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DWF
1 SCOTT PLACE
2 HARDMAN STREET
MANCHESTER
M3 3AA
England

Living Wage

Commercial litigation: Liverpool Tier 1

DWF is adept at handling contractual and company disputes including reach of warranty disputes, indemnity claims and shareholder and partnership disputes. Other areas of expertise include professional negligence, Judicial Review, competition, directors' disqualification, contentious probate, arbitration, procurement litigation and injunctions. Key client sectors include telecoms, utilities and energy, public sector, food and drink, retail and education. Andrew Whalley, Graham Dagnall and Matthew Stoll head the team, and Whalley has been leading the firm's work for O2/Telefonica on a £300m claim against Ofcom. Director Chris King and senior associates Helen Otty and Lyndsay Crowder-Barton are also recommended.

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Key clients

Telefonica UK Limited (O2)

Burton’s Foods Limited

Stage Capital (formerly NBGI)

Crown Paints Limited

giffgaff Limited

DAS Legal Expenses Insurance Company Limited

Liverpool John Moores University

Chess ICT Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Liverpool City Council

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 1

DWF's advises nationally recognised brands, major north west businesses and high net worth individuals, with a particular specialism in sectors including utilities and energy, food and drink, retail and education. The firm aims to differentiate itself from its peers by taking a more proactive approach to sharing the cost of litigation, offering conditional fee agreements and damages based agreements via its Fundlit service. Lee Norman heads the team, while Andrew HarrisNicole Burton and Joel Heap - who 'has outstanding commercial acumen and is fantastic with clients' are also recommended.

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Rising stars

Testimonials

‘This is a strong team with a great presence in the region, doing some excellent work. Their presence and reach has expanded in recent years, making them one of the top firms doing commercial litigation outside of London. ‘

‘Joel Heap is a very experienced and savvy litigator who has the right balance of caution and aggression’.

Key clients

WM Morrison plc

The Insolvency Service (an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

United Utilities

Serco Group

Safeway Limited

Essar Oil UK Limited

Perspective Financial Group Limited

Manchester United Football Club

Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Munnelly Group

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

DWF's team, which is split across the firm's Manchester and Liverpool bases, handles complex trust and probate disputes, often with a cross-border element or issues of jurisdiction or domicile. The firm's clients include trustee companies, private banks, charitable trusts and private individuals. The practice was strengthened in late 2018 by the arrival of director Christopher Noel, who joined from Addleshaw Goddard to lead the private capital team in Manchester. 'Clever, practical' senior associate Daniel Williams is well-regarded by clients.

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Testimonials

‘The team have a very practical approach – they have a great deal of commercial expertise and very good client handling skills.’

‘Daniel Williams is excellent – clever, practical, very good with difficult clients.’

‘Daniel Williams is objective, assertive and efficient – he also shows compassion and empathy in dealing with sensitive matters.’

Employment Tier 1

DWF provides strategic advice to national and international bluechip clients across a range of sectors including retail, education, outsourcing and insurance. The firm's significant national and international reach enables it to effectively handle complex employment work such as significant restructurings, redundancies and large-scale TUPE exercises. The team is also involved in employment disputes in Court of Appeal as well as a number of Employment Appeal Tribunal cases. Joanne Frew took over leadership of the Manchester team on her promotion to partner in February 2019, while Tim Scott leads the practice in Liverpool.

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Testimonials

‘DWF’s industry and sector knowledge is second to none. I am extremely confident in the advice they provide and they’re open to discussion and debate. Their broad geographical reach has been a bonus as we’ve internationalised our business.’

‘With DWF you gain the benefits that you associate with a large legal firm but you also receive a personal tailored service from their partners and teams.’

‘Jon Keeble is fantastic  – I have absolute faith in the advice he gives.’

‘Tim Scott is a very experienced lawyer with a wide range of knowledge. He is very balanced and thoughtful.’

‘Joanne Frew is exceptional – available at all times, clear and concise in her advice and explains all angles of the issue to enable the client to assess the decision.’

‘Kirsty Rogers is pragmatic, knowledgeable and always available and she and her team take time to understand our business and the likely challenges we face. She is hugely personable and always keen to get the right result, even when that means a difficult conversation is required. She is very adept at managing key stakeholders in our business and in navigating politics smoothly.’

