DWF appoints former Eversheds International chair Gray as non-executive director

DWF has appointed the former chairman of Eversheds International David Gray as a non-executive board director.

David Gray
David Gray

Gray retired from Eversheds International in May having spent four years as chairman and six as chief executive, and was succeeded at the firm by Irish managing partner Alan Murphy (2 May 2013).

DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland said Gray would help drive further growth at the rapidly expanding firm.

“We’ve had a number of great opportunities recently which have allowed us to significantly expand our national presence,” he said in a statement. “As part of the next phase of our strategy we will also be looking to further drive expansion, both nationally and internationally and with David’s experience and guidance, we believe he will play a key role in helping us achieve this.”

The firm has bolted on five firms in the last two years, including the February acquisition of failed firm Cobbetts (6 February 2013) and the January acquisition of professional indemnity firm Fishburns (18 January 2013).

In May DWF recruited 13 lawyers, including five partners, from Eversheds’ Manchester and Newcastle offices in a boost to its property department (9 May 2013).

Gray said of the move: “DWF has experienced remarkable growth in recent years and its distinctive sector-led approach has really helped it to stand out in the market.”

Rapid growth of DWF however has led to some rationalisation with the firm last week announcing that it was entering into a redundancy consultation, putting up to 80 jobs at risk in its London, Coventry, Teesside and Manchester offices (31 May 2013).

For more on growth at DWF read our feature: DWF: Self-assembly, or the DIY law firm