10:41, November 28 389 0

2016-11-28 10:41:16
DAC Beachcroft hires four-partner team from Clydes

DAC Beachcroft has hired a four-partner personal injury team from Clyde & Co’s London office.

Partners David Knapp, John Goodman, Nigel Adams and Danielle Singer specialise in catastrophic and complex injury claims and high volume insurance work.

Much of Clydes’ high volume insurance work is now being carried out in Scotland following its merger with Dundas & Wilson in 2014.

Sources have claimed that by north shoring the work through the ex-Dundas & Wilson team Clydes has increased profitability.

Knapp specialises in the defense of personal injury claims brought against private and public sector organisation, handling claims involving cranes, tunnelling equipment, heavy machinery and asbestos.

His principal client is Zurich, which is the largest employers’ liability insurer in the UK.

Goodman joined Clydes as a trainee in 1990, and deals in general insurance work as well as inquests, defamation, health and safety prosecutions and judicial review cases on behalf of local authorities.

Singer works on catastrophic and complex injury claims on behalf of insurers, with particular experience in cases involving brain injury, spinal injuries, amputees, and handling substantial group claims.

Adams is the newest member of the team, having joined Clydes in 2015 from Weightmans where he worked as a solicitor.

His practice includes all areas of motor, employers’ and public liability claims, sports injuries, and claims brought by secondary victims.

A DAC spokesperson said: “As a major international law firm, DAC Beachcroft prides itself on attracting the best available legal talent in its chosen business sectors and jurisdictions. In that spirit, the firm will always assess suitable opportunities that complement and enhance its strategic direction whenever they arise.

“DAC Beachcroft and Claims Solutions Group (CSG) are widely recognised as pre-eminent advisers to the insurance market and both will continue to seek investments that help them sustain and build on the service they provide to their clients.”

Outside of London DAC recently bulked up its team in Newcastle. In May DAC picked up a six-partner team from DWF in the North-East, which was led by partner Rod Searl. The following month DAC returned to DWF to hire another four-lawyer team led by former Crutes managing partner Helen Ager.