Last night, Andrew Leaitherland, the managing partner and CEO of top 20 law firm DWF, was named Management Partner of the Year at the nationally recognised Legal Business Awards 2014.
Andrew has been commended as a result of his strategic vision and leadership skills which have helped transform DWF in less than eight years, from a £34million turnover firm employing around 500 people based in two offices in the North West to a £200million turnover business employing approximately 2500 people across 12 offices in the UK and Ireland.
In November 2013 the firm delivered a very strong half year performance achieving 57.5% year-on-year growth, announcing a half year turnover figure of £93.6 million up from £59.4 million last year. The firm has also been recognised by clients as providing the best legal advice of all the top 20 law firms according to an independent survey.
Andrew commented: "This award recognises a very successful year for DWF that has seen us extend our presence across the UK and Ireland through a series of four strategic mergers, one acquisition and two large team lateral hires. It is fantastic recognition of the hard work of our people and the ongoing support of our clients, both of which have made this achievement possible."
The Legal Business Awards recognise the contribution of the legal industry to the UK economy and this year's awards ceremony was held at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.
DWF chairman, Alan Benzie, added: "Andrew's clear strategic vision and impressive leadership, which engages with our people and has strong support from clients, is delivering phenomenal growth and strong sustainable financial performance in tough market conditions. In just 14 months, we completed four strategic mergers and the acquisition of Cobbetts, and expanded by 58 per cent – taking us to over 2,500 people."