DWF is a global legal business, supplying services not only to the global legal market but also providing complementary connected services to our clients. Our purpose is to transform legal services through our people for our clients using our three principal strategic objectives: understanding our clients, engaging our people and doing things differently.
Innovation is at the forefront of our strategy to provide a competitive and differentiated offering for our clients. We believe innovation will enable us to become the go-to partner for outsourced legal and connected services. Technology plays an important role across all our operations and service delivery enabling us to offer new technology and software solutions directly to clients. It is the cornerstone of our service development and product innovation and also helps us to optimise the development of new workflows and tools, and supports data analytics and project management solutions.
A culture of Innovation is supported by our ideas incubator and innovation company DWF Ventures. DWF Ventures is a wholly owned company, which concentrates on client-focused research and development opportunities, as well as nurturing early-growth services.
DWF is ranked the 11th most innovative legal business in Europe in the 2018 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers report. The Financial Times also recognised our Managing Partner and CEO Andrew Leaitherland as one of the top ten innovative lawyers in Europe, as a nominee for the Innovative Lawyer Awards in 2018.
Our Insurance division has also won a number of awards between 2016 and 2018 demonstrating its profile in the market and its market-leading use of technology to advise clients and handle claims. Our awards include The British Insurance Awards Outsource Provider of the Year 2018, the Insurance Post Insurance Law Firm of the year 2018, the Scott Awards 2018 (Scotland), the Insurance Times Fraud Prevention Solution of the Year 2018, Insurance Times Legal Partner of the Year 2018 and the Fraud Awards Intelligence and Investigation Awards 2017.
Our range of complex, managed and connected services are designed specifically to meet the needs of our clients.
Our values are at the heart of our culture, providing a clear foundation for our people. Our purpose is to transform legal services through our people for our clients. We believe that our values are integral to the achievement of our strategy. They influence actions and behaviours, complement our strategic direction and support the integration of people that join our business.
Always aim higher
By refusing to do only the minimum and reaching further every time, we expand the realm of what's possible.
Be better together
By supporting each other and working as a team we can achieve more for our clients and ourselves.
Disrupt to progress
Just because there's an established way of doing things, it doesn’t mean it's the best way.
Keep all promises
A promise is a promise, no matter how large or small. By keeping promises, we build trust, loyalty and commitment.
Attend to details
Paying attention to every last detail is the right way to ensure that clients experience the very best of DWF.
The business was founded in 1977 by Jim Davies and Guy Wallis as a Liverpool-based law firm, specialising in real estate and licensing. Over time, DWF expanded to provide corporate and commercial legal services, added its insurance offering through the acquisition of Dodd Ashcroft and launched a finance and restructuring practice. In 2006, Andrew Leaitherland became Managing Partner and CEO, and, in 2007 DWF merged with Leeds-based Ricksons, becoming DWF LLP.
Under Andrew Leaitherland’s leadership, DWF has expanded significantly to become a global legal business offering a range of legal and connected services. As the needs of clients have become more complex and international, DWF has aligned its operations with its clients’ businesses by creating sector-specific teams across practices and offices and has expanded DWF’s geographic footprint within the United Kingdom and internationally.
DWF first established itself in London in 2008 and following organic and inorganic growth opened its current London office at 20 Fenchurch Street in September 2014.
Between 2014 and 2018, DWF’s international expansion beyond the United Kingdom and Ireland accelerated and we now have operations in 14 jurisdictions, with our operations in the United States and Canada being limited to connected services. DWF also has associated firms in seven countries, including the United States.
Building on existing products and services, we formally launched our Connected Services offering as a separate division in October 2017 in response to the growing demand from our clients.Since 2006 and under Andrew Leaitherland’s direction, DWF has accomplished 14 acquisitions, opened 25 new offices globally, expanded from a presence in the United Kingdom to 14 jurisdictions with revenue increasing substantially from approximately £32 million, for the financial year ended 30 April 2006, to £236 million for the financial year ended 30 April 2018.