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Incoming Dickie Dees senior partner to put ABSs at centre of strategy

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  • Who are Dickinson Dees?

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  • What does it matter who is senior partner / managing partner? Isn't it just an old geordie gentlemens club anyway? Where has the investment been in the last 20 years (York, Middlesbrough and an office in London with no lawyers). Where is the vision? Where are the leaders? Where are the strategic lateral hires and strategic merger opportunities? Newcastle, York and Middlesbrough will never be important legal centres.

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  • Oh please, even I have heard of them.

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  • I woud politely suggest to John Marshall that the best first step may be to address the fact that in many departments Dickinson Dees has more partners than assistants.

    When the recession kicked in, Dickinson Dees reacted in an innovative way - by getting rid of troughs of good young assistants but leaving many under-performing partners in place.

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  • The poster who said it is an "old geordie gentlemen's club" has it spot on.
    The firm is stuck in a 1970s mindset and I can't see that changing. They love talking big but innovative to this bunch means getting a new two partner office in an industrial park near Berwick upon Tweed.

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  • Who are Dickinson Dees?

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  • Everyone loves a dreamer. Most firms expanded a few years ago. Now Dickinson Dees are thinking about doing this eight years too late.

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  • Q. Who are Dickinson Dees?

    A. They are are the 79th biggest legal services provider in England, meaning in football terms they are Lincoln City FC. Dickinson Dees is currently the fourth best performing law firm (by PEP) in the city of Newcastle behind firms such as Muckles (think Tamworth Town FC). The firm claims its unique selling point is its people, which is unfortunate as they appear to have voted in a new Senior Partner solely on the basis that he has a snappy three letter acronym to solve Dickinson Dees's deep rooted problems.

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  • Ten years ago they were probably in the same league as the big Leeds and Manchester firms like Pinsents, Booth & Co, Addleshaws, Hammonds etc but those firms had the foresight and drive to push forwards and build up very credible London and national practices to compete with DLA and Eversheds. Compare their growth and market profile to DD now? Middlesbrough, York, Berwick? Where next? Whitley Bay?

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  • Mr Marshall talks about opportunities to get involved in international work. To do that you need an international presence. Unless CC, A&O, DLA and all the other internationals have got it completely and utterly wrong.

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