Bond Pearce and Dickie Dees’ artistic symmetry

You couldn’t make it up. Well, actually you could. Just look at the numbers.

Bond Pearce’s 2011-12 turnover was £46.5m, Dickinson Dees’ £46.1m. Bond Pearce’s PEP was £235,000, Dickinson Dees’, erm, £235,000. It’s the £92m merger of equals to end all mergers of equals.

Anyone would think these guys had just opened up The Lawyer’s UK 200 preview, put their fingers on their own firm’s name and moved it up or down by a few millimetres before picking up the phone.

The synergies – financial and geographic – are aesthetically stunning. As if attempting to imitate Michelangelo’s The Creation of Adam, Bristol-based Bond Pearce has touched fingers with Newcastle-headquartered Dickinson Dees to unite the South West and the North East, potentially creating a firm that would worship in the Sistine Chapel of the top 40 UK firms by revenue.

But the deal is not wholly immaculate. Bond Pearce called off a merger of a similar size with Scotland’s Maclay Murray & Spens earlier this year, while Dickinson Dees has constantly been linked with a tie-up, suggesting the South West powerhouse is hardly the only firm it has been courting.

With Yorkshire firms Lupton Fawcett and Lee & Priestley also announcing merger talks, it’s a busy time for regional consolidation. Want to know who’s merging next? Just put a pin in next month’s full UK 200 supplement, see which is the next firm down in the list and consider them perfect partners.

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