Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Continuing to Make a Mark as a Trusted Counsel

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Continuing to Make a Mark as a Trusted Counsel

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Byline: By Robin Bloom

THE publication of this year's Legal 500 sees Dickinson Dees once again dominating the legal scene in the North-East across the board in 27 categories, reinforcing our reputation for quality and service excellence.

It has certainly been a very significant - and high-achieving - year for the firm and we look forward to building on this success in the years to come.

Last year, we achieved an annual turnover in excess of pounds 50m and advised on deals worth over pounds 7bn, underlining our position as one of the most successful regionally-based law firms in the UK.

Our major transactions have included the pounds 506m takeover of Reg Vardy by Pendragon, Huntsman Petrochemicals' sale of its UK petrochemical business to Sabic Petrochemicals, a pounds 40m PFI project for Newcastle City Council to rebuild two of the city's libraries, advising South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council in relation to the redevelopment of South Shields town centre and the provision comprehensive legal advice to the University of Northumbria for the pounds 100m campus development in the city centre.

We continue to make our mark as a trusted counsel to leading organisations in both the public and private sectors with key projects such as advising Newcastle City Council on theirpounds 180m Building Schools for the Future programme which will see the delivery of eight new schools across Newcastle, each with outstanding new facilities which will transform teaching and learning in the region.

We maintain our dedication to support local small to medium sized businesses through our burgeoning kudos service whereby the firm is committed to increasing its business mentoring work across the region. Our sponsorship of the North East Business Executive of the Year Awards and the provision of legal advice on projects such as the pounds 500m venture to reinvigorate and rejuvenate the Tyne and Wear Metro reinforce this commitment to support the local business community.

As an organisation, we firmly believe in the need to develop regional attractions in order to boost the local economy and enrich its cultural offering. …

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