DAC Beachcroft expands health real estate practice

Law firm DAC Beachcroft (DACB) has recruited health property partners Victoria Armstrong and Lisa Geary.

Armstrong joins from Sintons, where she was a partner in the firm’s real estate department. A public sector property specialist, she brings skills in advising healthcare professionals, NHS bodies, foundation and ambulance trusts, developers, local authorities and educational organisations.

Her focus will be on northeast England, as well as supporting DACB’s wider real estate health strategy to identify and maintain relationships and increase its independent sector work.

Geary has joined from Capsticks, where she was a partner, head of real estate and location head for the firm’s Leeds office. She has experience of advising NHS trusts, primary care providers and other healthcare bodies in the Yorkshire and wider northern region on property requirements.

She will strengthen DACB’s regional and national health practice and continue delivering training programmes to NHS estate managers and board directors. She will also provide specialist legal advice to the firm’s fast-growing national portfolio of charity real estate clients.

‘Healthcare organisations remain under pressure to deliver improved outcomes for the people they serve. As new models of care emerge, and with capital constraints in the NHS, our clients are increasingly seeking advice on real estate issues to ensure that health and care can be provided in world class premises,’ said Hamza Drabu, partner and head of health at DACB.

‘As we continue to invest in our health business to meet our clients’ needs, we are looking forward to seeing Victoria and Lisa unlock the wider opportunities with our health sector colleagues and using their vast understanding of the property sector to contribute to the continued growth of our health property business.’