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Published 5 May 2016
International law firm DAC Beachcroft is pleased to announce the promotion of 12 new Partners, 16 Legal Directors and 33 new Associates with effect from 1 May. The promotions occur in Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, London, Madrid, Newport and Winchester.
The new Partners are: Helen Bates, Claims Solutions Group (Birmingham); Georgia Court, Claims Solutions Group (Birmingham); Catrin Davies, Professional & Commercial Risk (Newport); Tom Davison, Claims Solutions Group (Birmingham); Hamza Drabu, Commercial Health (London); Kevin Hawthorn, Corporate & Commercial (Bristol); Anthea Lane, Clinical Risk (Winchester); Graham Ludlam, Global Insurance (London); Jasminka O'Hora, Claims Solutions Group (Birmingham); Beatriz Rodriguez, D&O and Financial Lines (Madrid); Hannah Volpe, Clinical Risk (Bristol) and Richard Watkinson, Commercial (Leeds).
Meanwhile, DAC Beachcroft has also promoted 16 Legal Directors to add to the nine currently in place, reflecting the significance the firm and its clients attach to this new role. They are: Gill Burnett, Professional & Commercial Risk (Newcastle); Richard Cross, Real Estate (Bristol); Liz Donnelly, Real Estate (Manchester); Peter Downey, Clinical Risk (Leeds); Ceri Eaton, Insurance Advisory (Bristol); Anne Harrison, Real Estate (Bristol); Anne Holden, Real Estate (Bristol); Michelle Jones, Corporate Finance (London); Prakash Kerai, Commercial (London); Michael Lindley, Real Estate (Manchester); Simon Pickett, Real Estate (Bristol); Andrew Rankin, Commercial Health (Manchester); Vanessa Taylor-Byrne, Professional & Commercial Risk (Bristol); Zoe Thomas, Employment (Leeds); Helen Wills, Real Estate (Bristol) and Emilie Yates, Commercial (Leeds).
In addition, the firm has promoted 33 new Associates spread across 11 different practice areas and nine different UK offices.
Announcing the promotions, DAC Beachcroft Managing Partner, David Pollitt, said:
"It was a particular pleasure to take part in the promotion interviews this year, which gave me the opportunity to see at close quarters the great talent we have across our business. My experience was peppered with tales of colleagues going the extra mile for our clients and I was genuinely inspired by the fresh thinking I encountered and the vision of our candidates.
"Most of our new partners have been with the firm for more than six years, including three that trained with us, and it is always heartening to see home-grown talent coming through the ranks. With similar numbers of partner promotions and more associate promotions than last year, plus the addition of 16 legal directors, we are sending a strong signal both to our people and to the market that we are investing in the future development of our colleagues and the firm.
"We wish them all every success for this next stage of their careers."
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