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First partner appointment for newly merged Bond Dickinson

Addleshaw Goddard real estate partner Paula Dillon is to join newly merged Bond Dickinson in its first post-merger hire.

Dillon, who was recruited by legacy Dickinson Dees before its merger with Bond Pearce, will join the Leeds office next month. The merger goes live on 1 May.

Dillon is well regarded for all aspects of property development, investment and development-related secured lending. She is moving across from the Leeds arm of Addleshaw Goddard, where she was a partner for 14 years.

Speaking of her appointment, Dillon said: ‘I am excited by the opportunity to use my market knowledge and contacts to play a major part in the development of a high quality full-service offering in Yorkshire and to further develop the excellent platform that Dickinson Dees has already established.

‘The announcement of the merger with Bond Pearce was an added bonus, bringing yet more quality resource, and a strong reputation in the real estate sector to bear.’

John Marshall, senior partner at Dickinson Dees, added: ‘We are delighted to announce Paula’s appointment to join Dickinson Dees. Her profile in Yorkshire together with her wealth of experience will strengthen our offering even further and her appointment comes at an exciting time for the firm as we progress towards our merger with Bond Pearce on 1 May.’

Dillon’s appointment follows on from that of real estate partner and former head of Pinsent Masons Leeds office, Mark Owen, who joined Dickinson Dees last year.

In recent months, Dickinson Dees has recruited five other partners into its Yorkshire office: corporate banking lawyer John Connor, insolvency and restructuring lawyer Andy Stirk, corporate lawyer Shiv Sibal and litigator Nick Mason.