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This prominent Central London firm with international reach provides a high-quality service for both business and private clients. Expertise includes corporate and commercial law, employment, dispute resolution and arbitration law, media law, licensing and real estate as well as family law, wealth protection and private client work.

The firm: The origins of the firm go back to the mid-1950s, but it was created in its present form in 2008, through a merger between DFM Beckman and David Wineman. It is known for providing incisive advice and robust representation with the aim of always attempting to exceed client expectations.

The success of the practice is reflected in its thriving representation of UK and overseas clients in sectors ranging from manufacturing and retail to media and finance. Major clients include a high profile US fashion designer; a European government in respect of global litigation; a party to an extremely high-value divorce-related case; and a leading UK private equity firm.

The firm anticipates clients' requirements in a consistent way, gaining an understanding of their aims in order to provide cost-effective solutions.

As a member of the International Practice Group, a global association of independent lawyers, accountants and tax advisers, DWFM Beckman is equipped to provide expert legal, accounting and tax advice across the world. DWFM Beckman is also accredited with Lexcel, the Law Society's international practice management standard, which is a hallmark of the highest management and customer care standards.

Developments in the past year include the arrival of Matthew Stewart as a new partner to bolster the firm's growing real estate team and Adeeb Chowdry in the immigration department.

Types of work undertaken: The practice advises across the broad spectrum of corporate work including private M&As, joint ventures, disposals and corporate restructuring as well as on partnerships, LLPs and related matters. Many transactions have a multi-jurisdictional focus.

DWFM Beckman excels in dispute resolution in all its forms, acting for corporate and private clients, many of which are based overseas. While the firm's first objective is to defuse disagreement, where necessary it takes decisive action to advance clients' interests. Expertise ranges from commercial contract disputes to landlord and tenant cases, civil fraud and asset tracing.

Employment services include interviewing and recruitment, drafting employment contracts, disciplinary proceedings and dismissals as well as trade union disputes. For employees, services range from discrimination and whistleblowing to TUPE issues and post-termination restrictions.

Specialist services are provided in the hospitality leisure and medical facilities sectors and in all aspects of immigration law.

DWFM Beckman has considerable expertise in handling licensing matters for both premises and individuals, including appeals. Real estate is a specialism, including planning, funding, investment, construction, sale of developments, acquisition and disposal, and commercial and residential investments.

The firm is recognised internationally as a leading player in media law. Expertise includes representing musicians, songwriters, actors, writers, television production companies, concert promoters, booking agents and others in matters ranging from recording and songwriting contracts to live engagement, sponsorship and book publishing agreements.

Niche expertise is provided in deposition services for US clients.

Family law is another specialism, including pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, children issues, separation agreements and financial matters, as well as jurisdictional issues.

Wealth protection and private client services include tax planning and trusts involving overseas, as well as UK, assets and powers of attorney, probate and administration issues.

  • Number of UK partners: 15
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 13
  • Breakdown of work %

  • Commercial litigation : 15
  • Company commercial : 15
  • Commercial conveyancing : 15
  • Residential conveyancing : 15
  • Employment : 10
  • Matrimonial : 20
  • Media : 5
  • Wealth protection : 5

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