The two constituent firms within the new business are Bond Pearce LLP and Dickinson Dees LLP. Together they have a combined client list that includes the Accor hotel group, Kingfisher Plc, Thetrainline.com Ltd and most recently Colgate Palmolive consumer goods.
Yesterday, they formally completed their merger creating a nationwide legal practice with a strong presence in UK’s major regional cities.
In fact, Bond Dickenson has a portfolio of offices that stretches from Southampton right up to Aberdeen. While the core administrative centre of the business is located offices in the North East at their two Newcastle offices, the firm already has offices in London.
Bond Pearce’s commercial solicitors still occupy 7,500 sq ft of City office space in London House, which is located close to Fenchurch Station and the Gherkin at St Mary Axe. While Dickinson Dee have extended their 3,500 sq ft office lease at Farringdon’s Gate House.
On Weds 1st May, it was also revealed that they had now agreed to sublet 20,000 sq ft of prime SE1 riverside office space on London’s Southbank.
In an ironic turn of events, Bond Dickenson’s primary landlord will the rival law firm Lawrence Graham, who are consolidating as BD seeks to expand.
Lawrence Graham LLP first moved to the More London office rental in 2007 and now holds the lease on six of the building’s ten floor levels. The stunningly contemporary office complex boasts impressive views of Tower Bridge, and is only a short walk from London Bridge railway station and the Shard skyscraper.
LG has seen its profits drop and so it the international law firm is keen to generate income by subletting their vacant office space.
Managing partner, Hugh Maule said: "This deal goes a long way to meeting our objective of sub-letting all of our surplus space and we hope to conclude this process in the very near future. In the meantime we would like to welcome Bond Dickinson to 4 More London."