DAC Beachcroft LLP

Insurance Department

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Foreign desks Notable strength on insurance work involving countries across Latin America, including Mexico, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Robust presence in the region as well as a highly experienced London-based team led by Anthony Menzies.

Notable practitioners

Anthony Menzies heads the firm's Latin America practice, routinely advising on insurance and reinsurance claims. Clients praise his skill, enthusing: "He is a very good technician who is very serious and studies cases extremely well." Peers also recommend him, calling him "a safe pair of hands."

Chris Wilkes has considerable expertise in contentious matters regarding both insurance and reinsurance policies. He is particularly skilled at advising on construction and property damage claims, including complex cross-border cases.

Duncan Strachan is known by peers as a strong player in the Latin American insurance arena and is frequently retained by London insurers and reinsurers to counsel on large-scale losses affecting the energy sector. Clients report: "Duncan has a vast depth of legal knowledge, which he applies in a sensible and commercial way."

Julian Miller 's practice sees him act on behalf of insurers and reinsurers across a broad spectrum of disputes. He provides advice on coverage and claims concerning a range of policies, including those relating to construction, product liability and cyber insurance.

Liam O'Connell is regularly called upon to advise on complex insurance and reinsurance disputes and offers particular expertise in professional indemnity claims. According to a source, "he communicates well with clients and knows his insurance law."

Partner Mark Kendall frequently advises Latin American clients from the energy, consumer product manufacturing and construction spaces. His practice encompasses international casualty, product liability and construction coverage mandates.

Nick Young is characterised by market commentators as "a very skilled defence lawyer" who is "able to control and manage confrontation in a calm and businesslike fashion." His contentious practice encompasses a broad array of coverage disputes relating to serious construction defects as well as property damage claims in the wake of catastrophic fires and explosions.