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Axiom DWFM

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market Tier 5

The result of the 2021 merger between DWFM Beckman and Axiom Stone Solicitors, Axiom DWFM houses several finance disputes experts. Team head Daniel Gleek assists with corporate and commercial claims, cross-border matters, insolvency litigation, negligence claims and injunctive relief matters; Demetris Dionissiou heads the insolvency and property dispute resolution teams; and Sharokh Koussari is active in defence-side commercial disputes.

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‘Massively impresses with its knowledge. The team was friendly and really took a lot of the stress out of the situation. It gave me complete confidence in my case and its abilities to bring it to a successful conclusion.’

‘The expertise and legal knowledge were invaluable, explaining each process of the litigation, and making sure we were fully aware of our commitments and options.’

‘All contact was carried out very efficiently and bills were provided promptly. I feel that Axiom has legal expertise and experience for every subject.’

‘Daniel Gleek and Toby Matthews have a fantastic grasp of the law. I think they are superb!!’

‘Daniel Gleek provides expert advice on financial litigation issues.’

‘Daniel Gleek responds quickly to enquiries by email and telephone. His advice is expert, detailed and reassuring. I know he must be busy with other clients, but he always finds time to answer questions and says that there are no silly questions.’

‘Having dealt with Shilan Shah for many years, his knowledge of the law and precedents have been invaluable.’

Key clients

Panmure Gordon

Charlton Athletic Football Company

Gordon Newman

Medical and Aesthetic Training Academy


Juvea Aesthetics

Private client > Family Tier 5

Catherine Longshaw recently joined the firm and now leads the department at Axiom DWFM that focuses on high-net-worth ancillary relief matters relating to UK and worldwide assets and private law children applications. Longshaw is experienced in all areas of family law but has particular knowledge of dealing with matters such as coercive and narcissistic behaviour. The former head of department Sofia Dionissiou-Moussaoui is now at Level.

Practice head(s):

Catherine Longshaw

Other key lawyers:

Manisha Raja;  Tatjana Williamson


‘Manisha Raja is an excellent lawyer. Her knowledge and analytical skills are second to none. She adopts a calm but forensic approach that is always appreciated by her clients’

‘The team at Axiom is firm, diligent and extremely dedicated to achieving high results’.

‘I have had an excellent experience with this Law Firm. All processes were explained to me in detail and and all issues were responded to in a timely manner. The solicitor in my case was Manisha Raja and she was very understanding to my situation and what I wanted to achieve. She gave a very fair balanced view and helped me in more ways than I could have wanted’.

‘I can honestly say Manisha Raja went above and beyond her duty as a professional. She was very understanding and listened to all my concerns and objectives attentively. She replies to calls, emails and instant messages in a timely manner (within 24 hours etc.) She showed a sincere interest in my situation and offered solutions to the many problems I was facing’.

‘Manisha Raja was my main contact at the firm who was extremely professional and courteous. Manisha was understanding and took time to listen to my concerns and explained the process and options that were available to me in a simple and effective way’.

‘Tatjana Williamson was the one who handled my case and she is excellent, very friendly and very knowledgeable on the work she’s done for me’.

‘Manisha pays attention to detail and concerns with care, careful consideration and supportive responses. She has enabled me to feel I am being looked after in an appropriate manner’.

‘I genuinely feel that my case is treated with compassion and that my solicitor wants the best for me. Manisha has given me the confidence to forge ahead when everything could be so daunting ,she has broken everything down into bite sized pieces so that I don’t become overwhelmed’.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 5

The team at Axiom DWFM advises a range of clients including landlords, tenants, investors and individuals. Their expertise includes tenancy evictions, housing disrepair, fraud and negligence. The practice is led by Demetris Dionissiou and advises chartered accountants, estate agents and construction companies.

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‘Sharp focus on commercial objectives. Excellent client care.’

‘Impressive attention to detail. Outstanding commercial acumen. Robust and determined but not unduly aggressive.’

‘Knowledgeable and accessible partners.’

‘They are responsive and interested in achieving their client’s litigation objectives.’

‘Very good at building a rapport with customers, the team makes you feel incredibly comfortable in discussing and resolving issues.’

‘Demetris Dionissiou is a fantastic lawyer. He is intelligent, committed to the cause, and extremely hardworking. He is always well-prepared and strategically spot on. I recommend him very strongly.’

Real estate > Residential property

Axiom DWFM receives plaudits for its ’ability to react to situations’ and to then ‘provide considered advice’. Idnan Liaqat heads the department and receives a steady flow of instructions from some Chinese property investors.

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, matrimonial and family law, wealth protection and private client work and real estate with a particular focus on property finance work with an award winning bridging finance team.

