Last night, top 20 law firm DWF was named Large Law Firm of the Year at the prestigious Manchester Legal Awards 2014. The award follows a phenomenal growth period during which the firm has significantly outperformed the market delivering strong financial results; has secured major new clients; and has expanded its operations in Manchester and across the UK.
DWF is one of the UK's fastest growing law firms and during the last 12-18 months has transformed itself into a top 20 national law firm through a series of four mergers and the acquisition of Manchester firm Cobbetts. The firm has delivered a very strong half year performance achieving 57.5% year-on-year growth, including 10% organic growth. DWF announced a half year turnover figure of £93.6 million up from £59.4 million this time last year, exceeding its target and putting the firm on track to achieve its year end budget.
DWF, which has the majority of its people based in Manchester and plays a strong role within the North West business community, has recently been independently ranked 1st of all top 20 UK law firms for the quality of its legal advice in an independent survey of senior decision-makers at FTSE 100, 350, AIM and the UK's 100 largest privately owned businesses. The firm was also ranked in joint first place of all national firms for service delivery and responsiveness.
David Pickering, DWF's Executive Partner for Manchester says: "We have been consistently growing our offering in Manchester and this award is great recognition of the hard work of our people and the ongoing support of our clients, both of which have made this achievement possible."
DWF beat off stiff competition from DLA Piper, Eversheds and Slater & Gordon at the awards, which were held in conjunction with Manchester Law Society and Manchester Evening News at the Midland Hotel.