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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):John Williams

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Lili Oliver

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Ben Daniels; Daniel Preddy

Other key lawyers:Rebecca Smith; Simon Thomas; Martin Langley


'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



Work highlights

  • Defended Hiscox Limited against the first ever prosecution of an insurance company by the Information Commissioner, in an alleged breach of the Data Protection Act.
  • Represented Trustees in 'M v St Anne's Trustees Limited'.
  • Acting for Rockfield Oil and Gas Limited against Hess Ghana Exploration Limited in a claim for alleged breach of contract.
  • Assisted Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust in connection with the termination of and threats of proceedings in connection with a dispute between several NHS Trusts and Healthcare Environmental Services (HES).
  • Defending financial advisory firm Carpenter Rees Limited in Ingenious and Scion tax scheme litigation, which involves claims brought by in excess of 400 professional sportsmen and high net worth individuals against more than 100 defendants including the scheme operators, banks, sports agents and professional advisers.
Next Generation Partners

Martin Langley - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Giles Hindle

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Chris Wall

Other key lawyers:Michael Pearce


'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

Work highlights

  • Handling multiple matters for Santander UK, including real estate finance work.
  • Acting for Lendy on numerous investment and development finance matters.
  • Advising Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council/John Laing Infrastructure Fund on a high-value PFI project.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Giles Hindle

Other key lawyers:Kevin Hawthorn

Leading individuals

Giles Hindle - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Alex Lock

Other key lawyers:Joanne Owers

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Richard Ottley

Other key lawyers:Ian Manners


'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

Work highlights

  • Defended Aster Group in criminal proceedings brought following the death of a child in a home lift.
  • Successfully assisted a client with securing an acquittal of a health and safety charge following the death of a spectator at a cycling event.
  • Representing a small construction company following the death of an employee at a construction site at a large local shopping centre.
  • Advising a healthcare company following the death of a service user at their premises.
  • Representing a large engineering company following significant injury on site
Leading individuals

Richard Ottley - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Ian Manners - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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South West: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Nigel Montgomery; Rachel Roberts-Jenkins


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


Work highlights

  • Successfully acted in Court of Appeal proceedings in the case of a criminal client with lacking mental capacity, which clarified the law on the illegality defence in tort.
Leading individuals

Nigel Montgomery - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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. ‚ÄėThe dynamic and client-focused‚Äô Sally Yuill heads the practice as ‚Äėa trusted adviser‚Äė 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.

Practice head(s):Sally Yuill

Other key lawyers:Paul Parke


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







Work highlights

  • Advised Zurich Insurance on a £500k claim arising from a car traffic accident, which involved advice on crisis response, reputational risk, legal privilege as well as incident and criminal investigation.
  • Advising Zurich Insurance on a claim arising from a leg injury, which involves allegations of dishonesty.
  • Advised a charity on reputational risks in connection to a member of the public suffering serious injury.
  • Advised on a £3m claim arising from a road traffic accident in which a lorry drove over a cyclist rendering him an incomplete tetraplegic together with a risk of a brain injury.
  • Advised on a £1.3m claim arising from a brain injury sustained by a claimant with pre-existing special education needs.
Leading individuals

Paul Parke - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Sally Yuill - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.       

Practice head(s):Marcus Campbell; Caroline Cherry

Other key lawyers:Kylie Poyner


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

Work highlights

  • Defending against a solicitor’s negligence claim alleging under-settlement of a miner’s Vibration White Finger (VWF) claim.
  • Defending Aviva and its insured retail businesses against a £1.6m claim made by the administrators of the insured company against the client in relation to unlawful dividend payments and wrongful trading initiated by the claimants.
  • Advising Zurich and insured plant operator on liability and defence strategy in relation to a claim made by a company against its directors for failing to put in place adequate IT security.
  • Advising Zurich and insured SME business on coverage and monitoring of a number of defence lawyers in relation to alleged £150m tax fraud and money laundering.
  • Investigated the merits and handled the defence of two claims alleging the significant overvaluation of two children’s care homes by the practice’s property consultancy client.
Leading individuals

Marcus Campbell - DAC Beachcroft LLP

Rising stars

Kylie Poyner - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Project finance and PFI
Project finance and PFI - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

DAC Beachcroft LLP acts for private and public clients across multiple sectors, including health, energy, defence, justice, housing and education. The 'highly experienced' Giles Taylor advises on PFI, PPP and project finance transactions. Legal director Alison Martin and 'pragmatic' senior associate Ioan Davies are also recommended.

