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Thomas Townend Dibb was an English lawyer and one of the founders of DLA Piper.
DLA Piper is a multinational law firm located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. It is regarded as one of the largest and most prestigious law firms in the world, in terms of revenue and lawyers. In 2014 it had total revenues of US$2.48 billion and average profit per equity partner of US$1.490 million, and was the third largest law firm in the United States as measured by revenue.
The son of a physician, Dibb was born in Leeds in 1807. He was educated at Leeds Grammar School and qualified in law in 1829.
He then became a partner of Atkinson Bolland & Atkinson, a well established practice at that time and with record of its existence from 1764. Nearly a century later, the firm was known as Dibb, Lupton & Co.until 1988, when it merged with Broomheads of Sheffield. In 1996, linked with Alsop Wilkinson, the firm was known as Dibb, Lupton, Alsop and shortened to DLA around 2000. DLA became DLA Piper. A Victorian bust of its founder is displayed in the reception foyer of Leeds office.
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A bust is a sculpted or cast representation of the upper part of the human figure, depicting a person's head and neck, and a variable portion of the chest and shoulders. The piece is normally supported by a plinth. The bust is generally a portrait intended to record the appearance of an individual, but may sometimes represent a type. They may be of any medium used for sculpture, such as marble, bronze, terracotta, wax or wood.
Dibb had no children and little is known about his personal life, though the Yorkshire Post obituary of June 1875 hints at a recognisable Yorkshire element in his character. It lists numerous acts of public benevolence, including involvement with the Leeds General Infirmary and a fund for the benefit of widows and orphans of the Crimean War. "As he ripened in years and experience" it continues, "he came to be regarded as one of the most influential in the borough and for a long period the firm, which he in the course of time rose to be chief, has had an influential and extensive practice". But as well as paying tribute to his "ripe knowledge and shrewd judgement", the obituarist somewhat unusually comments that "in his intercourse with others Mr Dibb was not remarkable for his suavity". This suggests a degree of Yorkshire bluntness which colours the rather austere impression which his bust conveys.
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