DWF merges with Buller Jeffries to bolster Birmingham offering
National business law firm DWF and insurance specialists Buller Jeffries have today announced they will be merging in a move that’s set to firmly establish the Midlands as a hub for the legal services market. The move will see Buller Jeffries formally incorporated into DWF on 1 May 2012.
As market leaders in insurance litigation and with experience of dealing with major specialist cases, Buller Jeffries’ strong insurance practice has earned a name for managing cases with strategic, sensitive or reputational issues. Earlier this week (Wednesday 28th March), Buller Jeffries was successful in its work with its client Zurich, celebrating a major win in the Employers Liability Trigger Litigation in the Supreme Court – a case that will have an enormous impact on the insurance market.
With an established UK wide reputation, Buller Jeffries ranks highly within Chambers and Legal 500 for employers’ and product liability work, as well as construction, with a number of partners highlighted as leaders in their respective fields.
The merger is set to reinforce DWF’s presence in Birmingham, where in early 2011 the firm appointed Joanne Davis, a leading Asset and Commercial Finance lawyer.
Already recognised in the industry as the ‘go-to’ company, this announcement will further strengthen the national law firm’s position as the leading provider of insurance law.
Andrew Leaitherland, Managing Partner at DWF, commented: “This merger with Buller Jeffries represents our latest commitment to our Birmingham offering. As a firm we are passionate about investing in all of our regional locations to further increase our ability to provide our clients with the best possible support where it’s needed most.
“The synergy between the two firms is clear, with a shared work ethic and values. As such, the union will certainly serve to further strengthen our offering for our client base.”
Roger Coates, Senior Partner at Buller Jeffries commented: “This merger will be good for our people and good for our clients. There are a great many similarities in the way in which DWF and Buller Jeffries do business and we like each other as people - so we are a natural fit. I am confident that DWF’s presence in Birmingham will be greatly increased as a result of this merger and we are all looking forward to rolling up our sleeves and taking advantage of the exciting opportunities for growth ahead.”