DWF Bristol gets new boss ahead of retirement of managing partner who opened office 12 years ago

November 17, 2023

DWF, the global provider of integrated legal and business services, has appointed a new managing partner of its Bristol office.

Mike Renshaw, pictured, will take over from Simon Mason, who has been managing partner since the office’s inception in 2011 and is retiring from the business at the end of next February.

In his new role, Mike will lead a team of 100 in DWF’s Bristol office.

He joined the firm in 2021 as a partner in its global major injury and casualty insurance practice in Southampton.

With over two decades’ experience in defendant insurance litigation, serving insurers and their individual and corporate policyholders, Mike has a long history of building and nurturing high-performing teams.

Prior to his role at DWF, Mike built a defendant insurance team at BLM in London and led its insurance-focussed offices in both Bristol and Southampton before joining Keoghs as head of its Southampton office.

Mike said: “I am really excited about my new role as managing partner and delighted to have the opportunity to return to Bristol and work with the talented team to deliver the next phase of our journey.

“Bristol is superbly located to serve clients in Wales, the South and South West of England and is well connected to London.

“We already offer a wide range of services to clients including claims management and adjusting, defendant personal injury, abuse, HSE and criminal defence, GDPR, professional indemnity and subrogated recovery, and intend to grow these and other areas substantially over the next four years.

“A very large part of the job is to ensure DWF in Bristol remains a great place to work and help everyone there achieve great things in a positive and encouraging workplace.”

DWF UK & Ireland regional managing partner Hilary Ross added: “Mike’s extensive experience, proven leadership and commitment to fostering a positive workplace make him an excellent choice to guide our fantastic team of people in Bristol and to build on what Simon Mason has achieved.

“We are sad to say goodbye to Simon who contributed so much to Bristol but are excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to seeing what the future holds with Mike driving the continued success of our team, delivering exceptional legal and business services to our clients and communities in the region.”

DWF, which posted revenue of £380m in the year ended 30 April, employs around 4,000 people in its offices across the globe.

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