DWF confirms takeover of Newcastle firm Crutes

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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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