DAC Beachcroft loses five-partner team to Capsticks

Capsticks has poached a five-partner team from DAC Beachcroft’s health practice in Leeds, with the planning to join  the firm in 2014.

Partners Ian Cooper, Rachael Heenan, Robert McGough, Ron Simms and Claire Reynolds have all resigned – a notable exit from the biggest health practice of any UK law firm. Heenan is the firm’s national health employment chief in the north. 

Departure dates have yet to be finalised but the loss of five health partners willl come as a blow to a core DAC Beachcroft practice, which is home to 50 partners and 200 fee earning staff operating across the independent sector and a 289-strong team in Leeds alone.

DAC Beachcroft managing partner Paul Murray said the firm would respond by looking for talent within: “ When people leave it provides opportunities for others to develop. We have some amazing talent in our health practice and our people will ensure we remain ‘business as usual’ for our clients over the coming months.” 

The exits come after a period of staff shedding at DAC Beachcroft, who cut five fee earning positions from staff across its employment and pensions team last month (17 July 2013). Three associates and two solicitors took voluntary redundancy after a review showed the London team was overstaffed at senior level. The departure will leave the team with 27 fee earners.