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DWF complete on Crutes merger

DWF law firm has finally completed its merger with Newcastle-based Crutes, in a move which is set to shake up the North East legal market.

DWF initially showed interest in the firm in November 2011 following the firm’s decision to further invest in the North East market.

Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner at DWF believes the move represents a significant milestone for the firm.

He commented: “Crutes was the perfect match for DWF, as its business services and sector strengths complement ours.

“Our shared legal expertise, sector knowledge and resources will enable us to provide an enhanced offering to our clients in the North East and beyond.”

The firm is now set to benefit from Crutes’ wealth of expertise in insurance, healthcare, transport, technology and the public sector.

To coincide with the takeover, a number of key appointments have been made,including intellectual property lawyer Ed Meikle; leading corporate partner, John Flynn, as an executive partner; and banking and finance expert, Deborah Kirtley, as a partner.

He added: “We see the North East as a key area for expansion over the next few years and we’re committed to growth and investment in the area.

“The region is a dynamic marketplace with plenty of opportunities, and the next 12 months look very exciting for the firm.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Ruth Mitchell .

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