Sir Nigel became Chairman of the Group in September 2017 and Group CEO in May 2020. He spent over 38 years at DLA Piper, a global law firm, where he was Global Co-Chairman and Senior Partner, and, previously, Global Co-CEO and Managing Partner from 1996 to 2015. During his tenure as leader of DLA Piper and its legacy firms, revenues of DLA Piper grew from £52 million to in excess of £1.5 billion.
Sir Nigel received a knighthood in 2009 in recognition of his services to the legal industry. In 2015, he was awarded the Legal Business “Outstanding Individual Achievement Award” and in 2016 the Financial News “Editor’s Choice” award. He is the Senior Independent Director of Morses Club plc, the Chairman of Zeus Capital and a Trustee of The Prince’s Trust. He was also High Sheriff of Greater London 2016/17. Sir Nigel holds an LLB degree from the University of Sheffield and a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law, Chester. He received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of Harris Manchester College Oxford. Sir Nigel was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1980 and is a registered foreign lawyer with the Law Society of Scotland.
Chief Operating Officer
Matthew was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in May 2020. He is also a Partner Director of the Company following his appointment in November 2018. Matthew has been a partner at DWF LLP since June 2016 and is head of the London Corporate Team. He was previously a corporate partner at Squire Patton Boggs from 2013 to 2016, a corporate partner at Dorsey & Whitney from 2009 to 2013 and a corporate partner of Addleshaw Goddard from 2007 to 2009.
Matthew holds an LLB degree from the University of Birmingham and completed the Law Society Final Examination in 1993 from the College of Law, Chester. He was admitted as a solicitor by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in 1996 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.
Group General Counsel & Company Secretary
Mollie joined the Group as 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 worked for the Suntory Beverage and Food Group, where she was the Director of Business Development at Suntory Beverage and Food Europe and the General Counsel at Lucozade Ribena Suntory. She also practised as a corporate/commercial lawyer for over 12 years at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, K&L Gates LLP, and Slaughter and May, where she trained and qualified.
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 College of Law, London. 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.