Firm Profile > DWF > Manchester, England

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

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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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Whalley; Graham Dagnall; Matthew Stoll

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.

Practice head(s):

Lee Norman

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Harris; Joel Heap; Nicole Burton; Claire Graham; Zoryana Jurczyszyn; Daniel Williams; Benjamin Johnson; Asima Rana; Michelle Maher

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.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Noel; Christopher King; Daniel Williams

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.

Practice head(s):

Joanne Frew; Tim Scott

Other key lawyers:

Kirsty Rogers; John Keeble; Jamie Campbell; Nigel Cousin; Jessica Jones; Sinead Donnelly

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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Steffan Groch; Vikki Woodfine; Gary Smith

Other key lawyers:

Simon Belfield; Joanne Witheford

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.

Practice head(s):

John Dorney

Other key lawyers:

Roxanne Buckley; Emily Snape

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.

Practice head(s):

Craig Chaplin; Asima Rana

Other key lawyers:

Catherine Harrison; Paul Attwood

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.

Practice head(s):

Craig Chaplin

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Whalley; James Lonsdale; Richard Meehan; Catherine Harrison

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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Other key lawyers:

James Lupton; Paul Brown; Bradley Martin; Jay Mehta

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'.

Other key lawyers:

Sinead Sheehan; Jane Smith

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Berry

Other key lawyers:

Rob McKee; Nigel Teasdale; Ian Macalister; Simon Mather; James Roden; Mark Treacher; Tom Higson; Simon Denyer; Patrick McBrien; Daren Charlton; Ian Slater; Dave Young; James Pinder; Jamie Taylor; Andrew O’Connell; Stuart Poole; Graham Smith; Carl Graham; Giles Kellner; Fiona Matthews Sarah Mir David Woolley Hannah Fitzgerald

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.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Noel; Jon Gould

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew MacLeod

Other key lawyers:

Mark Jenkyn-Jones; Paul Dally; Michael Pease; Nathan Penny-Larter; Hilary Harrison

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.

Practice head(s):

John Perez

Other key lawyers:

Daniel Fitzgerald; Ritchie Irvine; Ben Johnson; David Wood

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Rimmer; Paul Attwood; Ben Cooke

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Craig Chaplin; Jonathan Robinson; Frank Shephard; James Lonsdale

Other key lawyers:

Alasdair Outhwaite; Vicky Thomas; Darren Ormsby; Richard Meehan; Bradley Martin; Craig Chaplin; Jonathan Robinson; Frank Shephard; James Lonsdale; Lisa Stavropoulos; Stuart Crook

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.

Practice head(s):

James Cashman

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.

Practice head(s):

Lorraine Carolan

Other key lawyers:

Ritchie Irvine; Nigel Teasdale; Joel Heap; Jamie Taylor; James Pinder; Ben Johnson; James Stevens; Colin Bushell 

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Symms; Catherine Haslam; Steve Morris; Christian Hellmund; Jonathan Branton

Other key lawyers:

James Lupton

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.

Practice head(s):

David Crank

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.

Practice head(s):

Vikki Woodfine; Joanne Witheford; Lee Foulser; Nigel Teasdale; Jonathan Moss

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.

Practice head(s):

James Szerdy

Other key lawyers:

Paul Brown; Eleanor Cook; Katherine Tyas; Alasdair Mackinnon

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.

Practice head(s):

Anita Gupta

Other key lawyers:

Paul Inman; David Frankland; Naveen Gupta; Catherine Haslam; David Walton; Katherine Heywood; Rachel Lawler; Alicia Renshaw

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.

Practice head(s):

Alan Walker

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

David Vayro; Andrew Symms (Leeds)

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Finella Fogarty (London)

Other key lawyers:

Julie Agnew; Katharine Lawrenson; Amy Crighton; Heather Morris

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

Commercial litigation: Birmingham Tier 1

DWF focuses primarily on complex cross-border disputes, with a strong emphasis on Russia and the greater CIS region. 'Excellent strategist' Andrew Leach leads the team and is known for his work in handling Central Asian disputes, which often involve obtaining freezing orders. His sectors strengths include energy, manufacturing, technology and finance Also recommended is Darren Kenny, who primarily focuses on international trade-related cases.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Leach

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

DWF’s Birmingham team offers a high level of service with some very good quality partners who would thrive in the London market.’

Andrew Leach is client focused an excellent strategist, managing difficult and complex issues to achieve clients objective.’

Darren Kenny is great to work with. He is switched on, intelligent, builds excellent relationships and has a good range of experience.

Key clients

Alex Shnaider (Canada’s youngest billionaire)

Novelis GmbH (Germany)

The West Midlands Combined Authority

Toronto Stock Exchange

Uber

Economy Energy Trading Limited

W Nagel

Sergey Fedotov

DX Network

Jamtoff Trading Limited

Debt recovery Tier 1

The team at DWF, which is split between Leeds and London, 'applies a common-sense commercial attitude' to debt recovery, handling front-end collections, strategic enforcement and insolvency proceedings, as well as contested and defended litigation. Clients include a variety of major corporates, central government departments and local authorities. Debt litigation and insolvency expert David Scottow leads the national team, while the civil recovery service is led by director Kevin Feehan. The technical team is headed by director James Perry, who handles non-standard, complex cases for departmental clients.

Practice head(s):

David Scottow

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

David Scottow is extremely personable and approachable whilst retaining a practical and professional approach to dealing with clients and staff alike.

They are efficient in processing and delivering the service required.

Clients are very highly regarded and that translates across the team in terms of whomever you might speak to about specific cases.

Key clients

Anglian Water Services

Fleetcor UK

Sainsburys Supermarkets

High Court Enforcement Officers Association

Marks And Spencer Plc

Asda Stores

Otis

EU and competition Tier 1

DWF's EU & competition practice, which covers state aid, contentious competition, anti merger and merger control, is led by Jonathan Branton who has particular expertise in state aid and the European Regional Development Fund. Branton, who divides his time between Leeds, Manchester and Brussels, also leads the firms central and local government sector group and heads up the firm's work for a range of clients in sectors including food, retail, real estate and the public sector.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton

Key clients

Mexichem

Burton Foods

Hull City Council

Maven Capital Partners

Birmingham City Council

Dairy UK

Scarborough Council

PepsiCo

OSRAM

Leeds City Council

Wakefield Council

National Exhibition Centre

Health and safety Tier 1

DWF represents a substantial roster of big-name name clients, including Marks and Spencer, Arcadia and RSA, advising on both regulatory compliance and high-profile investigations. Manchester-based Steffan Groch leads the team nationally and is an expert in crisis management pertaining to construction, infrastructure and insurance. Dominic Watkins is a key figure and very active in retail-related investigations. Hilary Ross has a focus on the retail sector, as well as food and beverages.

