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DWF

ONE SNOWHILL, SNOW HILL QUEENSWAY, BIRMINGHAM, B4 6GA, ENGLAND
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Work +44 (0)333 320 2220
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Fax +44 (0)333 320 4440
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13051 BIRMINGHAM-1
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www.dwf.law

West Midlands

Transport
Transport - ranked: tier 1

DWF

DWF  has a particular focus on disputes that arise from the transportation of goods between different jurisdictions, mainly in the regions of Europe and Central Asia. Practice head Darren Kenny is ‘driven and client focused, taking an inventive and proactive approach in litigation to try to achieve the best outcome’. He recently advised C.H. Robinson International on a claim involving the shipment of a consignment of designer polo shirts from the client's warehouse in England following a cancellation of the order by the buyer. He also defended Dreams Trans against a fine placed by the by UK Border Force due to unwanted individuals entering one of its transport vehicles in Calais.

Leading individuals

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West Midlands: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham
Corporate and commercial: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF’s Mark Gibson advised Park Holdings UK on the company’s sale by Caledonia Investments to Intermediate Capital Group. Other deals include advising Inflexion Private Equity on purchasing My Policy, plus various hotel and medical deals.

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF’s Jon Stevens ‘understands complex tax issues very quickly and uses a good balance giving strong legal advice in the context of the client’s wider commercial objectives’. He is particularly active in AIM related mandates; recent highlights include advising City of London Group on the tax elements of its £20m reverse takeover of Milton Homes, and advised Keyword Studios, which is listed on AIM, on various cross-border acquisitions. He also advised Hannover Re on the tax elements of purchasing Argenta Holdings, which owns a Lloyd’s of London managing agent, and assisted DF World of Spices on its purchase of Barts Ingredients from a private equity seller. Other work concerns tax disputes as well as real estate matters.

Leading individuals

Jon Stevens - DWF

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West Midlands: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: fraud
Crime: fraud - ranked: tier 3

DWF

Insurance fraud claims is the key area of focus for DWF  in this space. Lorraine Carolan  heads the counter fraud team nationally, and is supported by Miles Hepworth  and director Kate Archer . The firm recently acted for  LV= against an organised 'crash for cash' scheme involving three alleged crashes involving nine claimants.

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West Midlands: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Birmingham
Commercial litigation: Birmingham - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF’s litigation team in Birmingham is comprised of ‘very professional, top-notch lawyers’. Andrew Leach, who has a track record of CIS-related litigation, is ‘an exceptional lawyer who handles complex heavyweight commercial litigation with relative ease – he ensures all his clients’ needs are met while striving for the best result for them inside or outside the courtroom’. Darren Kenny is ‘driven and client-focused, taking an inventive and proactive approach to litigation to try to and get the best outcomes’. Senior associate Ben Griffin is noted for his expertise in commercial agency disputes, and he has ‘a deep knowledge and understanding of the case law in this field’.

Leading individuals

Andrew Leach - DWF

Next generation lawyers

Darren Kenny - DWF

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West Midlands: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF handles a range of lender-side work, some of which concerning syndicated loans, real estate finance and mezzanine debt. Senior associate Richard Holmes  leads mandates for well-known investment and retail banks. At partner level, Alice Broadfield heads the firm’s Birmingham team.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF’s senior associate Richard Holmes  handles a range of work concerning real estate finance restructuring and insolvency for clients such as the West Bromwich Building Society, Colliers International and CBRE.

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West Midlands: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF  is very active in the retail, healthcare and public sectors, with a client roster that includes Bupa, Poundland and The AA. Hannah Robbins  heads the team and handles both contentious and non-contentious matters. She is supported by Manchester-based Kate Meadowcroft, who has  a similarly broad expertise in employment, but is particularly strong in handling change management projects.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF  is headed by David Egan, who is an expert in defending companies against health and safety and environmental criminal proceedings. Other names of note include: director Simon Belfield,  who specialises in corporate defence matters; associate Caroline Depledge, who is experienced in  health and safety prosecutions and solicitor Simon Naylor, who regularly advises on incidents where there has been multiple fatalities. QBE, Zurich and Covea are key clients.

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West Midlands: Insurance

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

DWF

DWF  is ‘highly regarded by insurers’ and ‘is truly specialist in this field’. Insurance policy expert Derek Adamson heads the occupational health and casualty team and provides ‘top-drawer’ advice . Lorraine Carolan is also a key figure and is the national head of counter fraud. Kate Archer often acts for clients facing investigations from the police, HSE or local authorities. Other notable names include insurance liability specialist Lindsey McQueen and disease-related claims expert Rob Edwards. Paul Donnelly was promoted to partner in 2017 and advises on historic abuse claims. He recently advised Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance on the alleged crimes of Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Caroline Coates left the firm and works as an independent consultant

Leading individuals
Next generation lawyers

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF is 'a strong firm' with 'a solid following in the professional indemnity market'. Paul Chaplin heads the team and provides 'first-class advice' in defending professional negligence and indemnity claims. Steve Oates has similar strengths in negligence and indemnity claims, representing solicitors, brokers and construction professionals. Derek Adamson is an expert in occupational health policy coverage who is 'massively experienced' and 'will roll his sleeves up to break the back of any heavyweight case'. Also recommended is Paul Donnelly who focuses on professional indemnity defence cases.

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West Midlands: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

DWF

Roger Williams  leads the Birmingham team at DWF  and works alongside Manchester-based Paul Davies , who heads the team nationally. Williams is an expert in handling will preparations, estate administration, court of protection and powers of attorney issues.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

DWF

DWF predominantly focuses on liability and negligence claims and is known for its ‘quality of service’, in terms of ‘knowledge’, ‘response times’ and ‘meeting client needs’. Insurance law specialist Derek Adamson heads the team and is especially experienced in handling mesothelioma and legionnaires' disease claims. Professional negligence experts Caroline Coates and Lindsey McQueen regularly represents public sector bodies on claims. Liability claims specialist Paul Donnelly advised both Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance together on historic abuse claims relating to Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Fellow liability claims expert Denise Brosnan is also highly active in this sector, focusing on stress, bullying and harassment cases. Melanie Williams’ work in the space focuses on the investment and funding of development projects. Real estate specialist Toby Askin, who works between both Birmingham and London offices is also a key figure.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham
Commercial property: Birmingham - ranked: tier 4

DWF

DWF's Melanie Williams heads the firm’s hospitality group – she handles transactional and finance work, including hotel deals. Toby Askin handles a range of work concerning retail real estate. Both divide their time between London and Birmingham.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

DWF

DWF ’s ‘tenacious, well-informed and pragmatic’ team in the West Midlands is headed by David Egan, who handles a range of contentious work concerning Environment Agency investigations and prosecutions and enforcement undertaking negotiations. He advises clients such as Persimmon, Bloor Homes and Rolawn. Resource consultant Simon Stuttaford is a name of note for non-contentious matters. New River Retail is another client for transactional matters.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 5

DWF

At DWF in Birmingham, Michael Green has a track record of various commercial property management work. Nerissa Hatcher is a key associate.

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