23 Mar, 2012

International law firm DAC Beachcroft LLP and Scottish firm Andersons Solicitors LLP have agreed a joint venture with effect from 3 September 2012.


The union will significantly strengthen the market reach of both firms in the UK and will enable the provision of a more comprehensive service for major insurer clients.


Andersons, which has offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh, specialises in insurance litigation and dispute resolution work but the move will also add strength in depth in commercial areas of work.  The joint venture will operate as DAC Beachcroft Scotland.


The move, which remains subject to final regulatory approval, will give DAC Beachcroft and Andersons a unique opportunity to provide cross-border services to insurers operating in both England and Scotland.  Both firms share a number of key clients and sit on the legal panels of several major insurers.


DAC Beachcroft Managing Partner, Paul Murray (pictured), said: “We are delighted to be joining forces with Andersons, a firm with which we share a pleasing cultural fit and whose client base and expertise fits so well with our own.  The move will enable us to provide our insurance clients with an even more distinctive, full-service offering while also allowing us to service our growing corporate client base, many of which have operations north of the border.” 


He added: “These are exciting times for DAC Beachcroft and this initiative is a significant step in our strategy of becoming the leading UK and international provider of legal services to the insurance sector.”


Andersons Chairman and Head of Insurance and Dispute Resolution, Gilbert Anderson, said: “We are very excited about the opportunities which this joint venture will bring for both firms. Andersons and DAC Beachcroft share the same ethos and commitment to being premier providers of legal services to the insurance industry in their respective jurisdictions.”


He added: “We in Scotland are justly proud of our distinctive Scottish legal system. The joint venture will enable the firm to offer cross-border legal services to insurers throughout the UK.  Following the Scottish Government’s support for the radical recommendations of the Gill Review, the establishment of an Arbitration Centre and the ongoing Taylor Review of funding and expenses in civil litigation, Scotland has a real opportunity to become a jurisdiction of choice for litigation and dispute resolution. Given the global nature of DAC Beachcroft, I firmly believe that joining with them will not only be good for our insurance clients but also for Scotland.”

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