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DWF
2 Dublin Landings
North Wall Quay, North Dock Dublin
Dublin, D1
Ireland

Ireland > Commercial, corporate and M&A Tier 3

DWF has extensive domestic and cross-border deal experience, including transactions involving US and European entities. It is noted for its expertise in energy and resources, healthcare and life sciences, and technology deals, though it has broad sectoral experience. Private equity is another area of strength. Ross Little is now an established name in the market and Edon Byrnes is gaining further recognition.

Practice head(s):

Ross Little

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Great group of staff with a unique attention to detail.’

‘Personal contact focused on detail and delivery, giving measured advice.’

‘Edon Byrnes is exceptional at following through on work engagements’

‘Ross Little as relationship partner is always keen to explore our objectives and gives clear direction in engaging the team best suited to us as clients, and monitors progress of the tasks to achieve our ultimate goals with sound advice.’

Key clients

eEnergy Group plc

Pangaea/Cartesian Capital

The Brindley Manor Federation of Nursing Homes Limited

CentralNic Group PLC

Industrial Water Management Limited

Envirochemie / SKion

MHI Modern Homes DAC

Go1 Pty Ltd

Calor Teoranta

Neogen Corporation

Vilicom Group

Work highlights

  • Advised NASDAQ listed global food safety company, Neogen Corporation, on its acquisition of Megazyme.
  • Acted for Pangaea/Cartesian Capital on the $215m disposal of its shareholding in Aqua Comms DAC.
  • Advised the shareholders of Industrial Water Management on its sale to German PE backed EnviroChemie

Ireland > Insurance Tier 3

DWF specialises in professional indemnity, especially financial lines and construction cases. Employer's liability, public liability and product liability are also areas of expertise. The firm represents a wide range of insurers and insureds. Daniel Scanlon has extensive domestic and international experience, with a particularly strong record in professional indemnity claims in the construction sector. Lorna McAuliffe and Adrian Flynn are also experienced members of the team.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Scanlon; Lorna McAuliffe; Adrian Flynn

Other key lawyers:

Sinead Ryan

Testimonials

‘Strong team, client driven.’

‘Tenacious and extremely supportive as well as very experienced and knowledgeable.’

‘Fast, approachable, obliging, pragmatic, efficient and realistic.’

‘In a jurisdiction that is foreign to us, Sinead Ryan expertly explains the issues and the differences that we might see, enabling us to make the correct decisions in a timely manner.’

Key clients

AXIS Specialty Europe

CFC

QBE

Van Ameyde

Square Mile Underwriting

Aspen Insurance

Phoenix Liability Services

Pen

Hiscox

Chubb

AXA XL / Catlin

Sompo

DHL

QIC (Europe) Limited

Newline Group

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE

TMHCC

Liberty

Starr International (Europe) Limited

Ireland > Employment Tier 5

DWF’s employment team assists with matters including whistleblowing, protected disclosures, internal workplace investigations, disciplinary proceedings, and bullying and harassment. In recent work, it has also advised on Covid-19 related-matters, namely concerning the government's Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and collective redundancies. The practice is led by Dermot Casserly, who represents clients active in the public, financial services, manufacturing and engineering sectors.

Practice head(s):

Testimonials

‘DWF are quick to respond, but will still take a measured and considered approach to advice. They are supportive through longer assignments and take time to advise/explain process and potential outcomes and always commercially aware.’

‘Dermot Casserly is always on hand to address queries as they immediately arise. He will appoint the right team and skill mix to address any issue.’

Key clients

GEA Process Technologies Limited

Hiscox SA

RSM Ireland

Allvotec

BNP Paribas

Wolters Kluwer

Allianz Insurance Plc

DAS legal Expense Insurance Company Limited

Beam Suntory UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised a senior executive at a top accountancy firm on an amicable exit from employment and negotiated favourable settlement terms.
  • Advised a multinational logistics company on a complex restructuring involving certain roles in Ireland moving to Northern Ireland.
  • Advised a leading manufacturing business on the setting up of a centre of excellence in Ireland for its IT function with the result that local employees in other jurisdictions were offered roles in Ireland on new terms or offered redundancy. Also considered application of TUPE Regulations.

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 4,000 people across 31 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In 2019 and 2020 DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain 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.

PhotoNamePositionProfile
Louis Burke photo Louis BurkePartner
Edon Byrnes photo Edon ByrnesPartner
Dermot Casserly photo Dermot CasserlyPartner, Head of Employment (Ireland)
Eimear Collins photo Eimear CollinsExecutive Partner (Dublin)
Adrian Flynn photo Adrian FlynnPartner
Aidan Leonard photo Aidan LeonardClaims Director – Ireland, Special Purpose Fund Manager
Lorna McAuliffe photo Lorna McAuliffePartner
Michael Neary photo Michael NearyPartner, Head of Real Estate (Dublin)
Sinead Ryan photo Sinead RyanDirector
Daniel Scanlon photo Daniel ScanlonPartner
Chris Wheeler photo Chris WheelerPartner

Email: enquiries@dwf.law Website: www.dwfgroup.com Tel: 0333 320 2220

The firm: DWF is a listed legal business 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 strategy is to offer clients an integrated legal management approach through three streamlined and efficient global divisions of Legal Advisory, Mindcrest and Connected Services.

