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DWF appoints new Head of Global Real Estate practice

08 May 2024

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has announced Birmingham-based partner, Melanie Williams as head of the business' global real estate practice.

Melanie has worked for DWF for over 10 years with both a national and Birmingham presence and has principally spent her 25 year career advising on real estate development projects. She has built a robust reputation in the hotel sector with particular expertise in the acquisition, funding and development of hotels as well as on public sector and development projects.

Melanie has led DWF's built environment sector for the last six years and also leads DWF's hospitality sector, which she will continue alongside her new role, as well as playing a key role in her local real estate community in Birmingham (including her non-executive directorship on the board of the Colmore Business District (BID)). Melanie will also continue to manage some of the group's key client relationships.

Commenting on her appointment, Melanie said: "I am honoured to be appointed as global head of real estate at DWF. It is an exciting time for our global team, particularly given our recent take private with Inflexion.  We will continue to focus on delivering innovative solutions and services for our clients, and I look forward to further developing our strategy to ensure the continued growth of our team and its capabilities across our various locations."

CEO of Commercial Services at DWF, Paul Rimmer added: "Melanie's wealth of experience and dedication to excellence perfectly align with our commitment to delivering exceptional service to our clients worldwide. Congratulations Melanie on this well-deserved achievement."

Melanie takes over as global head of the real estate from Toby Askin who held the role for over 10 years. Toby remains at DWF as a senior partner within the real estate global practice area.

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