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DWF and Fishburns to merge

Plans to become a top-20 UK law firm  

21 January 2013

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By Manju Manglani, Editor (@ManjuManglani)

Top-50 UK law firm DWF intends to merge with professional indemnity practice Fishburns on 1 February 2013.

This latest union forms part of DWF’s ambitious growth plans to become a top-20 law firm. It gives the firm new offices in Bristol and Dublin, along with a stronger presence in London.

The merger follows DWF’s July 2012 union with Scottish commercial law firm Biggart Baillie, May 2012 merger with Birmingham insurance practice Buller Jeffries and January 2012 combination with northeast firm Crutes.

DWF had also been in merger talks with top-75 UK law firm Cobbetts in January 2012, but these were called off two weeks after they were announced due to “current uncertainty in market conditions”.

From 1 February, the Fishburns business will be known as DWF Fishburns.

Antony Marsh, senior partner at Fishburns, will join the DWF board and take “a leading role” in developing the firm’s professional indemnity practice.

Said Marsh: “Merging with DWF provides Fishburns with a growth platform that will enable us to build on our already strong professional indemnity offering, whilst at the same time providing a wider range of services to our clients.”

Commenting on the merger, Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner and CEO of DWF, noted that Fishburns’ expertise “enables us to continue our investment in niche practice areas”.

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