DWF elects first managing partner

North West firm DWF has carried out full-scale changes to its management system, electing its first managing partner and appointing a new strategic board.

Employment law partner Andrew Leaitherland has been elected to the newly created role of managing partner. He has spent two years on the firm’s management board and at 36 is one of the youngest managing partners at a law firm.

Leaitherland said: “Managing partner is an exciting and challenging role that I’m really looking forward to. I want DWF to be all that it can be. By working closely with the new board, our partners and operational heads we will build on our success to create an even greater firm.”

Jim Davies continues as senior partner, but he will now be free from operational duties and will concentrate on client care and developing new relationships.

Davies and Leaitherland also sit on the new strategic board with five others – Paul Berry, head of insurance, Tony Bochenski, head of the finance group, Andrew Needham, head of corporate, Sue Parker, corporate partner and John Paton, chairman.

DWF is 63rd in The Lawyer UK 100 table with a turnover of £31.6m and a profit per equity partner of £296,000.