Katie da Gama

Katie da Gama

Partner, DAC beachcroft

Katie has over 15 years of experience in insurance defence work, with a particular focus on professional indemnity. She is Senior Partner in Ireland with responsibility for leading the Dublin office. Katie’s expertise covers the defence of a wide range of professionals and institutions including, solicitors, architects, financial advisers, insurance brokers, accountants, IT professionals and regulated entities

Her career has spanned both working in London and Dublin, which has given her an insight in to understanding the needs of UK insurers and the practice and procedure of the Irish legal system. This allows Katie to provide advice to UK insurers, which is both practical and commercial, but also balanced to ensure that the right result is achieved as swiftly and efficiently as possible.

As an experienced insurance practitioner Katie has significant experience of advising insurers on coverage matters, including policy wording interpretation and coverage disputes (both at arbitration and through the local courts). During recent years Katie has been involved in a number of complex coverage matters for insurers, dealing with issues of excess layers and round the clock reinstatements.

Katie is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution and in 2015 she was appointed to sit on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Law Society. She is keen to promote the benefits of alternative dispute resolution and frequently advises clients and represents them at mediation, in particular.

At firm level, Katie sits on the global Executive Board and has responsibility for the Diversity and Inclusion initiatives promoted by DAC Beachcroft.

She is also currently spearheading a Wellbeing project within the firm.

“Head of department Katie Da Gama has growing strength in the Irish market, notably on professional negligence cases, and large-scale contentious matters involving UK-based clients. Sources praise her as "a strong performer and experienced practitioner, who is good at case management and offers sensible advice”
Chambers and Partners Europe 2015 Edition, Insurance: Dispute Resolution, Ireland

“Team head Katie da Gama is ‘succinct and astute”
Legal 500 EMEA 2015 Edition: Insurance, Ireland