Firm Profile > DWF > Newcastle upon Tyne, England


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.


‘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


Newcastle United



MySale Group

Tangle Teezer


Village Hotels

Swizzels Matlow

The Co-op

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.


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

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.

Key clients

Advance Northumberland/Ascent Homes

Hanro Group

The Northumberland Estates

Newcastle College

Stockton Borough, Darlington Borough, Sunderland City Councils

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.

Key clients

Northern Gas and Power

Lidl UK

Allay (UK)

Jomast Developments

Brook Green Capital

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.

Key clients

Immotion Group plc

Polemos plc

Vibe Group Holdings

Digitalbox Group

Northern Gas and Power

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.

Key clients


Watts Water Technologies



The Automobile Association

Lambert Smith Hampton

Immotion Group

2M Group and subsidiaries

Northern Gas & Power

Learning Curve Group

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.

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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 Stephen Cairns  photo Stephen Cairns
 Jon Gould  photo Jon Gould
 Adam Heather  photo Adam Heather
 Fiona James  photo Fiona James
 Ed Meikle  photo Ed Meikle
 Kelly Pearson  photo Kelly Pearson
 Jonathan Smith  photo Jonathan Smith
 David Summerhayes  photo David Summerhayes
 Jeremy Swift  photo Jeremy Swift
 Mark Tait  photo Mark Tait
 Jemil Visram  photo Jemil Visram