Dickinson Dees bags Sainsbury’s

Newcastle firm Dickinson Dees has won J Sainsbury as a new client.
Dickinson Dees was first introduced to Sainsbury’s when it was on the other side of the supermarket chain’s £22m acquisition of Bells Stores from the Bells family.

Sainsbury’s head of group legal services David Thurston said that, because he was impressed by Dickinson Dees’ work, he decided to retain the firm. He added that although the relationship would currently be restricted to work relating to Bells Stores, a broader range of work may be farmed out to the firm in the future.

Indeed, this new relationship should result in Dickinson Dees being invited to participate in the Sainsbury’s property panel review, scheduled for the autumn.

As first reported by The Lawyer, Sainsbury’s is gearing up for a major overhaul of its property panel following the appointment of Katherine Kinch as its first in-house property lawyer (The Lawyer, 30 April).

The supermarket chain currently has a seven-strong panel, comprising Addleshaw Goddard, Biggart Baillie, Denton Wilde Sapte, CMS Cameron McKenna, Lawrence Graham, Northern Ireland-based L’Estrange & Brett and SJ Berwin.