Practice head(s):

Steffan Groch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Senior associate James Jevon is very knowledgeable, astute and on the ball regarding strategy.’

Key clients

Morrisons

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Marks and Spencer

Booker plc

RSA

Arcadia Group

3M

Intellectual property Tier 1

The 'extremely knowledgeable and professional' DWF advises on the full spectrum of intellectual property rights, with notable experience in the development, commercialisation and protection of brands and technology. Ed Meikle leads the team and is known for providing ‘the highest quality and quickly delivered advice' for national and multinational businesses. His team includes associate Alison Evans, who has particular expertise in the retail and consumer products sectors.

Practice head(s):

Ed Meikle

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The firm’s reaction time is always fantastic’

‘The team is quick to respond to issues and questions as and when they arise and understands that business moves fast paced’

‘They do not just offer legal advice but also offer a commercial perspective which is really useful’

‘Ed Meikle is very knowledgeable, professional and always willing to be of help. His response times for queries put his way are first class’

‘Ed Meikle is a stand out professional. Nothing is too much trouble and he provides excellent customer service’

‘Paul Attwood and Melanie Kay are also very competent lawyers whose advice has been invaluable to us’

Key clients

Panasonic

Newcastle United

Morrisons

Lidl

MySale Group

Tangle Teezer

Arriva

Village Hotels

Swizzels Matlow

The Co-op

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

DWF 'is one of the market leading defendant firms' for catastrophic injury and large loss, and also fields other specialist teams advise insurers on occupational health and industrial disease, as well as motor traffic accidents and public liability cases. The practice has particular strength in claims involving spinal injury and paralysis, amputation, fatal accidents and severe brain injury. Claire Bowler heads the international claims team and has a proven track record acting for UK and European insurers in claims of the utmost severity, including those with multi-jurisdictional elements. Graham Dickinson leads on catastrophic injury work, while John Lezemore's expertise includes 'invisible illnesses' cases, such as chronic pain claims. Recently promoted partner Rhys Sanchez is active across the full array of severe injury cases, but stands out for his depth of knowledge in complex brain injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Steven King; Claire Bowler; Graham Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

John Lezemore; Paul Greaves; Rhys Sanchez; Catherine Kober

Testimonials

‘The DWF team is fantastic: it takes on important cases, seeking to uncover insurance fraud where there is cogent evidence of it, and runs its cases in an efficient manner.’

‘It has a level of knowledge and understanding beyond compare and is known throughout the industry as leaders.’

‘One of (if not the) top firms in the defendant insurance market, a vast pool of talent with a sharp commercial mindset, capable of servicing all needs for defendant insurers.’

Some excellent individuals in personal injury litigation with a breadth of expertise in dealing with claims in all jurisdictions worldwide.’

‘Rhys Sanchez leads a very experienced and knowledgeable team which deals with serious and catastrophic work. Rhys and his team are meticulous and have a fine eye for detail.’

‘Rhys has an invaluable range of experience in dealing with both UK and cross-border disputes; he is always available when required and is commercially focused, personable and adept at putting clients at ease.’

Key clients

MS Amlin

Markerstudy

LV

First Central

Travelers

Canopius

Aviva

DLG

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

DWF has a full-service defendant personal injury practice, whose portfolio of work includes abuse claims, occupational health and industrial disease cases, as well as advice on complex policy coverage issues. The firm also has a renowned fraud practice, which is led by Lorraine Carolan, and excels in motor (credit hire, organised fraud and other areas such as fleet fraud) and casualty claims. Derek Adamson is the head of occupational health and casualty. Paul Donnelly is also highly regarded.

Practice head(s):

Derek Adamson; Lorraine Carolan

Other key lawyers:

Denise Brosnan; Paul Donnelly

Testimonials

Overall service levels are excellent‘.

I value the individualised responses I get from DWF “one size does not fit all’ and each client is dealt with in the best way that suits their needs and requirements‘.

Derek Adamson is very good on contractual liability and insurance policy wording issues‘.

Denise Brosnan  is very good on personal injury and  high-value class action disease and contamination claims. She understands the court process extremely well guiding clients through the process in a professional and user friendly way‘.

Key clients

Aviva

Markerstudy

Insure the Box

Mulsanne

Ageas

Personal injury: defendant Tier 1

DWF's 'technically strong and vastly experienced' team has a particular focus on insurance clients, offering an extensive portfolio of services. The practice’s legal offering is enhanced by a 24/7 crisis response service, an in-house accident reconstruction engineer and a team of medical rehabilitation managers, while the firm also boasts an in-house advocacy team, forensic accountants and specialist legal costs draftsmen to provide a more rounded service to clients. In late 2018 the practice received a significant boost with the arrival of Owen Rees from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

Practice head(s):

David Rogers; Richard Parker

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Other firms do not have the same extent or depth of knowledge and experience.’

‘A close-knit team operating to high standards and producing consistently good results.’

‘They are highly motivated to deliver a quality service – conscientious with an obvious pride in their work.’

‘Strong technically and strong negotiators – robust where appropriate but also commercially aware.’

‘Daniel Jordan is definitely a name to watch out for. He is professional, articulate and strong in all areas – an outstanding ambassador for the future of DWF.

‘Paul Davies is very well respected and will always go the extra mile to get a result. He is absolutely passionate about his job and always puts the client first.’

‘Paul Greaves is experienced, respected and understands client needs and always delivers excellent service.’

‘Glyn Jones is respected throughout the world of insurance for his experience, his sureness of touch and his quickness to grasp the commercial realities of any claim.’

I have done a lot of work with Richard Welsh (senior associate). He is an excellent lawyer with great litigation instincts.

