Firm Profile > DWF > Newcastle, Australia

NSW 2300

Insurance Tier 5

DWF's insurance group is led from Brisbane by the seasoned Damien van Brunschot. The team, which is part of a rapidly growing firm in Australia, has noted experience of workers' compensation with cases involving claims relating to diseases affecting mine workers and those in the construction industry. Senior practitioner Hamish Broadbent combines expertise in personal injury and insurance-related litigation in the healthcare sectors.

Practice head(s):

Damien van Brunschot

Other key lawyers:

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.

Department Name Email Telephone
Principal Lawyer, Executive Head (Melbourne) Philip Gleed +61 (3) 9657 3555
Principal Lawyer, Head of Property, Planning & Construction Scott Stewart +61 (3) 9657 3555
Principal Lawyer, Head of Litigation & Insolvency Mary Nemeth +61 (3) 9657 3555
Photo Name Position Profile
 Brian Blakemore  photo Brian Blakemore Senior Consultant
 Lee-Anne Dimmock  photo Lee-Anne Dimmock Supervising Lawyer
 Craig Doyle  photo Craig Doyle Senior Consultant
 Mark Hickey  photo Mark Hickey Chairman (Asia Pacific)
 Peter Owens  photo Peter Owens Senior Consultant
 David Reid  photo David Reid Principal Lawyer
 Brendan Tobin  photo Brendan Tobin Principal Lawyer
 Lachlan Wilson  photo Lachlan Wilson Principal Lawyer
All staff : Approx. 50