Further growth for DWF’s Birmingham team with appointment of banking partner

National legal business DWF continues to invest in its Birmingham team with the appointment of partner Alice Broadfield, who brings experience in advising both financial institutions and corporate borrowers that will support the growth of DWF’s banking teams both in the Midlands and nationally. Alice’s appointment in Birmingham is the latest in a string of recent promotions and new appointments to the firm’s Midlands location.

Prior to her role as Counsel at Faegre Baker Daniels, Alice was a partner and head of the banking team at Pinsent Masons in Birmingham. She brings 18 years’ experience in the banking and financial sector, having acted for all of the main UK banks in England, Scotland and Ireland, and has represented clients in corporate lending, including the refinancing of large multinational corporate groups; cross-border financings; and leveraged, acquisition, university and real estate finance. During her time at Faegre Baker Daniels she worked with US-based finance partners on projects with US banks and funds both in the US and London.

DWF’s Birmingham team has seen considerable expansion in recent months, with a number of senior and junior appointments across key sectors, including the recent appointment of partner Toby Askin to DWF’s National Head of Real Estate. Associate Lucy Jackson from SGH Martineau and solicitor Ellen Roberts from Fodens Solicitors also recently joined the real estate team, bringing a broad range of experience in commercial and residential property projects.

Another Birmingham partner, Derek Adamson, has also had recent success in the Supreme Court on a ground-breaking insurance policy interpretation case with wide reaching consequences for industrial disease cases. Widely recognised as the leading defendant personal injury solicitor in the Midlands, Derek has been instrumental in the team retaining its tier one ranking for Personal Injury in both the Legal 500 and Chambers UK legal directories.  Derek was awarded Partner of the Year at the Birmingham Law Society Legal Awards this year – with Caroline Coates, executive partner of DWF's Birmingham office the winner of the same award in 2014.  

Caroline commented: “There have been a number of significant developments for us in Birmingham recently, and the investments we’re making in new hires are the direct result of increasing demand from clients across all of our key sectors in the region. We’re bringing in new talent at all levels and have strong regional leadership, making us well placed to help capitalise on these opportunities. We look forward to welcoming Alice, whose expertise will play a key part in helping develop our banking capability and further building our profile in the Midlands.”

Alice Broadfield


I am a highly experienced banking and finance specialist having acted for all of the main UK banks and a large number of sophisticated international and domestic corporate borrowers.

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.