Helen Elsworth

quite exceptional service provided seamlessly and always provides value for money

Key clients

Ageas

Tesco

QBE

LV

Aviva

HDI

Liberty

Gallagher Bassett

DLG

Department of Transport

Social housing Tier 1

DWF's practice advises a number of registered providers of social housing (RPs) and local government on matters including the sale of units on the open market and mixed use schemes. The group is on panels for, most notably, Homes England and Places for People Group. Lee Pickett, deputy head of the housing team, leads on social housing work and specialises in development, regeneration and investment, with clients including local authorities and RPs.

Practice head(s):

Lee Pickett

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Pearson; Phil Dunn

Testimonials

Accessible, responsive and very receptive to queries

Key clients

Homes England

Places for People Group

Riverside Group

Together Housing Group

Stockton Borough Council

Darlington Borough Council

Sunderland City Council

Transport Tier 1

DWF has expertise in both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a strong record on cross-border work. Darren Kenny leads the team and has notable strengths in handling road haulage disputes across Europe and Central Asia.

Practice head(s):

Darren Kenny

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Williams; David Egan; Ben McLeod; Ben Griffin

Key clients

The West Midlands Combined Authority

Crown Commercial Services

Jaguar Land Rover

RSA

Zurich

Morrisons

Wincanton

Smeets Ferry

Lutz Assekuranz MaklergesmbH

Serco

Booker

TVM verzekeringen

Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 2

DWF's team utilises its strong national presence to advise regional and national clients on the spectrum of real estate matters in the North East, including investment and property portfolio management; regeneration and development projects; landlord and tenant issues; and housing-related projects. Practice head Adam Heather has particular expertise in finance and funding for public and private sector real estate projects, while Lee Pickett is a housing expert.

Practice head(s):

Adam Heather

Other key lawyers:

Lee Pickett; Jonathan Smith

Key clients

Advance Northumberland/Ascent Homes

Hanro Group

The Northumberland Estates

Newcastle College

Stockton Borough, Darlington Borough, Sunderland City Councils

Construction Tier 2

At DWF, Leeds-based Andrew Symms heads up the national practice, which leverages the firm's global network to advise on national and international mandates. The Leeds team has a strong energy focus and regularly acts for both purchaser and supplier side clients including contractors, developers, funders and public sector clients. Christian Hellmund focuses on renewable energy matters.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Scottish Power

United Utilities

Babcock International Group

Doosan Power Systems SA

Wrenbridge

Whitbread Group plc

Sanef SA/Emovis

Caddick/Maple Grove

Moorfield

Royal Bank of Scotland

Gildemeister

Q-Park

Yingli Namene

Sterling Capitol

Downing Capital

adidas

Corporate tax Tier 2

The tax team at DWF has expertise, which spans the full cycle of tax-related advice from investments to disputes. The group has a particular focus on real estate transactions, acting for local authorities and private equity firms and their management teams; it also advises on customs and excise duties, and handles private capital and family tax planning instructions. John Toon heads up the practice.

Practice head(s):

John Toon

Key clients

National Pension Service of Korea

Moorfields

Assura Plc

Alumno Developments Limited

Commercial Development Projects Limited

West Lancashire MDC

Wirral BC

Redhill BC

Blackpool BC

BMB Group

Corporate tax Tier 2

Birmingham executive partner Jon Stevens is the key point of contact for DWF's regional tax practice, which operates in tandem with the firm's practitioners in its other key markets across Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds. Stevens is highly experienced in tax matters pertaining to M&A and real estate transactions and also handles complex cross-border matters, and tax litigation.

Practice head(s):

Jon Stevens

Key clients

Whitbread Group PLC

Starboard Hotels Limited

Downing LLP

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Ares Management Limited

London Luton Hotel

BPRA Property Fund LLP

Keywords Studios plc

LXI REIT PLC

PepsiCo Inc

Kolbus GmBH

Debt recovery Tier 2

The recoveries team at DWF handles a range of debt collection work, focusing on business to business debts, for its impressive client roster, which includes large corporates, blue-chip companies and local authorities. The team is jointly led by national head of recoveries David Scottow, civil recoveries expert Kevin Feehan and James Perry, who heads up the recoveries technical team and focuses on non-standard cases.

Practice head(s):

David Scottow; Kevin Feehan; James Perry

Key clients

Anglian Water Services Ltd

Fleetcor UK

Sainsburys Supermarkets Ltd

High Court Enforcement Officers Association

Controlaccount PLC

Hirestation Ltd

DX Network Services Limited

Marks And Spencer Plc

Asda Stores Ltd

Energy Tier 2

DWF's sector knowledge spans electricity, gas, water, renewables, district energy and heating, battery storage and nuclear projects, which it handles at a national and international level. The team also has substantial experience in issues involving electricity technologies. Construction lawyer Andrew Symms heads up the practice, which also includes Christian Hellmund, who leads the renewable energy group, and Guy Rusling, who focuses on the property elements of energy transactions.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Symms

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

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

Doosan Power Systems SA

Whitbread Group plc

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

Vensys Energy AG

Soventix GmbH

Canary Wharf Group plc

Aberdeenshire Council, Aberdeen City Council and Moray Council

Discovery Park Limited

United Utilities Renewable Energy Limited

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

Yingli Namene Solar

Farm Energy Partnership LLP

Quartzelec

Environment Tier 2

With particular expertise in the energy and retail sectors, DWF provides contentious and non-contentious advice to local authorities on investigations and brownfield regeneration projects, while also assisting real estate and construction clients with environment-related aspects of transactions and developments and advising corporate clients on regulatory matters. Practice head David Egan takes the lead on contentious work.

Practice head(s):

David Egan

Other key lawyers:

Simon Stuttaford

Key clients

Horizon Nuclear Power

New River Retail

Persimmon Plc

Bloor Homes Ltd

Essar UK Ltd

West Midlands Combined Authority

Health and safety Tier 2

The regulatory, compliance and investigations team at DWF acts for a combination of insurers and large corporates on a range of health and safety issues. The group has particular experience in the energy, retail, education, healthcare, construction, hotels and leisure, local authority and manufacturing sectors. Paul Matthews is instructed in high-profile investigations and prosecutions and heads up the team, which includes senior associates Mark Thompson, who has particular experience in criminal defence, and Sarah Smith, who recently joined the practice from Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):

Paul Matthews

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Paul Matthews is a good, solid health and safety lawyer.

