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DWF

ONE SNOWHILL, SNOW HILL QUEENSWAY, BIRMINGHAM, B4 6GA, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work +44 (0)333 320 2220
Fax:
Fax +44 (0)333 320 4440
DX:
13051 BIRMINGHAM-1
Email:
Web:
uk.dwf.law/

Toby Askin

Tel:
Work +44 (0)3333 203 170
Email:
DWF

Work Department

I am a Partner and the National Head of the Real Estate group.

Position

Partner

Career

I specialise in property development, investment and portfolio management across all asset classes. I have a particular specialism in the retail sector, advising a variety of developers, landlords and private equity investors on a number of shopping centre, stadium and retail park schemes.


London: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

Derek Adamson, Toby Askin, Denise Brosnan and Caroline Coates are some of the senior practitioners at DWF who undertake substantial work for local authorities. Multi-disciplinary teams take on matters from the Birmingham and other offices for clients such as Newcastle City Council, Somerset County Council, Bristol City Council and the London Borough of Greenwich. The team is acting for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in connection with personal injury claims (and the public inquiry) arising from the Grenfell Tower disaster. It is also continuing to act for Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance on around 25 historic abuse claims relating to the alleged crimes that took place at a care home in Coventry.

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West Midlands: Public sector

Local government

Within: Local government

DWF predominantly focuses on liability and negligence claims and is known for its ‘quality of service’, in terms of ‘knowledge’, ‘response times’ and ‘meeting client needs’. Insurance law specialist Derek Adamson heads the team and is especially experienced in handling mesothelioma and legionnaires' disease claims. Professional negligence experts Caroline Coates and Lindsey McQueen regularly represents public sector bodies on claims. Liability claims specialist Paul Donnelly advised both Coventry City Council and Zurich Insurance together on historic abuse claims relating to Kevin Donaldson at a care home in Coventry. Fellow liability claims expert Denise Brosnan is also highly active in this sector, focusing on stress, bullying and harassment cases. Melanie Williams’ work in the space focuses on the investment and funding of development projects. Real estate specialist Toby Askin, who works between both Birmingham and London offices is also a key figure.

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West Midlands: Real estate

Commercial property: Birmingham

Within: Commercial property: Birmingham

DWF's Melanie Williams heads the firm’s hospitality group – she handles transactional and finance work, including hotel deals. Toby Askin handles a range of work concerning retail real estate. Both divide their time between London and Birmingham.

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