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Law firms confirm merger

Law firms Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce have confirmed their decision to merge.

10 December 2012

Posted by David Gleck

Law firms Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce are to merge, following a vote in favour of the deal by partners of both firms.

Business negotiations proved satisfactory to both parties and will lead to the creation of a new law firm called Bond Dickinson, which will come into existence on May 1st 2013.

Under the deal struck, managing partner of Dickinson Dees, Jonathan Blair will take on the same title in the new firm, while chairman of Bond Pearce Nick Page will chair the new company.

Other agreed elements included the combining of London offices under one roof in new and larger premises.

Mr Page stated: "Both firms identified early on in our discussions that they shared a similar culture and core values."

Companies using the services of merger and acquisition consultants to help negotiate a deal may find the division of senior roles and the location of premises are key issues in merger talks.

Other legal mergers may include that of English firm Kennedy's with Scottish company Simpson & Marwick.

Should the deal be backed by partners at Kennedy's, it will enable the company to establish a base in Scotland for the first time.

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