Key clients

Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea

Electricity North West

Kwik-Fit

Chubb

Kerry Group PLC

Yorkshire Water

HDI Gerling

NFU Mutual

RSA

Local government Tier 2

At DWF, Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray jointly lead the department as heads of public sector and local government respectively. Both divide their time between Leeds and Manchester, while Branton also spends part of his time in the firm's Brussels office as head of EU competition. While handling a broad spectrum of local government work, the group has niche strength in state aid mandates and public procurement issues as well as expertise in governance, infrastructure, real estate, planning, employment and contentious matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Branton; Colin Murray

Key clients

Bradford Council

Wakefield Council

South Tyneside Council

East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City Council

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Hull City Council

Cornwall County Council

Wirral Metropolitan Council

Liverpool City Council

Lancashire County Council

Wigan Council

Conwy County Borough Council

Cheshire and Warrington LEP

West Lindsey District Council

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Wrexham County Borough Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Leeds City Council

Local government Tier 2

DWF's work in this space primarily relates to real estate and insurance matters. Real estate specialist Melanie Williams focuses on the funding and delivery of development projects, while Derek Adamson specialises in insurance law. Paul Donnelly and Denise Brosnan handle liability claims for local authorities and other local government institutions, including historical abuse and catastrophic injury cases.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Williams; Derek Adamson

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Coventry City Council

Walsall Council

Somerset County Council

Solihull Municipal Borough Council

Norfolk County Council

Leeds City Council

West Midlands Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

City of Wolverhampton Council

Cornwall Council

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Homes England

Manchester City Council

London Borough of Greenwich

Birmingham City Council & Finance Birmingham

M&A: smaller deals, up to £50m Tier 2

DWF's growing corporate practice handles transactions primarily across the retail, hospitality, corporate real estate and technology and media sectors. The team of partners are experienced in cross-border M&A and a large proportion of their matters include international aspects. DWF has been on a hiring spree, with additions including Linda Fu , who joined from Addleshaw Goddard, who heads up the firm's China-facing corporate offering. Matthew Doughty is in charge of the London corporate team, while Frank Shephard heads the national practice from the Manchester office.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Doughty; Frank Shephard

Other key lawyers:

Laurence Applegate

Testimonials

‘Practical, commercial and fast, with a ‘can do’ approach.’ 

Jay Birch is shrewd, experienced and commercial. Sophie Morris provides excellent client-orientated support

I never doubt the advice that Matthew Doughty gives me and trust his entire team to act in my best interest

Key clients

Aprirose Holdings Limited

Catalis SE

Colony NorthStar Inc.

Craven Street Capital Limited

Keywords Studios plc

Kolbus GmbH & Co. KG

LXI REIT PLC

MSX International

National Pension Service of the Republic of Korea

OSRAM Licht AG

Pepkor Europe Limited

PepsiCo, Inc.

Punter Southall Group Limited

William Martin Compliance Solutions Limited

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

DWF is experienced in acting for insurances on personal injury claims arising from fatal accidents as well as brain injuries, amputations and spinal injuries caused by workplace and road traffic accidents. Practice head Claire Gribben has expertise in handling claims arising from flawed products, public liability and industrial diseases including asbestosis. The firm assists with both litigations and pre-litigation settlements.

Practice head(s):

Claire Gribben

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

DWF undertakes the full gamut of private capital work. Its team acts for business owners and entrepreneurs, as well as high net worth families with substantial UK assets. Tax planning and asset protection remain a major focus of the practice; much of the work involves multimillion pound estates. In addition, the team has extensive experience of handling complex probates which have significant tax issues. Team head Roger Williams is well regarded for his expertise in trust structuring and powers of attorneys, among other areas.

Practice head(s):

Roger Williams

Professional negligence Tier 2

DWF has successfully built strong relationships with some of the UK’s leading insurers and now has a top-class insurer client base. It offers expertise across the full range of traditional professional negligence defence work, where it acts for professionals and their insureds. It has niche expertise covering areas where professional negligence overlaps into other practice areas such as criminal law, health and safety as well as public law. Paul Chaplin leads the team.

Practice head(s):

Paul Chaplin; Kieran Walsh (Manchester)

Key clients

Markel (UK)

Liberty International

Inter-Hannover

Travelers

CNA Hardy

MS Amlin

Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 3

The team at DWF has developed a niche in defamation and reputation matters, alongside an active disputes practice which advises on matters including team moves, contracts and contentious probate. The group, which is capably led by David Summerhayes, works closely with the firm's IP and real estate litigation teams, providing clients with a wide variety of dispute resolution services.

Practice head(s):

David Summerhayes

Other key lawyers:

Alison Evans

Key clients

Northern Gas and Power

Lidl UK

Allay (UK)

Jomast Developments

Brook Green Capital

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

DWF advises a wide range of real estate clients, both regionally and nationally. The team, which is led by the 'technically very competent' Jim Speed, has a client list which includes developers, investment funds, house builders and public sector organisations. Andrew Flounders is a standout individual who was lead partner on a major sports development project in Leeds. 

Practice head(s):

Jim Speed

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Flounders; Nick Wallace

Testimonials

‘DWF gives a personal professional service – we feel very much a valued client and they understand our company.’

