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DAC Beachcroft LLP
South West

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.       

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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
 Nick Knapman  photo Nick Knapman
 Michael Bothamley  photo Michael Bothamley
 Alex Lock  photo Alex Lock
 Graham Brothwood  photo Graham Brothwood
 Tom Corrigan  photo Tom Corrigan
 Ben Daniels  photo Ben Daniels
 Nigel Montgomery  photo Nigel Montgomery
 James Morris  photo James Morris
 Helen Faulkner  photo Helen Faulkner
 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
 Giles Hindle  photo Giles Hindle
 Katy Horner  photo Katy Horner
 Corinne Slingo  photo Corinne Slingo
 Helen Staines  photo Helen Staines
 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
 Stephen Hocking  photo Stephen Hocking
 Martin Holmes  photo Martin Holmes
 Mark Bailey  photo Mark Bailey
 Marcus Campbell  photo Marcus Campbell
 Nathan Butcher  photo Nathan Butcher
 Tom Baker  photo Tom Baker
 Charlie Bending  photo Charlie Bending
 Deborah Bradley  photo Deborah Bradley
 Peter Allchorne  photo Peter Allchorne
 Tony Cherry  photo Tony Cherry
 Giles Taylor  photo Giles Taylor
Number of UK partners : 277
Number of other UK fee-earners : 1,978