DWF appoints arbitration partner from Pinsent Masons

Legal business DWF has appointed partner Richard Twomey to its City-based arbitration and litigation team as the firm continues to drive growth in London and internationally. He joins from Pinsent Masons and specialises in international arbitration and high value complex disputes particularly in the energy, technology and manufacturing sectors.

Richard brings to DWF a strong track record and over 15 years’ experience in international dispute resolution. His practice primarily deals with disputes resolved through international arbitration, often concerning distressed projects, transactional fall out, shareholder and ownership disputes, as well as UK pensions regulatory work. Richard has acted for major corporations, governments, trustees and prominent individuals, often in disputes involving several jurisdictions.

Recently, Richard has represented clients in a number of significant disputes, including the widely-reported eBorders arbitration where he represented the Home Office against US technology firm Raytheon following the UK Government’s termination of its contract with the firm in May 2010. This was one of the largest IT project disputes at the time and the dispute, and subsequent successful challenges brought by Richard's team to the award, were hailed as being among the most important decisions in arbitration in 2016.

Joel Heap, DWF Firmwide Head of Commercial Litigation, said: "London remains a key focus for DWF and, specifically, our arbitration and litigation team. Richard's appointment is a vital part of our strategic objective to build a robust international arbitration practice, developing our cross-office capability with DWF's teams globally to support clients involved in any overseas or cross-jurisdictional disputes."

Richard Twomey said: "DWF already has a strong disputes practice across key jurisdictions, including in the Middle East, Europe and more recently the US following DWF's acquisition of insurance business Triton, which is a great platform to continue building its reputation in international disputes. DWF and its clients are operating in an increasingly global business landscape, which inevitably results in most disputes having an international element."

DWF has significantly invested in its litigation team firmwide, strengthening its presence in the Dubai with the appointment of DWF Middle East Managing Partner and international arbitration expert Waseem Khokhar from PwC Legal Middle East, the appointment of a team of litigators from PwC Legal (UK) led by partner Jonny Isaacs to enhance DWF's London practice and, more recently, the appointment of partner Eimear Collins from Mason Hayes & Curran to develop the firm's litigation practice in Dublin and litigation partner Romain Dupeyré in Paris from French litigation boutique BOPS.


Joel Heap

Partner - National Head of Commercial Litigation

I am a leading commercial litigation specialist, heading up the National Commercial Litigation team.

Richard Twomey


I help businesses and individuals enforce and defend their rights. I specialise in international arbitration and high value complex disputes particularly in the energy, technology and manufacturing sectors.