Fox Hartley currently employs 16 people and has significant experience in delivering specialist litigation and alternative dispute resolution services.
The merger will support DWF’s growing focus on the Lloyd’s insurance market and enhance the firm’s delivery of high value commercial litigation work, while Fox Hartley will benefit from DWF’s scale, operational efficiency and international reach.
DWF, which employs 75 people in Newcastle, is already one of the top three insurance law firms in the UK, and the merger will allow it to develop its specialist insurance offerings to clients including QBE, Travelers and Zurich.
DWF will also benefit from Fox Hartley’s close links to French, German, Japanese and Swedish insurance markets.
Adam Heather, executive partner in Newcastle, said: “Fox Hartley has excellent litigation and insurance specialists with niche expertise that will help us secure new clients.
“This merger presents significant advantages and opportunities for both firms, and our people and clients.”
Dr Trevor Fox, managing partner of Fox Hartley, said: “This merger gives us the scale, geographic reach and resources to support our growing client base, and DWF’s innovative approach to client service makes the merger a strong cultural fit for our people and beneficial for our clients.”