DWF confirms takeover of Newcastle firm Crutes

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  • Goodbye Dickinson Dees, I'm going to start instructing DWF.

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  • Terrific - this has shaken things up in the Newcastle market.

    Crutes have been slowly picking up the better associates in the market (because during the recession the big boys haven't been able to offer them career progression).

    Now they've got the DWF brand I think they'll really take off. I think it's realistic to think that they could overtake Ward Hadaway, Dickinson Dees and Muckle. They might even be able to surpass Eversheds in some areas.

    Great news for the Newcastle market. Just what it needed.

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  • Looking around, there are some very unhappy faces at law firms on the Quayside.

    I think about 4 of the big firms in Newcastle wanted to merge with DWF.

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  • Congratulations Crutes. It's a fitting merger which represent years of delivering good quality legal work.

    I think some of the DWF staff will be surprised just how good some of the Crutes solicitors are.

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  • Crutes are not a Newcastle firm. They are in Gateshead. Up here, it's like the difference between London and Croydon...

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  • Insurence sector has been reducing number of their advisors for 15 years. Some of my colleagues from my Vizards days moved to DWF at the right time. Good luck to them at their london office.

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  • A DD partner overheard earlier today (probably):-

    "I just don't understand it. Why would DWF want to merge with a profitable firm with an appropriate number of partners rather than with us?"

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  • Will John Flynn be parachuted into Crutes?

    Whilst I rate his networking and corporate law skills, he's a very divisive influence in the office. He makes some strange staff choices.

    So whilst I like him, I'm not moving to DWF Newcastle.

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  • Fantastic.

    It's wonderful to have a second top 50 Law Firm in Newcastle.

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  • If you think this is big, just wait until Stacy Solomon and the Quality Solicitors transit van turns up at Dickinson Dees.

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  • Great news for legal services in the North East.

    Terrible news for the partners at Dixon Dees. Realistically their hopes of a merger with a big firm are now in tatters.

    I guess they might still be able to eek out a merger with a faded firm like Watson Burton or, if they're lucky, a small acquisitive group like Shakespears, but nobody with a big name.

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  • The headline is wrong - Crutes have taken over DWF.

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  • The rumour that Crutes is based in Gateshead is very much wrong.

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  • It feels like 2am in a teen nightclub; everyone is pairing off.

    Pretty much all the well run businesses have now conglomerated.

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  • Slam dunk!

    Party time at Crutes. They must be elated to now be one of the biggest names in the North East legal market.

    This must be like being slapped in the face by a fish for Dickie Dees. After posting poor results for the last two years and now being overlooked for a merger, I wouldn't be surprised to see their partners giving up on capitalism and pitching up their grubby tents beneath the Monument.

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  • Crutes are from Gateshead but I think in this age of austerity we really need to look at such mergers positively as it spells of success rather than failure. Best wishes to the new firm from ThelawMap.com

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  • I'm guessing a lot of people will be calling Rec Cons and writing their CVs this weekend.

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  • I think you'll find NE1 is a Newcastle postcode. We are in Newcastle, Teesside and Carlisle.

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  • I thought they would go for Muckle. They've really done an excellent job of picking off the best partners, associates and assistants in the last 18 months.

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  • I think you'll find that Crutes office is nowhere near Gateshead. Has no one heard of Google Maps! Look it up people! NE1 8ND

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  • "Crutes are not a Newcastle firm. They are in Gateshead." Get a map! The Crutes head office is next door to the Civic Centre in the centre of Newcastle. Up here we call that Newcastle.

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  • Anyone else find it ironic that the firm who thinks Crutes is based in Gateshead is called The Law Map? Sometimes this stuff just writes itself.

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  • Oooh somebody's a bit touchy about their roots showing.

    Don't much care if you're in Mayfair, you're still from Gateshead...

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  • This may be great news for the senior partners, but the loyal staff within Crutes are very much in the dark over their own futures with regards to jobs. To receive this news at this time of the year is very dissappointing from what is a well regarded Law Firm. Some thought should be given to the colleagues in what is a difficult market place to look for new jobs - if they need to - as yet they don't know one way or the other.
    Come on Crutes you're better than that, let your staff know what the future holds for them.

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  • What is with all the Gateshead talk? you are arguing black is white...are you on drugs? Sounds like someone has an axe to grind. Ps the beatles are from manchester...no, no they really are.

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  • Well done to Dixon Dees for resisting the merger with DWF. Your all partner based approach will show through!
    Genuinely, I love my ex-firm Dickie Dees and hope they (somehow) get rescued.

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  • I'm sure this is a clever acquisition by DWF.

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  • I do not understand this oddball Gateshead argument. Well done guys - you're great.

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  • Crutes joining dWF is good. Don't listen to them. Rivals are goof.

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  • So DWF finally finds its Newcastle bride. After the firm said no to Watson Burton (we cannot deal with you management so we will just pick partners off thanks), Ward Hadaway said no thank you and the Dees was left in Munter's Corner at the school disco, Crutes says yes. Enables DWF to have a proper office in Newcastle now, obtain a decent insurance practice and many sensible lawyers, Crutes gets some clout after doing okay but drifting a bit. Watch Watson Burton's prof indem practice move across now.

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  • Not surprising that a big firm has swooped.
    Newcastle has some brilliant law firms with many adept lawyers. Eversheds, Muckle, Dickie Dees and even Watson Burton have some specialists right at the top of their game.

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  • I'm not convinced that Ward Hadaway, Muckle or Dickie Dees are angling for a merger. I think they have strong business models on their own and don't need to risk the unknowns of partnering up.

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  • PS Crutes are based in NE1, why though would it have mattered if this excellent firm had been in Gateshead?

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  • Anyone else find the Gateshead stuff strange?
    Well done to both parties, I'm sure lots of work has gone into this partnership.

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  • DD partners are hardly quaking in their boots over this. Sure, it will bring challenges to the whole NE market, but it's not as though come 1 Jan 2012, a thousand DWF lawyers will descend on Newcastle. There'll still only be the few they had before plus Crutes' staff (before DWF close Carlisle, which is inevitable). It'll take years before they close in on DD, and their current specialisms (insurance litigation and defendant PI and clinical neg) are not undertaken in any serious way by DD. It's Ward Hadaway and Watson Burton who are really in trouble over this.

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  • The main Crutes office is definitely in Newcastle (by Haymarket).
    Crutes are really popular in Newcastle. However now they're going to be challenging the big 3, I expect the other firms won't be so generous with their praise.

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  • Good times. Wonder if DWF intend to manage with that small team or if they'll start hiring?

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  • DWF's aggressive take over strategy epitomises their hunger for expansion and profits......seemingly above all else....... but Customer care HAS to go hand in hand....................for a truly successful company.

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