Dickinson Dees has merged with York-based corporate boutique Philip Ashworth & Co, creating the North East giant’s first base in Yorkshire.
The merged firm will be operational from February 1 next year.
The existing Ashworth & Co partners, Philip Ashworth and Christian Rogers, and their team of 10 assistants will form the nucleus of the new office.
Dickinson Dees’ managing partner Neil Braithwaite explained: “Yorkshire is a big market and we have been developing our business there for some time. We wanted to continue growing in the way we have in the past and in a sustainable way, but not to endanger out identity in the way that some firms have when they have opened second or third offices.”
Dickinson Dees’ focus on York is an alternative approach to the Yorkshire market to that taken by local rivals such as Watson Burton, which have chosen to enter it via ultra-competitive Leeds.
Philip Ashworth managing partner Christina Rogers said in a statement: “Joining Dickinson Dees gives us the opportunity to develop a quality of legal service not previously experienced in Yorkshire outside of Leeds.”
Dickinson Dees will initially be based in Philip Ashworth & Co’s existing offices, but is already a lease of purpose-built office accommodation in York.