Bond Pearce has trebled the number of partners in its Aberdeen base ahead of its merger with Dickinson Dees with the hire of a four-strong team from Maclay Murray & Spens. The four partners will all start at Bond Pearce in the New Year, before its tie-up with Dickinson Dees goes live on 1 May next year, creating a new £95m firm named Bond Dickinson. The team - which is leaving Maclays for Bond Pearce after merger talks between the two firms were called off in March this year - comprises Uisdean Vass (oil and gas), Richard Cockburn (oil & gas), Gordon Hobkirk (corporate) and Fraser Lesilie (real estate).
Dickinson Dees has won an appointment to advise Northern Rail on commercial and financial issues, with the firm set to work alongside the rail operator's current main adviser SNR Denton. The northwest firm – which is merging with Bond Pearce in May this year to form Bond Dickinson – won the role to handle non-rail commercial legal services in January. The appointment has resulted in the scope of SNR Denton's contract being revised. The train operator, which runs 20% of the UK's railway stations, put the new contract out to tender late last year after deciding to bring in a law firm based within its network.
Pinsent Masons' latest limited liability partnership (LLP) filing shows the firm spent £20.6m on its merger with Scottish firm McGrigors in 2012. The transaction incurred costs of £2.5m related "reorganising, restructuring and integrating the acquisition", according to the accounts filed with Companies House.
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