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DAC Beachcroft LLP

Professional Negligence

2 ranked lawyersBand 1WalesUK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Highly respected defendant-focused practice with outstanding skills in handling claims against solicitors and insurance coverage matters. Adept in cases concerning the mishandling of personal injury claims. Regularly seen acting for large firms of solicitors in relation to SRA investigations. Known to provide advice for insurers with respect to policy coverage and offer training events for the local market.

Strengths

An impressed client praises the team's "diversity and ability to partner up and respond effectively."

Notable practitioners

Catrin Davies is experienced in defending a wide range of claims against solicitors involving regulatory and disciplinary proceedings. Sources appreciate that she is "client-focused and able to update clients on progress and developments on cases," while also possessing "the ability to condense complex issues quickly and efficiently."

Clare Hughes-Williams is renowned for her experience in defending solicitors in regulatory investigations and disciplinary proceedings. She is also recognised for representing insurers in a wide range of policy and coverage issues. Impressed clients report that she is "fantastic to work with."

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Overview

The Newport Professional and Commercial Risks' team is the only defendant professional negligence team in Wales.

The team forms part of our South team (see separate entry for Bristol team) and has a national reputation, acting for Insurers and their professionals on a nationwide basis.

Whilst the team has wide experience of claims against a number of professionals, it is best known for its work in defending solicitors in respect of professional negligence claims, and also now regularly acts for large national firms of solicitors in relation to SRA investigations and in the defence of professional disciplinary proceedings against partners in those firms. This work is extremely sensitive and requires specialist expertise in view of the considerable reputational risks to both the solicitor concerned and their firm.

The team strives to respond to the changing needs of their clients and the risks they face. For example, the team has established an excellent reputation for advising professional clients and their Insurers on issues relating to cyber crime and data breaches (such as the "Friday afternoon" scams targeting conveyancing firms).

The team regularly advises Insurers in respect of policy coverage issues in the context of which Clare Hughes-Williams has a national profile.

The team partners are proud of the breadth of experience that the team has, particularly in the area of solicitors' PI insurance where we are seen as trusted advisers by Insurers.

Clients

AmTrust

Libra

Munich Re

QBE

Travelers

W R Berkley

XL Catlin

Zurich

Industries

Insurance

Professional Negligence Department

DAC Beachcroft LLP

firm
Department location

Sovereign House

Imperial Way

Newport

Monmouthshire

UK

NP10 8UH

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Wales

Professional Negligence


Catrin Davies
Band 2
Clare Hughes-Williams
Band 1