‘Jim Speed is technically very competent and will give a commercial view when required’

Key clients

Q-Park

Caddick Group

Moorfield Group

Hansteen

Countywide

Wykeland Group

Rivington Land

Sterling Capitol

Catella Real Estate AG

Oakgate Group

Palmer Capital Partners

Commodities disputes Tier 3

DWF handles large disputes with instructions from international traders, charterers and shipowners, as well as marine insurers. Its matters often involve piracy, theft or detention of cargo. Although its focus is primarily on shipping and insurance, the firm also handles significant cases in the commodities sphere, notably for large trading houses such as Trafigura. The firm is also known for its innovative products and cost-effective case handling methodologies, including a case-handling software product that enables traders, ship managers and insurers to contest smaller cases and track the evolution and development of each claim at every stage. The London practice, which works closely with the commodities group in Paris, frequently handles international commercial arbitrations and litigation, in both English and French, in many jurisdictions. The firm has been involved in cases stemming from high-profile incidents in Sierra Leone, Guinea, South Africa, Singapore and Malaysia.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Moss

Other key lawyers:

Antony Woodhouse; John Groome; Iftikhar Ali; Elliott Bromley; Peter Olymbios

Key clients

Trafigura Beheer BV

HDI Gerling Verzekeringen NV

Tonkolili Iron Ore (SL) Ltd

Shandong Steel

MS Amlin Marine

Travelers Marine

Willis Marine International Trade & Logistics

Cronimet Eesti Metall

Van Dalen Metals Recycling & Trading

Nimex Petroleum

Impala Terminals

Vallis Commodities

Vallis Group Limited

Targray

American Bureau of Shipping

Fusion Insurance

Chaucer Syndicates

Berkshire Hathaway

PS Maritime

Lighthouse SPA

Towergate

Trailstone

Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 3

DWF's team draws on the firm's UK-wide presence to provide clients, including major domestic and foreign corporates, with a full-service offering for corporate matters. Areas of expertise for the firm include financial services, TMT, energy and utilities and real estate. Practice head Jeremy Swift  regularly handles private equity transactions and M&A.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Swift

Other key lawyers:

Jemil Visram

Key clients

Immotion Group plc

Polemos plc

Vibe Group Holdings

Digitalbox Group

Northern Gas and Power

Crime: fraud Tier 3

DWF fields a large national fraud team that is skilled in all aspects of insurance fraud claims and financial crime. Lorraine Carolan, who leads the multi-disciplinary offering and counter-fraud team nationally, has considerable expertise in sectors such as insurance, financial risk, transport and logistics as well as retail and hospitality. Andrew Leach has a particular focus on large and complex international cases involving fraud while Miles Hepworth has extensive experience in counter fraud and claims validation.

Practice head(s):

Lorraine Carolan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is skilled at defending commercial clients against fraudulently pursued civil claims‘.

Key clients

LVFS

LV General Insurance

Aviva

NFU Mutual

QBE

Markerstudy

RSA

Insure the Box

Covea

Ageas

Employment Tier 3

DWF’s practice is led by senior associate Stephen Cairns, who specialises in advice to public and private sector employers on complex HR processes and tribunal claims. Associate Seema Ahmed joined the team from Short Richardson & Forth in 2019. She brings litigation experience, notably in tribunal cases as well as equal pay and union disputes.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Cairns

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Ipsos

Watts Water Technologies

Q-Park

Yodel

The Automobile Association

Lambert Smith Hampton

Immotion Group

2M Group and subsidiaries

Northern Gas & Power

Learning Curve Group

Equity capital markets – small-mid cap Tier 3

DWF has been involved in a number of standout placing and IPO mandates in 2018–2019, not least of which included assisting with its own main market IPO, making it the only legal business listed on London's Main Market. Headed by Frank Shephard, who splits his time between London and Manchester, the corporate group acts for a host of nomads, brokers and investment banks and also has experience acting for corporate issuers, particularly in the technology sector. Also of note, the firm recently launched two legal technology products, which can be used specifically for managing IPOs, fundraisings and takeover transactions. Matthew Doughty leads the firm's ECM practice group.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Doughty; Frank Shephard

Other key lawyers:

Lisa Stavropoulos; Jeremy Swift

Key clients

Joh. Berenberg, Gossler & Co. KG (Berenberg Bank)

finnCap Ltd

Zeus Capital Limited

Immotion Group plc

Mercantile Ports & Logistics Limited

Tatton Asset Management plc

Cloudcall Group plc

Learning Technologies plc

Erris Resources plc

Plant Healthcare plc

Liberum Capital Limited

Nplus1 Singer Advisory LLP

PSC Insurance Group

Grant Thornton UK LLP

Polemos plc

Health and safety Tier 3

DWF generates a steady flow of work from insurers and large corporates in relation to prosecutions involving corporate manslaughter and safety offences. The team has a notable specialism in contentious health and safety work, but it also provides non-contentious advice to clients, which includes assisting with the restructuring of internal compliance systems following an incident. David Egan heads up the team in Birmingham.

Practice head(s):

David Egan

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Depledge; Simon Naylor

Testimonials

The size, experience and flexibility of the team means that it can service projects of any size and complexity‘.

David Egan is a very good strategist. He gets a good overview of the case quickly and drives it forward in the right direction‘.

David Egan is super‘.

Key clients

MAC Skip Hire

QBE

Chubb

Zurich

Covea

Allianz

RSA

NFU Mutual

Maxi Haulage

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 3

The majority of DWF's work revolves around real estate finance restructuring and insolvency. Richard Holmes is the key member of the practice, regularly advising insolvency practitioners, receivers, owner-managed businesses and creditors insolvency and security matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Holmes

Insurance and reinsurance litigation Tier 3

With growing capabilities in the marine and energy sectors, DWF handles reinsurance, coverage, liability, personal injury and property damage claims. David Abbott, who was promoted to co-head of the team after joining from Clyde & Co LLP in November 2018, specialises in trade and political risk, credit insurance and reinsurance, while John Groome covers product liability, casualty and property work and Jonathan Moss focuses on marine, trade and energy matters. Antony Woodhouse regularly handles disputes with a cross-border element.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Moss; John Groome; David Abbott

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is flexible, fast, and watches out for any details

The firm is unarguably good

Key clients

ACE New York

Generali and Generali IARD (France)

Zurich Corporate Global

Novae Syndicates Ltd

Markel International Insurance Corporation Limited and Markel Syndicate 3000

QBE

HDI-Gerling

Canopius Group Limited

The American P&I Club

Dual Underwriting

Local government Tier 3

Mark Whittaker and Perry Hill head a practice at DWF that handles a wide range of contentious cases for county and district councils and London boroughs where councils' liability is in issue. The claims range from personal injuries and professional negligence, to human rights and privacy breaches, and may relate to decisions in areas such as construction projects. The team is skilled in dealing with the insurance aspects of such claims together with the  establishment of insurance-based funds. Caroline Sanders  is also a noted team member for this work.

