Andrew Leach > DWF > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

I am a Partner in the Commercial Litigation team and head of the Russian and CIS desk, leading a team of experts in complex and substantial cross-jurisdictional litigation and arbitration.


Partner – Dispute Resolution


My expertise spans the commercial and contractual litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution fields and I deal with complex contractual disputes, shareholder claims, corporate disputes, IT disputes and commercial agent regulation claims. I have a particular expertise in working with organisations in the oil and gas and technology sectors.

Lawyer Rankings

London > Dispute resolution > International arbitration

DWF‘s UK international arbitration team handles a significant volume of matters involving investor-state arbitrations and construction, energy and telecoms disputes. Leading the UK arbitration group, Richard Twomey‘s practice has a special focus on Pakistan, while Antony Woodhouse is an insurance sector expert, Stefan Paciorek focuses on international arbitration proceedings in the technology and energy sectors, and senior associate Natasha Gunney‘s experience includes arbitrations under the ICSID, LCIA and ICC rules. In Birmingham, Andrew Leach is Russia and CIS desk head.

London > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: mid-market

DWF‘s recent work included major fraud cases, as well as international construction, energy and telecoms disputes, and shareholder and transactional claims in the Commercial Court. Jonathan Isaacs leads the London commercial litigation team, which includes Richard Twomey, who is active in international disputes in the financial services, energy and technology sectors. Jonathan Moss is experienced in cross-border commodities, shipping and logistics-related litigation. Support at director level is provided by ‘very good‘ barrister Emma Walker and Joshua FinemanNatasha Gunney is an experienced senior associate. In Birmingham, Andrew Leach is the head of the CIS desk. Darren Kenny is a commercial fraud disputes specialist.

West Midlands > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Birmingham

(Leading individuals)

Andrew LeachDWF

DWF‘s ‘excellent international practice‘ handles a range of cross-border disputes, with a particular focus on Russia and the CIS region. The group is particularly well-known for handling cases with fraud and embezzlement elements. The ‘inventive and pragmaticAndrew Leach leads the group and is frequently instructed by ultra-high-net-worth individuals in Russia; he also counts BT, Severn Trent and Ukrainian Deposit Guarantee among his new client wins. Darren Kenny and director Ben Griffin (who has niche expertise in commercial agency issues) are other names to note for Russia and CIS region-related disputes. The group also benefits from an in-house forensic accounting team, which is particularly useful in high-value litigation, investigations and fraud disputes. Senior associate Matthew Goodwin joined from Wright Hassall LLP.