Legal Advisory is DWF’s traditional law firm arm. The division provides commercial intelligence and deep sectoral experience to deliver premium legal advice to clients.

Mindcrest is an established and well-known brand that provides outsourced and process-led legal services through which DWF standardises, systematises, scales, and optimises legal work.

Connected Services is DWF’s collection of products and business services that enhance the Group’s legal offerings. The division complements the Legal Advisory and Mindcrest teams through the provision of non-legal services such as claims management, costs and regulatory consulting.

Together, the three divisions support DWF’s single Integrated Legal Management approach through which DWF seamlessly combines any number of these services to deliver bespoke solutions to its clients with efficiency, price certainty and transparency. This approach enables DWF to offer solutions that combine traditional law firm services with new, modern legal and business services relevant to today’s companies, and the challenges and opportunities they face.

DWF employs over 4,000 people across 30 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand.

In 2019 and 2020, DWF expanded its international footprint by opening a new office in Warsaw, Poland and acquired Mindcrest Inc. to establish offices in Chicago and New York, USA, and Pune, India. DWF also acquired RCD in Spain and now has offices in Barcelona, Madrid and Valencia, Spain 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.

Practice area contacts
Legal advisory: Paul Rimmer
Mindcrest: Mark Qualter
Connected services: Jason Ford
Public sector: Jonathan Branton
Energy: Slava Kiryushin
Financial services: Robbie Constance
Retail, food and hospitality: Dominic Watkins
Technology: Stewart Room
Transport: Jonathan Moss
Insurance: Claire Bowler
Real estate: Melanie Williams

International offices: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Qatar, Poland, Spain, UAE, USA

*Hong Kong, *USA, *Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, *Singapore, *Turkey, *South Africa, *Portugal,
* Associations

Chairman: Jonathan Bloomer
Managing partner and DWF Group CEO: Sir Nigel Knowles
Number of UK partners: c. 230
Number of qualified lawyers in the UK: c. 905

UK offices
Belfast: 42 Queen Street, BT1 6HL
Tel: 028 9023 0230 Fax: 028 9024 4644

Birmingham: One Snowhill, Snow Hill Queensway, B4 6GA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Bristol: DWF, Redcliff Quay, 120 Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6HU
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Edinburgh: No. 2 Lochrin Square, 96 Fountainbridge, EH3 9QA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Glasgow: 103 Waterloo Street, Glasgow, G2 7BW
Tel: 0141 228 8000 Fax: 0141 228 8310

Leeds: Bridgewater Place, Water Lane, LS11 5DY
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Liverpool: 5 St Paul’s Square, Old Hall Street, L3 9AE
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

London: 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3AG
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Manchester: 1 Scott Place, 2 Hardman Street, M3 3AA
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440

Newcastle: 2nd Floor Central Square South, Orchard Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 3AZ
Tel: 0333 320 2220 Fax: 0333 320 4440


At DWF we are proud of our reputation as a supportive and inclusive employer. We aim to be an employer of choice to talent across generations and life stages by providing interventions that advance social inclusion and enable our colleagues to balance their work lives, while providing the development opportunities to enjoy fulfilling and rewarding careers. As a responsible business and force for good in society, we embed our culture and values at the heart of everything we do, recognising that our people not only want a great place to work, but take pride in creating it.

Our Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2020 sets out how we will make diversity & inclusion truly part of the way we do business. The global strategy is driven by a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Group comprised of 39 senior leaders and supported by a growing network of diversity champions. We have identified six priority strands integral to improving inclusion in our workplace, these are: Gender, LGBT+, Disability, Agile Working, Race & Ethnicity and Age. Our Executive Sponsors for each strand serve as visible advocates to help advance the understanding of diversity & inclusion in DWF and beyond.

DWF has taken a number of tangible steps towards attracting, supporting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce:   

  • The business has been ranked in the Top 100 of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2019 as well as a Stonewall Global Champion.
  • Our partnership with Everywoman, which provides a global network of development resources, advice and inspiration for women at DWF, has enabled us to support the career progression of women into senior roles.
  • We’re a Top 30 Employer for Working Families and recognised as a business that has integrated agile working into our organisational strategy and culture.
  • The first legal business to achieve Clear Assured status and we are a Disability Confident Leader. Our inclusive recruitment practices have helped us identify and remove barriers that have the potential to exclude disabled talent.
  • We are a member of The Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (ENEI) and in 2018, we were one of only five organisations to achieve Gold Standard in TIDE, the ENEI evaluation and benchmarking tool which measures a business’s approach to diversity and inclusion in its workforce, leadership and strategy.
  • Proud to use Rare Recruitment’s Contextual Recruitment System which allows us to consider academic achievements in the context in which they were gained.
  • We are a Living Wage Employer and a signatory of both the UN Global Compact and the UN’s Women Empowerment Principles.

Our affinity networks, open to all, provide colleagues with an opportunity to become meaningfully involved in developing and driving our diversity initiatives and programmes. Our networks include: Out Front (our LGBT+ Network), This is Me (Our Gender Network), Race & Ethnicity, Carers, Working Families, Agile Working, Disability and Age. The Networks host educational and social events internally and with our clients.