Key clients

adidas

LIMU

Ladbrokes Coral

Finsbury Food Group Plc

Arrow XL / Yodel

Redx Pharma plc

Wincanton Plc

Kier Group Plc

SGS United Kingdom

Newsquest Media Group

Impellam

Autism Initiatives

Lifeways

Total Fitness

Capita

Watkin Jones Group

European Wealth Management Limited

PolyOne

Munnelly

Chemring

EU and competition Tier 1

DWF specialises in advising on EU state aid, EU procurement, EU funding and regulatory matters. The firm has been undertaking an increasing number of instructions in UK merger control work and in 2018 notified three mergers through the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA). Other areas of expertise include cartels, EU funding disputes, judicial reviews, and providing advice around the European regional development fund (ERDF) and Brexit.  Jonathan Branton , who splits his time between Leeds, Manchester and Brussels, heads the team. Senior associate Jay Mehta is also recommended.

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Rising stars

Key clients

Mexichem

Liverpool City Council & Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Big Lottery Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund & The Arts Council

Burtons Foods

Cornwall Council

Maven Capital Partners

Birmingham City Council/ Finance Birmingham

Dairy UK

Barnfield Group

Manchester City Council & Greater Manchester Combined Authority

National Exhibition Centre Ltd

PepsiCo

OSRAM

Leeds City Council

Dransfield Properties

Unilever

Liverpool John Moores University

Lancaster University

Manchester Growth Company

Wirral Borough Council

Serco Plc

Health and safety Tier 1

DWF's health and safety team acts in some of the largest cases for major clients nationwide, and is frequently involved in cases resulting from major incidents including corporate manslaughter, fatalities and very serious injuries. The firm's clients are drawn from a wide range of sectors, including energy, retail, transport, education, healthcare, construction, hotels and manufacturing. Steffan Groch and Vikki Woodfine are the key contacts.

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Rising stars

Testimonials

‘Top level technical knowledge, allied with excellent service both for insured clients and insurers’.

‘James Roden, Joanne Witheford and Vikki Woodfine are three top notch lawyers. Always go the extra mile, no matter what time of day’.

‘An excellent group of like-minded professionals; commercially minded as well as operating at the top of their game.’

‘Highly professional and go above and beyond what would normally be expected when delivering the service to all of their clients.’

Key clients

Premier Foods PLC

Hovis Ltd

RSA

Severfield PLC

Booker PLC

Wincanton PLC

Fusion Insurance Services Ltd

Faraday Insurance

Immigration Tier 1

'True expert' John Dorney leads DWF's business immigration department, which acts for household name businesses including multinationals and other FTSE 100 and AIM-listed companies. While the team advises on all aspects of immigration law, a mainstay of the practice is the securing of Home Office sponsorship licences and subsequent assistance in respect of migrant sponsorship applications, coupled with advice on Home Office reporting obligations. The team also regularly acts for high-net-worth and skilled migrants in respect of Tier 1 investor, Entrepreneur and Exceptional Talent Visa applications.

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Testimonials

‘Excellent in-depth knowledge and a UK-wide base means that there is always a professional available when required.’

‘The level of knowledge that has been provided by this team demonstrates they are true experts in this area.’

‘John Dorney is both proactive and reactive – his attention to detail has helped us be successful on first application and we are very grateful to him for his attentiveness.’

‘John Dorney is a true expert in this subject matter and explains it in such a way that is easy to understand – he is a trusted partner.’

Key clients

adidas

AirPlus International (Part of Lufthansa)

Aquagen

Aviagen Limited

Gruppo Campari

Impellam Group plc

Liberty Living PLC

Stephenson Group

Vesuvius PLC

Western Thermal Limited

Intellectual property Tier 1

DWF represents a raft of leading brands across sectors including manufacturing, retail, pharma, healthcare, technology, hospitality and food and drink. Areas of expertise include patents, design, copyright, trademark disputes, breach of confidence claims and cross-jurisdictional issues. 'Highly recommended' team co-head Craig Chaplin advises on IP acquisitions and disposals, research, development and licensing of IP rights and brand protection. Fellow co-head Asima Rana also leads the North West IP litigation practice.

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Testimonials

‘The team are incredibly commercial and make a lot of effort to get to know the business’.

‘Catherine Harrison gives technically astute advice which fits the business – her ability to recall information is incredible’.

‘This is a team with real strength in depth and they add value with their commercial approach.’

‘Craig Chaplin is highly recommended. He is very user friendly and his service levels are excellent. He looks after clients well.’

