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DAC Beachcroft LLP

1 MINSTER COURT, MINCING LANE, LONDON, EC3R 7AA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0207 894 6800
Fax:
Fax 0207 894 6801
DX:
753 LONDON
Email:
Web:
www.dacbeachcroft.com

David Bear

Tel:
Work 020 7894 6140
Email:
DAC Beachcroft LLP

Work Department

Litigation.

Position

Partner specialising in construction, property damage and product liability; insurance specialist dealing with coverage, policy disputes, subrogated recoveries, CAR, reinsurance and professional indemnity (architects, engineers and brokers), knowledge of multi-party litigation and arbitration. Involved in a number of complex and high profile matters, including a London helicopter/property collision (2013) a series of large industrial, structural and petrochemical EAR and DSU losses in the Middle East (2012), in hydro-electric CAR power station claims in Scotland and Brazil (2012), the Hatfield and Selby train derailments, representing The Underwriter Insurance Company in the Kajima litigation and acting for Sainsbury, Marks & Spencer and The City of London in relation to major property losses.

Career

Qualified 1988; joined Davies Arnold Cooper (now DAC Beachcroft LLP) 1989; partner 1995.

Leisure

Sailing, cycling, travel, squash.


London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation

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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