National business law firm DWF has been recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2014, an independent guide to the UK legal market, as offering ‘a Magic Circle service at an affordable price’ along with having an ‘excellent understanding of client needs’ and ‘superb business judgement’.
The guide, which is compiled through feedback from clients and those working within the legal market, saw DWF secure the second most rankings outside of the top-tier of all law firms and be recommended in 131 practice areas overall.
DWF achieved 20 top tier rankings for its expertise in a broad range of specialisms including charities and not-for-profit, commercial property, commercial property: retail occupiers, contentious trusts and probate, crime: general, employment, family, health and safety, immigration, media and entertainment, pensions, personal injury: defendant, personal tax, trusts and probate, social housing and transport.
The firm was also newly recognised for its expertise in 16 areas and secured improved rankings across 18 practice areas, which include banking and finance, local government, intellectual property, employment, health and safety, commercial property, asset finance and leasing, commodities: physicals, insurance and reinsurance litigation, personal tax, trusts and probate and charities and not-for-profit.
Reflecting DWF’s focus on six core industry sectors the firm secured 20 sector-specific, showcasing the firm’s strength and depth in the energy, education, healthcare, local government and transport industries.
The guide also recognised 25 partners at DWF as market-leading experts in their respective fields. Those recognised include:
John Groome (Insurance and reinsurance litigation), Adrian Stanley (Commercial property), Andrew Chamberlain (Employment), Craig Chaplin (Intellectual property), Jonathan Edwards (Banking and finance), Andrew Harris (Commercial litigation), Joel Heap (Commercial litigation), Steve Morris (Commercial litigation), David Pickering (Family), Jonathan Robinson (Corporate and commercial), Kirsty Rogers (Employment), Frank Shephard (Corporate and commercial), James Szerdy (Banking and finance), Paul Pignatelli (Corporate and commercial), Derek Adamson (Personal injury), Caroline Coates (Personal injury), Roger Coates (Personal injury), James Haddleton (Commercial litigation).