‘Ed Meikle is a very good IP litigator.’

‘James Lonsdale is very good on the non-contentious side.’

‘Cat Harrison is always impressive.’

Key clients

Marks & Spencer

James Cropper plc

Muc-Off

Tangerine Confectionary

GHD

Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc

Burton Foods Limited

Pepkor Europe Limited (Poundland)

Manchester City Football Club

Fix 8 Group

IT and telecoms Tier 1

DWF advises a roster of household name clients on IT and outsourcing projects, with a particular focus on the financial services, insurance and retail sectors. The practice has recently seen an increase in instructions from IT and telecoms suppliers. The 'extremely personable' Craig Chaplin heads the team and is experienced in advising on major IT infrastructure projects. James Lonsdale is adept at handling outsourcing agreements, acquisitions, licenses, and contracts. Andrew Whalley leads on disputes.

Testimonials

The team is focused on delivering commercial advice efficiently and cost effectively’.

Excellent industry knowledge’.

Craig Chaplin is leader in the field – he is extremely personable and focused on ensuring a first class service is provided’.

Key clients

GiffGaff Limited

Telefónica UK Limited (O2)

Serco Group plc

Poundland Limited

South Staffordshire

Manchester City

WM Morrisons Supermarkets Plc

Cultureshift Communications Ltd

Nexus (Passenger Transport Executive for Tyne & Wear)

Manchester United Football Club

Quantum Base Limited

Fourth Limited

Local government Tier 1

DWF 's multi-disciplinary local government team stands out for its specialist state aid and public procurement expertise, as well as its experience in regeneration and infrastructure projects and insurance mandates. The team also advises public sector clients on loan funding projects. EU and competition head Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray, who are based across the firm's Leeds and Manchester offices, jointly head the team. Bradley Martin is recommended as a rising star.

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Rising stars

Key clients

Wirral Metropolitan Council

Liverpool City Council

Lancashire County Council

Wigan Council

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

South Tyneside Council

Cornwall County Council

West Lindsey District Council

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Wrexham County Borough Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Hull City Council

Leeds City Council

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

Pensions Tier 1

DWF is known for its proficiency in pensions litigation, particularly in relation to the distressed market and pensions restructurings, as well as advising on complex multi-employer pension schemes. The department has expertise across a number of sectors such as retail, transport, utilities and insurance. 'Technically superb' senior associate Sinead Sheehan is well-regarded for her 'excellent eye for detail'.

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Rising stars

Testimonials

‘The DWF pensions team is a leading player in pensions, both nationally and in the North West. They have a stellar client list that most firms in the field would envy, and have been involved in many of the most significant cases or deals in recent years.’

‘Sinead Sheehan has an excellent eye for detail and is technically superb.’

‘Jane Smith loves the white heat of the negotiating room. A first rate front line operator.’

‘Sinead Sheehan gets the toughest assignments, laughs at the adversity and brings home the best results for her grateful clients.’

Key clients

WM Morrisons Plc

Trustee of the British Steel Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Carillion Pension Schemes (10+ schemes in PPF assessment period)

Trustees of the Nottingham City Transport Pension Fund

Trustee of Standard Life DC Master Trust

Trustee of the Christie, Manson & Woods PLSA

Pension Protection Fund

Burton’s Biscuits

Trustee of the Princes Pension Scheme and the Princes (1977) Pension Scheme

Trustee of the Edmundson Electrical Group Pension Schemes

Bentley Motors Limited

Princes Limited

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

Paul Berry is at the helm of DWF's national insurance team, which comprises a broad personal injury practice, handling catastrophic injury claims and large loss matters such as fatalities, serious brain and spinal injuries, to occupational health and industrial disease cases and motor traffic accident claims. The department also has a dedicated counter-fraud team led by Jamie TaylorIan Slater, who heads up the Manchester insurance practice, is also recommended.

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Next Generation Partners

Key clients

RSA

Aviva

QBE ( longstanding)

Markerstudy Group

LV

Zurich

Groupama ( longstanding)

Quinn

DLG/NIG

Equity Red Star

RSA ( longstanding)

NFUM

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

The team at DWF undertakes the full gambit of private client work but has particular strength in advising business owners and high-net-worth individuals on domestic and international asset management, as well as on wills, IHT and succession planning. Director Christopher Noel joined from Addleshaw Goddard in late 2018 as head of private capital, bringing 'a level of additional service quality and technical knowledge' to the team.

