Beachcroft adds health team to nascent Dublin office

Beachcroft has bolstered its fledgling Dublin office with the hire of a four-strong team from local Irish firms.

Clinical negligence partner Ann O’Driscoll joins the firm from Mason Hayes & Curran along with solicitors Claire Foley, Suzanne O’Keeffe and legal executive Ciara Palmer. They join from William Fry, BCM Hanby Wallace and Mason Hayes respectively.

Senior partner Simon Hodson (pictured) said: “At a tough time for the industry, we’re delighted to still be hiring high calibre people like Ann, whose extensive expertise will help us build our clinical negligence offering in Ireland.”

O’Driscoll was head of Mason Hayes & Curran Healthcare, which provides risk management and medico-legal advisory services to the healthcare sector. She is also a medical defence litigator and, prior to qualifying as a lawyer, was a nurse and midwife.

Beachcroft opened in Dublin earlier this year with the hire of Matheson Ormsby Prentice partner Katie da Gama (19 January 2009). The initial focus of the office was insurance, but earlier this year Hodson told The Lawyer that he was keen for the office to move into the health sector (29 June 2009).

Healthcare is a major focus for the firm, which is currently investing in its healthcare practice. Last week it announced the launch of a Healthcare Advisory Service unit after appointing the former chair of the UK Healthcare Commission Sir Ian Kennedy as a consultant (10 August 2009).

This comes as Beachcroft is ramping up its volume capacity with the recently launched B2 from Beachcroft brand, which was originally targeted at volume insurance work but will be expanded into new practice areas (29 June 2009).

At the 2008-09 year the end the firm reported a 6.1 per cent rise in turnover to £121m from £114m a year earlier.