Getting the best returns from the highly developed, sophisticated economy that France presents requires both innovation and an understanding of the nation's history, government and legal processes.

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Our specialist international legal experts provide clear, authoritative direction and advice to UK-based organisations seeking to exploit the opportunities presented by working in France, as well as French organisations with plans to establish or expand their operations in the UK and the rest of the EU.  In addition, we provide legal advice and direction to organisations and law firms in Francophone Africa and Indo-China.

We present innovative, sustainable solutions on all areas of the law including mergers & acquisitions, private equity & venture capital, contracts & agreements, employment law, commercial disputes, cross border insurance claims, employers & public liability claims, insurance, real estate and EU & regulatory law.

We specialise in working with investment and financial organisations as well as the food, retail and insurance sectors.  We have particular experience of handling personal injury claims brought under the Loi Badinter and the Dintilhac classification.

We take a collaborative approach. Working closely with our clients as well as network of trusted, expert locally based lawyers. Some of the best in France. These are people with whom we’ve built strong, long-standing relationships.  We’ve worked with them many times ensuring that our advice is not only grounded in expert legal knowledge but anticipates and responds to the commercial and cultural needs of organisations doing business in France.

Examples of our work include advising French businesses importing commodities; advising large insurers on French issues and claims; advising a French investment and private equity fund on acquisitions in the UK; numerous M&A transactions involving French companies; conducting litigation in French speaking African countries, mainly involving commodities and shipping, most notably in Senegal and Ivory Coast; assisting French counsel with merger control clearance in a pan European merger; defending companies in investigations into alleged anti-competitive conduct before the French “Conseil de la Concurrence”; advising US and European insurers in respect of contaminated food claims and casualty losses.

Some of our experts

Claire Bowler

Partner - Head of International Claims Team

I am a Partner in DWF’s leading Insurance practice and head up the firm’s market leading International Claims Team.


Adam Nell


I help clients with their international construction and engineering business so that they can deal with the legal side quickly. I also help clients with a wide variety of international commercial arbitration work.


Sara-Jane Eaton

Partner - Head of European Group

I am a Partner and Head of the European Group. I lead a team of foreign personal injury lawyers, assistants and translators.

Jonathan Moss

Partner - Head of Transport Sector

I act for international traders, charterers, shipowners, insurers and reinsurers, handling commercial disputes. I also advise on day-to-day issues arising in the context of the sale of goods and their transportation.