Five make director in Dickie Dees reshuffle

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  • Who would be a director at Dickinson Dees?

    It's like admitting you aim to the second string to a mundane partnership. I hope they enjoy their £44,000 salaries.

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  • Chomper - get your facts straight. It may be a mundane partnership but the Directors earn substantially more than £44k - some NQs get more than that.

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  • Pssst I was joking about the £44,000 salary. I know it's probably around the £50,000 mark.

    That said we all know they can't pay particularly good salaries because of their policy of safeguarding underperforming equity partners.

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  • Nothing against the new directors as I'm sure they deserve success and recognition but there are a very large number of good associates at DD who qualified in the 80' and 90's and are still not partners. In any other firm they would have been made up long before now. Why on earth would you hang around?

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  • During the 1990s Dickinson Dees had plenty of talented young lawyers. However around 2000 people like Jamie Pass made the decision to rush into far too many lateral hires. The result is that Dickinson Dees has been left with too many underperforming partners.
    The effect of this is that partners do the work that partners in better firms like Addleshaws, DLA and Eversheds don't do. Apart from greater write offs on work, it also means that if you're an associate you end up doing work up to 3 years below your calling. Assistants do a range of work but much of it is what a paralegal or administrative staff do in big firms.
    As someone with a family connection to Dickinson Dees it is desperately sad. The director level is an obvious sham - if you become director at Dickinson Dees it is a declaration of two things:
    (1) You knew you wouldn't make partner in the Geordie Gentlemen's Club because you weren't good enough at your job and
    (2) all the partners at Dickinson Dees know you are not good enough at your job to be a partner at Dickinson Dees.

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  • Haven't you heard? Dickinson Dees is pursuing alternative business structures. The one they seem to favour is an innovative law firm model in which they only employ directors and partners. Excellent value for money for clients and unsurpassed lock up potential. A true market leader.

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  • I guess the above comment is dripping with sarcasm.

    Dicky Dees are waiting to be taken over by Aldi.

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