DWF partner named Birmingham Law Society Partner of the Year

Derek Adamson, national head of occupational health and casualty at national legal business DWF, was presented with the Partner of the Year award at last night’s Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards in recognition of his outstanding contributions to DWF, the legal profession and local Birmingham community.

Derek is the leading defendant personal injury solicitor in the Midlands and his technical expertise has led to him playing a key role in a number of ground-breaking cases – including taking two cases to the Supreme Court in the last three years. He was also one of just two defendant lawyers invited to give evidence at the Justice Select Committee this year. Derek is instrumental in developing DWF’s strong profile in the Midlands, where the firm is ranked tier one for Personal Injury in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal directories. He is also actively involved in the Birmingham community through his role as an advisor or ambassador to a number of professional bodies and charitable organisations in the region.

Two other individuals in DWF’s Birmingham team were also shortlisted at the awards. Mark Kenkre, a partner in DWF’s commercial litigation team in Birmingham and joint head of the firm’s fraud and risk team, was shortlisted for International Lawyer of the Year in recognition of his work on DWF’s International Operations Team, and Laura Longman, a trainee in the firm’s litigation team in Birmingham, was shortlisted for Trainee of the Year, having successfully undertaken seats in DWF’s corporate, business, restructuring, insurance and real estate teams and for her active involvement in DWF’s mentoring scheme for local students.

Caroline Coates, executive partner for DWF’s Birmingham office, commented: “We’re continuing to develop our capability in Birmingham and grow our presence in the region, and these awards are positive recognition of the calibre of our people. Derek’s award as Partner of the Year is well-deserved; leading by example through both his professional achievements and his commitment to the local community, he is instrumental in supporting the excellent team we have in place here. Mark’s inclusion in the shortlist for his international expertise, and Laura’s for her exceptional work as a trainee, are further examples of the great work we’re doing in Birmingham and the breadth and depth of our team’s talents.”

The awards were judged by a panel of senior figures from academics, business, finance and law.

Derek Adamson

Partner - Head of Occupational Health and Casualty

I am a leading insurance lawyer involved in cutting edge litigation. My expertise is in policy interpretation arising from mesothelioma claims, environmental litigation, product liability and construction cases, including a wide experience of group litigation cases.

Caroline Coates

Partner - Head of Insurance / Executive Partner (Birmingham)

I am Executive Partner of the Birmingham office and I head up the insurance sector for DWF nationally. I specialise in product liability cases, complex employers’ liability and public liability claims for automotive, manufacturing, utility and public sector clients.