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

‘Christopher Noel is an excellent addition to the team. He brings a level of additional service quality and technical knowledge to the team as well as a significant degree of understanding of the importance of client service and relationships that the wider team will benefit from.’

Professional negligence Tier 1

The practice at DWF, which is led by Andrew MacLeod, holds panel places for many of the UK's largest general professional indemnity insurers and syndicates. The team has particular strength in handling high-value, multi-party construction-related  cases, but also has a track record on claims involving other professionals such as solicitors, insurance brokers, accountants, surveyors stockbrokers and IFAs. Other areas of expertise include D&O/management liability claims as well as breach of contract, IP and cyber claims in the IT and media sectors. Senior associate Nathan Penny-Larter is recommended.

Rising stars

Testimonials

A very strong team, with good leadership and some excellent senior associates such as Nathan Penny-Larter. They are able to deal with complex issues quickly and efficiently, and this includes both coverage and defending the substantive allegations of negligence.

Nathan Penny-Larter is a standout individual. You want him on your side. He has a broad client base and experience of both insurance, and different areas of professional negligence; works ferociously hard, is clever and is responsive and a pleasure to deal with.

Banking litigation Tier 2

DWF advises major banks and finance houses on PPI mis-selling, cyber and external frauds, regulatory compliance and multijurisdictional litigation. Other areas of expertise include possession claims, mortgage fraud, professional negligence, operational loss claims, recovery claims, and fraud prevention and detection. John Perez heads the team, while senior associate Daniel Fitzgerald is also recommended. The team was boosted in September 2018 by the arrival of finance litigator Ben Johnson from DLA Piper UK LLP.

Rising stars

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group, including Lloyds Bank plc, Bank of Scotland plc and Lloyds Commercial Finance

Shawbrook Bank

RBS Group, including National Westminster Bank Plc

Nationwide Building Society

Aldermore Bank Plc

Santander Consumer (UK) plc trading as Santander Consumer Finance.

FirstRand Bank t/a MotoNovo Finance.

KBL European Private Bankers SA

UK Asset Resolution (UKAR), including Bradford & Bingley plc, Mortgage Express and NRAM plc (formerly called Northern Rock plc).

Arkle Finance

PSA Finance UK Ltd

Redstone Mortgages

Brown Shipley & Co

MyJar

Together Money (formerly Lancashire Mortgages/Blemain)

Bank of Cyprus UK

Corporate and commercial: Liverpool Tier 2

DWF represents a range of clients including SMEs and large corporates on corporate and commercial matters. Areas of expertise include M&A, private equity deals, negotiation of agreements, outsourcing arrangements as well as  asset and real estate management and licensing matters.  Paul Rimmer, Paul Attwood and Ben Cooke, who was recently promoted to partner, head the team. Senior associate James Cashman is also recommended.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Rising stars

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity

Marks and Spencer Plc

Livingbridge Private Equity

Optionis Group

ACC Liverpool Group

Liverpool John Moores University

Burton’s Biscuits

National Museums Liverpool

Hobs Group

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 2

DWF acts for local, national and international clients on capital markets, M&A, private equity transactions and commercial matters. The 'robust' and 'commercial' team represents private equity houses, management teams, listed companies and nomads and brokers. Key client sectors include financial services, retail and technology. Craig Chaplin, Jonathan Robinson, Frank Shephard and James Lonsdale head the team. Lisa Stavropoulos is also recommended. Stuart Crook joined as associate from Stephensons Solicitors LLP.

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Testimonials

Commercial, detailed and  with a thorough understanding of the issues.’ 

Unafraid to be robust’.

Good partner engagement, very hands on’.

Very commercial and focused on adding value beyond just legal advice’.

