Bircham Dyson Bell and Pitmans announce merger discussions underway


Pitmans and Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) have entered into exploratory merger discussions.

Like all successful firms, BDB and Pitmans are always looking for better ways to deliver services to clients and provide the best working environment for staff. There are a number of obvious synergies including sector focus, culture and geography. 

A formal vote with the partners will take place on 27 September 2018.  If these discussions do result in a merger, it would propel the firm towards the top 50 for revenue in the UK, with a headcount of 80 partners and 404 staff. 

A joint statement says: “We have decided to make this announcement now so that we can be transparent with our staff and clients throughout the process. As the discussions progress we will make further announcements.”


About Bircham Dyson Bell:

Bircham Dyson Bell is an award winning, top 100 UK law firm advising private companies, public sector bodies, not-for-profit organisations and individuals since 1834. BDB’s key practice areas consist of Real Estate, Private Wealth, Infrastructure and Regeneration, Litigation, Corporate and Commercial, Charities and Employment. BDB’s Cambridge office was established following the acquisition of King & Wood Mallesons’ Real Estate Team based in Cambridge in January 2017. The office is expanding beyond Real Estate to become a full service office providing advice across BDB’s core areas of expertise, including IP/IT, Corporate, Commercial, Employment, Charities and Private Wealth.


About Pitmans:

Established for over 150 years, Pitmans is headquartered in Thames Valley with offices in London and Southampton and provides legal advice across a wide range of industry sectors and specialisms including pensions advisory, real estate, dispute resolution as well as corporate, commercial and private client law. Pitmans is committed to achieving outstanding outcomes for its clients locally, nationally and internationally and has been recognised as 1 of 7 best-performing “trailblazing” firms in The Lawyer UK 200 report. Its clients draw confidence from the top tier recognition Pitmans achieves in the industry benchmarking directories, Legal 500 and Chambers UK.



BDB Pitmans was established in 2018 following a merger between legacy firms Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) and Pitmans Law. The firm brings together over 300 years of legal expertise across four locations – Cambridge, London, Reading and Southampton.

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