National business law firm DWF has been praised by clients for its 'dedication to client care', 'in-depth specialist knowledge and responsiveness' and 'outstanding level of service' in a recently published independent guide to the UK legal market, Legal 500 UK 2013.
The firm, which has experienced remarkable growth through strategic mergers and acquisitions over the past year, was recommended in 124 practice areas overall. This included 24 categories in which the firm was recognised for the first time and 19 categories in which the firm secured improved rankings.
The guide, which is compiled through feedback from clients and those working within the legal market, saw DWF achieve 18 top tier rankings for its expertise in areas including charities and not-for-profit, commercial property, crime, employment, family, health and safety, media and entertainment, pensions, personal injury: defendant, personal tax, trusts and probate, social housing and transport.
The firm is also acknowledged as a 'regional heavyweight' in the North West and was recognised for its high-profile acquisition of Cobbetts in February 2013.
Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner & CEO at DWF, commented: "These results are testament to the dedication and ambition of our people and our commitment to client service excellence - we really do go further. The growth of the firm over the past 12 months has meant the breadth and depth of our offering has strengthened, enabling us to enhance our expertise in our chosen industry sectors. Thank you to our clients for providing their feedback to Legal 500."
The guide also recognised 27 partners at DWF as experts in their respective fields. This included
John Groome (insurance and reinsurance litigation), Andrew Davis (professional negligence), Antony Marsh (professional negligence), Adrian Stanley (commercial property), Jonathan Edwards (banking and finance), Craig Chaplin (intellectual property), Andrew Gregory (insolvency and corporate recovery), Andrew Harris (commercial litigation), Joel Heap (commercial litigation), Steve Morris, (commercial litigation), David Pickering (family), Kirsty Rogers (employment), Frank Shephard (corporate and commercial), Geoffrey Shindler (personal tax, trusts and probate), James Szerdy (banking and finance), Paul Pignatelli (corporate and commercial), Sandy Reid (commercial property), James Haddleton (commercial litigation), Andrew Todd (property litigation), Derek Adamson (personal injury), Caroline Coates (personal injury) and Roger Coates (personal injury).