Hill Dickinson cuts 14 partner roles and 69 staff following consultation

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  • I am sorry to hear about this. Hill Dickinson is a great firm with a long and honourable tradition. In 2012 they celebrated their 200 year anniversary with lavish well deserved celebrations and joyous events that put the Olympics in the shade. Now all things that we ordained festival turn from their office to black funeral.

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  • Watch the vultures start to circle. This looks like a clear prelude to make HD more attractice to potential merger partners.

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  • The lavish 200 year celebrations in 2010 must seem like a world away now. "All things that we ordained festival turn from their offices to black funeral."

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  • I suspect it'll take more than this to make Hill Dicks an attractive merger proposition, unless the merger in question is the sort of merger that vultures have with their prey.

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  • Didn't the Halliwells liverpool office go there? They must feel right at home

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  • Use to work here, not surprised by the cuts. Decisions are being made by low level upstarts who don't know; else don't care about the way they conduct themselves.. Leave decision making to those who understand the dynamics involved.

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  • I agree with the comments above. It is not really credible to use Singapore as a model for China. You may as well use Luxembourg as a model for Germany on the basis that they have the same cultural background.

    In terms of legal services, China is more likely to liberalise than India, but only just. Probably as one of the previous comments said, it will be as a trade off for something unrelated that they want. But that would not make for such an interesting prediction.

    As to K&W being part of a foreign law firm, I doubt they would see it that way, or present it as such to the Chinese authorities. Probably they would say, adding the M is just a rebranding, and the Swiss verein doesn't affect the Chinese law firm itself.

    More of a problem for Mallesons that their Chinese partners know all their confidential information, and would be hard pressed to refuse a request for info from their home authorities (yes, I am writing this rather tactfully from within the Middle Kingdom). Digitalspy carried a number of stories on this issue a while back, but I am not sure of the current status. Anyone?

    Big picture, yes of course the Chinese are going to try for world domination, in law as in other sectors, but naturally with Chinese characteristics, to coin a phrase. There are two basic models for this: the K&W type merger and the organic expansion of the various large Chinese firms mentioned above (most of which are not too well known outside China, but this is going to change, probably quite quickly).

    It will be interesting to see the relative success of these two models. One possibility is that one or more of the organically-expanding Chinese firms will swallow up, I mean merge with, a top-20 UK firm. Then we will see those "the Americans are invading London!" headlines all over again, except in a different language.

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