International law firm DAC Beachcroft has announced that it plans to launch a new office in Belfast, Northern Ireland through the acquisition of the insurance business of McKinty and Wright.
The deal is expected to complete in early July 2019 and will see up to 17 fee earners, including six partners, join DAC Beachcroft.
The announcement follows the launch of DAC Beachcroft’s Paris office in January 2019.
Together with its offices in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport and Winchester, DAC Beachcroft said that it will now be able to provide clients with seamless coverage across all four jurisdictions in the UK and Ireland.
The firm also plans to use its new base in Northern Ireland to invest in and develop new technologies, as well as recruiting new legal services and business support talent.
“We go where our clients need us,” said David Pollitt, DAC Beachcroft’s Managing Partner. “Having a presence in Northern Ireland is important to many of our insurance clients in particular, and this is a strategic move in response to increasing demand for us to be able to serve our clients across all jurisdictions in the UK.”
“Our best friends relationship with McKinty and Wright has served us and our clients well and this is a further step in cementing DAC Beachcroft’s name and position in the Belfast market,” he continued.
“We see considerable opportunities for insurance, as well as other parts of our business, and have ambitious plans to grow our presence and capabilities quickly in this new office so that we can better serve our clients.”
McKinty and Wright acts for a number of global insurers and has expertise in professional indemnity, motor, public and employers’ liability claims.
The Belfast team, led by partners Lester Doake and Sean McGahan, will focus on litigation, professional negligence and risk management.
Craig Dickson, CEO of DAC Beachcroft’s Claims Solutions Group, also commented: “We know McKinty and Wright very well. They are a highly regarded practice and have a proven cultural fit with DAC Beachcroft, as well as an enviable track record of success when it comes to working with insurer and corporate clients. They bring a wealth of expertise and talent and are well known for their excellent client relationships.”
Sean McGahan of McKinty and Wright added: “We are very pleased to be joining forces with a firm of DAC Beachcroft’s calibre and global standing. Over the last three years we have become trusted partners and have built an effective relationship that has enabled us both to serve all of our clients better.
“To be able to offer our clients the breadth of know-how across such a vast network is a huge advantage and one that sets us apart from the competition.”