By DAC Beachcroft


Published 04 May 2022


International law firm DAC Beachcroft is pleased to announce the promotion of 17 colleagues to Partner across the entire business, as well as eighteen promotions to Legal Director.  The promotions took effect from 1 May 2022.  

Managing Partner David Pollitt said, “Congratulations to our new Partners and Legal Directors on their well-deserved promotions.  On behalf of the entire firm, I want to wish them every continued success in their careers and thank them for their contributions to our business so far.  

“Our aim is to be the place where talented people want to work, and it’s especially pleasing to note that 35 per cent of our new Partners started their careers at DACB.  Investing in and helping our colleagues succeed means we can better help our clients succeed.  It’s all part of our culture and how we deliver bespoke solutions, one client at a time.”   

The new DAC Beachcroft partners are:


Kieran Mitchell (Claims Solutions)


Emily Exon (Claims Solutions)

Toby Hewitt (Corporate Banking & Insolvency)


David Kennedy* (Insurance Litigation)

Louise O’Reilly (Insurance Litigation)

Brian Ormond (Regulatory & Commercial)


Annis MacKay (Claims Solutions)

Karen Railton (Claims Solutions)


Laura Clayburn* (Professional & Commercial Risks)

Tim Pickworth (Commercial Litigation)


Charlotte Halford* (Commercial & Technology)

Darryn Hale (Health, Care & Public Law)

Eleanor Ludlam* (Cyber & Data Risk)

Jack Holling (Insurance Litigation)

Will Naylor* (Insurance Litigation)


Chris Air (Commercial & Technology)

Lyn Crawford* (Professional & Commercial Risks)

DAC Beachcroft’s new Legal Directors are:  Suki Attwal (Employment – Leeds), Geetika Bansal (Employment – London), Richard Budge (Real Estate – Bristol), Sophie Devlin (Health, Care & Public Law – Newcastle), Michelle Dickens (Claims Solutions – Birmingham), Lucy Grivvell* (Commercial Litigation – London), Barrie Hall (Claims Solutions – Manchester), James Howett (Claims Solutions –Birmingham), Steven Keenan (Claims Solutions – Belfast), James Knight (Claims Solutions – London), Helen Laight (Claims Solutions – Newcastle), Rebecca Maby (Claims Solutions – London), David Magee (Claims Solutions – Glasgow), Andrew Martin (Professional & Commercial Risks – Manchester), Peter Newstead* (Claims Solutions – Manchester), Naomi Park* (Professional & Commercial Risks – Leeds), Chris Stoate (Corporate Commercial – Bristol), and Richard Wetherell (Claims Solutions – Birmingham).    

In addition to these Partner and Legal Director promotions, the firm has promoted 19 to Senior Associate within the LLP and International.

*Indicates they trained with DACB

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