DWF set for Northern Ireland.

I spotted a little article of interest for fellow Northern Irish legal eagles, regarding international law firm DWF viewing Northern Ireland as a potential opportunity for the firm.

DWF has said Northern Ireland can be a key source of growth, after announcing a merger with a practice established in the jurisdiction. The firm confirmed on the 28th November that it is set to merge with Belfast-based commercial firm C & H Jefferson with effect from 1 December.

This deal will mean that DWF increases its national and international scope in the industrial, commercial, property and insurance markets in the UK.

DWF Managing Partner and Chief Executive Andrew Leaitherland said that in bringing on board the 100-year-old firm, the strength of the legal market in Northern Ireland is highlighted and should be realised.

‘We are always looking at strategic opportunities for growth that will enhance our legal capability in key practice areas and allow us to offer our clients advantages in terms of resource, reach and multi-jurisdiction expertise,’ he said. ‘The legal market in Northern Ireland is vibrant, and rapidly changing, and this merger makes us well-equipped to take advantage of the growing number of opportunities it presents for our clients in target sectors.’

This will be DWF’s 12th office in the UK. Employing over 2,300 staff, it is based in 16 locations across England, Scotland, Ireland, Brussels, with two offices in Germany (Cologne, Munich), and Dubai.

C & H Jefferson has specific expertise in litigation, professional indemnity, public liability and motor claims, which will complement DWF’s existing national insurance practice, and advises several leading national and international insurers in defence litigation, including the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s professional indemnity insurers.The firm also operates in industrial disease litigation and is one of only four firms appointed to the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s negligence claims panel.

So there we have it, fellow legal eagles. This merger is a promising sign, especially in light of the Brexit vote, and subsequent uncertainity. There is strength in the legal market in Northern Ireland yet!

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