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A boost for equity team's expertise.

Newcastle law firm Dickinson Dees is expanding its market-leading corporate practice with a key appointment in the form of new associate Tom Fitzpatrick.

Tom joins from City of London law firm Macfarlanes, where he specialised in private equity work.

He has advised leading private equity houses including 3i, Alchemy Partners, NBGI Private Equity and GIMV on both buyouts and development capital.

He has also acted for management teams. He handled the pounds 32m acquisition of the Brownhills Motor Homes business for NGBI and acted for management on the 3i buyout of HSS Hire Services Group.

Dickinson Dees' head of corporate business Jamie Pass said: "Tom's appointment will strengthen our expanding corporate team, enabling us to provide the specialist advice that our clients need from our base here in the North East. His appointment demonstrates our confidence in the future, and underlines our commitment to management buyouts and private equity work. Our team, led by Chris Harker, has a level of experience which no other law firm in the region can match."

Tom said: "Dickinson Dees were an obvious first choice when I decided it was time to leave London. The firm is widely acknowledged, by those outside the region and in London, as the best firm in the North East. They have an excellent team, experienced in handling buyouts and development capital, and the firm has a long and successful history of acting for venture capitalists such as Northern Venture Managers.

"This level of expertise doesn't exist in any other firm in the region, and so Dickinson Dees was where I wanted to be. I have worked with the firm on a number of transactions and I know how strong the team here is."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
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Date:Sep 2, 2004
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