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            DWF announces 29 senior promotions

            DWF, the global legal business, has announced 29 senior promotions across the business. 

            Date: 10/02/2020

            The promotions include seven new partners and 13 new directors across its global offices. The promotions also include nine promotions within the partnership structure, moving up a career level. Of the 29 senior promotions, 10 are women (34%).
            Across the divisions, 16 senior promotions have been made in Commercial Services, seven in Insurance, and six in International.
            In addition to these 29 senior promotions, DWF had a significant partner recruitment programme in the first half of its FY20 financial year, adding a net of 20 new partners.
            Andrew Leaitherland, CEO DWF Group PLC, said: “Recruiting and developing talented people is one of the key drivers of our strategy so I am delighted that we are announcing these senior promotions in our business today.
            “We are committed to continually developing and helping our people progress in their careers. Across our business we promoted 154 people in 2019, which reflects the confidence we have in our potential to grow, and help our clients. Of those promoted, 82 are female (53%), as we continue to focus on developing a pipeline of talent that will help us to achieve our diversity targets."


            Partner promotions at DWF in 2019:

            • Adam Heather* Real Estate (Newcastle)
            • Andrew Whalley* Commercial Litigation (Liverpool)
            • Catherine Haslam* Real Estate (Manchester)
            • Chris Noel, Private Capital (Manchester)
            • David Frankland* Real Estate (Manchester)
            • Edon Brynes, Energy (Dublin)
            • Geoff Stansfield* Real Estate (Glasgow)
            • Guy Rusling, Real Estate (Leeds)
            • Julie Galbraith* Real Estate (Belfast)
            • Lee Foulser, Commercial Insurance (Manchester)
            • Matteo Cerretti* Insurance (Milan)
            • Naveen Gupta* Real Estate (Manchester)
            • Oskar Waluśkiewicz, Energy (Warsaw)
            • Peter Barnes* Occupational Health & Casualty (Bristol)
            • Piotr Kunicki, Public Procurement/Infrastructure (Warsaw)
            • Stephen Cairns, Employment (Newcastle)

            *Promotion within the partnership structure 

            The business has promoted 13 people to director level, namely: 

            • Charlotte Kelly, Occupational Health & Casualty (Bristol)
            • Colin Bushell, Fraud (Manchester)
            • Dan Williams, Commercial Litigation (Manchester)
            • David McNeice, Construction (Belfast)
            • Emma Forrester, Commercial Litigation (Edinburgh)
            • Helen Thomas, Real Estate (Liverpool)
            • Jeff Gledhill, Recoveries (Leeds)
            • Jenny Crew, Banking (Leeds)
            • Katrina Boyd, Occupational Health & Casualty (London)
            • Mark Thompson, Regulatory, Compliance and Investigations (Leeds)
            • Michelle Knapp, Catastrophic Injury (London)
            • Sarah Stutchfield, Occupational Health & Casualty (Manchester)
            • Vicky Thomas, Corporate (Manchester)

            The data includes all promotions up to and including 31 December 2019. This includes those promoted to director and partner in both of DWF's summer and winter promotions process.


            Related people

            Andrew Leaitherland

            • CEO DWF Group Plc

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