The Service Provider of the Year category recognises DWF’s expertise across a broad spectrum of general and niche insurance specialisms, along with the firm’s involvement in Birmingham’s legal community and key role in some of the insurance industry’s key issues and most high-profile cases. DWF has also developed a wide-ranging portfolio of innovative products and services in response to client demand and works with industry bodies and regional and national organisations to help shape legislative framework. To further increase the firm’s presence in the insurance market and strengthen its position as one of the top three law firms in the UK for insurance work, this year DWF merged with niche insurance practice Watmores.
The Claims Initiative of the Year category recognises DWF’s role in a ground-breaking Supreme Court case which has set a significant precedent in the fields of policy coverage and equitable rights, determining the level of indemnity which insurers must pay when a mesothelioma claim is settled. This landmark case was led by DWF partner and Head of Occupational Health and Casualty Derek Adamson, who is recognised as the leading defendant personal injury solicitor in the Midlands and as a strategic expert on policy interpretation in connection with mesothelioma jurisprudence. Under his leadership, the firm’s Birmingham team again achieved a tier one ranking in this year’s Legal 500 UK results for personal injury: defendant, while both Derek and Caroline Coates, the firm’s executive partner in Birmingham, are consistently named as leading individuals in the field.
Derek commented: “DWF is committed to doing things differently and our insurance teams both in Birmingham and nationally consistently act on complex, high-profile cases with significant impact across the industry, so to be recognised in these two categories is a positive reflection of our commitment to driving change in the sector and delivering innovative results to our insurer clients.”
The results will be announced at an awards ceremony in Birmingham on 29 October 2015.