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Law firms with rated public sector practices agree to £95m merger

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Two law firms with rated public sector practices have agreed a merger that will create a national firm with a £95m turnover.

Partners at Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees backed the deal this week. The combined firm, to be known as Bond Dickinson, will have 1,200 staff across eight offices in the UK. 

Dickinson Dees’ managing partner, Jonathan Blair, will become managing partner of the new firm, while Nick Page, chairman of Bond Pearce, is to be chairman. 

Also joining the senior management team are John Marshall of Dickinson Dees and Victor Tettmar of Bond Pearce.

Blair said: “We are delighted that we have reached an agreement to merge. As we said when we announced our discussions, both firms had clearly articulated strategies.

“Our merger is a major step in the delivery of those plans and our new scale will give us the strength in depth and sector insight to support our clients' growth plans. The merger will give us a strong base for further growth and lateral recruitment.”

Bond Peace’s Page said: “Both firms have had a great deal of support and encouragement from their clients during this process. Bond Dickinson will draw on the best of both firms to deliver outstanding client service and build on the great reputation that each has for quality work. We are excited at the new possibilities that our merger offers.”