Dickie Dees launches redundancy consultation in banking team

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  • This kind of action is pretty much Dickinson Dees's M.O.

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  • The problem for Dixon Dees is that there is no real big ticket banking work in Middlesborough, York and Carlisle and they really should have gone into the big financial centres like Leeds, Edinburgh and London to keep that sort of practice busy.

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  • Their banking practice was really only Chris Harker and since he's gone it will have left a big hole. Never heard of Deborah Kirkley. A shame though for the associates who are affected by this.

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  • OMG!! Surely that team has put more hours in over the years than all the DD partners added together. Lovely christmas present for them all...

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  • Many people get bullied at school, but it's unusual to see so many find management positions in one firm. I cannot fathom why my firm would wait until just before Christmas to anounce this.

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  • Love the smile - says it all about that place

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  • All you need to know about Chris Harker is (a) that he graduated from Oxford then spent his whole career building up Dickinson Dees to a major regional firm and (b) when he retired the firm didn't even give him a bottle of wine to say thank you.

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  • 2 from 7? I think that'll be 2 from 6, unless the partner is at risk....oh of course not, that would be a first for dickenson dees

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  • All you need to know about Dixon Dees is that in the late 1990s they were on par with DLA, Addleshaws and Pinsents. Now they have the fourth highest PEP of the five Newcastle firms.

    These guys tell people they are business lawyers but they have failed on a massive scale with their own business.

    The people leaving should thank their lucky stars.

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  • In the Newcastle market most people expected Dickinson Dees to shed many more staff. Maybe that's what will happen in January.

    It's partly a North East issue because of all the cuts. However most of the problems are with the firm which for five or six years has been bloated and underperforming. The firm has been making increasingly desperate attempts to catch up with other firms by taking a risk on ABS but no business will invest when they look at how badly the business has performed.

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  • I wonder how Dickinson Dees will do in the Roll on Friday firm of the Year Awards? Jobless at Christmas... Nasty.

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  • Chris Harker was the last old school partner they had. A true gent who took the title of Partner seriously and was never afraid of mucking in. Such a shame that can no longer be said about the remaining bunch of "partners"

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  • There is real negative sentiment out there about this firm from pretty much everyone. Why is that? I thought this firm was supposed to be the jewel in the crown of the northern law firms?

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  • I didn't know they were in London. Does anyone actually work in their London office?

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  • The negative sentiment is a result of how the firm is managed and how they treat people. There is also a fair degree of arrogance and hyperbole surrounding DD. The London office referred to above is an example. They have a london office but I don't think they have anyone working there so not sure why they hold themselves out as being in London? It's just silly really.

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  • I know people who were hounded out of that place because they stood up for themselves and then had their reputations trashed by certain elements in the firm. Not a particularly nice set up in my view. Bad news for the banking lawyers affected by the redundancy process but can't say I care too much about the partners. Serves them right for milking it for so long without investing or being bold enough to move out of the north east.

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  • Virtually every post so far shows a complete lack of understanding about DD. Before people pass comments, they really ought to get at least the basis facts right!

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  • Good firm to train at (although that was 2002) but if they ever lost Nigel Bellis then the whole place would have fallen apart.

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  • Bad times, bad timing.

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  • In the North East legal market Dickinson Dees has an awful reputation for having pushed lots of good lawyers out (esp those with under 12 mnths service) under the guise of "performance issues". It's unfair and it's a sign of the nasty bullies who have made partner at this under-performing law firm.

    I would love to see the real statistics about numbers driven out as well as officially made redundant. I bet we would see that partners have been artificially kept in office whilst assistants have been disproportionately culled. That would explain why otherwise professional partners are so willing to slate former employees of Dickinson Dees.

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