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            DWF Advocacy

            DWF Advocacy is an expert, quality, streamlined advocacy service, operating as an alternative to the external Bar and traditional chambers - saving you money and making communication easier.

            DWF Advocacy

            Operating much like an in-house set of chambers, with a dedicated clerking team, DWF’s barristers and advocates understand that getting the best results from advocacy relies on specialist understanding and up-to-the-minute experience. That’s why DWF Advocacy is separated into sub teams, drawing together experts in Commercial, International Arbitration, Motor Fraud, Occupational Health & Disease, Catastrophic Injury, Professional Indemnity, Employment, Costs Assessments and Inquests.

            DWF Advocacy accepts instruction directly, as well as through DWF Law LLP.  Whether you need someone to conduct telephone or in-person court hearings, in all courts across England and Wales, or support with drafting, our commitment to providing the very highest quality legal expertise, at a reasonable cost, sets us apart from the other chambers. 

            We offer expertise across all types of hearings:

            • CMCs
            • CCMCs
            • Application Hearings
            • CRU Appeals
            • Detailed Assessments
            • Cost Applications
            • Appeal Hearings
            • Show Cause Hearings
            • Relief from Sanctions Applications
            • Infant Approvals
            • Disposal/Stage 3 Hearing
            • Small Claim Hearings
            • Fast Track Trials
            • Multi Track Trials
            • Tribunals
            • Conferences
            • Inquests

            We also offer support with Arbitration and Mediation, as well as with drafting documents such as Defences, Particulars of Claim, Applications, Skeleton Arguments, Part 35 Questions and Part 18 Requests, as well as providing Quantum and Procedural Advice.

            Introducing DWF Advocacy

            Candid, prompt and tactically astute - Sahar is a trusted and experienced first rate International disputes counsel who leads a smart, dedicated team that get results. When we instruct them we know from experience we are getting quality, commercially sound, representation at every stage.
            – Jagdeep Kaur, Head of Legal, AirAsia Berhad
             

                                        Areas of Expertise

             

            Catastrophic Personal Injury & Occupational Health

            Catastrophic Personal Injury & Occupational Health


            Working alongside DWF’s 1000-strong, award-winning insurance team our Cat PI and Occupational Health advocates bring market-leading insight, deep legal expertise and a seamless client service.

            From the highest value catastrophic personal injury and occupational health claims through to fast-track claims - we stand out for our close working relationships with instructing solicitors and insurer clients alike.

            Our advocates are skilled in drawing in sector-specific understanding of claims ranging from RTA and motor claims, through to NIHL and disease claims, product liability, marine & trade, mining industries & power, energy, police and prison claims. We have particular expertise in handling interlocutory matters, fraudulent claims and matters relating to costs and case management.

            We are committed to limiting claimant costs and achieving savings.

            Our innovative in-house structure supports this in a way traditional chambers can’t. By working alongside many solicitors and claims specialists, as well as Medical and Rehabilitation managers, iForensic (our forensic accountancy service) and in-house collision investigation experts, we’re able to develop a better cultural understanding of the case, as well as improving its day-to-day management. 

            Meet our Barristers /

            People

            Jonathan Robinshaw

            • Barrister // Head of Advocacy // Head of Costs Services

            Joanne Carpanini

            • Head of Occupational Health and Catastrophic Personal Injury

            Nick Thornsby

            • Associate

            David Fardy

            • Barrister

            Vinesh Mistry

            • Barrister

            Vlora Smedley

            • Pupil Barrister

            Katie Walmsley

            • Pupil Barrister
            Professional Indemnity

            Professional Indemnity


            Our professional indemnity advocates act on claims against a wide range of professionals, most particularly accountants, surveyors, medical and legal professionals, and insurance brokers.

            Whether called to defend or to settle a professional indemnity claim, DWF Advocacy’s unique in-house structure means we have a greater understanding of the whole process, leading to better, quicker, more effective solutions.

            Our professional indemnity advocates act on claims against a wide range of professionals, most particularly accountants, surveyors, medical and legal professionals, and insurance brokers.

            From the very earliest pre-action stages through to final hearings, we work hand-in-hand with clients, advising on the whole process. We can provide assistance at all stages of a claim, whether delivering informal or formal written advice, drafting pleadings and applications, handling questions to experts, advising on costs budgeting and case management conferences, as well as attending conferences and trials in person. We are particularly well known for our work on interlocutory matters, as well as those relating to disclosure and the Civil Procedure Rules.

            Meet our Barristers /

            People

            Sahar Farooqi

            • Barrister // Director of Advocacy

            David Fardy

            • Barrister

            Katie Walmsley

            • Pupil Barrister

            Vlora Smedley

            • Pupil Barrister
            Inquests

            Inquests


            Our specialist inquest advocates advise and represent interested parties in a range of inquest hearings in the Coroner's Court, including pre-inquest reviews, interlocutory hearings, Article 2 and non-Article 2 inquests.

            We’re known for our commitment to providing an innovative, practical advocacy service that stands out from a traditional chambers. Through our close working relationships with file handlers and solicitors, as well as our considerable understanding of how an inquest can affect further proceedings, we’re able to deliver excellent outcomes at highly competitive rates, as well as dealing with any complexities that might arise.

            At DWF Advocacy our advocates have experience of inquests from a number of different angles, including as solicitors, assistant coroners and handling and appearing in inquests as advocates. This specialist insight and understanding underpins an organisation-wide commitment to reducing client stress and delivering the best, most practical service from start to finish.

