The strategic acquisition will enhance DWF’s insurance sector expertise; support its growing focus on the Lloyd’s insurance market; and help the firm secure new domestic and international insurer clients.
Fox Hartley built up a strong reputation delivering specialist litigation and alternative dispute resolution services to major insurer and manufacturer clients, including a number of clients shared with DWF. The firm’s litigation and insurance specialists have brought with them to DWF niche capabilities in catastrophic injury, aviation claims, property damage, business interruption, policy wording disputes and the development of new products. In addition, the firm’s specialist product liability guidance and expertise in advising on serious incidents and health and safety prosecutions has augmented DWF’s existing capabilities in delivering domestic and international product liability guidance to clients across a wide range of industry sectors including retail and marine.
Fox Hartley’s three partners, Trevor Fox, Michael Hitchings and Peter Barnes, and all of its 13 Bristol-based people have now joined DWF and will benefit from DWF’s scale, operational efficiency, international reach and innovative client service.