DAC Beachcroft and DWF bulk up with team hires in Bristol

DAC Beachcroft and DWF have both made team hires in Bristol, with the latter swooping on Greenwoods for a second time after Parabis closed its office in the city.

The five-strong Greenwoods team is led by partner Mike Guy and associate partner Claire Gribben, who join as director and partner at DWF respectively. Meanwhile DAC has boosted its intellectual property (IP) and technology team in Bristol with the hire of partner Andrew Allan-Jones and associate Kate Loxton from Bond Dickinson.

Parabis acquired Greenwoods in May last year, merging it with its subsidiary defendant firm, Plexus Law (7 May 2013). Greenwoods subsequently lost its Aviva-dedicated personal injury team to DWF (11 October 2013).

DWF’s latest hire from the firm follows the closure of Parabis offices in Bristol and Colchester in October (1 October 2014).

DWF head of catastrophic injury Glyn Jones said: “Mike and his team have a first class reputation for advising on complex and high-value cases and bring with them to DWF a number of significant client matters.”

Guy focuses exclusively on catastrophic injury claims for leading motor insurers, with a particular interest in the neuropsychological aspects of brain injury.

Gribben specialises in brain injury, amputations, spinal injury and fatal accidents and is also an experienced criminal advocate, with expertise in handling the defence of health and safety executive prosecutions.

DWF confirmed it had re-appointed managing partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland for a fourth term yesterday, following an uncontested election and approval by the firm’s equity partners (2 December 2014).

Leaitherland has overseen DWF’s four mergers, with Biggart Baillie in June 2013 (7 June 2013), Fishburns in January 2013 (18 January 2013), and Buller Jeffries in April 2012 (2 April 2012). The firm also acquired Cobbetts in a pre-pack administration in February 2013 (20 November 2013). 

Newly hired DAC partner Allan-Jones qualified at Linklaters before moving to Bristol where he spent seven years at Burges Salmon.

He specialise in contentious and non-contentious IP matters with a particular focus on patent litigation, brand and IP risk management, licensing, R&D collaboration and copyright.

Allan-Jones and Loxton count Royal Mail Group Limited among their key clients, with Allan-Jones leading the IP licensing and enforcement work for Royal Mail’s stamps and collectibles team, working on a variety of high-profile stamp issues and merchandising deals. 

DAC was among the firms retained after Royal Mail’s first panel review since the company’s £3.3bn IPO in 2013 (27 November 2014).