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This year, The Lawyer’s annual ranking of the largest UK law firms by turnover is available as an interactive, digital benchmarking tool. For the first time this will allow you to manipulate each data set against the metrics of your choice.
Thames Valley firm Blandy & Blandy has poached planning and environmental specialist Simon Dimmick from rival firm Clarks. Although Blandys has done some planning work previously, Dimmick, who joins the property group on 9 September, will be the first specialist planning partner. "His appointment will broaden the scope of services we provide in the property department," said Jacques Smith, a commercial litigation partner at the firm. Of Dimmick's longstanding clients, the University of Reading is one of the most high-profile, but it is not confirmed whether the client will move with him. The appointment will hike the firm's partner count to 13. Following on Dimmick's heels will be the appointment of an IT/intellectual property partner in the corporate department, who will join in October. "Their involvement will considerably enhance our capabilities in these two important practice areas," said Blandys senior partner Richard Griffiths. "This is a major step in the continuing development of our firm."