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Newcastle-headquartered firm Dickinson Dees is to launch an office in Leeds, transferring everyone in its York base in the process.
The firm, which launched in York via the 2007 acquisition of corporate firm Philip Ashworth & Co, is to close its York office at the end of this year, when it will move into as-yet unidentified Leeds premises.
Managing partner Jonathan Blair said the move has come about following the completion of a 10-year strategic plan, which was drawn up over the course of last year (28 March 2011).
“Yorkshire’s been a success for us, but the logical next step was to position ourselves in Leeds,” he said. “We’ve more than quadrupled our turnover since we’ve been in York, but we believe that opportunities can be mined better by placing ourselves in Leeds.”
While York is seen as a commercial centre, Leeds is a centre for both commercial and financial work.
Dickinson Dees currently has five partners working in York, focusing on real estate, corporate, charities, construction and planning. Blair said that the move to Leeds would factor in space for expansion, but that the firm would not look to add “turnover for the sake of it”.