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Described by market commentators as "blazing a trail", DWF is an award-winning legal business with a strong reputation for excellent client service and effective operational management. Recognised by the Financial Times as one of Europe's most innovative legal advisers, known for innovation in culture, strategy, technology and human resources. DWF's strategic aim is to make legal services a more powerful enabler of its clients' success going beyond expectation. There are now over 2,900 people in the DWF Group, based in 27 key locations across four continents.

As an increasingly global business, DWF has embraced the opportunity to provide clients with more than just core legal services. The business has transformed its business model with the launch of a new specialist division, connected services, which forms an umbrella for a range of businesses that complement DWF's core legal offering as well as offering stand-alone consultative services and products that help clients manage their risk, cost, time, reputation and resource.

Types of work undertaken: The business has core strengths in corporate and banking, insurance and litigation, and in-depth industry expertise in fourteen core sectors which underpin its go-to-market strategy. DWF is focused on delivering service excellence to all of its clients in the UK and internationally, which include major household names and FTSE-listed companies' such as Adidas, Aviva, Babcock, Certas Energy, DHL, Expedia, Royal Bank of Scotland, RSA, Serco, Telefonica, Virgin Trains, Whitbread and Zurich.

A growing global footprint: Building on its strong UK base, DWF has significantly expanded its global footprint over the last few years in response to growing demand from both UK and international clients in core sectors for expert legal support and a multi-jurisdiction service in key international markets.

Ireland: DWF merged with commercial law firm C & H Jefferson in late 2016, giving the firm a new base in Belfast and enabling to increase its service delivery capability to clients across the industrial, commercial, property and insurance markets.

Europe: following on from the formalisation of its Brussels presence in 2015, DWF has continued to increase its foothold across key locations in Europe. The business now has three locations in Germany; Berlin, Cologne and Munich, which offer particular expertise in energy, real estate, technology and financial services, as well as providing strategic links into the Middle East. In 2017 DWF merged with established French firm Heenan Paris, further strengthening its ability to service clients based, or with interests, in Europe. In November 2017 DWF opened its office in Milan, Italy.

Middle East: to complement the continued growth of the business's Dubai office, in February 2017 DWF announced an exclusive association in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with Harasani & Alkhamees as part of its commitment to building a first-class practice in the MENA region. In February 2018 DWF announced a license to practice in the Middle East in Qatar.

North & South America: with the acquisition of international claims firm Triton Global in early 2017, DWF gained new office locations in Chicago & Toronto, as well as bolstering its UK insurance capability. In 2018 DWF also announced an exclusive alliance with US law firm Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP.

Asia-Pac: in June 2017, DWF launched an office in Singapore to meet client demand and the rapid growth in the ASEAN region. DWF announced the launch of a new office in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, in May 2018 with the appointment of eight senior hires. This is the fifth office to open in Australia in addition to Sydney (George St), Sydney (Hunter St) Melbourne and Brisbane.

What others say about DWF: ‘International law firm of the year’ (shortlisted at the Middle East Legal Awards); ‘Most innovative use of technology’ and ‘Best client service innovation’ (shortlisted at The Lawyer Awards 2017); ‘Top 30 Employers for Working Families’ 2018; and ‘Top 100 Employers for LGBT Staff’ in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2018.

Other offices: Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Buenos Aires, Brisbane, Bristol, Brussels, Chicago, Cologne, Doha, Dubai, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Istanbul, Jeddah, Leeds, Liverpool, (London) Manchester, Melbourne, Milan, Milton Keynes, Munich, Newcastle (UK), Newcastle (NSW), Panama, Paris, Qatar, Riyadh, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto

  • Number of UK partners and directors: 315
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 1,170

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