Practice head(s):Giles Taylor

Other key lawyers:Alison Martin; Ioan Davies


'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

Work highlights

  • Advising Liverpool City Council on its portfolio of operational PFI schemes.
  • Advising Somerset County Council on its Building Schools for the Future programme.
  • Assisting facilities management contractor Mitie PFI with its portfolio of approximately 30 operational PFI projects.
  • Advised Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council on its Grouped Schools PFI scheme.
  • Advising Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on its PFI ward refurbishment projects.

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South West: Public sector

Health - ranked: tier 1

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Nigel Montgomery

Other key lawyers:Corinne Slingo; Hannah Volpe; Alison Martin


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

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended NHS Resolution in a mental health case before the Master of the Rolls at the Court of Appeal.
  • Represented Marie Stopes International during a high-profile inquest into the death of an Irish patient who had travelled to England for medical services.
  • Assisting a NHS Foundation Trust with matters regarding a key  inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
  • Successfully defended a NHS Foundation Trust against an employment claim alleging unfair constructive dismissal.
  • Advised a mental health service provider on its acquisition of a provider of services for people with learning disabilities and complex illnesses.
Next Generation Partners

Hannah Volpe - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Stephen Hocking; Ben Pariser; Ben Thorneycroft; Andrea Livingstone; Giles Taylor

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

Work highlights

  • Advising Tunbridge Wells Borough Council on its £90m town centre redevelopment project.
  • Advised a council on the amendments to and the extension of the council's repair and maintenance contract for its social housing stock.
  • Advising Bath and North East Somerset Council on the disposal of a high-profile redundant asset to a charity for redevelopment.
  • Advising Somerset County Council on its Building Schools for the Future programme and its programme of conversion of schools to academy status.
  • Advising Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council on the purchase of two new distribution parks.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Graham Brothwood; Michael Bothamley

Other key lawyers:Nick Knapman; Julitta Yates; Ben Pariser


'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

Work highlights

  • Assisted St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group with a phased office move; work included lease negotiations as well as preparation of key documentation.
  • Acting for Landsec as landlord on unit lettings at shopping centres Bluewater, Trinity Leeds and Southside Wandsworth.
  • Assisted Galliford Try Partnerships West with the acquisition of Blackberry Hill Hospital in Bristol.
  • Assisted a property developer with the acquisition of a high-value site in Devizes, Wiltshire.
  • Advised Crest Nicholson on the £10m-worth sale of a strategic serviced parcel of land at Harry Stoke, Bristol to Linden.
Leading individuals

Graham Brothwood - DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Ben Thornycroft

Other key lawyers: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

Work highlights

  • Advising Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust on issues regarding the construction of a new hospital.
  • Advising housebuilder Backhouse Housing on issues regarding development management and construction documents.
  • Advising Mayo Clinic Healthcare on a £9m internal refurbishment of a commercial office building in London to create a private patient diagnostic medical facility.
  • Advised St. James’s Place Wealth Management Group  on multiple construction documents and due diligence issues regarding a new office building in London.
  • Advised DFKE (Hereford) on the development of a Premier Inn in Hereford.

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Environment - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Sally Roff; Anne Harrison


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


Work highlights

  • Assisted Greater Manchester Pension Fund with environmental due diligence for the purchase of two new distribution parks in the South East of England.
  • Advised Port of London Authority on its duties and responsibilities with regard to a white (“beluga”) whale inhabiting the Thames Estuary.
  • Advising Abacus Projects on the environmental aspects of a 400-residential unit planning application.
  • Advising South West Water on action brought against it by the Environment Agency.
  • Advising a construction company on charges for a water pollution event near Wolverhampton.

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Planning - ranked: tier 4

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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 ‚Äėan outstanding lawyer‚Äô, has overseen the growth of the planning practice. Legal director¬†Karen Howe¬†joined from Clarke Willmott LLP.

