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DWF enhances commercial litigation offering in London with team hire from PwC Legal’s disputes practice

Leading legal business DWF has appointed partner Jonathan Isaacs, senior associate Joshua Fineman and solicitor Alex Green to build on the firm’s commercial litigation offering in London. All three join from global professional services firm PwC Legal where Jonathan led the commercial disputes practice.

Jonathan, Joshua and Alex have significant experience across all aspects of commercial dispute resolution and litigation, including boardroom, joint-venture & shareholder disputes, contentious insolvency, contract disputes, fraud matters and professional negligence. Led by Jonathan they will be building a broad disputes practice in the City, where they will be working with DWF’s experts nationally and internationally to deliver a seamless service to clients firm-wide.

Jonathan and his team have been involved in a number of high-profile litigation cases, including defending an oral contract dispute worth in excess of €13million for a high-net-worth individual, defending several substantial post-transaction disputes including a long-running warranty dispute worth £20million, managing the contentious exits from a number of agreements, such as a seven-year longIT contract for a professional accounting body, and many more. Jonathan and his team were previously shortlisted for Litigation Team of the Year in the British Legal Awards 2014. 

Jonathan comments: “The litigation market is undoubtedly competitive so it’s really important for law firms to differentiate themselves. DWF has a substantial and well-established litigation team nationally, providing a great platform for myself and my team to develop its disputes practice in London. I’m looking forward to working with the firm’s leading experts nationwide and leveraging DWF’s network of offices to deliver high-quality, cost-effective service to new and existing clients.”

Partner Graham Dagnall, National Head of Litigation at DWF, says: “Jonathan, Joshua and Alex’s appointments will enhance our existing commercial litigation capability in the City, building upon the specialist international arbitration and technology focus the team in London currently has. We’re expanding our disputes offering, enabling City clients to access a wider range of commercial litigation services locally while still benefiting from DWF’s entire network of offices. Following the Brexit vote, there will be some level of confusion in the commercial arena in the short to medium term, leading to an upturn in the number and significance of issues for clients. The appointments will benefit our national team in supporting clients as they steer a passage through such uncertainty.” 

DWF is developing its offering in London and has seen a number of significant hires this year, including banking director Amrish Sharma from Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, professional indemnity partner David Kidman from BLM , real estate director James Froud from Stephenson Harwood, and Head of Corporate in London Matthew Doughty from Squire Patton Boggs.

Jonathan Isaacs

Partner

I am a commercial disputes specialist with expertise in contract, professional negligence, contentious insolvency, fraud and boardroom/shareholder disputes.

Graham Dagnall

Partner

I am Practice Group Partner for the Litigation Practice Group. I specialise in corporate litigation, commercial litigation, litigation funding, legal service delivery and practice group management.