Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paul Bell, Robin Steel and Anne Spetch, Partners in the Corporate Team at DWF, Discuss Their Experience and Working at DWF

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Paul Bell, Robin Steel and Anne Spetch, Partners in the Corporate Team at DWF, Discuss Their Experience and Working at DWF

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PAUL Bell (PB), Robin Steel (RS), and Anne Spetch (AS) are all partners in the corporate team at DWF in Newcastle.

They have acted for a range of clients throughout their careers, including major corporates such as Go-Ahead Group, Asda, Brewin Dolphin and Grainger, institutional and business angel investors, owner managed businesses and public sector organisations.

They discuss their experience individually and as a team: Q. What does your role entail? RS: Every project is different which is what keeps the job interesting. Although the technical aspects of the transactions I am involved in may have a lot of similarities, the interest comes from getting under the skin of the individuals and companies I act for and adapting my approach accordingly.

Advising a business owner on the sale of a business he has spent his or her whole life building involves a very different set of skills to advising a client which buys and sells companies all of the time.

Q. Why were you attracted to DWF? AS: Through the merger with DWF, I now work with people who specialise in a huge number of disciplines. I have been incredibly impressed by the sense of common purpose and the desire to help others across the firm deliver the best possible service for their clients.

PB: The depth and breadth of resource and specialisms within the firm mean that I can access any legal expertise which my clients may need. This is a huge advantage for them and means they have access to a wide range of people and experience.

RS: I was attracted by the firm's ambitions and growth. This is a huge advantage for them in the North East to build a team with a strong track record and good relationships in the region, whilst leveraging off the resources, drive and scale of DWF nationally.

Q. What is the business really like? AS: The culture is very friendly and supportive. I have recently been leading a project which involved input from colleagues with a range of specialist skills and from a number of the firm's offices, many of whom I had never met before. I was struck by how much time these colleagues invested in helping me to win the work and by the very strong common focus on going further for clients. …

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