North West law firm Davies Wallis Foyster has increased and diversified its presence in the region by launching a national centre for high-volume, process-driven legal transactions in Warrington.
`The £1.5m operation will trade under the name DWF Maxima and will be headed by Davies Wallis partner Mary Barlow.`Barlow joined the firm in January from DLA, where she was head of the business services group in Bradford. Her knowledge of the process-driven legal services market was essential to Davies Wallis' expansion plans. Senior partner Jim Davies described her arrival as "another step in our strategic growth".`The core team at DWF Maxima consists of about 20 people who are preparing the ground for an anticipated mid-June launch. With at least eight companies already expressing an interest, the enterprise is expected to generate 150 jobs during the next 18 months, some of which will be for lawyers.`Business development partner Nigel Wallis said that the idea for DWF Maxima was client driven. "Clients said they would be prepared to expand the work if Davies Wallis could offer this additional service. It was a case of you provide it and we'll use it," he said. He was not willing to confirm which clients had expressed an interest.`With this in mind, the Warrington centre will offer a single source solution for the management of high-volume legal transactions, such as debt recovery, remortgaging and selling plots for residential developers. Although Davies Wallis would not comment on specific clients, the service is aimed at lenders, developers and other commercial organisations generating work that can be broken down into a process system.`The service is technology-focused, providing information management via the internet. Clients can track the history of a case online and access documentation electronically. The day-to-day management of cases will be undertaken by non-legal staff but will be overseen by qualified practitioners. Davies Wallis' corporate and commercial practice is to provide any additional legal support as necessary.`The move takes Davies Wallis to a third location in the North West, with offices in Manchester and Liverpool already established.