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International Law Firm DWF has expanded into Australia

6th 03 2019

The international law firm DWF has expanded into Australia.

The firm has appointed a team of lawyers from the Melbourne-based boutique firm WARD lawyers. WARD primarily advise in the financial services and real estate practice areas. DWF has hired a total of 23 lawyers and support staff, (including 7 principal lawyers) from WARD.

This comes at part of its international growth into the Asia-Pacific region. DWF now has over 130 people in Australia including 26 principal lawyers and over 60 fee earners.

DWF also announced early this year that it will be one of the latest law firms to float on the London Stock Exchange. The firm is understood to be hoping to raise between £400m and £600m from an initial public offering.

Mark Hickey, chair of DWF Asia Pacific:

‘This is a major expansion for our business in Australia and especially for our practice in Melbourne. It further establishes DWF as a force in the Australian market, where we are growing at pace and attracting quality people who share our desire to do things differently.’