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Introducing째 Everything you need to know

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Welcome° DWF Biggart Baillie is the Scottish arm of DWF. As a leading business law firm, DWF Biggart Baillie is dedicated to offering robust advice rooted in specialised sector expertise. This approach enables us to understand the issues, anticipate obstacles and help our clients successfully negotiate the particular challenges of their business landscape. From multinational household names through to private individuals, our clients range from both the public and private sector spectrum. Our commitment to serving clients saw us ranked first for quality of legal service in the 2011 Legal Week Client Satisfaction Survey and we were voted ‘National Law Firm of the Year’ in the 2011 Legal Business Awards. In Scotland we were awarded ‘Firm of the Year’ by Scott + Co Legal Awards 2012. With over 1,700 people working nationally across a wide range of sectors, including, Education, Energy & Infrastructure, Financial Services, Food, Healthcare, Insurance, Real Estate, Retail, Outsourcing & Technology, Public Sector and Transport. Our philosophy is clear: to attract and to retain the best quality people enabling them to deliver the best possible practical, commercial advice.

The gold standard to which others aspire.” Chambers, 2012


Our values° At the heart of the way we work are our values. Our values provide us with a framework that is helping us build our reputation as one of the UK’s most highly regarded law firms. This framework unites us to reinforce a culture of trust and integrity that, in turn, influences our business conduct. At DWF Biggart Baillie our values shape who we are, what we do and how we do it. But ultimately, they represent a promise to our clients, our people, and the communities in which we live and work. This was acknowledged when we were voted CSR Firm of the Year award by Scott + Co Legal Awards.

We care about our clients

We care about our people

Combining commercial insight with a “can do” approach to deliver outstanding service, time after time.

Visible leadership, good management and training & development helps every employee enjoy a rewarding and fulfilling career.

We care about our communities

We care about our environment

We donate time, expertise and money to make a positive impact and build stronger sustainable relationships within the communities in which we work.

Maintaining careful management of energy, paper, waste and water, and cutting back on business travel to steadily reduce our carbon footprint.


Vision° Delivering exceptional client service and an enhanced range of services for clients in today’s challenging business environment requires a proactive approach in seeking out new opportunities to enable the delivery of higher quality services and solutions. The merger of DWF and Biggart Baillie is an exciting opportunity for both businesses and for our clients. A combined offering of highly experienced partners and sector specialisms enhances our firms’ exceptional client service through a single business – DWF Biggart Baillie.

Andrew Leaitherland Managing Partner

Alasdair Peacock Executive Partner, Edinburgh and Glasgow


Complementary rather than competitive

Delivering exceptional client service

The cultural fit is a huge asset in this merger. A successful merger could only happen with two like-minded values-driven businesses. DWF already has clients with business interests in Scotland; similarly Biggart Baillie has many client interests in England. Each has known the other for many years; both have positive experiences of working together and many synergies.

Exceptional client service is a key characteristic of DWF Biggart Baillie, where a talented and highly experienced team possess the experience and ability to deliver the highest quality legal advice. Combined, the ability to attract, develop and retain the very best people to deliver the best possible advice and solutions to clients – across all locations - will be greatly enhanced.

DWF and Biggart Baillie have established reputations for excellence in their respective specialist sectors, many of which – such as real estate, retail and energy and infrastructure - are aligned. There are differing, yet complementary, sectors within each firm, which will offer clients a wider range of services and products.

Together DWF Biggart Baillie is committed to building an even stronger firm for clients to guide and help them, wherever they are.

More for clients We believe that the better we understand our clients’ markets and their challenges and opportunities, the better we can help them grow. For clients, specific sector expertise provides the information they need to make business critical decisions. DWF Biggart Baillie’s multidisciplinary experts specialise in a wide range of sectors. Clients will benefit from increased strength in depth and geographical coverage. DWF Biggart Baillie is committed to offering all its clients a truly quality service through sector specific legal solutions. The combined firm will, as always, continue to offer and develop the services clients need – whichever sector they are in and wherever they are.


Sector specific째 Our multidisciplinary experts specialise in a wide range of sectors including:

Education

Energy & Infrastructure

Financial Services

Food

Public Sector

Real Estate

Retail

Transport

Healthcare

Insurance

Outsourcing & Technology

Private Client & Family

Real Estate

Landscape째 Our core areas of legal expertise include:

Banking & Finance

Corporate & Commercial

Employment & Pensions

Insurance

Litigation


Access all areas° With over 1,700 people across the UK, we serve clients nationally. We also have extensive international reach, through strong links and close relationships with law firms around the world. Birmingham 36 Bennetts Hill Birmingham B2 5SN +44 (0)121 212 2620 enquiries@dwf.co.uk Coventry Bank House 23 Warwick Road Coventry CV1 2EW +44 (0)247 622 8734 enquiries@dwf.co.uk Leeds Bridgewater Place Water Lane Leeds LS11 5DY +44 (0)113 261 6000 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

Edinburgh No. 2 Lochrin Square 96 Fountainbridge Edinburgh EH3 9QA +44 (0)131 226 5541 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

Liverpool 5 St Paul’s Square Old Hall Street Liverpool L3 9AE +44 (0)151 907 3000 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

Newcastle Great North House Sandyford Road Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8ND +44 (0)191 233 9700 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

London Capital House 85 King William Street London EC4N 7BL +44 (0)20 7645 9500 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

Preston 6 Winckley Square Preston PR1 3JJ +44 (0)1772 556677 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

Manchester 1 Scott Place 2 Hardman Street Manchester M3 3AA +44 (0)161 603 5000 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

Glasgow Dalmore House 310 St Vincent Street Glasgow G2 5QR +44 (0)141 228 8000 enquiries@dwf.co.uk

To access your Client Area, visit www.dwfbiggartbaillie.co.uk

Teesside University Boulevard Teesdale Park Stockton on Tees TS17 6EN +44 (0)164 262 3400 enquiries@dwf.co.uk


Go further° DWF Biggart Baillie is the business law firm with industry insight. Our legal experts combine real commercial understanding and deep sector knowledge to help clients anticipate issues, create opportunities and achieve the outcomes they need. We’ll deliver the results that help you go in the right direction, wherever you are.

©DWF LLP 2012 V10712 DWF LLP is a limited partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC328794. The content of this document does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on as such. Specific advice should be sought about your specific circumstances.

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