Dickinson Dees has revealed plans to expand across the Tyne river to Gateshead from its new Quayside premises in Newcastle upon Tyne. The firm says there are "considerable" opportunities for regional public sector work, and five of its nine new associate appointments are to property and commercial groups. The firm hopes to attract a further 25 lawyers across the board. But in line with the drive to recruit to its public sector practice, the main thrust will be to attract lawyers focusing on property, PFI, and commercial work. The firm is currently advising on the Newcastle Strategic Review, a national health hospital PFI. It has also picked up legal work for a similar project for the pan-Leeds Estate Rationalisation Strategy. Senior partner Graham Wright says: "I find the prospects of superb new developments on both riverbanks very exciting. I could see considerable benefit in the firm straddling the Tyne." Four new partners have been made up this year. They include Denise Dowen, environment group head and Simon Kirkup, a partner in agriculture.