Aviva drives Greenwoods’ 50-strong PI team to DWF following Parabis tie-up

DWF has picked up an 11-partner team from Greenwoods following its decision to merge with defendant insurance firm Plexus Law in May 2013.

Sources say Aviva was uncomfortable using Greenwood’s personal injury team following its decision to merge with Plexus Law, a subsidiary of Parabis, in May this year (7 May 2013). The concerns were made clear at the time of the merger, according to insiders, with Aviva uncomfortable that Greenwoods would be acting for other insurers following its tie-up with Plexus Law. 

The insurance giant is the personal injury team’s only client, meaning Greenwoods will not be looking for a replacement. It is not known if Aviva started talks with DWF or the other way round, but it is understood that Aviva will continue to use Greenwoods for property insurance and construction work.

The 11 partners, supported by a further 23 legal specialists and 14 support staff, will strengthen DWF’s catastrophic and large loss personal injury and non-injury expertise and will see DWF create a new presence in Milton Keynes.  

DWF CEO Andrew Leaitherland said: “The team has an exceptional reputation for its advisory work on complex cases and this strength in catastrophic and large loss personal injury and non-injury cases enhances our service offering to all insurer clients. This opportunity supports our future growth in London and Bristol, is in line with our business strategy and will further establish DWF’s position as one of the UK’s leading insurance law firms.”

A spokesperson for Greenwoods said: “Following the successful merger of Greenwoods and Plexus Law in May of 2013 Greenwoods confirm they have agreed the TUPE transfer of  a team of fee earners to DWF. The transfer to DWF will take place before 1 November 2013. Greenwoods wishes the departing team every success for the future.”

The move follows on from DWF’s merger with professional indemnity firm Fishburns in February (18 January 2013).