Practice head(s):

Mark Whittaker; Perry Hill

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They go the extra mile to deliver an excellent service to their clients and take time to really understand their client’s point of view and make sure they are happy with how a case is progressing.’

We trust who is appointed to deal with a case and know that the service will be of excellent quality and know that your case is in safe hands.’

Special mention goes to Caroline Sanders and her team who go above and beyond to delivery a good quality service.’

Key clients

Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Westminster City Council

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Sutton

Surrey County Council

Brighton and Hove Council

Somerset County Council

London Borough of Ealing

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

Recent highlights for DWF’s team of pensions litigators include representing scheme sponsors and regulatory bodies before the European courts in matters concerning high-value equalisation matters and PPF compensation limit challenges. Amanda Banister - 'an expert in her field' - leverages her extensive regulatory knowledge to advise on PPF assessment periods and Pensions Ombudsman disputes, while also acting in a broad range of rectification proceedings, professional negligence claims and contentious scheme closures.

Practice head(s):

Tim Green; Joel Heap

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is extremely knowledgeable of the subject matter, with the relevant experience to draw on and a great style of delivery

Solutions focused with the client’s objectives always in mind

Amanda Banister has a great leadership style and is a specialist and expert in her field. Extremely impressive

Tim Green and Joel Heap are excellent at understanding their client’s needs

Provides technical knowledge on high-profile cases

A high-energy, high-class team that has built an impressive case record in a relatively short period of time

Tim Green is a stand-out individual

Lucinda Burgoine always produces high-quality work

Tim Green is a very bright lawyer, extremely commercial and great to work with

A delight to work with, bringing a sharp intellect and a strongly collaborative style of working to every project. This practice an only go from strength to strength

Key clients

WM Morrisons

Safeway

Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Entrust Pensions Limited

Bentley Motors Limited

Princes

Trustees of the Nottingham City Transport Pension Fund

Allegion Pension Scheme Trustees

Trustee of the CNA Pension Plan

Representative beneficiary of the Nomura Pension Plan

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The commercially focused practice of DWF is led by private capital and high-net-worth individuals specialist Jon Gould. His team has notable experience in tax and corporate advice, as well as complex, cross-border probates and asset protection. Associate Laura Murphy has particular expertise in wills and administration of estate work.

Practice head(s):

Jon Gould

Other key lawyers:

Product liability: defendant Tier 3

Acting for insureds and insurers alike, DWF provides its clients with seamless support across Europe, Africa and Asia. The team includes various industry specialists: David Kidman is knowledgeable in the life sciences sector while Bristol-based Peter Barnes focuses on the aviation, automotive, engineering and construction industries. Dominic Watkins is noted for his expertise in technical food law compliance work and food litigation. John Groome acts for insurers and reinsurers in casualty coverage and product liability claims. Hilary Ross is well versed in regulated industries, where she advises on the compliance of products, systems and safety across the EU. Senior associate Tom Mungovan has strong technical expertise in chemical and medical issues.

Practice head(s):

David Kidman; Dominic Watkins

Testimonials

The team handles the most complex, sensitive cases with exceptional skill and good judgement.’

The DWF group provides good, reliable coverage advice. The lawyers are very approachable and experienced.’

David Kidman handles sensitive, often high-profile cases with rare skill. He combines his exceptional legal knowledge with good judgement and commercial sense.’

John Groome has significant knowledge of US laws and coverage and product liability.

Key clients

RSA Insurance Group

QBE

Aviva

Chubb

HDI Global

Zurich

Travelers Insurance Company

MS Amlin

Direct Line Group

Newline Group

Pepsico

Marks & Spencer

2 Sisters Food Group

Morrisons

Chivas Brothers

Weight Watchers

Whitbread Group

Red Bull

Ferrero

WSH Group

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Tokio Marine Kiln

Pret A Manger

John Lewis Partnership

Professional negligence Tier 3

DWF is experienced in investigating, defending and settling professional negligence claims made against professionals and their firms. Practice head Simon Mason, who ‘provides first-class service’, advises on policy disputes and regularly defends claims against accountants, actuaries, insurance brokers and legal practitioners as well as surveyors, estate agents and construction professionals. The firm also has a particular expertise in technical and professional indemnity matters.

Practice head(s):

Simon Mason

Other key lawyers:

Bristol

Testimonials

The practice is very dynamic and forward-looking. It does the technical work very well and is always looking to develop opportunities in other areas and make use of technology and innovative solutions.

The practice has in-depth strength in handling complex high value claims.

The team is bright, responsive, practical and personable.

Simon Mason is very approachable, knowledgeable and above all, friendly. He is only too happy to go out of his way to provide support and assistance.

Professional negligence Tier 3

DWF acts for a raft of the UK’s largest general professional indemnity insurers and syndicates and handles a raft of construction, engineering, legal, financial and insurance sector claims. The firm offers an integrated service to professional indemnity insurers which includes claims handling (DWF Claims), legal defence (DWF) and loss adjusting (DWF Adjusting). It represented a professional indemnity insurer on a £3.4m coverage dispute relating to SRA minimum terms involving the first consideration of dishonesty. Peter Sewell and Eileen Pathiraja recently joined Beale & CoPeter Campion  joined Caytons Law; Tim Barr joined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP; Andrew Davis has retired; and Simon Gildener also departed the firm.

Practice head(s):

John Bennett; Harriet Quiney; Mark Klimt

Other key lawyers:

Sheona Wood; John Groome; Michael Robin; Joanne Staphnill; Jonathan Hyde; Joanna Batchelor; Tom Mungovan; Helen Smith; Ruth Lane

Testimonials

The team is comprised of highly intelligent, commercial and experienced  lawyers.

John Bennett is excellent.

The team is strong on volume work.

Banking and finance Tier 4

The 'pragmatic' team at DWF has a strong focus on real estate finance and advises lenders and borrowers on the refinancing of portfolios, the acquisition of properties and the funding of developments. Practice head Richard Holmes was promoted to partner in January 2019.

Practice head(s):

Richard Holmes

Other key lawyers:

Alice Broadfield

Testimonials

‘ Offers patient support and advice through difficult transactions.’