Key clients

Arlington Industries Group Limited

Sovereign Capital

Moneyplus Group Limited

Optionis Group

Redx Pharma plc

Equiniti Group plc

Inflexion Private Equity Partners

Waterland PE

Lloyds Development Capital

NorthEdge Capital

Livingbridge LLP

Aurelius private Equity

Prefequity

RMS International Limited

Fluent Money Group Limited

Carpenter Technology Corporation Inc

Sofology Limited

Healthcare Communications (UK) Limited

Velocity Composites plc

Scapa Group plc

Together Money

Endless LLP

Palatine Private Equity LLP

Blue Bay Travel Limited

Zeus Capital Limited

finnCap Limited

Tatton Asset Management plc

Assura PLC

Vivona Brands Limited

Comparison Technologies Limited Group

Fourth

NWF Fuels plc

James Cropper plc

Mission Mars Limited

Zeus Group Limited

Serco plc

Kelloggs

Wincanton plc

Manchester City

Manchester United

Telefonica

Morrisons Supermarkets

Poundland

British Cycling

Tangle Teezer

Mini-cam Enterprises Limited

Lookers plc

Now Healthcare Group Limited

Cardinal Maritime Limited

Zuto Holdings limited

Belle Vue aces Speedway

Countrywide

Adidas

Marks and Spencer

Corporate tax Tier 2

DWF 's 'proactive team'  is adept at handling all aspects of employee incentives and share schemes, as well as providing transactional tax advice to corporates and private equity houses on investments, restructurings, disposals and management incentives. Other areas of expertise including drafting and negotiating tax schedules. The firm also advises on real estate-related tax such as stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and advises on the construction industry scheme (CIS). Newly promoted partner James Cashman heads the team.

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

The team are extremely proactive’.

James Cashman is extremely supportive and responsive; he is easy to work with, is technically strong in his subject matter and represents the firm very well in client meetings’.

There are not many tax professionals in the legal market in the North West, James Cashman is therefore uniquely placed to provide both tax and legal advice to clients’.

Key clients

Inflexion Private Equity

Pepsico Inc

Redx Pharma PLC

Equiniti Group PLC

LPW Technology Limited

Argon Groupe

North Edge Capital

Adidas (UK) Limited

Keywords UK Holdings Limited (Keywords Studios PLC)

Crime: fraud Tier 2

DWF 's sizeable fraud and financial crime department also draws on experts based across the firm's UK network of offices. It advises on regulatory compliance matters such as civil, criminal, cyber breach, data breach and fraud, including pension, life, occupational and insurer fraud. It also handles personal injury fraud covering motor and employers liability. Lorraine Carolan, who is based nationally, is the firm's national financial crime and fraud team head.

Testimonials

The team provides expertise on a broad range of topics, which makes it the obvious one-stop shop.

James Pinder is approachable and his advise is solid and dependable; he has a wealth of experience and expertise, and a willingness to work with clients to innovate

The team is client focused and ensures that all work and tasks required to be undertaken are done so promptly and in consultation with right experts required for the case

 

Key clients

LVFS

LV General Insurance

Aviva

NFU Mutual

QBE

Markerstudy

RSA

Insure the Box

Covea

Ageas

Energy Tier 2

DWF stands out for its experience across electricity, gas, water and renewables, nuclear, district energy and heating and battery storage projects. It acts for public and private sector clients including developers, funders and investors, on domestic and international mandates. The team also handles energy sector disputes as well as EU and competition matters in the sector. Catherine Haslam is head of solar and Andrew Symms, who is based across the Leeds and Manchester offices, handles energy sector projects.

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Key clients

ScottishPower Group (including ScottishPower Energy Retail, ScottishPower Energy Networks, ScottishPower Generation and ScottishPower Renewables)

Whitbread Group

Gildemeister energy solutions (part of the DMG Mori Group of Japan)

Vensys Energy

Essar Oil

Soventix

Canary Wharf Group

Discovery Park

United Utilities Renewable Energy

Yingli Green Energy Europe (part of Yingli Green Energy of China)

Yingli Namene Solar

Licensing Tier 2

DWF is experienced in handling licensing mandates across the food, sports, hospitality and retail sectors and the team regularly advises on matters across the UK. Senior associate David Crank who is 'very experienced' heads the team.

Key clients

Colcaster SARL Group

Battersea Power Station Project

Village Hotels

Manchester Metropolitan University

Powerleague Group

Starboard Hotels

Earlsdon Holdings

 

Transport Tier 2

DWF advises clients on regulatory transport matters and motor prosecutions. Areas of expertise include fatal rail incident and hearings before the traffic commissioner. The firm's team also advises on logistics, road haulage and cabotage. Clients sectors include government, automotive, rail, maritime and logistics.

