Law firm DWF adds 20 staff to Belfast team

Julie Galbraith, executive partner of DWF in Belfast, with some of the new recruits
Julie Galbraith, executive partner of DWF in Belfast, with some of the new recruits

GLOBAL law firm DWF has created 20 new posts at its Belfast office after adding five newly-qualified solicitors and a further 15 legal professionals.

Newly-qualified Andrew Newell, Anne Kelly, Paula Breen, Shauna Lee Warwick and Sarah Bissett join DWF's market leading insurance, dispute resolution and construction teams.

It has also recently recruited a further 15 legal professionals in Belfast, ranging from trainee to director level include the appointment of Katrina Gray as director and Angela Crawford as an associate in the CAT PI Insurance team, Rebecca Walker as a senior associate in dispute resolution, and Aoife Reidy, Daniel Clarke and Josh Hunter as solicitors.

The new hires will supplement DWF’s key sector and practice area teams including real estate, insurance, corporate, employment, construction, dispute resolution and finance and restructuring.

And continuing the support for the next generation of legal talent, DWF says it has also recruited nine new trainee solicitors.

Julie Galbraith, executive partner of DWF in Belfast, said: “I'm delighted Andrew and Anne have successfully completed their training contracts with us and that Paula, Shauna Lee and Sarah will join them as newly-qualified solicitors.

“They are starting their legal careers with us at an exciting time of growth for the team and we have been delighted to welcome a number of new colleagues.

“The continued investment in our Belfast team builds on our strong heritage of legal excellence as we continue to evolve and innovate at pace."

She added: “Our teams play a crucial role in delivering legal advice with commercial intelligence across a range of sectors to our local business community and inward investors and we have seen demand for our specialisms continue to grow."

A global provider of integrated legal and business services, DWF has 4,000 people and offices and associations across the world and had revenues of £380 million in the year to April.