The firm:  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,  parties to extremely high-value divorce-related cases, many commercial property investors, developers and financiers. 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, the firm is equipped to provide expert legal, accounting and tax advice across the world.  The firm 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.

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

Axiom DWFM 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. The employment team has been rated within the top 200 UK teams by the Times Best Law Firms 2019.

Specialist services are provided in the hospitality, leisure and medical facility sectors and all aspects of private client law.

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 a particularly strong specialism covering pre-nuptial agreements, divorce, children issues, separation agreements and high net worth 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.

Senior Partner, Corporate, Company commercial Tony MeadAYM@axiomdwfm.com020 7408 8888
Head of Commercial, Investment and Residential Property Idnan LiaqatIL@axiomdwfm.com020 8951 6987
Head of Corporate and Commercial Claudine LawrenceCL@axiomdwfm.com020 3827 6117
Head of Personal Injury and Medical Negligence Shyam MistrySM@axiomdwfm.com020 8951 6936
Head of Dispute Resolution Daniel GleekDG@axiomdwfm.com020 3827 6115
Head of the Family Department Catherine Longshawc.longshaw@axiomdwfm.com020 3827 6129
Head of Employment Sharokh KoussariS.Koussari@axiomdwfm.com020 7408 8867
Head of Private Client Colin JaqueC.Jaque@axiomdwfm.com020 7408 8828
Alicia   Pattihis photo Alicia PattihisPartner
Ching Wah Joyce	 Cheung photo Ching Wah Joyce CheungPartner
Demetris Dionissiou photo Demetris DionissiouDemetris joined the firm litigation department as a partner in 2013 and…
Miles Fish photo Miles FishMiles joined the firms Real Estate Team in 2013 and became a…
Daniel Gleek photo Daniel GleekPartner and Head of Dispute Resolution
David Glover photo David GloverPartner
Colin Jaque photo Colin JaqueThroughout his legal career, Colin has worked as a litigator conducting mainly…
Sharokh Koussari photo Sharokh KoussariSharokh represents a broad range of UK and overseas corporate clients, entrepreneurs…
Claudine  Lawrence  photo Claudine Lawrence Partner and Head of Corporate and Commercial Department
Idnan Liaqat photo Idnan LiaqatPartner
Anthony Mead  photo Anthony Mead Senior Partner
John  Oliver-Bellasis photo John Oliver-BellasisPartner
Harry Pattihis photo Harry PattihisPartner
Piara  Singh Dhooper  photo Piara Singh Dhooper Partner
Jayesh Soni photo Jayesh SoniJayesh is a Senior Associate solicitor within the real estate and property…
Joshua Steinhaus photo Joshua SteinhausJoshua is an experienced property partner and advises on the most complex…
Vicky  Tsan photo Vicky TsanPartner
Number of UK partners : 41
Number of other UK fee-earners : 56

At Axiom DWFM we are committed to providing and promoting equal opportunities across the firm regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, part time or fixed term status.

We endeavour to adopt the highest professional and ethical standards and not to act in any way that could compromise our firm’s integrity or that of our clients.

We strive to create an inclusive working environment free from discrimination or harassment and one which promotes a culture of diversity and respect amongst all of our staff and partners. This ethos extends to our professional involvement with clients, other legal professionals and all third parties.

Recruitment and promotion are conducted solely on the basis of merit. We take steps to ensure that our vacancies are advertised to a diverse employment market and we aim to ensure equality of opportunity at all levels of the firm. We are proud to have a positive and diverse workforce and partnership that is valued for its skillset and contribution.

We seek to provide all staff with access to training in order to continue their development and to assist their progression within the firm. This includes training in relation to our policies and procedures, to include our equality and discrimination policy. In order to ensure that its high standards are maintained, the entire firm also recently undertook unconscious bias training with an external provider.

We conduct annual appraisals for all staff and partners as a forum for discussing career progression and development and to allow the staff the opportunity to raise any issues they have in a safe and confidential setting.

Our core values include honesty, respect and inclusion. We have a zero tolerance approach to discrimination or harassment of any kind and we actively encourage those who consider that they have been subjected to such treatment to come forward and voice any concerns or complaints openly.


The Dispute Resolution team frequently act in complex, high profile and high value commercial disputes, frequently with an international focus.

We have a talented and well-resourced team of partners and associates including key lawyers recognised in the Legal 500 directory 2022 serving a broad UK and international client base of high net worth and prominent individuals, banks and corporates.

As well as general commercial disputes, our team’s expertise encompasses civil and white collar fraud, banking, property, shareholder disputes, media and data protection litigation, contentious probate, professional negligence, employment, and Privy Council work.

Our approach is strategic and commercially focused and we deploy a combination of diplomacy, creativity and toughness to achieve our clients’ objectives.