Key clients

Booker plc

Wincanton plc

Insure-the-Box (Insurer)

Midland Metro Limited

Aviva

RSA (Insurer)

QBE (Insurer)

Morgan McLernon (part of Culina Logistics Group)

Virado Transport Limited

Banking and finance Tier 3

Operating across the firm's Liverpool and Manchester offices, the team at DWF stands out for its corporate banking expertise; it regularly acts for borrowers and lenders, and boasts a growing alternative lender client base. Public sector finance and automotive sector finance mandates are particular areas of expertise for the department. The team is headed by James Szerdy and includes Paul Brown who acts for lenders and borrowers on both public and private sector funding.

Leading individuals

Next Generation Partners

Testimonials

James Szerdy has a strong reputation in the market

Paul Brown is experienced in public sector finance matters

Key clients

National Westminster Bank/RBS

HSBC Bank

Santander UK

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

Homes and Communities Agency

Lendinvest

NextGear Capital UK

First Rand Bank

Blue Motor Finance

Lombard North Central

Nationwide Building Society

Commercial property: Manchester Tier 3

DWF provides 'timely and commercial advice'; the team is noted for its expertise across retail, hotels and leisure, public, telecoms, energy, social housing and technology sector real estate mandates, and regularly acts for occupiers, developers, public sector clients, and investment clients and funders. David Frankland is experienced in hotel and leisure sector mandates, Naveen Gupta is noted for his retail sector expertise and Catherine Haslam is experienced in telecommunications property law. Anita Gupta heads the Manchester team and Paul Inman heads the firm's North West real estate practice.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

‘The team offers a breadth of expertise and is available to deal with any specific needs.’

‘Anita Gupta delivers pro-active advice.’

‘The team works great together, and is always on hand to deal with queries promptly and with great knowledge.’

‘The team is very approachable, which is a charming strength to have compared to other firms.’

‘Rachel Lawler is brilliant in her field; she is straight talking and commercial.’

Key clients

Costa

Whitbread Plc/Premier Inn

EE Limited

The adidas Group

United Utilities

Greene King

Primus Property Group

Speedy Hire

Peel Holdings

Property litigation Tier 3

DWF is instructed by developers, investors, retailers and local authorities on property litigation cases. Alan Walker leads the North West property litigation team and is noted for his telecoms sector expertise and  Jeremy Steele is instructed by retail and investor clients. Helena Davies has joined Brabners LLP.

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Construction Tier 4

DWF handles a range of construction matters across the hotel, leisure, retail, manufacturing, industrial, commercial and housing sectors. The team is instructed by local authority clients on major regeneration projects. It offers both contentious and non-contentious expertise. Department head David Vayro, who is 'first-rate', is based in Manchester and is ably supported by associate Gemma Wilson and recently promoted senior associate Ragene Raithatha.

Leading individuals

Testimonials

‘David Vayro is a knowledgeable construction lawyer and he communicates very efficiently.’

Key clients

adidas

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Ashall Projects

M7 Real Estate

United Utilities

Manchester City Football Club

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

DWF handles contentious and non-contentious instructions and regularly acts for banks as well as accountants and agents on complex insolvency and restructuring matters. The team regularly assists directors of distressed businesses and is noted for its experience in handling administrations involving substantial property assets. Personal insolvency work is also a key area of expertise and this work is led out of the firm's Liverpool office where Katharine Lawrenson is based. In Manchester, director Julie Agnew is recommended.

Testimonials

The team stands out for its direct accessibility at relatively short notice, and for the personal interest that is shown.

Julie Agnew explains items in straight forward terms and interprets the legalese

Julie Agnew is been approachable with a style that puts people at ease

The team is pleasant to deal with and delivers a great experience

Key clients

BDO

KPMG

Dunham & Dean

The Authentic Food Company

Russell Taylor Group

Begbies Traynor

The Insolvency Service

Deloitte

Vardells

Speedy Hire

Moorfields

Mazars

DWF is the largest listed legal business in the world, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. The Company became the first Main Market Premium Listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March 2019. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness.

DWF’s stated purpose is to transform legal services through its people for its clients using its three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently. DWF aims to deliver its strategy by building long-term relationships with its clients, recruiting talented individuals to maintain a high service level culture and continually innovating in its provision of complex legal services, managed and connected services to address client needs and increase its market share.

The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including insurance; public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport.

In addition to its legal services, DWF provides a range of professional, business or consulting services, a number of which include or are enabled by technology products and solutions to its clients through its Connected Services division. This offering is complementary to the traditional legal services offered by DWF.

DWF employs over 3,200 people across 27 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In May 2019 it expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland as part of its strategic growth plans.

DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.

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