Practice head(s):Christopher Stanwell; Anne Harrison

Other key lawyers:Karen Howe


'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

Work highlights

  • Advised DFE TW Residential (a joint venture between Taylor Wimpey and Deeley Freed Estates) on a section 106 framework agreement.
  • Acted for Taylor Wimpey on a section 106 agreement concerning the second phase of a site in Cwmbran, which will deliver a total of 108 residential units.
  • Provided St. James's Place with planning due diligence support concerning the acquisition of a new office building in London.
  • Acted for Galliford Try on a section 106 agreement in relation to a planning permission concerning the former Blackberry Hill Hospital, Fishponds, Bristol; the project which will deliver 346 residential units.
  • Assisted Crest Nicholson (South West) with planning and environmental due diligence and provided general legal support in relation to the acquisition of a development site in Keynsham and the subsequent sale of a parcel of land to Curo.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Nick Knapman


'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'

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Alan Pratt

Other key lawyers:James Warburton; Sarah Hopton; Giles Taylor

Key Clients

Royal Mail Group


Coventry Building Society

Spire Healthcare

Pure International

Cushman & Wakefield

Ecclesiastical Insurance

Knight Frank


Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Work highlights

  • Assisted Coventry Building Society with a transformation programme to replace core server rooms with cloud infrastructure, and negotiated contracts for IT system infrastructural projects.
  • Supported Spire Healthcare on GDPR implementation.
  • Advising Ecclesiastical Insurance on IT outsourcing and core claims management system replacement.
  • Advising Pure International on GDPR compliance, and also on software developments relating to new product ranges.
  • Advising Ultrahaptics Limited on cross-border licensing deals.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 3

DAC Beachcroft LLP

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.

Practice head(s):Andrew Allan-Jones 


'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'

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  • Court of Justice rules on source of income for Derivative Residence applications

    On 2 October 2019, the Court of Justice delivered its judgment in Bajratari v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Directive 2004/38/EC) Case C-93/18 which concerns Chen applications and the source of funds for self-sufficiency. 
  • End of the ‚Äėcentre of life test‚Äô in Surinder Singh cases?

    In the recent case of¬† ZA (Reg 9. EEA Regs; abuse of rights) Afghanistan ¬† [2019] UKUT 281 (IAC ), the Upper Tribunal found that there is no basis in EU law for the centre of life test, as set out in Regulation 9(3)(a) of the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 (the ‚ÄúRegulations‚ÄĚ). It further found that it is not to be applied when Judges assess ¬†Surinder Singh ¬†cases that appear before them.
  • Terms of employment as a sole representative

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  • Can Sole Representatives Be Shareholders?

    The Immigration Rules require that an applicant for a¬† sole representative visa ¬†is not ‚Äúa¬† majority shareholder in the overseas business‚ÄĚ.
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    In applications for entry clearance where the applicant has a negative immigration history in the UK, the application may be refused under the general grounds for refusal, which are found in part 9 of the Immigration Rules. Where an applicant has ¬†‚Äėpreviously contrived in a significant way to frustrate the intentions of the Immigration Rules‚Äô,¬† the application could be refused under paragraph 320(11). In this post we look at five frequently asked questions about paragraph 320(11).¬†
  • Multiple nationality and multiple citizenship (including dual nationality and dual citizenship)

    British nationality law permits multiple nationality and multiple citizenship, including dual nationality and dual citizenship.
  • Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in the Exceptional Talent or Promise Category

    The  Exceptional Talent  and Exceptional Promise categories are for individuals who are recognised leaders or emerging leaders in their field of expertise. There are a number of endorsing bodies for lots of different fields of work, including  artists and musicians ,  architects ,  digital experts ,  scientists  and  academics . While there isn’t an endorsing body for every expert, the growing list means that many individuals could enjoy the flexibility that this category has to offer. 

    Syedur Rahmanconsiders the factors that determine when civil proceedings can go ahead before,or at the same time as, criminal proceedings relating to the same circumstances.
  • Rights of appeal after the Immigration Act 2014

    The Immigration Act 2014 (‚Äúthe 2014 Act‚ÄĚ) reduced the circumstances in which the refusal of an immigration application will give rise to a right of appeal.¬†The¬† explanatory notes ¬†to the 2014 Act state that the Act was intended to restructure rights of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal. Previously, a right of appeal to the Immigration Tribunal existed against any of the 14 different immigration decisions listed in s.82 of the¬† Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 ¬†(‚Äúthe 2002 Act‚ÄĚ). As explained below, whether or not the refusal of an immigration application currently generates a right of appeal depends on the subject matter of the application rather than its categorisation.