photo Julitta Yates
 Sally Yuill  photo Sally Yuill
Number of UK partners : 277
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,978