North East

The North East has become a more competitive market in recent years, with the region’s three main firms finding themselves competing for work and staff.


The North East has become a more competitive market in recent years, with the region’s three main firms finding themselves competing for work and staff.

The region’s largest firm Dickinson Dees has been growing and absorbing lawyers from its regional competitors and from London. Its York operation is set to expand significantly and London has become a useful base when pitching for its transport and finance work.

Ward Hadaway has seen solid growth, but is still looking to take forward its longstanding expansion plans in the region to catch up with its rivals. And while Watson Burton‘s profit figures collapsed last year, the firm’s pipeline of work has remained solid and profits are picking up.

As this North East Special Report examines, far from being a stagnant economic area, the North East is flourishing industrially. And these firms are well placed to take advantage of that.