Cobbetts and DWF prepare ground for May merger

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  • Terrifying photo of Shaw.
    Looks like a good merger from the outside.

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  • Anonymous 9:29
    Cobbetts - Net Profit 22%
    DWF - Net Profit 14%
    Good merger for whom.

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  • Shame the press know before the staff

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  • Perfectly logical merger.

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  • Interesting one this as they have always struck me as being quite different culturally. dwf all big, brash, noisy, a bit nouveau perhaps; whereas Cobbetts are more reserved, old school, looking over the fence at their noisy neighbours with quiet disdain. I could be wrong, but that how it strikes me. Odder mergers have worked, but this will be an interesting one to follow.

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  • I quite agree with the assessment of the two firms by Anonymous 2:08.
    Despite Cobbetts' higher profit margin I feel they've been a gradually declining force over the past few years.
    Unfortunately, the rather gentlemanly type of legal practice that they represent is being edged out by the hard nosed money grubbers, who compete aggressively and are prepared to buy market share.
    I suspect that this is more a takeover than a merger.

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  • Shaw looks like the childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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  • Until a couple of years ago I thought Cobbetts and Dickinson Dees would have been a good merger.

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  • Interesting switch for growth from DWF which has spent most the last few years concentrating on laterals. Given the significant geographical crossover and the similarity of the businesses, I think we'll see some pretty heavy cost cutting (i.e. redundancies) across the board, particularly in the support departments.

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  • What is the plan for their respective shiny new Manchester offices?

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