By DAC Beachcroft


Published 25 July 2023


International law firm DAC Beachcroft has today announced that seven partners have completed their move to the firm, joining the national Casualty practice within DACB's market-leading Claims Solutions Group (CSG) from Plexus Law.

Nicola Skeldon and Louise Shaw have joined DACB in Manchester, while fellow partners Anthony Baker, Gavin McClenaghan, Ciaran Garnett, Carl McGuire and Stephen Johnson are based in the firm's Leeds office.

Collectively, they bring decades of experience in defending all types of Casualty claims, as well as long-established relationships with leading global and UK insurers and a broad range of 'blue chip' companies and public sector organisations. Their extensive expertise includes defending claims for stress, chronic pain and complex injury, assault and psychiatric injury, highways and fatal accident claims, group actions and multi-jurisdictional disputes. The team has also handled regulatory work, including Health & Safety Executive and Care Quality Commission prosecutions, representation at Inquests and defended companies and individuals facing criminal corporate manslaughter charges. 

Craig Dickson, CEO of DAC Beachcroft's Claims Solutions Group, commented, "The strategic hire of seven Casualty specialists of this calibre marks a very significant step in the development of our national Casualty practice. They are all highly regarded for their technical expertise and wealth of experience and we're delighted to welcome them to DACB."

About the team's move to DACB, Anthony Baker, a former FOIL president with over 25 years’ experience in the defendant insurance legal market, said, "As a team, we are really excited to be joining DACB at a time of such growth, complementing the first-class client service the firm provides to its insurer and corporate clients. DACB's Claims Solutions Group shares our passion for delivering innovative legal solutions and we look forward to working with our clients in new and creative ways to provide cost effective and positive outcomes. Finally, I would like to thank our clients for the loyal support provided to us." 

DACB has been steadily building its national Casualty practice in recent months with senior hires. In September 2022, it welcomed complex injury specialists Philip D'Netto and Daniel Clegg to DACB in Manchester, while last month large loss claims experts Sara Lowther also joined in Manchester from Clyde & Co, while Andrew Burke arrived from Murphy O'Rawe in Belfast.

DAC Beachcroft’s Claims Solutions Group is the market-leading claims law firm, providing specialist claims services to insurers and corporate clients from 12 UK locations across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland.

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