DWF strengthens national real estate team with partner appointment

National legal business DWF has announced the appointment of Abby Dry, a leading commercial real estate lawyer, as a partner to the firm’s 240-strong national real estate team. Abby joins DWF in Liverpool from Hill Dickinson, where she has been a partner since 2004.

Abby specialises in retail-focused real estate work, advising major investors, developers and retailers on high-profile transactions throughout the UK. With over 17 years’ experience Abby has extensive expertise in commercial property including: property investment, landlord and tenant, leasing, site acquisition and development.

Over the last five years Abby has advised major publically quoted clients including NewRiver Retail, the UK’s 3rd largest shopping centre owner, where she advised on the acquisition and leasing of 17 shopping centres with a capital value of circa £400 million. Abby also advised on NewRiver’s innovative £90 million acquisition of a 202 pub portfolio from Marstons Plc.

Commenting on her appointment, Abby said: “DWF has a highly experienced real estate team which has benefitted from a significant amount of investment and growth over the past 18 months, so this is an exciting time to be joining the firm. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues in Liverpool and across the UK to enhance the firm’s profile in both the national retail and real estate markets.”

Nic Crocker, head of real estate at DWF, added: “Abby’s appointment is a further example of our determination to strengthening the breadth and depth of our national real estate practice. Her sector knowledge, commercial excellence and commitment to clients ensure she will be a brilliant addition to the team. DWF’s national real estate team has undergone significant growth over the last 18 months; in July 2014 the firm announced that revenues from the team for the 2013/2014 financial year increased by 14% year on year to £29million and now account for 15% of the firm’s turnover.

Abby joins DWF in January 2015, following the appointment of six partners to the firm’s London real estate team: Chris Seel, Iain Thomas, Lorraine Reader, Nicola Giddens, Simon Elphick and Stephen Sumpton.

Nic Crocker

Partner - Executive Partner (Leeds)

I am the Executive Partner for the Leeds office and a partner in the Real Estate team.

Abigail Dry


I am a Partner in the Real Estate team based in the Liverpool office.