Andrew Leaitherland reappointed
22 Mar, 2012
DWF confirmed today that Andrew Leaitherland will continue as managing partner for a further three year term, after he was reappointed unopposed.
Since his appointment in 2006, DWF has seen sustained double digit, year-on-year growth in revenue and net profit, representing an increase in revenue from £29m in 2006 to £83m in 2011, whilst net profit increased from £6m to £20m over the same period. In the last five years, DWF has seen an increase in its people from 560 to over 1500 and has grown from two to eight offices, with new offices opening in Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle and London.
The firm has recruited 83 partners and targeted key lateral hires since 2006, including corporate partner John Flynn, asset finance expert Joanne Davis and retail specialist Hillary Ross.
Andrew commented: “DWF is one of the fastest growing law firms in the UK and I look forward leading the firm in the coming years, ensuring that we stay true to our values. We will also continue to recruit and retain the best people, allowing us to exceed our clients’ expectations.”
DWF chairman, Alan Benzie, added “Andrew has been the prominent force behind the consistent and highly successful growth realised by the business in recent years. His re-appointment was uncontested, recognising the partnership’s belief that with his continuing leadership the firm will achieve its strategic ambitions and undoubtedly much more.”
The announcement comes after another strong year for DWF, which saw the firm establish a Birmingham office, merge with the law firm Crutes and recently post figures showing a 14 per cent increase in revenue for the first six months of the financial year.
The firm also topped the 2011 Legal Week Client Satisfaction Report for the quality of its legal and commercial advice. Overall, DWF achieved second place in the league table, climbing one place higher than its position the previous year.
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