DWF strengthens real estate team with strategic director hire

National legal business DWF has appointed Chris Henshaw as a director in the firm’s real estate team in Manchester, where he will use his experience in construction, infrastructure and projects to support the firm’s national client base. Chris joins the firm from Eversheds where he was a legal director in the construction and engineering team.

Chris specialises in construction procurement with a particular focus on complex waste PFI/PPP projects and in particular detailed due diligence on subcontracts for energy from waste facilities. He has advised authorities and contractors on projects across a wide range of sectors including solar, transport, social housing, education, health and waste, and has experience in advising both public and private sector developers on a range of development projects including solar installation, commercial development, higher and further education projects and engineering contracts.

He has advised on a number of high profile projects including advising Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority on all construction aspects of its circa £3.5 billion waste PFI project, the largest local government PFI in Europe; advising MWDA on all construction aspects of its £1.8 billion waste PPP project; and advising Wrexham CBC on its first multi-supplier solar farm framework procurement. Chris has also led the delivery of numerous property finance transactions both for banks and developers.

Chris commented on his appointment: “DWF has a strong real estate offering in the North West and nationally, with a number of significant client relationships and an accomplished team, so I’m looking forward to using my experience of advising on large scale construction projects to help continue driving forward the firm’s capability and profile in this market.”

Toby Askin, national head of real estate at DWF, commented on the appointment: “We’ve made several key hires in our real estate team over the past few months as we focus on investing in the team and looking at how we can deliver even greater value to our clients. Chris brings commercial awareness, technical capability and insight into several of our target sectors that we know will be hugely beneficial to both the team in Manchester and nationally.”

Chris’ appointment is the latest in a series of high profile appointments across the firm’s national real estate team, including Abby Dry from Hill Dickinson, Chris Seel and Nicola Giddens from Stephenson Harwood and Moray Thomson from MacRoberts.

Toby Askin

Partner - Head of Real Estate group

I am a Partner and the National Head of the Real Estate group.

Chris Henshaw


I am a Director in the real estate team with extensive experience in construction, infrastructure and projects.