Bond Pearce and Dickie Dees agree to combine as Bond Dickinson

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  • The spelling on these comments is truly awful. Quiet day for the headhunters indeed...

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  • I preferred Rollonfriday's suggestion for the firm's new name - Pearce Dick

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  • Anon 13 Dec 1123. I am afraid you are misguided in believing all you read in The Lawyer. I was a partner at Dickinson Dees in 2005 and the firm never had 699 solicitors. This was in fact the total staff numbers at the time. If this was in fact printed it was an error and not one that even a naive PR department could have attempted.

    For the record I think the merger makes sense and the negative comments reflect the jealous nature of others in the North East market. Some will be former DD employees and partners who could not deliver what was required, others will be competitor firms who for all the noise still get nowhere near matching DD's reputation and quality.

    Time for you all to grow up and acknowledge a good business decision when you see it.

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  • Anon 17 Dec 2:39
    Nobody is saying merging with BP is a bad business decision. I think what people are saying is that the failure to expand outside fo the NE for so long was a bad business decision and now it is too little too late. This ship sailed 10 years ago. The other point is that the market can see DD for what it is. A sleepy regional outfit afraid to come out of its comfort zone where the partners have not invested in future growth and investment. What DD frequently does is use its marketing department to create false propoganda that unfortunately nobody other than DD believes in (...Slaughter and May of the North, a London office with no staff etc etc). Quite silly really.

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  • Grow up? This is a forum for lawyers.

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  • Anon 17 Dec 2.39,
    I got told during a law firm management course in 2008 that Dickinson Dees had deliberately assigned many of its secretaries as fee earners to make it look like a bigger firm. That's consistent with the bizarre figure of 699 solicitors. It's a sad strategy.
    I take issue that anyone who isn't impressed by Bond Dickinson or their frequent press releases is jealous or has failed at Dickinson Dees. I don't think that is supported and it's not true of me. Indeed I think that reaction (deaf to problems, arrogant, slagging off ex-staff) is actually why the firm generates lots of comments (and ultimately has chosen to ditch the brand Dickinson Dees).

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  • DLA Piper's mergers 1998-2005 were great business.
    This is average business. One wonders why Bond Pearce agreed to it. Sure, they needed a Leeds office but they didn't really require an office in Newcastle, let alone two. They had already opened offices in Aberdeen and London which are to be the new firm's two key areas of growth. I can see what Dickie Dees get but I simply cannot understand what Bond Pearce get out of all this.

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