DAC Beachcroft LLP

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DAC Beachcroft operates from eight cities across the UK, as well as in Ireland, Spain, Mexico, Singapore and New Zealand. The firm boasts particular strength in health law, insurance, and real estate matters. Leading names on the firm's roster include Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, Unilever, BAE Systems and Waitrose.

Strategic growth

Taking its name from Richard Beachcroft, who started his practice in London in 1828, today's DAC Beachcroft was formed through a number of mergers. Known as Beachcroft Wansbroughs after its merger with Wansbroughs Willey Hargrave in 1990, in 2005 the firm rebranded, converted to an LLP, and became simply Beachcroft.

The firm undertook further expansion through a string of strategic mergers and acquisitions beginning in 2008. That year Beachcroft brought on more than 20 health care litigators from Eversheds after the firm decided to pull out of the clinical negligence market. The practice got a further boost in 2010, when a 10-lawyer health care team from Halliwells moved to Beachcroft's Manchester office. In 2009, the firm acquired Welsh volume firm Kingslegal, and in 2010 it absorbed London insurance boutique Williams Holden Cooklin Gibbons. Most recently, Beachcroft rebranded yet again as a result of its 2011 merger with Davies Arnold Cooper, which turned the firm into DAC Beachcroft.

Adding a global element

The arrival of 2009 also ushered in a new global strategy for DAC Beachcroft. The new approach included setting up a best-friends network across Europe, opening an office in Dublin and embarking on a joint venture in India. The Irish office, a partnership under the Irish legal system, focuses on personal injury and professional indemnity work, and the firm's European network involves links with firms in Spain, France, Germany, Belgium and Italy. In New Zealand the firm has two outposts, in Auckland and Wellington, which focus on insurance. In 2011, DAC Beachcroft opened an office in Singapore.

In Spain, DAC Beachcroft is a leader in insurance litigation, handling professional indemnity matters as well as high-profile product liability and environmental cases. The firm also has a strong presence in Latin America, both directly and through its Mexican office and Brazilian and Chilean associated firms, where it serves local and international insurance and reinsurance companies, brokers, Lloyd's syndicates and other liability carriers.

Get with the project

DAC Beachcroft advises a significant number of local authorities, and one major project it has been involved in for the public sector is the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. The school-building investment scheme, launched by the government in 2005, aims to renew or rebuild every secondary school in the UK by 2016, as a move toward educational reform. DAC Beachcroft's projects team advised the schools in Bradford on the £400 million programme and is currently working on some of the UK's largest BSF programmes in Liverpool and Blackburn. DAC Beachcroft has also done significant work in the procurement of building designs and construction, working with the Ministry of Defence on a large communications centre, and several local governments creating modernised waste disposal facilities.

DAC Beachcroft has been involved in a number landmark real estate development projects in recent years, including acting for Arab Investments on the acquisition of the 62-storey Pinnacle, which will be the tallest building in the City of London, and advising Carillion Richardson on their £25 million development in Worcester of a new superstore, multi-storey car park and ancillary retail units.

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Who has top billing?

As of 31 October 2011, Beachcroft and Davies Arnold Cooper became DAC Beachcroft. Both firms were big players in the insurance market, and the combined firm hopes to find synergy from joining Beachcroft's health care practice and Davies Arnold Cooper's life sciences division. Post-merger the firm has approximately 230 partners and more than 2,000 total staff, and expects to see an annual turnover in excess of £190 million.

Mall rats

Working again with its long term client Westfield, DAC Beachcroft's real estate team provided services for the opening of Westfield Stratford City, Europe's largest urban shopping centre, in September 2011. DAC Beachcroft completed 150 individual deals for Westfield, filling half of the nearly 2 million square foot retail space. With the opening of the new centre, DAC Beachcroft has now represented Westfield in over 1,000 lettings nationwide.

Taking out the trash

In November 2010, DAC Beachcroft was appointed advisor to the Blackburn with Darwen Council in connection with its procurement for the design, construction and operation of a £20 million waste treatment and disposal facility, which will process between 40,000 and 80,000 tonnes of waste each year. DAC Beachcroft has significant experience in waste management projects. Just a few months earlier, the firm's waste project team had acted for client MW High Tech Projects UK Limited on a £100 million contract for the design and construction of a waste treatment facility in West Sussex County, capable of handling 312,000 tonnes of waste each year.

Cradle to grave medical contracting

DAC Beachcroft recently worked alongside the healthcare specialists of Hempsons to provide, free of charge, a suite of documents to the National Health Service's Transforming Community Services (TCS) programme. The documents, designed as flexible templates to be used in a number of future contracts, include a lease agreement and licence to occupy premises, a shared service agreement, a novation agreement and a due diligence questionnaire. As of April 2011, DAC Beachcroft had also completed more than 70 transactions under the TCS programme. The transactions, with values ranging from £3 million to £250 million, involved the transfer of community services from primary care trusts to new providers.

Greener pastures

In August 2010, the 170 member team of DAC Beachcroft's Manchester office relocated to a new space on Hardmon Street. The 22,500 square foot office is an open space environment to facilitate communication and efficiency and cut down on energy consumption. DAC Beachcroft had good community citizenship at the front of its thoughts in the decision to move, eliminating redundant equipment, adopting policies to reduce paper waste and donating 95 per cent of the furniture from its old office to local charities. The grand opening featured a visit by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, for whom one of the conference rooms is named.

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DAC Beachcroft LLP


100 Fetter Lane
London EC4A 1BN
Phone: +44 (0)20 7242 1011
www.dacbeachcroft.com

STATS


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing partner: Paul Murray
  • Total No. Attorneys 2011: 1,200

Major Office Locations

  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Singapore, Singapore
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
  • Winchester, United Kingdom
  • Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom
  • Dublin, Ireland
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