Firm Profile > DWF > Birmingham, England

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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.


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


Economy Energy Trading Limited

W Nagel

Sergey Fedotov

DX Network

Jamtoff Trading Limited

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.


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



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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.

Key clients

The West Midlands Combined Authority

Crown Commercial Services

Jaguar Land Rover





Smeets Ferry

Lutz Assekuranz MaklergesmbH



TVM verzekeringen

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.

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


PepsiCo Inc

Kolbus GmBH

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.

Key clients

Horizon Nuclear Power

New River Retail

Persimmon Plc

Bloor Homes Ltd

Essar UK Ltd

West Midlands Combined Authority

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.

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

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.

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.

Key clients

Markel (UK)

Liberty International



CNA Hardy

MS Amlin

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.


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

Key clients


LV General Insurance


NFU Mutual




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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.


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







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.

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.


‘ Offers patient support and advice through difficult transactions.’

Key clients



Unity Trust Bank

Rothschild & Co

Ashall Projects

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.

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.

Key clients

Synseal Extrusions

West Midlands Combined Authority

Cook Medical Group

Healthcare at Home

PJ Chaffin

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.

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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 Derek Adamson  photo Derek Adamson
 Toby Askin  photo Toby Askin
 Alice Broadfield  photo Alice Broadfield
 Denise Brosnan  photo Denise Brosnan
 Lorraine Carolan  photo Lorraine Carolan
 Paul Donnelly  photo Paul Donnelly
 Rob Edwards  photo Rob Edwards
 David Egan  photo David Egan
 Mark Gibson  photo Mark Gibson
 Michael Green  photo Michael Green
 Nerissa Hatcher  photo Nerissa Hatcher
 Miles Hepworth  photo Miles Hepworth
 Stephen Hickling  photo Stephen Hickling
 Richard Holmes  photo Richard Holmes
 Lindsey McQueen  photo Lindsey McQueen
 Kate Meadowcroft  photo Kate Meadowcroft
 Stephen Miles  photo Stephen Miles
 Jon Stevens  photo Jon Stevens
 Roger Williams  photo Roger Williams
 Melanie Williams  photo Melanie Williams