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James Deacon

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DAC Beachcroft LLP

Work Department

Insurance Litigation.


James specialises in insurance litigation and is involved primarily in a wide range of policy coverage disputes, acting for property and public liability insurers. He has notably advised on insurance coverage implications arising out of major incidents, including the foot and mouth outbreak, the tsunami in south-east Asia, reinsurance issues arising out of the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster, a £100m fire in a university clean room in 2005, the Peckham fire of November 2009 and the recall of London black taxis following the series of fires in 2007 and 2008. James also has considerable expertise in advising on the drafting of a broad range of insurance policies, including household, property, commercial combined, motor, personal accident, group accidental death, business travel, public health, private medical, land charges and lottery jackpot insurance wordings. James has considerable experience of handling substantial property actions (covering a range of legal disciplines, including negligence, contract, nuisance, product liability and strict liability) arising from fires, floods and construction related disputes. He also advised in relation to claims arising out of the riots across the UK in 2011. James has handled many cases for insurers including the following reported judgments: Baileys’ Motor Works v HHS Alarms Limited; Amec Civil Engineering ltd v Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society ltd; LMS International and others v Styrene Packaging and Insulation ltd and ors; Biffa Waste Services ltd v Clarke Energy ltd; 199 Knightsbridge Development Ltd v WSP UK Ltd (2014). James has extensive experience of mediation and ADR.


Trained at Beachcroft Wansbroughs (London) 1998-2000; solicitor Beachcroft 2000; partner DAC Beachcroft 2013. Lectures to clients on insurance and related issues. Co-author of text book entitled ‘Property Insurance Law and Claims’, published by the Chartered Insurance of Loss Adjusters in September 2010. Sits on the property special interest group of the Chartered Institute of Loss Adjusters and speaks at their annual conference.


Law Society.


University of Exeter (1997, BA Hons, Law).

London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

Within: Next generation lawyers

James Deacon - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Within: Insurance and reinsurance litigation

DAC Beachcroft LLP's team ‘has a pragmatic, focused approach and adds real value for its clients’. This is married with a ‘very good level of service with strong knowledge in key areas such as construction’. David Bear, ‘a specialist in the field of construction insurance’ who makes clients ‘feel confident and comfortable when cases are in his hands’, is noted for his work in this sector. As well as construction, the firm has dedicated teams focusing on product liability, marine, and global insurance, to name but a few. The particular strength of the firm’s Latin American practice has attracted prominent partners such as Mark Kendall and Duncan Strachan from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran and Arnold LLP, along with senior associates Sarah Hennessy and Lucy Dyson, to a growing team that has also seen the lateral hire of Matthew Olorenshaw from DWF. This expansion has strengthened a team that already includes the likes of Chris Wilkes, Ilana Gilbert and James Deacon. With ten offices across the UK and eight international offices, the practice offers an insurance service across all lines of business from straightforward to complex claims, and the information security and cyber team headed by Hans Allnutt demonstrates ‘the level and quality of service you would expect from a leading firm’ in the key market areas. Leading the practice is Nick Young, who, along with Fiona Gill, was also recently instructed by HDI Global and Rydon Maintenance following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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