Ricksons-DWF merger prompts departure

Ricksons has lost a private client team to Pannone on the day the firm completed its merger with DWF.

Ricksons’ former head of private client Fiona Dillon has left the firm to join Pannone. Dillon, who joins the firm as a partner, is joined by assistant solicitor Rosemary Johns.

Dillon told The Lawyer: “I left Ricksons purely as a result of its merger. While I think the merger will be good for Ricksons, I didn’t think that the merger will be good for the type of clients that I deal with.”

Northern firms DWF and Ricksons merged on 1 January, creating a firm with an annual turnover of £51m. The combined firm will be known as DWF.

DWF managing partner Andrew Leaitherland told The Lawyer: “We remain committed to private client work and are investing in this. Inevitably, when you bring businesses together, not everyone is going to see the cultural fit. Undoubtedly there will be others who feel this way, but there will be more who see this as a great opportunity.”