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DWF has put its expansion plans on hold, with the economic climate making office openings too costly.
DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer of his change of direction, which came after a number of merger overtures to firms in several markets outside its Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Preston bases.
Leaitherland said: “I’ve looked at Newcastle, Birmingham and London – we have an aggressive growth strategy – but it’s a difficult climate and it’s very difficult to get into new markets.”
Recruitment is clearly not on hold, though, with Newcastle’s Dickinson Dees pensions head Martin Jenkins quitting his firm in what is understood to be a move to DWF in Leeds when his 12- month notice period is up.