Directors and Officers

As D&O specialists, we are sensitive to the reputational, financial and personal impact claims can have for senior managers, companies and their insurers. We work closely with you to navigate these challenges, tailoring our strategy according to your goals. We investigate and defend claims in a pragmatic and commercial way, responding quickly and effectively to contain exposure and minimise reputational damage. 


Our highly experienced team has handled some of the largest, most high profile and technically-demanding D&O disputes. We defend directors and officers of corporations, SMEs, and non-profit entities in a variety of claims including allegations of breach of duty, fraud, wrongful trading, bribery and corruption, tax evasion and money-laundering.

We advise on director disqualification proceedings and regulatory investigations. We also advise insurers and reinsurers on complex policy coverage issues including non-disclosures, policy exclusions, aggregation and policy response.

Our international reach means we can swiftly assemble experts in multiple jurisdictions to provide a coordinated response to international and cross-border disputes, and act as monitoring counsel in large international loss programmes.

We draft policy wordings and advise on risk management, corporate governance, regulatory compliance as well as emerging risks such as artificial intelligence, ESG-related claims, cybercrime and data theft.

Featured experience

  • Representing London Market Reinsurers subscribing to the D&O reinsurance programme across multiple years of account for a state-owned oil company in Colombia, in connection with a multi-billion-dollar claim made by the Colombian authorities against various directors of the company relating to the alleged mismanagement of a project to redevelop an oil refinery. This matter is one of the largest and highest profile claims in the London market.
  • Advising D&O insurers on policy coverage in relation to the largest corruption case in Norwegian history.
  • Defending a director accused of breaching their directors' duties by planning to set up a competing business and diverting business opportunities.
  • Advising insurers on policy coverage and indemnity of directors following a highly publicised failed collective investment scheme incorporated in Guernsey.
  • D&O coverage and monitoring advice under a global programme in relation to claims arising from allegations of accounting fraud and associated stock drop.
  • D&O coverage and monitoring advice in relation to claims arising from the insolvency of a major global corporate.
  • Advising insurers on policy coverage under a SME crime policy following invoicing fraud committed against the insured due to inadequate IT security.
  • Protecting insurers' rights in judicial review of Financial Ombudsman Service jurisdiction to enforce director's access to a D&O policy.

Client testimonials

What our clients say

  • They provide advice in a clear and precise way, laying out all the implications, without all the legal jargon. They are extremely professional but also friendly and approachable. They make you feel like you are their most important client!

    Legal 500 2022 edition, Insurance: Corporate and Regulatory, London

  • Able to concentrate enormous effort and resource to achieve the right result under a tight timescale.

    Legal 500 2022 edition, Insurance: Professional Liability, London

  • The team is very thorough and responsive.

    Chambers & Partners 2022, Professional Negligence, London.

  • Calm, thoughtful and strategic.

    Legal 500 2022 edition, Insurance: Professional Liability, London

  • Very knowledgeable, supportive and understanding.

    Legal 500 2022 edition, Insurance: Professional Liability, London

  • Delightful, very responsive and on top of detail.

    Chambers & Partners 2022, Professional Negligence, North West.

  • The team are always approachable and have an excellent understanding of insurance requirements. Additionally, they understand their clients' needs and work well with them.

    Legal 500 2022 edition, Insurance: Professional Liability, South West.

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Who we are

Why choose DAC Beachcroft?

We’re a broad-based commercial firm serving a wide range of sectors with a strong heritage in insurance,
health and real estate. We combine excellent legal skills and cutting-edge delivery expertise to design
solutions that fit the needs of our clients – often involving clever uses of technology.