Dickinson Dees boss steps down

Dickinson Dees boss steps down” />The long-serving managing partner of Newcastle’s largest firm, Dickinson Dees’ Neil Braithwaite has stepped down.

After a lauded 10 year reign Braithwaite has passed the crown to Jonathan Blair, who has been partner with the firm since Braithtwaite’s tenure began.

Blair commented: “He’s done it for ten years – poor bloke! In every organisation you’ve got to be looking for fresh blood and Neil has done an exceptionally good job over the last ten years.”

Braithwaite has presided over a five-fold increase in turnover to £56m and had followed an aggressive strategy of expansion across Yorkshire and into London, outpacing its smaller regional rivals Ward Hadaway and Watson Burton.

Blair said Braithwaite would be a hard act to follow but that he expected Dickinson Dees’ strong growth to continue: “We’ve always had a strategy of broad business lines and have extremely high quality people across the board… We are able to roll with any punches that come our way.”

Andrew Hoyle, a partner at Newcastle rival Ward Hadaway, commented: “Blair is no-nonsense, driven and will be a man on the mission and I think the firm will do well with him there.”

Braithwaite will continue at the firm as a partner.