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DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP

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Scotland: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP

The ‘driving-force’ behind DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP’s team is Colin Bissett, who has ‘assembled a good team around him’, which includes associate, Karen Railton. The group is noted for its case preparation skills, which is ‘backed up by in-house resources and skills that can be called upon, as and when required’. Highlights included representing Highland Car Club, the permit holder and operator of the Snowman Rally, at a fatal accident inquiry into the death of a spectator – leading to no adverse findings for the client. It also successfully defended Norbord Europe against a Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) prosecution into a leaking fuel pipe; a case in which the client was found not guilty and the offence was treated as a strict liability.

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Scotland: Insurance

Personal injury: defender
Personal injury: defender - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP

DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP’s team has ‘an excellent pedigree’ and stands out for its ability to ‘maintain extremely high levels of performance and service standards’. The firm is on the panels of a number of high-level insurers and acts for a number of corporate insured clients. The ‘confident, astute and sensible’ John Maillie is noted as ‘a truly top lawyer’ and possesses a wealth of experience in complex and catastrophic personal injury cases. Andrew Ireland is an ‘extremely capable solicitor advocate’ who specialises in complex casualty claims and coverage issues. Claire Newcombe has extensive anti-fraud expertise, and leads on the firm’s role as the sole counter-fraud provider to Aviva. Recent highlights include major RTA cases, liability investigations and fatal asbestos exposure claims. Associate Isla Taylor is also recommended.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP

DAC Beachcroft Scotland LLP’s ‘competent’ team handles professional claims for clients across a wide spectrum of professions and acts for a number of UK professional indemnity insurers. The practice is led by legal director Beverley Atkinson, who is dual Scots and English qualified. The group defended a firm of structural engineers, via Zurich, against a £1.75m claim pertaining to a failed hotel piping system which caused damage to the building; a case that was resolved through ADR. In another highlight, it represented a firm of surveyors in three separate actions raised by a commercial lender, each alleging negligence over the valuation of property, achieving a settlement on all claims on a global basis, with a significant discount.

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