Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer
Andrew became CEO and Managing Partner of the Group in May 2006. During his tenure, he has led the business of the Group from two offices in the UK to 27 offices in 14 jurisdictions across four continents, with revenue of the Group increasing during that time from approximately £32 million for the financial year ended 30 April 2006 to £236 million for the financial year ended 30 April 2018 and the total headcount increasing to approximately 3,100 people.
Andrew was awarded Managing Partner of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2014 and the Financial Times recognised Andrew as one of the Top 10 innovative lawyers in Europe as a nominee for the Innovative Lawyer Awards in 2018. He holds an LLB degree from Lancaster University, together with an alumni award in 2013 for substantial contribution to the legal sector, and an LLM degree in employment law and industrial relations from the University of Leicester. He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.
Chief Financial Officer
Chris became CFO of the Group in April 2016. He has had approximately 20 years of experience in the professional services sector. He was previously the Finance Director of Ernst & Young’s EMEIA Advisory business (from 2014 to 2016), the Global Service Line reporting lead of Ernst & Young London (from 2013 to 2014), a director in the UK Core Business Services Finance team of Ernst & Young London (from 2012 to 2013) and the CFO of Ernst & Young Republic of Ireland (from 2010 to 2011). He has extensive experience in advising executive boards on all aspects of financial management, control, and performance and profitability improvement, as well as a track record of business optimisation to drive profit improvements and/or cost savings while also supporting revenue growth. Chris is a trustee and honorary treasurer of the UK-based charity KIDS which delivers services to support disabled children and their families.
Chris holds an LLB degree from the University of Strathclyde and was admitted to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in 2001.
CEO Insurance Division
Glyn joined the Group in January 2007 and became CEO of the Insurance division in May 2018. He is responsible for executing the Group’s Insurance division strategy, driving forward the Group’s market-facing activities in relation to the Insurance division and co-ordinating the practice groups within the Insurance division. Glyn specialises in dealing with complex catastrophic injury claims, as well as other serious injury and fatal claims, and also advises on insurance policy issues. Prior to becoming the CEO of the Insurance division, Glyn was the Practice Group Partner for DWF’s Catastrophic Personal Injury, Large Loss, Occupational Health and Casualty team for six years. In 2018, Glyn was ranked by the legal directory Chambers and Partners Guide UK as a leader in his field for defendant work.
Glyn holds a BA Law Languages degree from Manchester Metropolitan University and passed the Solicitors Final Examination course in 1980. Glyn was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1983 and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.
CEO Commercial Services Division
Stephen joined the Group in August 2014 as a partner and the CEO of the Commercial Services division. He specialises in banking and finance and has acted for both financial institutions and corporate borrowers with particular expertise in private equity and leveraged finance transactions. He is responsible for executing the Group’s Commercial Services division strategy, driving forward the Group’s market-facing activities in relation to the Commercial Services division and co-ordinating the practice groups within the Commercial Services division.
Prior to joining the Group, Stephen led the banking and restructuring, financial services and employment and pensions practices at Pinsent Masons LLP, a leading international law firm. He was a partner at Pinsent Masons LLP from 1997 to 2014. Stephen actively supports the Group’s CSR and diversity initiatives, particularly the women’s network, which is designed to support the development of female talent, and Out Front, the Group’s LGBT network.
Stephen holds an LLB degree from Reading University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, Guildford. He was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1991 and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.
CEO International Division
Stefan joined the Group in January 2015 and became CEO of the International division in October 2017. He is responsible for delivering the Group’s international strategy and leading the development of its international business. Prior to joining the Group, he was a partner at Pinsent Masons LLP for 13 years. Stefan also has over 20 years’ experience in international dispute resolution and project renegotiation particularly within the technology and energy sectors. He has acted for major corporations, governments and not for profit organisations, often in high-profile disputes, across jurisdictions. He was a trustee and director of Percy Bilton Charity from 2002 to 2018.
Stefan holds an LLB degree from Buckingham University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, London. He was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1992, and admitted as a solicitor in Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.
Head of Connected Services
Jason joined the Group in January 2017 as a partner and became head of the Group’s Connected Services division in July 2017. He is responsible for delivering the Group’s suite of connected services to clients as effectively as possible so that clients may experience the unique multi-disciplinary approach that the Group is able to provide. Prior to joining the Group, from 2013 to 2017, Jason was the Chief Operating Officer at Triton Global Ltd, a multi-disciplinary alternative business structure and one of the first businesses in 2013 to be granted a licence following the implementation of the Legal Services Act. From 2003 to 2013, Jason worked as a partner at Robin Simon LLP.
Jason holds an LLB degree from the University of Sheffield and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, Chester. He was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1991 and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.
CEO Managed Services
Mark joined DWF in June 2019. He is responsible for leading the development and delivery of the Groups' strategy of providing clients with an integrated solution for clients' complex legal services, managed services and connected services needs. Prior to joining DWF, Mark was Head of Artificial Intelligence for RBS Commercial and Private Banking, where he designed and founded the division's AI capability. Mark was with RBS for 18 years where he held several strategy and business transformation roles.
Mark is also a governor and chairs the audit committee at the Manchester Metropolitan University and was previously a Council Member of the CBI's Regional Council for Yorkshire and Humberside.
Chief Information Officer
Daniel joined the Group in August 2018 and is the Group’s Chief Information Officer. With over 30 years of experience in the IT industry, he oversees the strategic and operational application of the Group’s IT infrastructure, as well as the development of the business’s data strategy. Daniel also has responsibility for the Group’s business transformation function. He most recently served as DLA Piper LLP’s Chief Information Officer, a position Daniel held for more than two decades. He has been a non-executive director on the board of Thongsbridge Tennis Club Ltd since 2015.
Daniel holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford.
Director of Human Resources
Helen joined the Group in November 2016 as the Group’s Director of Human Resources. With over 20 years of experience in generalist HR positions across multiple sectors, Helen is focused on developing the Group’s HR team’s contribution to business growth, performance and profitability by aligning the team’s strategic and operational goals to the overall Group business plans. Prior to joining the Group, Helen was the HR Director at Princes Limited from 2012 to 2016 and prior to that was an HR consultant at Townhouse Consulting Ltd from 2006 to 2012. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an HR Specialism from Teesside University and a Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development qualification from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
General Counsel & Company Secretary
Mollie became the Group General Counsel and Company Secretary in January 2019. She has more than 17 years of private practice and in-house legal experience. Prior to joining the Group, Mollie was the Director of Business Development at Suntory Beverage and Food Europe from 2017 to 2018 and the General Counsel at Lucozade Ribena Suntory from 2014 to 2017. She was a professional support lawyer at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from 2011 to 2014 and a senior associate in the corporate department of K&L Gates LLP from 2005 to 2011.
Mollie holds a master’s degree in classics from Cambridge University and a post-graduate diploma in law and a post-graduate diploma in legal practice from the University of Law. Mollie is a member of the Law Society of England.
Marketing & Client Development Director
Zelinda became the Marketing and Client Development Director of the Group in January 2019. She has more than 20 years of experience in law firm marketing and business development. Zelinda was the International Marketing Director at DLA Piper from 2008 to 2018 and the Marketing Director of Eversheds Sutherland from 2005 to 2007.
Zelinda holds a bachelor’s degree in French and German Languages and Literature from Manchester Metropolitan University, a diploma in marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a postgraduate certificate in marketing management from Manchester Metropolitan University.