JMW Confirms Arrival of Family Team in May


Following speculation in the National legal press this morning leading full service law firm JMW has confirmed that DWF’s family law team will join JMW on 1 May 2018.

The 3 Partners from the family law team led by David Pickering gave notice in October 2017 and agreed to join the 18 strong family law team at JMW. Amicable negotiations have been on-going between the two firms and the team will now join JMW on 1 May. 9 of the team will be located at JMW’s Spinningfields office and a further 5, led by Partner Beverley Jones, will open a JMW office in Liverpool which will concentrate solely on family law work. The lease for the new Liverpool office is currently being negotiated.

The arrival of David Pickering, Elspeth Kinder and Bev Jones along with their team, will create the largest private family law team in the North West with a head count of 32 in total. The new hires will double the size of JMW’s family law team which is headed by Partner Michael Chapman.

Joy Kingsley, Senior Partner at JMW commented:

“We are delighted to welcome David Pickering and his family law team to JMW. In our opinion David is the best respected family lawyer in Manchester and he will bring with him all of the team’s clients who wish to transfer to us. David also has many strong contacts who will create excellent work opportunities for other departments within JMW. I have known David since we both attended Chester Law College and had always hoped that one day I would work with him. We believe that DWF was keen to keep David and his team but we are very pleased they have chosen to move to JMW to make our Family team the largest in the North West.”

JMW is on course to boost turnover to over £30 million by April 2018, the end of the financial year 2017/18, which is an increase of 107% from £14.5 million 5 years ago in 2014/15.


For more information:

Samantha Meakin

0161 828 1981

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