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Liverpool-based insurance giant Hill Dickinson is on the expansion trail - taking over two-partner Stockport intellectual property practice Philip Woods & Co to give it an IP facility in the Manchester area.
In less than a year the firm has grown from 40 partners to 60 and added Manchester, Stockport and Chester offices to its existing Liverpool and London branches.
The two Stockport partners - Philip Woods and Chris Hacking - will remain in their Stockport office for the time being although they may at some stage move to Hill Dickinson's Manchester office.
Founded a year ago when the firm followed two key cargo insurance clients to the city, the Manchester office has already expanded by acquiring two-partner Manchester commercial practice Smithsons. It now numbers eight partners and 24 staff.
Last February, the firm also merged with six partner Chester and north Wales firm Wayman-Hales and then in May took over two-partner Chester firm The Property Law Practice and dropped Davis Campbell from the end of its name.
Paul Walton, Hill Dickinson's senior partner, said of the latest acquisition: "We wanted to bring in a particular specialist discipline which we didn't have previously. This will enable us to service another need of our existing clients."