West law firm Bond Pearce merger with Dickinson Dees goes ahead

December 7, 2012

Bond Pearce, the West law firm with a major office in Bristol, is to merge with Newcastle-based Dickinson Dees. Confirmation was announced earlier this afternoon.

The tie-up, first mooted in September, creates a UK top 30 law firm with combined revenue of around £95m.

Bond Pearce has grown its Bristol office over the past decade to make the city its key operating centre. Previously it was concentrated on Southampton and Plymouth, where it also has offices along with London and Aberdeen.

The firm, which has active corporate finance, planning and regeneration teams in Bristol, had been linked with other potential merger partners including earlier this year with Maclay Murray & Spens, which has offices in Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London.

The merged firm, which is set to go live on May 1 next year, will be called Bond Dickinson and have operations in eight UK locations.

The merger comes two weeks after Bristol-based international law firm Osborne Clarke and London firm Field Fisher Waterhouse ended merger talks.

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