National legal business DWF has been identified in Chambers and Partners UK 2016, an independent guide to the UK legal market, as ‘a real powerhouse’ in the legal sector.
The guide, which is compiled through independent research and client feedback, recognises the UK firms that provide the highest quality service and DWF has been commended for its ‘highly client and resolution-focused’, ‘straight talking’, ‘innovative’ and ‘very proactive and very commercial’ approach. The firm was also singled out as taking ‘a particularly flexible approach to ensure that they are tailoring their services to the precise requirements of the client’.
DWF secured recommendations in 73 practice areas and achieved seven band one rankings for its expertise in a broad range of specialisms, including personal injury, social housing and rail. The firm was newly recognised for its expertise in 19 areas, which include seven brand new rankings in areas such as intellectual property, public procurement and real estate litigation, and 12 new regional rankings.
Over the last 12 months DWF has further strengthened key sector capabilities and this was recognised with 23 rankings for key sector expertise across the UK, including construction, education, energy, local government, retail and social housing.
In addition, DWF received 125 individual rankings overall, including 19 band one rankings, and saw 13 lawyers newly recognised: Andrew Whalley (Litigation), Christian Francis (Real Estate Finance), Darren Kenny – (Litigation), David L Wood (Banking Litigation), Gavin Jackson (Real Estate), Harriet Quiney (Professional Negligence), John Groome (Insurance: contentious claims), Jon Gould (Private Client), Jonathan Moss (Commodities), Paul Davies (personal injury), Ritchie Irvine (Banking Litigation) and Sara-Jane Eaton (Travel: International personal injury).
The results follow a period of investment where the firm has appointed 35 strategic hires across the business, merged with Watmores to strengthen the firm’s insurance, rail and local authority offering and launched a range of integrated services and delivery models to transform client service.
Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner & CEO at DWF, commented: “Our strong results across the business are testament to the hard work and commitment of our people who continually strive for client service excellence. In the last 12 months we have invested in talent - both existing and new - which includes a number of strategic partner appointments. This investment further strengthens our practice capabilities and sector expertise across the business, ensuring we are well placed to deliver quality legal services for our clients.”