28 Jan, 2013

In a strategic move, law firm Hill Dickinson has acquired the majority of DLA Piper’s defendant insurance practice in Sheffield and Manchester. The deal sees the lateral hire of approximately 30 employees, including three new members, all of whom will move into Hill Dickinson’s existing premises in these two cities. The majority will be based in Sheffield.


The practice, which has a turnover of approximately £2million, has a strong capability and specialism in disease cases. As part of the deal the team’s entire client base, which includes high profile insurers and corporate clients, will, subject to their agreement transfer their defendant insurance matters across to Hill Dickinson.


The news comes following DLA Piper’s announcement that it is to divest parts of its defendant insurance practice across Sheffield, Manchester and Birmingham.


On the announcement, managing partner at Hill Dickinson, Peter Jackson (pictured), commented: “This is a significant acquisition for the firm and one that will further enhance our insurance offering. The improvement of our relationship with mainstream insurers is a priority for our insurance business and this deal will help us to meet this objective. We look forward to welcoming the new team members onboard and to optimising the opportunities they bring with them for the firm.”


Hill Dickinson’s head of insurance, Ruth Lawrence, added: “Our new team members will bring with them a wealth of expertise and many combined years of experience that will enable us to build our presence in the marketplace, both from an industry and regional point of view. As in line with business objectives we will see immediate growth in our insurer client base and will also ensure that our clients benefit from a comprehensive and specialist service.”


The new team members will join Hill Dickinson offices in Sheffield and Manchester on 28th. 

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