            Meet our Barristers /

            People

            Jonathan Robinshaw

            • Barrister // Head of Advocacy // Head of Costs Services

            David Fardy

            • Barrister
            Fraud

            Fraud


            We are known for our deep and broad understanding of the best and most persuasive ways to present fraud cases, so as to secure the strongest, most commercially robust, and practical, results.

            With a particular specialism in advising on discrimination claims unfair/wrongful dismissal, TUPE, misconduct, and regulatory matters. In addition to advising on and leading internal disciplinary proceedings, our advocates understand the sensitive and complex elements within every employment law case.

            Unlike traditional chambers our ‘in-house’ nature means we are able to draw on deep and broad sector understanding, from across DWF, in particular in the education and public sectors.  Our advocates sit alongside specialist solicitors (as well as taking external instruction), providing a seamless client experience. This allows us to deliver the very best representation at rates competitive with, and often much lower than, the external Bar.

            Meet our Barristers /

            People

            Jonathan Robinshaw

            • Barrister // Head of Advocacy // Head of Costs Services

            Joanne Carpanini

            • Head of Occupational Health and Catastrophic Personal Injury

            Nick Thornsby

            • Associate

            David Fardy

            • Barrister

            Vinesh Mistry

            • Barrister

            Vlora Smedley

            • Pupil Barrister

            Katie Walmsley

            • Pupil Barrister
            Employment

            Employment


            Our employment law advocates represent both employers and employees at all levels of tribunal and Court across England, Wales and Scotland on a wide range of employment claims.

            With a particular specialism in advising on discrimination claims unfair/wrongful dismissal, TUPE, misconduct, and regulatory matters. In addition to advising on and leading internal disciplinary proceedings, our advocates understand the sensitive and complex elements within every employment law case.

            Unlike traditional chambers our ‘in-house’ nature means we are able to draw on deep and broad sector understanding, from across DWF, in particular in the education and public sectors.  Our advocates sit alongside specialist solicitors (as well as taking external instruction), providing a seamless client experience. This allows us to deliver the very best representation at rates competitive with, and often much lower than, the external Bar.

            Meet our Barristers /

            People

            Emma Walker

            • Barrister (Senior Associate)

            Katie Walmsley

            • Pupil Barrister

            Nick Thornsby

            • Associate
            Costs

            Costs


            Our costs specialists work alongside DWF’s 1000-strong, award-winning insurance team, as well as advising on commercial litigation and arbitration costs, in the County Courts, District Registries and SCCO.

            From advising and acting on costs management hearings and appeals, through to detailed assessments (including oral hearings following provisional assessment) and applications (including those for security for costs and costs penalties following non-compliance with pre-action protocols), our advocates are known for being technically-minded, tenacious negotiators, with a clear understanding of the bigger picture for costs litigation.

            We stand out for our unique and innovative structure. Although our advocates receive instruction directly through external law firms and DWF Law LLP, the depth of knowledge that comes from working alongside an award-winning, full-practice legal team means we are perfectly placed to understand operational matters, as well as to assess costs accurately, from a position of experience. 

            Meet our Barristers /

            People

            Jonathan Robinshaw

            • Barrister // Head of Advocacy // Head of Costs Services

            Joanne Carpanini

            • Head of Occupational Health and Catastrophic Personal Injury

            David Fardy

            • Barrister

            Nick Thornsby

            • Associate

            Vinesh Mistry

            • Barrister

            Vlora Smedley

            • Pupil Barrister
            Commercial

            Commercial


            An alternative to a traditional chambers, we offer experienced international commercial and chancery disputes advocacy solutions in a candid, prompt and knowledgeable way.

            With a truly international practice, our commercial/'commercial' chancery disputes specialists are instructed in matters before all levels of court, both in England & Wales and further afield. With a particular specialism in handling disputes in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan, Mauritius and Dubai, members of our expert advocacy team have been instructed in high value commercial disputes (c.$200 million - $1.7 billion USD) in the fields of shareholder agreements, energy, aviation and cargo transportation, tax as well as technology, intellectual property and real estate.

            Our 'traditional' chancery disputes specialists are instructed in a variety of matters, before all courts of England & Wales, in trusts and restitution.  

            We have a noted expertise in handling all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution, in particular international arbitrations. We have been instructed in commercial, investment treaty, maritime and tax arbitrations, under a variety of arbitral rules.  

            Our specialists draw on deep and broad sector expertise, as well as experience of complicated matters of contract law including jurisdiction, conflict of laws, res judicata and limitation, and corporate advice, to deliver the most commercially-relevant solutions.

            We stand out for our innovative structure and approach. Unlike traditional chambers our ‘in-house’ nature means we understand how legal business works. Our advocates sit alongside specialist solicitors (as well as taking external instruction), providing a seamless client experience, as well as heightened levels of expertise and insight at an early stage. Our clients trust us to deliver the highest quality, most commercially sound results, cost effectively, at every stage.

            Meet our Barristers /

            People

            Jonathan Robinshaw

            • Barrister // Head of Advocacy // Head of Costs Services

            Sahar Farooqi

            • Barrister // Director of Advocacy

            Emma Walker

            • Barrister (Senior Associate)

            Lisle Chase

            • Pupil Barrister

            Vinesh Mistry

            • Barrister

             

                                       Our Barristers and Clerks

             

                                                                 

            Robert King

            • Head of Clerking

            Chloe Wingle

            • Junior Clerk

            Olivia Aldred

            • Junior Clerk

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