National legal business DWF has been named in the top five for most recommended lawyers in the UK by this year’s Legal 500 UK, an independent guide to the UK legal market.
The guide, which is compiled through feedback from clients and those working within the legal market, saw DWF recommended in 137 practice areas overall and achieve 23 top tier rankings for its expertise in a broad range of specialisms including commercial litigation, commercial property, employment, EU & competition, IT & telecoms, health & safety, personal injury and professional negligence.
The firm was newly recognised for its expertise in 17 areas which include eight new rankings in London in commercial litigation, commercial property, construction, data protection, defamatory & privacy, flotations: small to mid-cap, M&A and property finance. This follows a year of investment where the firm has appointed 10 strategic hires in London, merged with Watmores to strengthen the firm’s insurance, rail and local authority offering and relocated its circa 300 London-based people from two separate offices into the landmark Walkie Talkie building in the heart of the City.
The ongoing investment at DWF has further strengthened key sector capabilities and this was recognised with 10 new rankings for key sector expertise across the UK, including banking and finance, commercial property, construction, data protection, energy, IT & telecoms, personal injury, property finance, property litigation and social housing.
The guide also recognised 32 partners at DWF as experts in their respective fields. This included: Adam Heather (Real estate), Andrew Chamberlain (Employment), Andrew Harris (Commercial litigation), Andrew Whalley (IT and telecoms), Caroline Coates (Personal injury – defendant), Craig Chaplin - Corporate and commercial and intellectual property), David Pickering (Family), Derek Adamson (Personal injury – defendant), Frank Shephard (Corporate and commercial), Gavin Jones (Insolvency and corporate recovery), James Szerdy (Banking and finance), Jonathan Edwards (Banking and finance) Joel Heap (Commercial litigation), John Groome (Insurance and reinsurance litigation), Jon Stevens (Corporate tax), Jonathan Branton (EU and competition), Jonathan Robinson (Corporate and commercial), Lorraine Carolan (Personal injury – defendant), Kirsty Rogers (Employment), Michael Mousdale (Local government), Paul Berry (Personal injury – defendant), Paul Inman (Commercial property), Paul Pignatelli (Corporate and commercial), Paul Rimmer (Corporate and commercial), Rob Riley (Employment), Steve Morris (Commercial litigation), Steffan Groch (Health and safety).