DWF has been shortlisted for the main award at The Lawyer Awards 2014 - Law Firm of the Year.
The Lawyer magazine has praised the firm’s “corporate structure, headed by visionary managing partner Andrew Leaitherland”, which has seen the firm grow from a £34million turnover business in 2006 to one of the UK’s largest law firms with a truly national presence, operating across 12 locations in the UK and Ireland.
In the last 12 months DWF has been independently recognised as the best law firm in the top 20 for legal expertise and the best national firm (joint) for client service delivery; boosted its headcount by 58% to over 2500 people; significantly increased its trainee numbers to 95 and been independently ranked as one of the top five UK law firms for graduates; and has attracted 39 key lateral partner hires from firms such as DLA Piper, Eversheds and Pinsent Masons, all of which has helped the firm to win major new work and clients from across its chosen industry sectors, including well-known household names and FTSE-listed companies. Clients include adidas, Aviva, Clipper Logistics, Leeds City Council, Morrisons, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Virgin Trains.
As well as its investment in people, DWF has invested £11million in its IT systems and processes over the last year in order to deliver major operational efficiencies and enhance client service. The firm has developed innovative client solutions such as bespoke extranets enabling clients to track cases and billing in real time and is now one of the first UK law firms to adopt the Net Promoter System, a management tool which measures client loyalty and is widely used by market-leading corporates such as Apple and Amazon, supporting the firm’s focus on delivering client service excellence.
Earlier this year, DWF announced strategic plans to significantly broaden and deepen its City capability, effectively doubling in size in London over the next three years. To support this growth and help the firm to fully realise the benefits of its recent mergers, acquisition and team hires, the firm is relocating all of its people in London into the landmark 20 Fenchurch Street, more commonly known as the Walkie Talkie, on 1st September 2014. To facilitate this the firm has grown its agile workforce to over 400 people, employs over 120 homeworkers and plans to take advantage of its national footprint to deliver work profitably and at a price point favourable to clients.
The Lawyer Awards 2014 take place on 25 June 2014 at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London. DWF is shortlisted against major global, international and UK law firms Clyde & Co, Macfarlanes, Mishcon de Reya, Pinsent Masons, RPC and Slater & Gordon.