International legal business DWF has appointed litigation partner Ricky Cannon and hired associate Neale Tosh to its Glasgow office as the firm looks to strengthen its debt recovery and finance litigation offering in Scotland. Both join from Brodies where they specialised in business disputes and asset recovery.
With more than 16 years' experience, Ricky's practice focuses on a wide range of litigation including commercial litigation, finance litigation, debt recovery and insolvency. He regularly provides support to banks, asset finance lenders, financial institutions, utility companies, insolvency practitioners, debt purchasers, companies and individuals pursuing or defending claims for the recovery of debts and assets. Through regular appearances in court to conduct all types of hearings, he has developed excellent advocacy skills and has acted for a number of high-profile clients. Ricky is joined by associate Neale who specialises in debt and asset recovery. Neale has particular experience in vehicle finance litigation, volume debt recovery and personal and corporate insolvency.
Ricky has a particular interest and focus on motor and finance litigation and will work closely with National Head of Finance Litigation John Perez on developing the practice into a market leading finance litigation offering across the UK and secure a larger proportion of the finance litigation market nationwide.
John Perez, National Head of Finance Litigation, commented: "With Ricky's legal expertise, commercially-focused approach and leadership skills, he will make a strong addition to the team. His appointment will play a vital part in our continued expansion of the litigation practice both in Scotland, Northern Ireland and throughout the UK. Ricky is somebody I have known and worked closely with for a long time and I'm absolutely delighted he and Neale are joining our growing team."
Paul Pignatelli, Executive Partner of DWF Glasgow, said: "Having established the finance litigation and debt recovery unit at Brodies, Ricky has a breadth of knowledge in the current Scottish market. Alongside his strong commercial expertise, his appointment will play a vital part in our continued expansion of the litigation practice both in Scotland and throughout the UK."
Ricky Cannon added: "There is a real synergy in the work which DWF and I provide to clients and the litigation team operates as a fully-integrated practice with a highly respected reputation throughout Scotland and the rest of the UK. Leveraging this existing platform and taking advantage of DWF's resource across the UK, there is ample opportunity to further drive the development of the Scottish practice. It's also a unique opportunity to join John and his national team, somebody I have worked closely with for many years and I know has a national reputation as a true market leader"
Based in 100 Queen Street, DWF 90-strong Glasgow office was recently awarded the 'Innovation in Practice' award at the Scottish Legal Awards for the second year in a row, in recognition of its extensive work in leveraging data and business intelligence to disrupt the Scottish insurance market and influence legislative change in Scotland. The business also has an Edinburgh office, headed by Wayne Lawrence, which recently sponsored the high-profile Lord Jones Mooting Competition, giving law students from across Scotland the opportunity to take part in mock legal debates. DWF's Scottish practice has particular expertise in the energy, real estate, retail and energy sectors and acts for household names including ScottishPower and Royal Bank of Scotland.