The strategic move was announced in March 2012 and will see two of the country’s most renowned insurance law providers combine forces to bolster their combined presence in the Midlands legal services market.
The new team is already recognised as a top tier firm in the West Midlands for defendant personal injury, and has extensive experience of dealing with major specialist cases with strategic, sensitive or reputational issues.
In addition to the insurance practice, Buller Jeffries brings a thriving private client and commercial property team, and as such the merger will also serve to strengthen the national law firm’s offer across these key sectors.
The merger is set to reinforce DWF’s presence in Birmingham, where in early 2011 the firm appointed Joanne Davis, a leading Asset and Commercial Finance lawyer.
Already recognised in the industry as the ‘go-to’ company, this announcement will further strengthen the national law firm’s position as the leading provider of insurance law.
Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner at DWF, comments: “The key driver for any merger that we undertake is ultimately the benefits that it will deliver for our client base. Within both firms we have talented and highly experienced partners who have an established reputation for managing some extremely high profile cases within the market. The combined business therefore provides us with the opportunity to enhance our offering, both in terms of niche legal expertise and also in terms of geographical spread.”
Andrew continues: “In order to continue to provide the outstanding offering we pride ourselves on at DWF, values alignment is an essential prerequisite for all mergers. It became apparent very quickly in this case that both firms’ commitment to employees, clients, the communities in which they work and the environment is rooted at the heart of both businesses, making it an ideal combination to further enhance our offering.”