Manchester law firm to open Polish office following acquisition

Andrew Leaitherland

Manchester law firm DWF has clinched a £3m deal to buy a legal services business which will lead to its first office in Poland.

The firm, which floated earlier this year, is acquiring the legal services business of K&L Gates Jamka sp.k with completion expected later this month.

It will mean 11 partners, 45 lawyers and a further 31 support staff joining DWF.

Led by managing partner Michal Pawlowski, the established and highly-experienced team specialises in commercial legal services including corporate and M&A, litigation, banking, finance and restructuring, energy and environment, venture capital & private equity and intellectual property across a broad range of sectors.

K&L Gates Jamka is anticipated to generate revenue of around £7m in the financial year ending April 30, 2020.

The acquisition is the first since DWF became the first main market premium-listed legal business on the London Stock Exchange in March, and it says it is evidence of the group’s strategy to grow its complex, managed and connected services capabilities, while attracting and retaining the best talent, investing in technology and carrying out targeted M&A.

Andrew Leaitherland, managing partner and chief executive at DWF, said: “We look forward to welcoming Michal Pawlowski and his colleagues to DWF.

“This move will strengthen DWF’s capabilities in our global sectors of financial services and real estate, among others, and provides further opportunities in technology and energy where our businesses have strong alignment.

“It is the next step towards achieving our strategy of delivering complex, managed and connected services on a truly global scale.”

He said: “It also fulfils on one of the international expansion opportunities we highlighted in our prospectus.

“Poland has a strong and dynamic economy and is an important gateway to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe as a whole. Having a presence there delivers on our international strategy to be where our clients need us to be.”

Michal Pawlowski said: “Becoming part of DWF provides the opportunity to continue our growth and development plans within both the legal services and connected services markets of Poland.

“Our values and culture, as well as our strongly-aligned sector focus, provide a platform for our future success.”

The expansion marks the first new location for DWF since its March IPO.

The Warsaw office will be DWF’s seventh continental European office alongside Brussels, Paris, Milan and three in Germany.

On completion, DWF will have more than 3,200 people across 28 key commercial centres in the UK and internationally, across four continents.