Beachcroft adds four to litigation partnership

Beachcroft has bucked the partnership promotion trend by making up four dispute resolution partners out of a total of six.

Among the firms that have so far announced their promotions, a total of just 10 litigation partners have been made up, despite most firms predicting a boom in the practice area as a result of the credit crunch.

Beachcroft senior partner Simon Hodson said the four promotions reflected growth in the litigation business – in particular a significant rise in the number of professional indemnity claims being issued.

Kate Archer, who is promoted in Birmingham, and Owen Rees, promoted in Leeds, will both focus on personal injury (PI) risk. Ben Nicholson, who joins the London partnership, will focus on commercial and property risk, while Dan Preddy, who has been made up in Bristol, will focus on professional risk.

Compared with Beach-croft’s four partners, Russell Jones & Walker made up three in its PI practice, Herbert Smith added three to its litigation partnership?and?CMS?Cameron?McKenna, Macfarlanes and Wragge & Co added one apiece.

Clifford Chance, Eversheds, Hammonds, Lovells and Slaughter and May did not promote any litigation partners in the UK.

Beachcroft managing partner Paul Murray said: “As a firm our business is evenly spread across dispute resolution – especially in the financial services sector – and commercial legal advice and these promotions support that.”

Beachcroft?has?also promoted Allan Pratt in commercial services in Bristol and Sakis Tombolis in real estate in London.