Bond Dickinson makes up six in first combined partnership round

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  • Bond Dickinson's "corporate and corporate & commercial services" team. Must look great on the business cards.

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  • Ewan Macgregor? Bond Dickinson? Shurely not?

    I know he worked alongside Jar Jar Binks, but I still assumed he had standards.

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  • Well done to all those promoted. It's refreshing to see good news stories in these difficult times.

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  • I guess that the firm has to do something to generate news stories on this insignificant merger……… It must be interesting if you work for another brown circle firm.

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  • "restructuring & insolvency and corporate & commercial services" would not fit well on a business card either.

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  • Bond Dickinson may be in the brown circle, but they're looking up at the stars.

    One way the firm will rise is by adding new blood to the partnership. They also need to tackle the structural problems that blunted Dickinson Dees in its final years.

    For instance, there are currently far too many partners in the Newcastle offices. Move about a third to half on. There are also a disproportionately high number of staff working in marketing. The firm needs to be trimmed down so it is more profitable.

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  • Hopes that the merger would, if nothing else, reduce the number of times certain smug diminutive faces are rolled out with press releases have been swiftly dashed.

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  • Why do people feel the need to act so childishly in these comments sections?

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  • I had hoped the bitter, negative posters would give Bond Dickinson a chance, but it appears not.

    Legacy DDs obviously had some problems, but for how long will the petty sniping continue?

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  • jambo smart. Are you Skadden Arps then?
    No commentator who understands the market would dismiss this merger as "insignificant" . You presumably hit the glass ceiling when it came to getting a job after your training contract finished.
    I'm nothing to do for the record ever personally with either BP or DD. Just worthy opponents many times

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  • Despite the snooty comments (which I would infer come from young pups in silver or magic circle firms) I think BD are a Firm who are going places. They have a solid reputation in a number of promising sectors (including energy) and I have always found them to be reasonable and constructive when sitting at the opposite side of the table. They strike a good balance between protection of their clients' interests and getting things done.

    In contrast, dealing with anyone below Partner (possibly senior associate in some cases) in a silver or magic circle Firm is a task from which even Sisyphus would shrink. You either get an over-aggressive table-thumper or an instruction-manual pedant neither of whom seems to be capable of reasoned debate or decision-making. They do their client any favours and their intransigence unnecessarily increases costs for both sides. Of course, they may not consider that to be a bad thing.

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  • "No commentator who understands the market would dismiss this merger as "insignificant" . "

    The merger may not be insignificant to the relevant market but the market they operate in is insignificant.

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  • As a former client of the Newcastle branch of this new firm I can see why these news stories tend to generate negative comments. I get the impression that the previous redundancies were not handled well. Surely more redundancies to come following the merger.

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  • I was exceptionally badly treated when I worked at Dickinson Dees (and, despite details vindicating me having since become public, I have yet to receive an apology). However I am giving Bond Dickinson a clean slate. Others should do the same.

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  • The best thing to happen to Dickinson Dees in the last 10 years was coming last in the Roll on Friday law firm survey. It hurt but problems were confronted. The firm turned a corner.

    The second best thing is merging with Bond Pearce, a well liked and run firm.

    For these reasons I think Bond Dickinson is heading in the right direction. Well done on the promotions.

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