DWF receives fourth most rankings of any UK law firm from independent legal guide

National business law firm DWF has received the fourth most rankings of any UK law firm, including all Magic Circle, national and City firms, in Chambers UK 2014, a well-respected annual guide to the legal industry.

The firm, which has experienced a year of remarkable growth through four strategic mergers and an acquisition, has been recommended in 89 practice areas overall, a 10 per cent increase on last year's results.

The guide, which identifies those firms providing the highest quality service across the legal practice areas, saw DWF achieve 12 top tier rankings for its expertise in areas including banking litigation, charities, family/matrimonial, licensing, pensions, personal injury: mainly defendant, private client, retail, social housing and transport: rail.

Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner & CEO at DWF, commented: "These results are fantastic recognition of our increased breadth and depth of expertise across our chosen industry sectors and our continued focus on client service excellence. We have some outstanding people at DWF and it is great for them to get the recognition they deserve."

The guide also commended 142 individuals as those with the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the their respective areas, this included 23 people newly recognised by Chambers and Partners: Steve Appleton (private client), Jonathan Branton (competition/European law and local government), Matthew Brown (restructuring/insolvency), Jamie Campbell (employment), Jonathan Edwards (banking & finance), Tim Green (pensions), Anne Henderson (private client), Andrew Leach (litigation), Andrew Nichol (real estate), Rupert Nevin (health & safety), Ian O'Toole (pensions), Graham Sidlow (banking litigation), Ian Slater (personal injury: mainly defendant), Alan Sturrock (private client), James Szerdy (banking & finance), Melanie Williams (real estate), Vikki Woodfine (transport: road: regulatory), David Young (personal injury: mainly defendant) and Roger Williams (private client).

Jonathan Branton

Partner - Head of EU/Competition

I lead the firm in EU/Competition issues, specialising in behavioural antitrust, merger control, public procurement and State aid, and all related issues of public funding, including the UK’s Regional Growth Fund, ERDF and ESIF. I also head up the firm’s Brussels office and the firm’s cross-discipline Public Sector group.

Matthew Brown

Associate Partner

Solving companies’ financial issues is my passion and I specialise in restructuring and turnaround, working pro-actively to deliver innovative solutions in challenged situations.

Jamie Campbell


A Director in the Employment team based in Liverpool, I specialise in employment law and deal with all aspects of contentious and non-contentious work focusing on the contentious side and conducting advocacy in employment tribunal hearings.

Jonathan Edwards

Partner - Head of Corporate Banking

I specialise in banking and asset based lending law and I am the head of the firm's Corporate Banking team.

Paul Davies


I specialise in all aspects of insurance work including motor, EL/PL, property, indemnity and HSE.