National legal business DWF has announced 44 promotions across the firm, including 5 new partner and 23 new associate-level promotions, reflecting a year of significant investment in the firm’s people and growth in key industry sectors.
New promotions from associate to partner are public sector specialist Colin Murray and tax specialist Jon Gould in the firm’s corporate team, commercial real estate partner Robin Watt, and regulatory specialist Vikki Woodfine and family law specialist Elspeth Kinder in the litigation team.
Promotions from senior solicitor to associate are Darren Ormsby and Vicky Ross in the corporate team, Alicia Ebdy, Andrew Rogers, Daniel Williams, Emma Forrester, Georgena Clarke, Jonathan Hall, Lisa Turner-Hall, Luned Rees Williams and Philip Knight in the litigation team and Andrew Martin, Ashleigh Farrell, Rachel Lawler and Tracy Rose in the firm’s real estate team. New insurance associates include Amy Parrish, Carol Purang, David Woolley, Jayne Bamford, Michael Chambers, Helen Smith and Helen Walker.
DWF has promoted eleven people to director, equivalent to partner at DWF, namely commercial directors Chris Gee, Douglas Jefferies, John Dorney, Julie Agnew and Kevin Feehan, and insurance directors Catherine Kober, Helen Coates, James Stevens and Nicola Dunk. Samantha Collier and Lisa Sanzeri have been promoted from senior paralegal to manager, the firm’s associate-equivalent. The remaining promotions are within the partnership.
Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner and CEO at DWF, comments: “We are committed to developing talent at all levels of the business and rewarding the broad range of contributions that our people make, and these promotions recognise the achievements of those people who are driving innovation and delivering outstanding service to our clients.”
DWF has been recognised for the effective management and leadership of its people and was awarded Best Leadership of Innovation at the 2015 Managing Partners’ Forum Awards following significant investments in the firm’s organisational structure and people management, including the development of the firm’s new performance measurement framework. DWF was also just one of twenty UK law firms to be named by The Lawyer as a pioneer in creating a diverse workforce through inclusive recruitment and retention practices.