Dan Preddy - DAC Beachcroft
Dan Preddy

Dan is a commercial litigator with extensive experience of helping clients in a variety of sectors to resolve disputes by litigation, arbitration and mediation. He has been involved in a broad range of complex high-value disputes both in the UK and internationally, frequently with a regulatory dimension to them, and has also obtained urgent injunctive relief for clients. He prides himself on working closely with his clients to achieve the best possible outcome from challenging situations. 

He specialises in particular in financial services and insurance disputes including regulatory investigations and enforcement proceedings. He is a leading expert on claims relating to financial advice and product mis-selling advising IFAs, fund and wealth managers, networks and platforms, banks, product providers and insurers on responding to customer complaints, past business reviews, referrals to the Financial Ombudsman Service, court proceedings and recovery claims by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. He regularly advises firms and individuals on responding to stressful FCA interventions such as unannounced visits, document requests, interviews and skilled person reports. 

Also, Dan frequently defends claims and connected disciplinary proceedings against a variety of professionals, including financial advisers and accountants and their professional indemnity insurers, and also has expertise on the coverage issues that arise in that context. 

His recent work includes:

  • Involvement in claims in relation to all the recent mis-selling problems including pension transfers and liberation, Arch Cru, UCIS, property funds including Harlequin, carbon credit schemes, split capital investment trusts, geared traded endowments, PPI, sub-prime mortgages and interest-rate swaps;
  • Acting for multiple IFAs and their professional indemnity insurers in claims valued at £12 million brought by the FSCS in respect of Keydata products;
  • Acting for Ageas in its successful defence of a claim by the Phoenix Group over whether liability for historic PPI mis-selling liabilities transferred as part of a Part VII insurance transfer scheme (PA(GI) Ltd v GICL 2013 Ltd & Anor) and associated FOS complaints;
  • Defending a leading wealth management business against numerous claims by multiple investors totalling in excess of £20 million concerning advice to invest in film finance and other tax avoidance schemes;
  • Advising a leading investment bank on its response to the FCA's thematic review into the suitability of advice within the wealth management sector;
  • Advising a client on regulatory and criminal investigations by authorities in the UK, US and other jurisdictions relating to alleged LIBOR manipulation, and helping a senior officer of a SIPP administrator to avoid formal enforcement proceedings concerning alleged malpractices;
  • Acting for Moore Stephens (NI) on its response to disciplinary proceedings by the FRC relating to its audit of the accounts of the Presbyterian Mutual Society in the years prior to its collapse during the credit crisis;
  • Acting for a major multi-national industrial goods business on a large breach of warranty claim arising from its acquisition of a business in the UK, including related product liability issues in multiple jurisdictions;
  • A wide range of commercial disputes arising in relation to restrictive covenants, distribution agreements and outsourcing arrangements.


"Dan Preddy is well regarded as a "really good-quality operator" with significant litigation experience. He handles cross-border disputes and is particularly active in the financial services and insurance fields." Chambers and Partners UK 2016 Edition, Litigation, South West

"Dan Preddy led on a number of high-profile financial services instructions, is "commercial", and "keeps the costs in proportion to the value of the litigation"." Legal 500 2016 Edition, Dispute Resolution, South West



Other Lawyers by Expertise View All

Our Lawyers - Andrew Allan-Jones

Andrew Allan-Jones

Partner Bristol

Andrew specialises in Intellectual Property, and has a fascination for…

Our Lawyers - Peter Allchorne

Peter Allchorne

Partner Bristol

Peter is an experienced civil litigation Partner, specialising in complex…

Our Lawyers - Guillermo Amunátegui Errázuriz

Guillermo Amunátegui Errázuriz

Partner Santiago de Chile

Guillermo lidera el equipo corporativo en nuestra oficina de Chile…

Our Lawyers - Rebecca Austin

Rebecca Austin

Partner London - Walbrook

Rebecca specialises in construction and engineering matters…

Our Lawyers - Martín Argañaraz

Martín Argañaraz

Partner Buenos Aires

Martín lidera la oficina en Argentina…

Our Lawyers - Anna Anatolitou

Anna Anatolitou

Partner London - Walbrook

Anna Anatolitou is an Aviation law specialist.

Our Lawyers - David Bear

David Bear

Partner London - Walbrook

David Bear leads the firm's Construction & Engineering service line.

Our Lawyers - Tom Bedford

Tom Bedford

Partner Newport

Tom specialises in defending solicitors from claims and in the context of…

Our Lawyers - Charlie Bending

Charlie Bending

Partner Bristol

Charlie Bending has considerable experience in defending surveyors and…

Our Lawyers - Laura Berry

Laura Berry

Partner London - Walbrook

Laura specialises in commercial litigation, with a particular focus on…

Our Lawyers - John Bramhall

John Bramhall

Partner London - Walbrook

John Bramhall has been involved in a wide range of international…

Our Lawyers - Lisa Broderick

Lisa Broderick

Partner Dublin

Lisa specialises in complex litigation particularly before the Irish…

Our Lawyers - Jonathan Brogden

Jonathan Brogden

Partner London - Walbrook

Jonathan Brogden is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group.

