North West firm Hill Dickinson is preparing to convert to a limited-liability partnership by October this year. The firm becomes the latest in making the leap to the new status. Last July, Hill Dickinson rival Halliwells, which also has its roots in the region, converted. Hill Dickinson has also announced an increase in average profit per equity partner of 17 per cent, rising from £221,000 in 2004 to £260,000 in the last financial year. Turnover was up 12 per cent to £45.1m.