DWF secures top national rankings and described by clients as a ‘modern firm with fresh ideas’ in Legal 500 UK 2016

Legal business DWF has been named one of the top seven UK law firms for the number of practice area rankings nationwide in the Legal 500 UK 2016, an independent guide to the UK legal market, with clients describing the firm as a ‘modern firm with fresh ideas’ that is ‘very attentive to its clients’ and ‘always goes that extra mile.’

The annual publication ranks UK firms’ practice areas and individuals and is determined by extensive market research along with client and peer feedback, and this year DWF has secured 121 practice area rankings overall for its expertise across insurance and commercial services teams. Of those total rankings, DWF was identified as being tier 1 in 20 key practice areas, including commercial litigation, commercial property, employment, EU & competition, health & safety, immigration, IT & telecoms and personal injury.

DWF’s focus on key industry sectors is reflected in strong results for its energy, local government, technology and transport sector teams, where the firm acts for clients including Expedia, Leeds city Council, Serco and Virgin Trains, and DWF’s growing capability in the City has been recognised with six new rankings in London, including brand management, commercial property and construction.

The breadth of DWF’s rankings reflect the strength of the firm’s national platform, with top tier rankings achieved across the firm’s Liverpool, London, North West, Scotland, West Midlands and Yorkshire offices. The firm’s 14 improved rankings in areas including corporate and commercial and product liability demonstrate the results of continued areas of strategic investment and growth via lateral hires.

The guide also identifies elite leading lawyers in the legal market and this year 31 of DWF’s partners across the UK were recognised:

Adam Heather (Commercial property – Newcastle), Alan Walker (Property litigation – North West), Andrew Chamberlain (Employment – North West), Andrew Harris (Commercial litigation- Manchester), Andrew Whalley (Commercial litigation – Liverpool & IT/Telecoms – North West), Catherine Haslam (Energy – North West), Caroline Coates (Personal injury: defendant – West Midlands), Craig Chaplin (Corporate and commercial – Manchester & Intellectual property – North West), David Pickering (Family – North West), Derek Adamson (Personal injury: defendant – West Midlands), Frank Shephard (Corporate and commercial – Manchester), Gavin Jones (Insolvency and corporate recovery – North West), James Szerdy (Banking and finance – North West), James Lonsdale (IT/Telecoms – North West), Joel Heap (Commercial litigation – Manchester), Jonathan Branton (EU/Competition – Yorkshire & North West), Jonathan Edwards (Banking and finance – North West), John Groome (Insurance and reinsurance litigation – London), Jonathan Robinson (Corporate and commercial – Manchester), Jon Hainey (Commercial litigation – Manchester), Jon Stevens (Corporate tax – West Midlands), Kirsty Rogers (Employment – North West), Lorraine Carolan (Personal injury: defendant – West Midlands), Michael Mousdale (Local government – North West), Paul Berry (Personal injury: defendant – North West), Paul Inman (Commercial property – Manchester), Paul Pignatelli (Corporate and commercial – Scotland), Paul Rimmer (Corporate and commercial – Liverpool), Robert Riley (Employment – Hull and East Yorkshire; Leeds and West Yorkshire; Sheffield and South Yorkshire), Steffan Groch (Health and safety – North West), Steve Morris (Commercial litigation – Manchester).

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Andrew Leaitherland

Partner - Managing Partner & CEO

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