Law firm DWF bas has taken over NSW-based full service law firm McDonald Johnson Lawyers, expanding its head count to over 180 people.
The move sees DWF expand its offices to six across Australia with the addition of a Newcastle office and continues its expansion in its first year as a listed entity.
McDonald Johnson Lawyers is a full-service law firm, headquartered in Newcastle, NSW.
“We are very pleased to welcome McDonald Johnson Lawyers to DWF,” said Mark Hickey, chairman of DWF in the Asia-Pacific region.
“They are very highly regarded and will be an excellent addition to our Australian business.
“This will result in DWF having one of the largest and most experienced real estate and commercial legal teams in Newcastle and the Hunter Valley. It will also strengthen our ability to act for leading manufacturing, mining, and port-related businesses in the region.”
Jamie McPherson, the managing director of DWF in Australia, said: “We welcome our new colleagues from McDonald Johnson Lawyers and look forward to working with them to further develop our offering in Australia.”
DWF said in a statement this month that it was happy with its objectives as an IPO. “We have launched in Poland, made significant investment in partner hires globally, expanded our German operation with a presence in Dusseldorf, and seen a robust UK performance, particularly in Insurance and Litigation, despite the political uncertainty,” the group CEO Andrew Leaitherland said.