DAC Beachcroft LLP

Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant Department

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What the team is known for National firm housing a substantial team of experts who can defend everything from serious injury and industrial disease claims to suspected cases of fraud. A leading adviser to major insurers, and very capable of handling international matters. Particular expertise in motor claims, with additional knowledge of public and employers' liability. Offers further expertise in sexual abuse and care sector abuse and neglect claims.

Strengths A source says: "They are head and shoulders the best insurance firm in this area. They act for most of the major insurers and do the most serious cases for them."

Sources describe this as a "leading defence practice" known for taking on "significant personal injury work."

Notable practitioners

Andrew Parker is experienced in defending and advising insurers in strategic test cases, most notably with respect to personal injury matters. He is often instructed in landmark appeals, and offers a wealth of expertise representing both claimants and defendants in judicial reviews.

Danielle Singer focuses her practice on defending insurers against claims for severe brain, spinal and amputation injuries. Interviewees praise her as a "good lawyer" and a "particularly nice person."

Deborah Bradley routinely advises an impressive client base of major insurers in connection with catastrophic spinal cord and brain injury cases, as well as amputation claims. She is often instructed to defend against high-value claims, offering specialist expertise in injuries as a result of road traffic accidents, accidents at work and public liability claims.

Duncan Rutter has a broad personal injury practice encompassing all kinds of serious accident, clinical negligence and disease claims arising out of employer, public and RTA liability. He is particularly well versed in advising clients on catastrophic injury claims, with an emphasis on those involving brain and spinal injuries. He frequently represents clients in court in his capacity as a solicitor advocate.

Head of the firm's motor team in Leeds, Owen Rees frequently acts for motor insurers in connection with coverage disputes. He is particularly well versed in handling cases involving catastrophic neurological injuries and loss of limbs, including those arising from road traffic accidents.

Sally Yuill offers strong capabilities handling catastrophic injury claims as a result of motor and employers' liability. She is experienced in advising on cases involving spinal injuries and amputation. She is head of the firm's large loss team in Bristol and counts a number of leading insurers and corporations among her clients.

Head of the firm's complex and catastrophic injury group Sara May regularly handles complex, big-ticket brain and spinal cord injury claims on behalf of insurers.

Tania Sless focuses her personal injury practice on occupational stress and product liability claims, routinely acting on behalf of an array of manufacturers and retailers. She is frequently sought out by employers for strategic advice to help avoid potential claims.