Key clients

LendInvest

ICICI Bank UK

Unity Trust Bank

Rothschild & Co

Ashall Projects

Commercial property: hotels and leisure Tier 4

DWF’s hospitality team has notable expertise in the establishment and structuring of real estate funds and SPVs for the purpose of hotel acquisitions and related hospitality development projects. The practice, which is active on matters across the globe, undertakes all aspects of subsequent investment transactions through to sales and leasebacks. Licensing and regulatory work is integral to the group as it advises hotels, restaurants, public houses and events on the full breadth of relevant issues. Richard Birks heads the overall real estate department which also represents both private and public sector clients on forward funding projects, regeneration works and the management of property across all asset classes. Andrew Edwards, a new arrival from Greenberg Traurig, LLP, has added experience of acting for institutions, fund managers, private equity houses and corporate occupiers.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Williams

Testimonials

‘The team offers sound and considered advice, within agreed time frames and budgets.’

‘Mark Shepherd is not only a proactive, practical and good lawyer, he’s a thoroughly nice guy. He is exceptionally accessible and responsive, and offers helpful advice’.

‘The team are highly responsive, provide solutions and exceptionally accessible.’

‘Mark Shepherd is a pleasure to work with. He provides solutions when issues arise, and is always available and accessible.’

Key clients

Whitbread plc (Premier Inn, Costa etc.)

Bridgestreet Global Hospitality

Starboard Hotels

Berkeley Square Developments

Greene King

LadbrokesCoral

Maven Capital Partners

Coutts & Co

Village Hotels

Corporate and commercial: Birmingham Tier 4

DWF 's small Birmingham corporate team is led by Mark Gibson . The team works closely with other DWF offices, in particular those in Manchester and Liverpool, as well as London. Its client-base includes FTSE 250-listed UK corporates and financial institutions as well as handling work from the US, Russia and the CEE. Gibson has extensive experience in handling M&A, disposals and management buy outs. The sectors he is most active in include hospitality, healthcare, technology and financial services.

Practice head(s):

Mark Gibson

Key clients

Park Holidays UK

Acenta Steel Limited

OGL Computer Services Group

Portal Limited

Aspen Healthcare

Profab Access Limited

Starboard Hotels Limited

CST Pharma Limited

Novelis Inc

Employment Tier 4

Kate Meadowcroft is the new head of the team at DWF, following the departure of former head Hannah Robbins for an in-house position at HSBC. In addition to having a strong retail client base, the firm has continued to develop its expertise in healthcare work, and acts for an extensive range of healthcare providers and social care providers. Meadowcroft predominantly advises on non-contentious matters, and has particular expertise in large-scale change management projects and collective consultation programmes.

Practice head(s):

Kate Meadowcroft

Key clients

Synseal Extrusions

West Midlands Combined Authority

Cook Medical Group

Healthcare at Home

PJ Chaffin

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 4

Associate partner Matthew Brown leads the group at DWF, which advises banks, financial institutions, shareholders, borrowers, pensions trustees, suppliers, landlords and insolvency practitioners on restructuring issues. The group has notable expertise in the retail and energy sectors.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Brown

Professional discipline Tier 4

DWF 'has strength in depth across many sectors'. The practice regularly defends professionals across a number of sectors, including medical, legal, actuarial, accountancy and financial services. Regulatory partner Richard Burger was recently hired from RPC; he represents clients under investigation by the FRC and Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Tracy Sell-Peters frequently defends doctors and other healthcare practitioners whose registration is called into question by the GMC and other healthcare regulatory bodies.

Practice head(s):

Tracy Sell-Peters; Richard Burger

Testimonials

Being a large firm, it is well able to support its professional discipline practice‘.

Richard Burger has an encyclopaedic knowledge of financial services and regulatory law as well as a wealth of experience‘.

Tracy Sell-Peters is extremely thorough, professional and makes sure she is available for telephone consultation at all times, including evenings and weekends‘.

Key clients

DAS

Abbey Legal

MDU

Property litigation Tier 4

At DWF, Stephen Green heads up the practice across the North East, Yorkshire and the Midlands out of the firm's Leeds office. His work focuses on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant law, including disputes relating to service charges and dilapidations, lease renewals and repossessions.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Green

Commercial property: Birmingham Tier 5

Melanie Williams, who is also the head of DWF 's hospitality group, leads the real estate team alongside retail sector specialist Toby Askin. The practice advises developers, landlords and private equity investors on property development, investment, portfolio management as well as funding and property tax-driven transactions.

Practice head(s):

Melanie Williams; Toby Askin

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

The corporate team at DWF acts for a combination of local SMEs and national clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Practice head Lester Wilson handles M&A transactions, equity capital markets and private equity and venture capital instructions. Other names to note include debt finance specialist Chris Ramage and corporate tax partner John Toon.

Practice head(s):

Lester Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Fraud: civil Tier 5

DWF's fraud team was established following practice head Richard Twomey's arrival from Pinsent Masons LLP in April 2017. With the assistance of the firm's forensic accounting, intelligence and forensic IT teams, the practice advises on physical and procedural controls, and offers software development that identifies fraudulent activity. Areas of expertise include consequences of fraud, asset recovery and defending allegations of fraud. The team also has complementary skills in employment, data protection, regulatory, criminal and insurance law. The practice has expanded recently, with Naomi Pryde joining from Dentons and senior associate Sarah Smith joining from Irwin Mitchell.

Practice head(s):

Richard Twomey

Other key lawyers:

Naomi Pryde; Sarah Smith; Andy Leach; Lorraine Carolan; Joshua Fineman; Ben Johnson; Darren Kenny

Testimonials

‘Richard Twomey is a very experienced, intelligent, thoughtful, resourceful, creative and diligent litigation solicitor’.

‘The team is multi-skilled, has extensive experience in the sector and takes a pragmatic approach, thinking outside the box’. 

‘Able to clearly articulate risks and options and not afraid to take a different approach when needed’.

‘They are fantastic at client management and know what the strengths and weaknesses are’.

‘Joshua Fineman is a very hardworking individual, who is incredibly committed to his clients’.

