Update: Although it may not be clear from the announcement below, we have learned from official sources that DibbsBarker will not be operating beyond 30 April 2018.

Official announcement:

Dentons and DibbsBarker announce partner acquisition agreement in Australia

Dentons, the world’s largest law firm, and DibbsBarker, an Australian law firm with a history of more than 130 years, have reached an agreement that will see Dentons acquire 17 DibbsBarker partners and other staff, further strengthening Dentons’ east coast presence in Australia.

The new partners will further enhance Dentons’ market leading financial services team and add greater depth to the Firm’s real estate and corporate practices.

The agreement will see Dentons add 10 new partners in Sydney, 2 new partners in Melbourne and 5 new partners in Brisbane, effective 1 May 2018.

Dentons CEO Australia, Ian Dardis, said that the addition of the DibbsBarker partners reflects the Firm’s strategic growth strategy in Australia.

“This acquisition will add further depth to our already significant financial services, real estate and corporate practices. Through this agreement with a firm recently recognised as the Best Law Firm (under $50m revenue) in the 2018 Client Choice Awards, we will significantly grow our east coast presence and enhance our ability to provide clients with seamless integrated national solutions.”

DibbsBarker Managing Partner, Stephen Purcell, said, “We are delighted that our partners, along with other team members, are joining a leading global firm with a strong local presence.

“With client, practice and cultural synergies between the two firms, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with Dentons. They are an excellent firm where our partners will continue to deliver high quality legal services. Being part of a firm with global reach and an innovative approach to legal solutions will further enable our partners to amplify their offering for clients into the future.”