Described by market commentators as ‘blazing a trail’, DWF is one of the UK’s largest legal businesses, with an award-winning reputation for client service excellence, effective operational management and innovation. DWF has been named by the Financial Times as one of Europe’s most innovative legal businesses and has been independently recognised for its quality of legal advice, service delivery and responsiveness. The business has core strengths in corporate banking, insurance and litigation and in-depth expertise in several chosen sectors, including public sector; energy and industrials; real estate; financial services; retail, food and hospitality; technology and transport. DWF employs over 2,700 people across 11 countries and has steadily grown its international presence in response to client demand. In addition to its offices in Dubai, Brussels and Germany, in 2017 it significantly expanded its international footprint as part of its strategic growth plans. In January 2017 the business established bases in Sydney, Toronto and Chicago as part of its acquisition of Triton Global, and made its first move into France with the launch of a Paris office. In April 2017 DWF opened an office in Berlin, its third in Germany, and in June 2017 launched in Singapore. This was followed by the opening of the Milan office and two new Australian offices, in Brisbane and Melbourne, in October 2017. An additional Australian office, in Newcastle, New South Wales, was opened in May 2018.
As an increasingly international business, DWF has embraced the opportunity to provide clients with more than just core legal services. DWF has transformed its business model with the launch of a new specialist division, Connected Services, which forms an umbrella for a range of businesses that complement DWF’s core legal offering as well as offering stand-alone consultative services and products that help clients manage their risk, cost, time, reputation and resource. DWF has also invested £12 million in technology to deliver operational efficiencies, enhance financial management and support the delivery of high-quality legal services to clients including adidas, Aviva, Expedia, Leeds City Council, Royal Bank of Scotland, RSA, Serco, Virgin Trains, Whitbread and Zurich. DWF is committed to corporate responsibility and diversity and has been independently recognised with a CommunityMark for excellence in community investment. DWF was the first UK legal business to achieve the ‘Disability Confident’ accreditation, which highlights the firm as an inclusive recruiter of disabled talent and is a Top 30 Employer for Working Families. The business also has its own charitable enterprise, the DWF Foundation, a registered charity aimed at providing funds and support to local charities and programmes focused on education, employability, health and wellbeing and homelessness.
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