Our Lawyers - Adam Burrell

Adam Burrell

Partner - Head of Costs Birmingham

Adam is a partner and head of the costs product with overall…

Our Lawyers - Paul Baker

Paul Baker

Partner London - Walbrook

Paul Baker

Our Lawyers - Laura Clayburn

Laura Clayburn

Partner Leeds

Laura Clayburn is an Associate working in the Construction and Engineering…

Our Lawyers - Juan Calvente

Juan Calvente

Lawyer Madrid

Juan Calvente is a lawyer in DAC Beachcroft’s Madrid office…

Our Lawyers - Clarissa Coleman

Clarissa Coleman

Head of International Arbitration London - Walbrook

Clarissa Coleman is Head of International Arbitration  and a partner in…

Our Lawyers - Andy Crocombe

Andy Crocombe

Partner Bristol

Andy is a Partner in the Professional and Commercial Risks Department and…

Our Lawyers - Ben Daniels

Ben Daniels

Partner Bristol

Ben Daniels leads the Commercial Dispute Resolution team in Bristol.

Our Lawyers - Catrin Davies

Catrin Davies

Partner Newport Bristol

Catrin Davies specialises in professional indemnity work.

Our Lawyers - Camila de la Torre

Camila de la Torre

Consultant Bogotá D.C

Camila de la Torre has extensive experience and knowledge in civil law, in…

Our Lawyers - James Deacon

James Deacon

Partner London - Walbrook

James Deacon specialises in insurance litigation and is involved primarily…

Our Lawyers - Heather Durston-Hillyer

Heather Durston-Hillyer

Partner Southampton

Heather Durston-Hillyer is a clinical risk lawyer and partner in our…

Our Lawyers - Christopher Dyke

Christopher Dyke

Partner Bristol London - Walbrook

Chris is a fraud, white collar crime and regulatory litigation lawyer…

Our Lawyers - Lindsay Elliott

Lindsay Elliott

Senior Associate Bristol

Lindsay is a Commercial Dispute Resolution lawyer in our Bristol office…

Our Lawyers - Pippa Ellis

Pippa Ellis

Director London - Walbrook

Pippa Ellis has extensive commercial litigation and dispute resolution…

Our Lawyers - Emily Exon

Emily Exon

Head of Motor Recoveries Bristol

Emily Exon is a litigation lawyer in our Bristol office.

Our Lawyers - Greg Edwards

Greg Edwards

Partner Bristol

Greg is an insurance litigator based in the firm's Bristol office…

Our Lawyers - Ken Forsyth

Ken Forsyth

Partner London - Walbrook

Ken Forsyth is a partner in the Commercial Dispute Resolution department

Our Lawyers - Mark Gallagher

Mark Gallagher

Partner - Head of Property Fraud Birmingham

Mark Gallagher is an insurance lawyer in our Birmingham office.

Our Lawyers - Fiona Gill

Fiona Gill

Partner London - Walbrook

Fiona advises on a range of regulatory matters including corporate…

Our Lawyers - Stephen Gorman

Stephen Gorman

Consultant Manchester

Stephen Gorman is a property and construction insurance lawyer in our…

Our Lawyers - Lucy Grivvell

Lucy Grivvell

Legal Director London - Walbrook

Lucy Grivvell acts for a wide range of commercial clients including FTSE…

Our Lawyers - Ilana Gilbert

Ilana Gilbert

Legal Director London - Walbrook

Ilana is a (re)insurance coverage and defence lawyer in our London office…

Our Lawyers - Kevin Hawthorn

Kevin Hawthorn

Partner Bristol

Kevin Hawthorn specialises in corporate recovery and insolvency.

Our Lawyers - James Hazlett

James Hazlett

Legal Director Leeds

James Hazlett is a professional negligence lawyer in our Leeds office.

Our Lawyers - Aidan Healy

Aidan Healy

Legal Director Dublin

Aidan Healy joined DAC Beachcroft Dublin in 2014, after having trained and…

Our Lawyers - Richard Highley

Richard Highley

Partner London - Walbrook

Richard Highley is a partner specialising in disputes related to banking,…

Our Lawyers - Patrick Hill

Patrick Hill

Partner, Head of Professional Risk London - Walbrook

Patrick Hill has extensive experience of defending a range of…

Our Lawyers - Giles Hindle

Giles Hindle

Partner Bristol

Giles Hindle is the Head of the Corporate Recovery and Insolvency team

Our Lawyers - Sharon Hunter

Sharon Hunter

Senior Associate London - Walbrook

Sharon Hunter is an insurance litigator in our London Minster Court office

Our Lawyers - Gareth Hall

Gareth Hall

Senior Associate Bristol

Gareth specialises in financial crime, white collar criminal defence and…

Our Lawyers - George Hammond

George Hammond

Solicitor Singapore

George is a commercial litigation lawyer specialising in contentious…

Our Lawyers - James Keogh

James Keogh

Partner Birmingham

James specialises in defending both Credit Hire and fraudulent claims…

Our Lawyers - Guy Knight

Guy Knight

Partner London - Walbrook

Guy Knight is the Head of Property Litigation in London

Our Lawyers - David Kennedy

David Kennedy

Partner Dublin

David specialises in insurance defence work, advising clients on a wide…

Our Lawyers - Anthea Lane

Anthea Lane

Partner Southampton

Anthea specialises in defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of…

Our Lawyers - Jan Levinson

Jan Levinson

Partner Manchester

Jan specialises in commercial dispute resolution, with particular emphasis…

Our Lawyers - Harald Loeffler

Harald Loeffler

Partner Manchester

Harald deals with a variety of commercial disputes with particular…