Legal business DWF has appointed partner Nina Gaston to its insurance team based in Dublin as the firm continues to strengthen its presence in Ireland as part of wider international growth plans. Nina joins from Mason Hayes & Curran, where she was an insurance partner and Head of Risk, and specialises in professional indemnity insurance defence litigation.
Nina has worked in insurance and litigation for over 20 years, in Dublin, Belfast and London, and brings with her extensive experience advising on commercially-effective methods of dispute resolution, including mediation, arbitration and litigation, as well as advising insurers on a wide range of issues in professional indemnity, property and directors & officers (D&O) policies.
She acts for insurers on all aspects of liability and coverage relating to professional negligence claims against a mix of insured professionals, such as construction professionals, financial advisers, insurance brokers, barristers and solicitors.
Nina comments on her appointment: “DWF’s insurance team in Dublin has long-standing expertise in advising international and Irish insurer clients on claims and coverage issues, employment matters and commercial litigation disputes. Post-EU referendum, firms with well-established teams in Ireland are beneficial to UK-based companies that have international interests, making this a very interesting time to be practising law in Dublin.”
Ross Little, DWF Executive Partner in Dublin, says: “Nina is an exceptional lawyer and a great addition to our Irish base. We’ve been operating in Dublin for many years and we’re increasing our capacity and expanding our service offerings across commercial and insurance to raise the firm’s profile in Ireland and drive growth to meet client demands. We continue to advise our clients in the region and are well-placed to meet the anticipated demand from the UK as it looks to negotiate its exit from the EU.”
Over the past 18 months, DWF has invested in growing its international reach through strategic lateral hires, including the appointment of corporate partner Ross Little from William Fry as the firm’s new Executive Partner in Dublin. The circa 2,300 strong firm, which operates from 12 locations across the UK and Ireland, launched its Dubai office in 2015, its first outside of the UK and Ireland, and has since opened offices in Brussels, Cologne and Munich.