Hill Dickinson merger hikes half-year figures

Hill Dickinson has re-corded a 34 per cent turnover rise for the first six months of the 2004-05 financial year.

The firm recorded income of £22m, up from £14.5m for the same period in 2003-04. Last year’s full-year turnover was £40.1m.

Senior partner Tony Wilson said the rise was the result of the January merger with property specialist Bullivant Jones, as well as “underlying growth” within the firm. So far this year, Hill Dickinson has made three lateral hires, including the appointment of personal injury partner Stephen Walsh from Plexus Law in November.

Wilson added that Hill Dickinson was on target to match or exceed last year’s average profit per equity partner figure of £221,000.

Key corporate deals in 2004 included advising on the £100m disposal of an aerospace subsidiary, FLS Aerospace, to Swiss company SR Technics.

“The Liverpool market is extremely active,” said Wilson, “but we’ve had some good wins in Manchester and London as well.”