DWF is to acquire niche insurance law firm Fox Hartley.
Fox Hartley, which has 16 people including three partners, acts for UK and global insurers in relation to catastrophic injury, aviation claims, property damage, business interruption, policy wording disputes and the development of new products.
The merger, which will take effect from 3 May, will support DWF’s growing focus on the Lloyd’s insurance market and enhance the firm’s delivery of high value commercial litigation work.
DWF will also benefit from Fox Hartley’s close links to French, German, Japanese and Swedish insurance markets. The merger will strengthen DWF’s growing international litigation and arbitration practice, which has seen considerable investment following the launch of the firm’s Dubai office in early 2015.
Fox Hartley also provides specialist product liability guidance to insurers and manufacturers and advises on serious incidents and health and safety prosecutions, which will augment DWF’s existing expertise in delivering domestic and international product liability guidance to clients across a wide range of industry sectors including retail and marine.
Andrew Leaitherland, DWF’s managing partner and CEO, said: “Fox Hartley has excellent litigation and insurance specialists with niche expertise that will complement our existing teams and sector expertise and help us secure new clients. This merger presents significant advantages and opportunities for both firms, our people and our clients.”
Dr Trevor Fox, the managing partner of Fox Hartley, said that the merger gave the practice the resources to support its growing client base.
“DWF’s innovative approach to client service makes the merger a strong cultural fit for our people and beneficial for our clients,” he said.