North West law firm opens new office in Dubai

DEMAND: Andrew Leaitherland
DEMAND: Andrew Leaitherland
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North West law firm DWF is opening an office in Dubai to support its clients across the construction, energy, insurance and transport sectors in the Middle East and North Africa.

This will be the firm’s first office outside of the UK and Ireland.

Bosses say it will enable the firm, which has a major base in Preston, to strengthen relations with a number of its strategic clients, enhance its service offering and build the firm’s international capability.

The move is in direct response to demand from major developers and contractors and insurer clients for legal advice on the ground in Dubai to support the construction boom in large infrastructure, housing, tourism, and air and port facilities across the Middle East.

DWF has seen unprecedented growth since 2006 and has expanded from a two-office North West firm into one of the UK’s top 20 law firms.

The legal business now employs over 2500 people operating across 12 locations in the UK and Ireland.

The firm’s revenue has grown 456 per cent from £34million in 2005/6 to £189million in 2013/14.

DWF will launch its Dubai office with a team of four.

They include two partners who will advise on contentious and non-contentious construction matters, professional indemnity and non-marine insurance work.

To support the team DWF is initially taking 1000sqft of office space in the heart of the prestigious Dubai International Finance Centre.

Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner & CEO at DWF, commented: “There is a real opportunity for us in Dubai.

“We’ve supported clients in Dubai and across the region for many years and it’s become increasingly clear that there is demand for our services on the ground.”