CMS Cameron McKenna partners vote yes to Dundas & Wilson takeover

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  • So Camerons are picking up a firm that Eversheds didn't want?

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  • Unless the Dundas partners are desperate for a rescue, they may wish to talk to the former McGrigors partners about life after the Pinsents merger.

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  • As a former Dundas & Wilson employee have to say that I'm not at all surprised: after failing to expand on their own terms it was pretty obvious that they'd need to do a McGrigors and find a bigger firm to partner up with. Still lots of good people there though so I hope - assuming the takeover does go ahead - that its a success (and I feel for the people who will almost inevitably lose their jobs in the process).

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  • I think it can be a good thing in an ever changing market companies need to be bold and expand into new areas or fall away & be left behind.

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  • D&W considered themselves magic circle in Scotland in the days before we understood how Scottish banks worked. CMS, on the other hand, never had (or could have had) these aspirations. This won't work I'm afraid as there are two very different cultures. Very good news for the standalone Scottish law firms who will find themselves with new clients overnight.

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  • I can only hope CMS has better coffee machines than Dundas and Wilson, that will make the move rather enjoyable.

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  • I didn't think anyone was left in London at D&W anyway. The smart cookies have been leaving for the last 3 years.

    Sounds like more of a CMS takeover than a merger

    "CMS Cameron McKenna Dundas" ("do we really have to have the "Dundas"?!" - you will hear CMS employees cry")

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  • I don't really see what D&W offer to CMS? Reader puts forward that they are Magic Circle of Scotland and CMS has no such aspirations? Obviously has never worked for or had any dealings with CMS. All these talks of redundancies of D&W staff, however I see it as a rescue package for a firm who was heading down the path of Halliwells (offering themselves up to most of the City), so some jobs saved can only be a good thing. Really hope this isn't an anchor to a US merger.

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  • In 5 years time, the current spate of merger/ takeover activity in Scotland will be seen as the time its legal profession either globalised or decapitated itself. It's anyone's guess which it will be. One concern is that none of this is really client-driven and that long-term decisions are being taken to deal with short/ medium term financial constraints.

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  • I actually can't believe CMS said yes to this.

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