Dickinson Dees

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  • 1) Dickinson Dees have no Leeds office. They simply could not compete with the big ticket firms there.
    2) They did take over a high street firm in York. There was never really an attempt to merge the two firms and each office looks down on the other.
    3) the salaries shown look far above what is actually offered. In particular the on qualification salary has been boosted.
    4) the PEP figure is out of date. That may have been accurate then but now it is way lower.
    5) the fee earners number is misleading. It was boosted in 2005 to make the firm look bigger. Many of those counted are secretaries with no fee earning targets.
    6) the real measure of the firm is the assistant numbers numbers compared to partners. There are far too many partners in each department. There are often more partners than assistants, unheard of in a bigger firm like Beachcroft, Eversheds or Linklaters. This means associates have limited career prospects; they end up doing work 2-4 years behind their qualification and assistants do the work of trainees / paralegals.

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  • I worked at Dickinson Dees.

    I could honestly not recommend the firm to anyone.

    I knew I wanted to leave very early on. The firm fell way short of the sales pitch I was given in the interview. Unfortunately the market in legal jobs was poor so I had to stay for two years.

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  • From reports in the press on 15 July 2011 , there were only 11 trainee places in each year. This suggests 22 training contracts.

    The retention rate at the end of the training contract was 36%.

    This was reported as the lowest training contract retention rate in the country (although it should be noted that many firms have yet to report their figures).

    The firm is due to close its York office in 2012 and open in Leeds. The firm has assured people that no redundancies will be made.

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  • Since this article Dickinson Dees LLP have dropped from 48th to 59th (at a time when firms are merging and some have disappeared from the market).

    Statistics can be malleable but falling turnover, falling rank and the lowest trainee retention rates of any large UK firm are hard to spin.

    Someone in there is an excellent law firm. However until tough decisions are made it will remain a sleeping giant.

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