Exclusive: "Fully integrated" Bond Dickinson launches two tier bonus
25 October 2013
Staff at the recently merged Bond Dickinson have just been informed of their bonuses, and to demonstrate the "cohesive
" nature of the merger the legacy Dickinson Dees staff will get half the amount paid to the legacy Bond Pearcers.
An email was sent around last Friday afternoon announcing the discrepancy, and
saying that it was due to two significant conditional fee cases hailing from
the legacy Bond Pearce side. So while Bond Pearce and Dickinson Dees may have described their tie-up as a merger of equals, in the Orwellian dystopia of the new firm one is clearly more equal than the other.
||Bond Dickinson yesterday
The news has gone down predictably badly, particularly as the two firms posted almost identical turnover last year. One disgruntled staff member in particular complained of the irony of a two-tier firm currently accepting nominations for its own "one firm
" awards as it made the announcement. Under the awards the firm recognises members of staff who have "gone the extra mile"
to promote Bond Dicks as "one firm, fully integrated and cohesively existing
". Hmmm. We're guessing HR won't be troubling the leaderboard.
A spokeswoman for the firm said that "An additional bonus was also paid to legacy Bond Pearce staff relating to the last financial year when Bond Pearce received additional revenue relating to two significant conditional fee arrangements which concluded last year