Law firm Bond Dickinson confirms post-merger redundancy consultation

Firm is discussing plans to restructure its teams of workers following the May 1 merger of legal companies Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees

Leading legal firm Bond Dickinson has confirmed it is carrying out a post-merger redundancy consultation which has placed up to 7% of its support staff at risk.

The firm, headquartered in Newcastle, is discussing plans to restructure its teams of workers following the May 1 merger of legal companies Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees, which has led to the duplication of roles.

A consultation process with affected staff – which includes support roles within finance, IT, marketing, library and secretarial services across the eight offices within the business – began last month and is ongoing.

Bond Dickinson has confirmed that the proposals, if accepted, would see approximately 7% of support staff roles being made redundant and voluntary redundancy enhancements have been offered to all those at risk.

Managing partner Jonathan Blair said: “Following the merger we have identified some new roles within the business, but also inevitably some areas of duplication. We are consulting with those affected and our main priority is to focus on supporting them.”

Dickinson Dees announced it was merging with South West-based Bond Pearce last December in a deal creating a powerhouse legal business with offices the length and breadth of the United Kingdom.

The announcement comes a week after turnover for the legacy firms of Bond Dickinson was revealed as topping a combined 98m, solid growth that the merged firm said would place it at number 35 of the top 100 UK law firms.

Sales for Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees grew to £50.3m and £48m respectively, a figure the firm said it aims to grow as it takes the new firm forward in the first year of trading as Bond Dickinson LLP.

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