Legal business DWF has appointed corporate partner Ross Little as the firm’s new Executive Partner of its Dublin office, reflecting the firm’s confidence in the Irish market and commitment to strengthening its international reach. Ross, who joined DWF in April 2016 from leading Irish law firm William Fry, will take responsibility for leveraging the firm’s existing UK network of offices and international capability to drive growth and raise the firm’s profile in the region. As Executive Partner he will also take an active role in business development activities and people management in Dublin.
DWF’s Dublin office has long-standing expertise in advising international and Irish insurer clients on claims and coverage issues, employment matters and commercial litigation disputes and launched a corporate practice earlier this year following Ross’ appointment to the firm. To increase its competitive advantage and capability in delivering comprehensive and cohesive legal service to clients the firm is now looking to increase its focus on commercial services growth opportunities across all sectors, including financial services, insurance and retail, food & hospitality.
DWF also has a number of high-profile appointments in the pipeline who will join the firm’s Dublin office over the coming months.
Ross commented: “DWF has been operating in Dublin for many years and is now looking to increase its focus on investment and growth in the region. There is an opportunity here for us to increase our capacity, expand our service offerings, particularly across commercial services, and establish some ambitious, strategic growth objectives for the benefit of our clients.”
DWF’s Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland adds: “Dublin is undoubtedly a competitive market but as one of only a handful of top UK firms to have an existing office in the region we are confident that the post-Brexit landscape will be in fact be advantageous for us, as we leverage our strong, and growing, international network of offices to provide a cohesive, cross-border service to our UK and Irish clients.
This investment reflects DWF’s increasingly international outlook; in 2015 the c2,300 strong firm, which operates from 12 locations across the UK and Ireland, opened its first international office in Dubai and has since launched offices in Brussels, Cologne and Munich.