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DWF expands in Scotland with investment in legal talent

26 July 2021

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has appointed five newly qualified solicitors and taken on six new trainee solicitors across its expanding Scottish teams in Edinburgh and Glasgow. 

These new roles are part of a sustained period of growth in Scotland which has, driven by client demand, seen 22 new starters since the beginning of 2021. Specialists in employment law, data protection & cyber security, insurance and financial litigation are among those to have joined the global business since January. 

Taking up newly-qualified solicitor positions in the Scottish offices in September are Katherine Lynch, Sara Baskin, Hope Donnachie, Katy Smith and Nicole Hannah. Their roles will span DWF's legal advisory teams in employment, real estate, insurance and corporate law. 

Meanwhile, the new trainee solicitors are Columba Cordingley, Hannah McGirr, Iona Hamilton, Monica Kochar, Rachael Ward and Sophie Campbell. All six will now embark on a two-year training process based across DWF's Edinburgh and Glasgow offices, where they will take four six-month 'seats' before qualifying as a solicitor in two years' time.

Wayne Lawrence, executive partner of DWF in Edinburgh, said: "It's been a very positive first half of the year and we are delighted to be able to invest in the next generation with five newly-qualified positions and six trainee solicitor roles among our new arrivals, which is aligned to our wider commitment to develop legal talent for the future."

Paul Pignatelli, executive partner of DWF's Glasgow office, added: "The expansion of our teams is directly in response to the needs of our clients and is a very positive sign in an otherwise challenging environment. We look forward to continuing this positive momentum as the year progresses, buoyed by our Glasgow move later this month into new fitter-for-purpose premises in The Sentinel."

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