Anyone would think these guys had just opened up The Lawyer’sUK 200 preview, put their fingers on their own firm’s name and moved it up or down by a few millimetres before picking up the phone.
The synergies - financial and geographic - are aesthetically stunning. As if attempting to imitate Michelangelo’s TheCreation of Adam, Bristol-based Bond Pearce has touched fingers with Newcastle-headquartered Dickinson Dees to unite the South West and the North East, potentially creating a firm that would worship in the Sistine Chapel of the top 40 UK firms by revenue.
But the deal is not wholly immaculate. Bond Pearce called off a merger of a similar size with Scotland’s Maclay Murray & Spens earlier this year, while Dickinson Dees has constantly been linked with a tie-up, suggesting the South West powerhouse is hardly the only firm it has been courting.
With Yorkshire firms Lupton Fawcett and Lee & Priestley also announcing merger talks, it’s a busy time for regional consolidation. Want to know who’s merging next? Just put a pin in next month’s full UK 200 supplement, see which is the next firm down in the list and consider them perfect partners.
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