DWF plans further Scottish expansion

DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland has said the firm is on the lookout for further growth in Scotland.

Manchester headquartered DWF, which merged with Scotland’s Biggart Baillie (7 June 2012) earlier this year, is still looking to bulk up its insurance offering in Scotland. The firm has not yet entered into talks with any partners or firms in order to achieve the aim this year, however.

According to a source, Leaitherland told trainees at the firm about DWF’s intentions at a meeting last week.

Leaitherland later responded to questions by The Lawyer, saying: “Are we interested in building our insurance presence in Scotland? Of course. Would that be by way of additional lateral hires or merger? Of course. Are we in discussions with anyone at the moment? No.”

DWF has grown through mergers and bolt-ons at a prolific rate over the past few years. The merger with Biggart Baillie, which went live on 1 July, created a near £120m firm and was preceded by a merger with Coventry firm Buller Jeffries in April 2012 (2 April 2012) and Newcastle firm Crutes in January (25 November 2012). DWF was also in merger talks with fellow Manchester firm Cobbetts, but those collapsed in January (31 January 2012).