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DWF

20 FENCHURCH STREET, LONDON, EC3M 3AG, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 03333 202220
Fax:
Fax 03333 204440
DX:
584 LONDON CITY EC3 4AD
Email:
Web:
www.dwf.law

London: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF’s ‘excellent’ team is led by David Scottow, who is valued for his knowledge in this area. James Perry has ‘an excellent understanding of civil litigation in the arena of debt recovery’ and Kevin Feehangoes the extra mile’. Neil Jinks is also recommended. The group acts for retailers, insurers, local authorities and water utilities companies.

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Reputation management
Reputation management - ranked: tier 5

DWF

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London: Finance

Commodities: physicals
Commodities: physicals - ranked: tier 3

DWF

At DWF, head of shipping and commodities Jonathan Moss won a case for Trafigura concerning a $150m purchase of oil supplies from Malaysia. Other recommended disputes figures include Michael Kingston and former barrister Elliott Bromley. Nimex Petroleum and Van Dalen Metals Recycling & Trading are among the firm’s clients.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

DWF

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

DWF

The ‘incredibly ableHelga Breen leads DWF’s ‘strong and responsive’ team, which is ‘robust and user-friendly’, and focuses on non-contentious matters, especially large projects, often with an international element. The financial services sector is prominent for the department across employer and senior executive work. Clients include ADG Holdings and the Bankers Benevolent Fund.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

DWF

DWF advises a wide range of corporates and insurers including Morrisons, Wetherspoons and new client BUPA. Practice head Steffan Groch is representing Cape in an investigation into a fatality at the client’s North Sea platform, and Dominic Watkins is representing Monovan in corporate manslaughter proceedings following the fatalities of two members of the public at one of its construction sites. Other key names include Hilary Ross and Paul Matthews.

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London: Insurance

Insurance and reinsurance litigation
Insurance and reinsurance litigation - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF’s industry coverage include the shipping, engineering and construction sectors, and the group has handled disputes in various jurisdictions across the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the Americas. Key figures include Jonathan Moss, who heads the marine, trade and energy and transport practices; Kieran Walshe, who advises on complex reinsurance disputes; and John Groome, who heads the global casualty team and advises insurers on property and product liability claims. Jeremy Irving joined from Eversheds LLP.

Leading individuals

John Groome - DWF

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Insurance: corporate and regulatory
Insurance: corporate and regulatory - ranked: tier 5

DWF

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Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 1

DWF

DWF’s ‘well-prepared’ group is led by Graham Dickinson who has notable experience acting on international claims, particularly involving French and Spanish insurers. Claire Bowler heads the international claims group, advising UK and European insurers on catastrophic injury claims and large loss cases.

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Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF has a strong track record in the food and beverages sector, where it acts for clients including PepsiCo, WM Morrison Supermarkets and the Whitbread Group. Its product liability practice was further strengthened by the arrival of David Kidman from BLM; he specialises in claims concerning the medical devices, automotive and electrical sectors. Other key figures include Hilary Ross, who is noted for her ‘depth of knowledge and pragmatic approach’.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

DWF

Antony Marsh’s ‘effective’ team at DWF acts for clients including Novae Insurance Company, Amlin, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund and Chubb. The ‘excellentJohn Bennett, ‘very able’ Andrew Davis and ‘quick, commercialHarriet Quiney (who ‘gives sound advice’) are also recommended, as are Alexandra Goddard, for financial services and pensions advice, and the ‘highly regardedJoseph Arazi. Other key individuals include Peter Campion, Mark Klimt, Matthew Olorenshaw, Peter Sewell and Jacquetta Castle. Simon Durkin was promoted to partner in 2015.

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London: Private client

Family
Family - ranked: tier 5

DWF

Mary-Ann Wright* leads the team at DWF and handles high-value matters – often with a cross-border element – for high-net-worth individuals. *Since publication, Mary-Ann Wright has joined gunnercooke LLP.

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London: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF’s extensive client list includes Cornwall Council, Norfolk County Council and Bristol City Council. Michael Mousdale is experienced in handling public procurement projects.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

DWF

Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

DWF

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 5

DWF

At DWF, practice head Toby Askin divides his time between Birmingham and London. Askin and Lorraine Reader have particular expertise in investment work and act for a range of funds, including Ares Management and Colony Capital.

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Construction
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

DWF

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

DWF

DWF is particularly known for handling professional negligence disputes on behalf of clients such as Emcor and Amlin. Energy projects are a core focus on the non-contentious side. Key figures include Peter Sewell, Peter Campion and Adam Nell.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 5

DWF

DWF’s clients include Lidl, Morrisons, PepsiCo and adidas. Dominic Watkins, who heads the food group, acts alongside Hilary Ross to assist advertisers in their dealings with the ASA.

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Data protection
Data protection - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF’s ‘efficient’ practice was joined by the ‘very thoughtful and tactically astute’ John Benjamin from White & Case LLP in October 2015 and the ‘remarkably experiencedElaine Fletcher, formerly senior privacy manager at Asda, to the Leeds office in April that year. In August 2015, Robert Machin joined dunnhumby and Rob Sheldon moved to Fieldfisher’s Manchester office.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 5

DWF

DWF is advising Transport Scotland on the procurement of the Caledonian Sleeper and ScotRail franchise. Andrew Mayne is ‘highly regarded’.

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Shipping
Shipping - ranked: tier 6

DWF

DWF’s shipping and commodities practice is led by the ‘brilliant’ Jonathan Moss and includes Michael Kingston, who has and excellent reputation.

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Travel
Travel: personal injury - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF’s claims and travel group advises insurers such as Generali, Van Ameyde (UK), Amlin, and RSA. ‘Superb tactician’ Claire Bowler ‘has incredibly detailed knowledge and understanding’ and heads the team with Sara-Jane Eaton. Steven King and Graham Dickinson are also recommended. Amanda Emberton recently left the firm.

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