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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.
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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