DWF bolsters insurance practice with six new hires

North West firm DWF has made six new appointments to its London insurance and retail teams with hires from Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), K&L Gates, Plexus Law, Vizyard Wyeth and Zurich – the insurance provider.

Joining as partner and head of retail is Hilary Ross, a regulatory expert noted for her expertise in health and safety, food law, and marketing and advertising.

Previously a partner at Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP), and more recently Bond Pearce, Ross is also chair of the European Food Law Association of the UK and a member of the Health & Safety Lawyers’ Association.

Joining the commercial insurance team as solicitors are Rebecca Mills and Suzannah Boyd. Mills joins from BLP and Boyd from K&L Gates. Both specialise in professional indemnity, property insurance and coverage disputes.

DWF has also appointed Amanda Emberton and Gurbir Thethy to its catastrophic personal injury team, as well as Louise Louch to its casualty team.

Emberton is a qualified barrister with over 15 years experience defending catastrophic and large loss injury claims. She joins from Plexus Law, where she was a member of their catastrophic injury team. She joins DWF as a barrister.

Thethy, previously a litigation executive at Vizards Wyeth, brings over 20 years of experience in motor, public and employer liability cases. He joins as senior legal adviser.

Legal adviser Louch has joined from Zurich, where she was a senior claims technician specialising in fraud claims and fraud-related strategy matters.

In a statement, DWF head of insurance Paul Berry said: “Thanks to the support from our increasing client base, our insurance team in London continues to grow and we welcome our six latest recruits, all whom have considerable experience and add real weight to our commercial offering in particular.”

The raft of appointments follow news of the firm’s launch of a Birmingham office with the appointment of Shoosmiths asset finance head Joanne Davis (28 July 2011) and, earlier in the year, the announcement of the opening of a Newcastle base with the hire of partner John Flynn from Dickinson Dees (6 May 2011).

In June DWF announced a 17 per cent increase in average profit per equity partner and a 15 per cent rise in turnover for the last financial year (30 June 2011).

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