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Published 10 March 2021
International law firm DAC Beachcroft is pleased to announce that its advocacy service, 8 DAC Beachcroft Buildings (8DB), has expanded rapidly, having recruited 20 barristers and advocates since its launch was announced in January 2021.
Following the appointments of Jonathan Robinshaw and Sahar Farooqi, who took up their roles as partners in DACB’s Claims Solutions Group at the start of the year, the new team gives DACB’s clients access to a dedicated advocacy and advisory function. Additionally, two clerks and a dedicated practice manager, recruited from external chambers, are supporting the team and clients with daily operations. Further expansion plans are already underway.
“When we launched 8DB earlier this year, we made no secret of our ambitions to grow this offering quickly,” said David Pollitt, DACB’s Managing Partner. “We plan to continue this momentum with the development of new products and technological solutions to complement our offering, and we intend to continue expanding the team’s headcount.”
With its innovative new advocacy service, DACB is disrupting the traditional solicitor/barrister model by offering its clients the full suite of litigation and dispute resolution services in one place. Clients can take advantage of streamlined and transparent in-house advocacy and advisory services that deliver more flexibility and quicker solutions.
While 8DB is initially focused on core, insurance-related disputes work, the team is already being sought out by clients for its commercial disputes offering as well.
“This is a client-led innovation, offering something quite special,” said Sahar Farooqi. “With the majority of our team now in place, our aim is to grow 8DB quickly into a modern, accessible service, and a key part of this is a focus on innovation. We are working closely with our in-house Innovations Lab to develop ideas around new products and features that we can introduce to deliver real value and benefits to clients. Our expertise and resources are being lined up to offer clients solutions that will bolster both the expediency and prospects of their litigation experience. This is not one to take your eyes off.”
Commenting on the name 8 DAC Beachcroft Buildings, he added, “We wanted a name that positioned us in a way people familiar with the industry would immediately understand but that also reflected the firm. Given the eight offices we have in the jurisdiction and the auspicious resonance of the number itself, it all came together very naturally.”
“8DB makes DACB a unique, complete service offering that allows us to create new products in anticipation of client’s needs and industry-wide changes,” said Jonathan Robinshaw. “Ahead of the implementation of the ‘whiplash reform’ legislation in May, we have been working on building an ADR product for litigants in person whose claims are initially rejected by the compensator/insurer in an attempt to avoid unnecessary and costly litigation.”