Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce in talks to create £92m firm

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  • Good on them.

    Why should it only be successful firms that get to merge?

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  • These firms should keep in mind that a Matt Le Tissier plus a Paul Gascoigne does not a Messi make.

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  • It is bizarre that this has become public before any meaningful due diligence has been conducted. Is neither firm capable of drafting an effective confidentiality agreement? Can't their partners be trusted with commercially sensitive information without blurting it out?

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  • @Anonymous 12 Sep - 2012 4:47pm

    Yours is the most interesting point so far. It is bizarre how it seems many firms accept that they just can't keep these things quiet. I seem to remember that when Coward Chance hooked up with Clifford-Turner all those years ago they cooked up some story about the senior partner's secretary being on compassionate leave so she could work full-time on the merger without others in the office suspecting anything. That shows the lengths they went to in those days to keep things under wraps.

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  • Anon & Dayglo Dave,

    Presumably most firms keep talks quiet because if either firm leaves talks after this announcement, the assumption will be it is because the other has financial problems.

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  • The Golden Turd Award from RollonFriday as noted on DD's Wikipedia entry must surely have been a deal clincher for Bond Pearce. Quality outfit!

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  • It is clear what will happen after this merger. REDUNDANCIES!!!!!! Support staff beware. Dickinson Pearce will not need two HR departments, two IT departments, two finance departments and two marketing departments etc etc. They may even cull wayward senior staff such as directors. The only people who will benefit from this merger, as always, will be the partners.

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  • What a shabby outfit. Their reputation for bad mouthing their own people should be enough to send any self respecting merger partner running for cover!

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  • I can't see the business case, other than shedding support staff.

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  • With such pithy statements from both managing partners, they should get on like a house on fire. They must have been watching re-runs of Yes Minister.

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