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EU and competition Tier 1
DWF's EU & competition practice, which covers state aid, contentious competition, anti merger and merger control, is led by Jonathan Branton who has particular expertise in state aid and the European Regional Development Fund. Branton, who divides his time between Leeds, Manchester and Brussels, also leads the firms central and local government sector group and heads up the firm's work for a range of clients in sectors including food, retail, real estate and the public sector.
Personal injury: defendant Tier 1
DWF's 'technically strong and vastly experienced' team has a particular focus on insurance clients, offering an extensive portfolio of services. The practice’s legal offering is enhanced by a 24/7 crisis response service, an in-house accident reconstruction engineer and a team of medical rehabilitation managers, while the firm also boasts an in-house advocacy team, forensic accountants and specialist legal costs draftsmen to provide a more rounded service to clients. In late 2018 the practice received a significant boost with the arrival of Owen Rees from DAC Beachcroft LLP.
Construction Tier 2
At DWF, Leeds-based Andrew Symms heads up the national practice, which leverages the firm's global network to advise on national and international mandates. The Leeds team has a strong energy focus and regularly acts for both purchaser and supplier side clients including contractors, developers, funders and public sector clients. Christian Hellmund focuses on renewable energy matters.
Corporate tax Tier 2
The tax team at DWF has expertise, which spans the full cycle of tax-related advice from investments to disputes. The group has a particular focus on real estate transactions, acting for local authorities and private equity firms and their management teams; it also advises on customs and excise duties, and handles private capital and family tax planning instructions. John Toon heads up the practice.
Debt recovery Tier 2
The recoveries team at DWF handles a range of debt collection work, focusing on business to business debts, for its impressive client roster, which includes large corporates, blue-chip companies and local authorities. The team is jointly led by national head of recoveries David Scottow, civil recoveries expert Kevin Feehan and James Perry, who heads up the recoveries technical team and focuses on non-standard cases.
Energy Tier 2
DWF's sector knowledge spans electricity, gas, water, renewables, district energy and heating, battery storage and nuclear projects, which it handles at a national and international level. The team also has substantial experience in issues involving electricity technologies. Construction lawyer Andrew Symms heads up the practice, which also includes Christian Hellmund, who leads the renewable energy group, and Guy Rusling, who focuses on the property elements of energy transactions.
Health and safety Tier 2
The regulatory, compliance and investigations team at DWF acts for a combination of insurers and large corporates on a range of health and safety issues. The group has particular experience in the energy, retail, education, healthcare, construction, hotels and leisure, local authority and manufacturing sectors. Paul Matthews is instructed in high-profile investigations and prosecutions and heads up the team, which includes senior associates Mark Thompson, who has particular experience in criminal defence, and Sarah Smith, who recently joined the practice from Irwin Mitchell.
Local government Tier 2
At DWF, Jonathan Branton and Colin Murray jointly lead the department as heads of public sector and local government respectively. Both divide their time between Leeds and Manchester, while Branton also spends part of his time in the firm's Brussels office as head of EU competition. While handling a broad spectrum of local government work, the group has niche strength in state aid mandates and public procurement issues as well as expertise in governance, infrastructure, real estate, planning, employment and contentious matters.
DWF advises a wide range of real estate clients, both regionally and nationally. The team, which is led by the 'technically very competent' Jim Speed, has a client list which includes developers, investment funds, house builders and public sector organisations. Andrew Flounders is a standout individual who was lead partner on a major sports development project in Leeds, while senior associate Nick Wallace is also notable for having led a number of major investment and development cases.
Associate partner Matthew Brown leads the group at DWF, which advises banks, financial institutions, shareholders, borrowers, pensions trustees, suppliers, landlords and insolvency practitioners on restructuring issues. The group has notable expertise in the retail and energy sectors.
Property litigation Tier 4
At DWF, Stephen Green heads up the practice across the North East, Yorkshire and the Midlands out of the firm's Leeds office. His work focuses on both commercial and residential landlord and tenant law, including disputes relating to service charges and dilapidations, lease renewals and repossessions.
The corporate team at DWF acts for a combination of local SMEs and national clients on a range of corporate and commercial matters. Practice head Lester Wilson handles M&A transactions, equity capital markets and private equity and venture capital instructions. Other names to note include debt finance specialist Chris Ramage and corporate tax partner John Toon.
DWF > Firm Profile
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 3,200 people across 27 key locations and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In May 2019 it expanded its international footprint by opening 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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