Mills & Reeve picks up DLA insurance team in Birmingham

Mills & Reeve is taking a nine-strong insurance team from DLA Piper headed by the firm’s Birmingham insurance head Alan Jacobs.

The defendant insurance team will join Mills & Reeve on 1 July. The move follows DLA ’s announcement last year that it was looking to offload its defendant insurance practice (13 November 2012 ).

The Manchester and Sheffield teams were snapped up by Hill Dickinson earlier this year (28 January 2013 ).

The Birmingham team consists of partner Jacobs, two lawyers, three fee-earners and three support staff.

The hire continues Mills & Reeve’s efforts to strengthen its casualty insurance offering following last summer’s hire of DAC Beachcroft Birmingham partner Kate Archer (25 June 2012 ).The appointments are the first lateral hires for Mills & Reeve following the 1 June completion of its merger with Manchester firm George Davies (24 April 2013 ).

Jacobs acts on serious road traffic accident, employer’s liability and public liability claims. The team is expected to use Mills & Reeve’s paralegal support unit in Norwich, which was set up last year to keep costs down on exercises such as e-discovery. 

Mills & Reeve insurance head Neil Davis said in a statement the “corporate-facing team” would compliment the firm’s existing offering.

”Both we and DLA Piper are convinced this is a positive step for the clients involved, and have worked together to facilitate a smooth transition,” Davis added. He said clients had “enthusiastically supported” the move.

DLA Piper declined to comment.