Key clients

 

Jamtoff Trading Limited

Sergey Fedotov

Insurance: corporate and regulatory Tier 5

The team at DWF is led by Richard Burger, who joined from RPC in late 2018 and is now head of financial services regulatory investigations at the firm. Burger, who previously worked at the Financial Services Authority and also carried out a secondment as head of compliance for a London market insurer, works with head of financial services regulatory Robbie Constance, who also joined from RPC in 2018 and who has a particular focus on insurance-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Richard Burger

Other key lawyers:

Property finance Tier 5

DWF's 'commercial' team is noted for advising institutional lenders, as well as an increasing number of new, non-bank lenders. The team assists with acquisition and development finance, refinancing and restructuring, and has expertise in healthcare, hotels and data centres. The firm saw a number of departures in early 2019, with Christian Francis and Iain Thomas moving to Fieldfisher and John Fox retiring, but was joined by Brendan Slack from Dentons, who brings expertise in the financing of technology and energy assets. The 'on-the-ballSimon Elphick and head of banking Iain Shurwood lead the practice alongside Slack.

Practice head(s):

Iain Shurwood; Brendan Slack; Simon Elphick

Testimonials

The team demonstrates a helpful and commercial approach, with good communication.

Simon Elphick is particularly good at reviewing the options with us and has a strong in-depth knowledge of our requirements. Also, he is willing to provide informal assistance ahead of instructions which is valuable.

The team offers professional, timely, cost-effective property advice.’

Simon Elphick is an outstanding property lawyer who provides thoughtful, effective, timely advice.

Access to partners at DWF is exceptional – they have great knowledge and risk awareness but at the same time are practical in their conclusions.

Simon Elphick is a top-rate real estate lawyer with an excellent grasp of commercial principles.

Key clients

The Royal Bank of Scotland plc

NatWest

Coutts

The Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited

Santander UK plc

Lloyds Banking Group/BoS

Barclays Bank plc

HSBC Bank plc

Secure Trust Bank

Fortwell Capital Limited

Clydesdale

Unity Trust Bank

Rothschild & Co

Shipping Tier 5

DWF's shipping and commodities offering is 'relatively small but is capable of delivering an excellent service'. It acts for marine insurers, ship owners and charterers on a range of disputes, often involving piracy, theft or cargo detention issues. The team is best known for its international arbitration expertise and it handles cross-border disputes involving ports, terminals cargo contamination, fires, explosions and casualties. It is advising the ship owners in a dispute concerning an arrest of a livestock vessel in Chile. The team is increasingly handling non-contentious mandates and is engaged on M&A transactions, charterparty contracts and crew agreements.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Moss

Other key lawyers:

Elliott Bromley; Radhika Ruparelia; Laura Segger

Testimonials

‘One of the strengths of the team is that the lawyers are commercially minded and really focus on practical solutions for the dispute.’

Jonathan Moss listens to his client’s needs and takes a pragmatic and commercial approach to litigation.’

Key clients

HDI Gerling Verzekeringen NV

American Bureau of Shipping

Travelers Marine

Serco Marine Services

Willis Marine International Trade & Logistics

Cronimet Eesti Metall

Van Dalen Metals Recycling & Trading

MS Amlin Marine

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd (‘CMAL’)

Lighthouse (SPA)

Edra Energy Bhd

Tonkolili Iron Ore (SL)

Kwik-Fit (GB)

Stapleton’s (Tyre Services)

The American Club

Dual

Vallis Commodities

Fusion Insurance

Employment: employers Tier 6

DWF advises employers across a range of sectors including banking, insurance, education and professional services on issues ranging from large-scale redundancies, independent investigations and inquiries, multijurisdictional HR projects and executive recruitment and terminations. ‘Top-class’ practice head Helga Breen also has expertise in outsourcing arrangements, compliance audits and issues surrounding self-employed contractors.

Practice head(s):

Helga Breen

Key clients

British Medical Association

PepsiCo UK & Ireland

Sony Pictures Entertainment

Endeavour Mining

China Unicom

Brown Shipley & Co

Token Group

Cherry Pie Music

Guidepoint Global UK

World Gold Council

Sandhills East

ADG Market Making

Chesterfield Insurance Brokers

Places for People Leisure

Punter Southall Group

Commercial litigation Tier 7

DWF is 'accessible, knowledgeable and meets deadlines'.  The London office is particularly focused on disputes involving retail and international trade, commerce, banking and finance, technology, and energy. Jonathan Isaacs has a particular interest in High Court commercial contract, corporate and boardroom disputes, and Richard Twomey has a strong track record in dealing with international disputes. Joshua Fineman is the senior associate to note.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Isaacs; Richard Twomey

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Jonathan Isaacs is personable and provides a good balance of legal advice together with good common sense – he understands the bigger picture‘.

Senior associate Joshua Fineman is a very hardworking individual, who is incredibly committed to clients‘.

Key clients

Kompaktwerk

Jamtoff Trading

Highland Estates

Western International Market

Arcadia Group

Rathore Group

International arbitration Tier 7

Most of DWF's international arbitration work is in the insurance, maritime and commodities, technology and natural resource sectors; the practice, which is 'hands on, efficient and client friendly', is also active in Russia and CIS-related matters. The principal London-based advisers are Richard TwomeyStefan Paciorek and Jonathan Moss.

Practice head(s):

Richard Twomey; Oliver Bolthausen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Richard Twomey is an excellent solicitor, who is a hard worker and involved in major arbitrations‘.

Key clients

Trafigura

Travel

DWF is engaged on international travel injury claims for insurer clients and is particularly noted for its expertise in jurisdiction and applicable law issues. The team represented a German insurer on complex applicable law arguments in the UK arising from a fatal road traffic accident in Germany. International insurance claims expert Sara-Jane Eaton and Claire Bowler, who is experienced in high-value claims involving motor accidents abroad, head the team.

Practice head(s):

Sara-Jane Eaton; Claire Bowler

Other key lawyers:

Graham Dickinson; Steven King; Rhys Sanchez

Key clients

Generali

Van Ameyde (UK)

MS Amlin

Hastings Direct

QBE

RSA

The Markerstudy Group

Travelers

LV=

HDI Global

Mannheimer Versicherung AG

Wuerttemburgische  Versicherung AG

Zurich Rechtschutzversicherung AG

Guardian General Insurance

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 4,300 people across 33 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 it expanded its international footprint by acquiring RCD in Spain, opening a new office in Dusseldorf in Germany, as well as 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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