DWF continues London growth with Lawrence Graham trio

DWF has scooped three finance partners from Lawrence Graham in a bid to boost its London office.

The team includes banking partners Iain Shurwood and John Fox and real estate finance partner Simon Elphick.

DWF has now made five hires from Lawrence Graham this year, following employment partner Helga Breen (16 January 2014) and real estate partner Iain Thomas (7 February 2014). Thomas joined the firm alongside Wragge & Co senior associate Lorraine Reader and Stephenson Harwood’s Stephen Sumpton.

DWF also recently bolstered its financial services team in the City with the recruitment of corporate partner Richard Tall and his team from TLT in February (5 February 2014).

Shurwood joined DWF in February to head up the firm’s London corporate banking team. He specialises in acquisition finance, corporate lending, restructuring and workouts, acting for major high street banks, borrowers and investors, including cross-border transactions and off-shore tax.

Elphick also joined the firm last month and acts predominantly for lenders on financing and restructuring, as well as commercial property investors and occupiers.

Fox is expected to join DWF in April. He will focus on real estate lending and acts for a variety of lenders and borrowers on the origination and restructuring of domestic and European loan transactions, as well as investors in the secondary debt market.

DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said the firm had “a stated aim of substantially growing” in London and that the latest laterals would help the firm to build on its relationship with Barclays Bank and RBS.

DWF is expected to move its London teams into the Walkie Talkie building having agreed to take around 40,000 sq ft at the iconic reflective tower, which hit the headlines last year for melting part of a sports car (13 January 2014).

Lawrence Graham is currently preparing to merge with Wragge & Co following a vote late last year (11 December 2013).