Bond Pearce prepares for vote on Dickie Dees merger

Bond Pearce partners are set to vote tomorrow (7 December) on a planned merger with Dickinson Dees, nearly three months after the two firms announced they were in talks over a combination.

Jonathan Blair
Jonathan Blair

Neither firm commented on the imminent poll, which is required before South West firm Bond Pearce and North East outfit Dickinson Dees join forces.

It is unclear when Dickinson Dees is putting the deal to partners for a vote.

A merger would create a combined firm with total revenues at roughly £90m, with both firms turning over close to £46m in 2011/12.

The firms confirmed their discussions in September, with Dickinson Dees managing partner Jonathan Blair arguing that the firms’ “strategies, cultures, sector capabilities and geographic footprints” appeared to be “sufficiently complementary” to warrant contemplating a tie-up.

Bond Pearce called off merger talks with Scotland’s Maclay Murray & Spens earlier in the year before the discussions had reached a partner vote (14 March 2012).

A Dickinson Dees spokesperson said today: “When we announced that we were in discussions with Bond Pearce we said that we would make no further comment until the discussions were concluded and that remains the case.”

Bond Pearce also declined to comment.