Ashley is the CEO of DWF 360, the external technical arm of DWF LLP. Working alongside Richard Hodkinson who is CTO of DWF and board member of DWF 360, Ashley aligns DWF with ‘being different’ through the use of innovative technology solutions to their clients. With 25 years’ experience in leading technology businesses with multiple sector experiences through key continuous roles dealing with top-tier law, accountancy, financial, government and insurance enterprises. With a background in software architecture, development through to delivery, historically Ashley has been involved in major projects for Hammonds, HLB Kidsons, HBOS, HRMC and Towergate. A keen innovator and with a constant awareness of the latest technology, Ashley and his technical team of experts ensure the DWF 360 business is at the forefront of advancing clients and DWF for realising true efficiencies and cost savings via technology delivery. For many years, Ashley has dealt at C-Suite board level for client liaison to ensure what is agreed, is delivered. DWF by design has a perpetually restless active/aggressive innovation agenda which gained recognition in the press and sector and many awards including being listed with the CEO as part of the Law Firm Management team of the year.
DWF now operates in more than 25 locations in the UK, and internationally, DWF has significantly extended its geographic coverage since 2011 with many mergers, acquisitions and lateral hires which accelerated its position to around the 17th largest firm by turnover in the UK. It was £95m turnover in 2011 and now £235m with 2700 employees, DWF’s expansion brought with it challenges, success and notoriety for all aspects of the business and substantially so for the IT group.