DAC Beachcroft eyes new international markets with £65m finance facility


International law firm DAC Beachcroft LLP is set to expand into new international markets after securing a £65 million finance facility from longstanding banking partners, HSBC UK and Lloyds Bank.

The top 25 UK law firm, which has 19 global offices and employs more than 2,600 people around the world, has increased its finance facility to ensure that its investment and trading plans will not be disrupted during the unusual and unpredictable circumstances caused, in part, by the Covid-19 pandemic.

In particular, the facility will provide support for the firm’s continued expansion, enabling it to pursue an ambitious 2020-2021 growth strategy both domestically and overseas, with Europe and Asia particular areas of focus over the next six to nine months.

The finance facility will also enable DAC Beachcroft to make key investments in its infrastructure, including driving forward its technology strategy which will see it pursue further efficiencies in client service delivery and develop tools to foster collaboration and support agile working. Furthermore, the facility will support DAC Beachcroft as it finalises the implementation of a state-of-the-art practice management system, set to launch in spring 2021.

The funding, intended to provide assurance during the coronavirus pandemic, will also allow DAC Beachcroft to invest in its people and push ahead with strategic growth through significant lateral staff hires both domestically and internationally.

David Pollitt, Managing Partner, DAC Beachcroft, said: “DAC Beachcroft is a financially robust business with an international turnover of £258 million and this latest finance facility from HSBC UK and Lloyds Bank has given us additional headroom to progress some of our strategic business objectives. Our balance sheet remains strong and this improved debt capacity – even if unused – will give our clients and colleagues further confidence in our business. Demand for our services has been steadily growing and being able to continue to meet the ever-evolving needs of our clients, despite the challenges posed by Covid-19 in recent months, is essential to the success of our business.

“The international expansion plans, domestic growth agenda and technological innovations we are pursuing are driven by client demand and will allow us to serve our clients more fully as a truly international firm. We are delighted to have worked with our trusted banking partners to agree a flexible finance solution that facilitates these strategic objectives.”

Chloe Clift, Head of Professional Services, HSBC UK, added: “HSBC UK has enjoyed a long-standing relationship with DAC Beachcroft and has seen the firm go from strength to strength, with successive years of across-the-board financial improvement and successful expansion both abroad and in the UK. We were delighted to support this innovative and profitable business, as it pursues its ambitious growth plans. This transaction continues to demonstrate our commitment to the Professional Services sector in the UK and our unique ability to support our customers internationally.

“Our team has done a fantastic job of working collaboratively with the firm to understand the impact of Covid-19, its medium to long term strategic goals and develop a bespoke funding package that was truly fit for purpose. We are delighted to support DAC Beachcroft in planning for the future with confidence.”

Stuart Leslie, Lloyds Bank relationship director, commented: “Like other prudent professional services firms, the management team at DAC Beachcroft has recognised that now is the right time to further strengthen its balance sheet in the face of the current and future challenges. The firm is among those flying the flag for UK professional services in overseas markets and this funding package will also ensure it has the support to capitalise on new opportunities as and when they arise.

“We’re pleased to be able to continue to build on our relationship with DAC Beachcroft and demonstrate our ongoing support for the UK’s world-class professional services sector.”

DAC Beachcroft, which can trace its roots through a series of mergers back to 1762, is a broad-based commercial law firm with a strong heritage in insurance, health and real estate.

Its UK offices include Belfast, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Newport and Winchester.

With its largest UK office in Bristol, the DAC Beachcroft refinance was completed by the Bristol relationship teams at both banks. Relationship Director David Skyrme and Deputy Head of Corporate Banking, Thomas Lloyd-Jones facilitated the deal at HSBC UK. The two-bank deal was led for Lloyds Bank by relationship directors Stuart Leslie and Andy Hart. Lloyds Bank acted as agent.

Banking partner Rachael Ruane of independent UK law firm Burges Salmon acted on behalf of HSBC UK and Lloyds Bank.