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DAC Beachcroft strengthens public sector liability expertise with four-strong, partner-led team hire

Law firm DAC Beachcroft has hired a four-strong team of public sector liability specialists, including partner John Palmer, from DWF in London.

Palmer will join in September, while David Weir, a legal director who is joining DACB as a partner, started at the firm this month, along with associate Hazel James and solicitor Sehresh Jan.

DACB said Palmer has specialised in employers’ and public liability claims, including social services claims, on behalf of local authorities for over 25 years.

Weir’s expertise includes advising on complex historical abuse claims as well as handling clinical negligence claims, particularly claims relating to pharmacists' negligence and drug errors.

Craig Dickson, CEO of DAC Beachcroft’s Claims Solutions Group, said: “Acquiring a team of this calibre marks a significant boost to DACB’s already highly-regarded public sector liability practice and further consolidates our position as leading legal advisors on liability to this sector.

“The further investment in our Claims Solutions business demonstrates our on-going commitment to delivering the bespoke solutions that our insurer, commercial and public sector clients are increasingly requesting.”

DACB claims to have the largest defendant public sector liability practice in the UK, advising local authorities, housing associations, educational institutions, charities and other third sector organisations, as well as blue light services.