DWF appoints product liability partner in London

National legal business DWF has appointed David Kidman from BLM as a partner in the firm’s insurance team in London, where he will advise the firm’s national and international clients on a wide range of product liability matters.

Acting for both corporate and insurer clients, David has core expertise in defendant product liability along with experience in recall and regulatory law, insurance policy coverage, group litigation, complex disease and illness and private international law.

He also brings sector expertise, with substantial experience in the retail, manufacturing and food industries. He has advised on significant group litigation matters, including acting for the lead defendant in the PIP Breast Implant Group Litigation, which resulted in UK-wide regulatory reform. David has also successfully advised on complex, cross-jurisdiction liability claims. He is regarded as an expert on a range of emerging risks, including nanotechnology, autonomous vehicles and complex supply chains.

David commented: “DWF has a reputation for delivering innovative solutions for clients in some of the industry’s most complex and significant regulatory, liability and food safety cases. I look forward to working with the team to keep building on this capability and working closely with clients in London, across the UK and internationally.”

Antony Marsh, DWF’s National Head of Professional Indemnity and Commercial Insurance, added: “David has an impressive background, having advised major retailers, producers and insurers on complex claims and policy. His expertise makes him a significant addition to the firm, particularly as we invest in growing our capability in London, and he will also provide support to our national practice as we advise clients on increasingly complex and high-value cases across the UK.”

DWF has made several strategic investments in its insurance practice this year, including the appointment of Andrew Lothian from Anderson Strathern as DWF’s Head of Casualty and General Insurance in Scotland, and a merger with niche insurance practice Watmores that saw five new partners join DWF. The firm also launched an office in Dubai, its first international office outside the UK & Ireland, to support its growing base of insurer clients in the MENA region, and in January 2016 merged with international commercial law firm BridgehouseLaw.

David Kidman


I specialise in product liability, with particular expertise in resolving claims involving property damage and injuries / fatalities.

Antony Marsh

Partner - Head of Professional Indemnity

I head up the Professional Indemnity & Commercial Insurance Practice Group. The group handles a wide range of professional indemnity and commercial insurance matters from offices across the UK and Ireland.