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DAC Beachcroft LLP

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Senior Partner: Lester Doake
Partners: 6

Professional Negligence, Clinical/Medical Negligence: Lester Doake
Defence Litigation/Dispute Resolution including Long-tail Claims & Employment Law: Sean McGahan
Property & Commercial including Licencing, Mortgage Litigation & Debt Recovery: Carol Scobbie

The Firm Widely recognised as defence specialists for casualty, large/complex loss, professional negligence, motor, public and employer’s liability claims, the firm acts for market-leading insurers, intermediaries, retailers, businesses and public sector bodies operating in Northern Ireland. Its experts deliver tailored, cost effective, practical advice, mindful of clients’ ultimate accountability to customers and stakeholders and the commercial pressures they face, including financial and reputational risk.

Principal Areas of Work
Defence Litigation/Dispute Resolution:
Including long-tail disease claims & employment law. The team’s defence litigation specialists are instructed by leading insurers, Lloyd’s syndicates, major retailers, businesses, TPAs and government/public sector organisations. For personal injury claims, the firm’s expertise covers public liability, employer’s liability, motor and product liability matters. Long-tail/legacy claims involving mesothelioma, pleural plaques and noise-induced hearing loss are a particular specialism. Employment advice is provided to individual executives, private businesses and public sector employers. Its award-winning team includes Chambers-ranked lawyers and an IRM accredited specialist in risk management. The team is dedicated to delivering a client experience based on direct communication and a commitment to service excellence. Professional Negligence, Clinical/Medical Negligence: Led by Senior Partner, Lester Doake, the firm’s professional negligence specialists are instructed by individuals, defence organisations and insurers, providing professional indemnity legal services to legal, medical, property and finance professionals. The team’s lawyers are Panel Solicitors for the Law Society Master Policy insurers in Northern Ireland and in recent years, its specialists have been handling complex professional negligence actions involving financial institutions arising out of the property crash. The firm has the experience and expertise to support and guide professionals through the legal process along with the professional and personal pressures that come with it. Its priority in each case is to ensure the client is fully advised, supported and defended in proceedings arising out of a demanding and stressful job.
Property & Commercial: Including commercial leases, licencing and mortgage litigation. With over 50 years of collective experience, the team provides more than a 9 to 5 service, ensuring clients can concentrate their efforts on what they do best: building commercial success. Along with specialising in property transactions, particularly advice on business tenancies and commercial leases, the team has developed a unique expertise in licensing based on a bedrock of decades of experience acting for major retailers. Its experts also manage volume instructions from mortgage lenders and mortgage servicers.