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DWF strengthens international commercial litigation and arbitration capability with key partner hire

National business law firm DWF has appointed partner Alan Owens to its 70-strong national commercial litigation team, building upon its commercial litigation presence in the City and helping drive forward the firm’s focus on the technology sector. Alan joins DWF from the London office of US firm Morrison & Foerster where he was a partner.

With over 19 years’ experience Alan advises on a wide range of UK and cross-border commercial litigation cases, he also has extensive advisory, party representation and advocacy experience in international arbitrations.

Alan’s recent experience encompasses disputes relating to hardware and software development, system development and transition, technology product recalls, e-commerce, antitrust infringements arising from dominant and collusive actions in the technology sector, and research funding and licensing of new technologies.  He has supported clients across the entire sector – from the biggest global tech brands, to developers and new entrants.

Commenting on his appointment Alan said: “It is a very exciting time to be joining DWF, particularly as the firm has made significant investments in the City over the past 12 months, and I am looking forward to help establish a nationally recognised litigation practice in London. The firm’s focus on technology and its strong national litigation team provide a great platform for further growth and enable us to continue supporting clients in the UK and internationally.”

Graham Dagnall, Head of Litigation at DWF, added: “Alan’s strong expertise in commercial litigation and international arbitration, in addition to his significant experience of working within the technology sector, ensures he will be a key fit for the team as we look to build on our fast growing presence in the City.”

DWF has an internationally experienced technology team which advises an extensive base of international clients, including listed businesses, multinational corporations (including several Fortune 500 companies), owner-managed businesses, local authorities and major industrial and provident societies.  This includes corporate and commercial technology-related work, including data security, data protection, intellectual property, procurement and outsourcing.

Alan’s appointment comes as the firm announces its intention to significantly deepen and broaden its City capability, effectively doubling its London headcount to 600 people over the next three years, following its move into the landmark 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3 building. 

Alan Owens

Partner - Head of Technology & Communications

I am the Head of Technology & Communications sector at DWF, and a Partner in the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration team based in London.