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Bircham Dyson Bell

Work 020 7227 7000
Fax 020 7222 3480
Cambridge, London

Bircham Dyson Bell is a firm of award-winning lawyers advising a range of commercial companies, public sector bodies, charities and private clients. The firm's approach and track record has enabled it to grow and to attract some of the brightest legal talent in the profession; many of its solicitors are independently recognised as leaders in their practice areas.

The firm: The firm is an award-winning, top-100 law firm with offices in London and Cambridge. It works with clients across a variety of major practice areas, with a focus on planning and major projects, public law, corporate and commercial and real estate. These skills complement the traditional strengths the firm has in private wealth, family, employment, litigation, charity and the not-for-profit sectors. One area of special interest is in the advice Bircham Dyson Bell gives on influencing government policy and legislation. The firm has a market-leading position in the areas of transport infrastructure and other major projects, public inquiries and promoting or opposing private and local legislation. Four Roll A parliamentary agents practise at the firm.

As a member of Lexwork International and Eureseau, associations of independent law firms, Bircham Dyson Bell has connections with firms in other European, Asian and North American cities.

Types of work undertaken: Agriculture: the firm has a strong practice in acting for individuals and institutions engaged in farming and the ownership of agricultural land and landed estate.

Charities and not-for-profit: in the third sector, the firm's award-winning charities and not-for-profit team remains a leader in its field, with over 450 UK and international charity clients.

Contentious trusts and estates: work is largely international and the team handles a wide range of trustee difficulties from issues with HMRC, beneficiary disputes, investment losses, administrative difficulties, and allegations of corrupt purposes.

Corporate and commercial services: the team provides a full range of services, including public and private mergers and acquisitions, listings, joint ventures and restructurings. The team is recognised for assisting multinational companies and owner businesses in a wide range of mid-size transactions.

Employment: the firm's large specialist employment group acts for employers across a number of sectors, as well as acting for individuals. While the employment group takes a significant role in supporting commercial transactions, the main stay of its practice lies in assisting commercial organisations in dealing with confidential and strategic issues that are at the core of their businesses.

Family: the family group has a recognised reputation in advising high-net-worth clients with international assets, involving associated disputes over jurisdiction for the divorce case or family trusts.

Government and infrastructure: the group is a market leader, working on some of the biggest and most important infrastructure and regeneration projects in the UK and advising on a wide range of planning, environmental, compulsory purchase, regulatory/public law, public affairs and parliamentary issues. Clients include National Grid, Transport for London, Merseytravel, Midland Connect and CCS, Port of London Authority, National Audit Office, Legal Services Board and Health and Care Professions Council.

Intellectual property: the IP team has specialist expertise in: managing brands for charities, not-for-profits and social enterprises; certification and collective marks for trade and professional associations and regulators; Protected Geographical Indicators (PGIs) and Protected Designations of Origin (PDOs); patents in standards; designs; and IP strategy in China.

Litigation: the litigation team continues to carve out a niche in judicial review cases, while growing its commercial and property divisions.

Private wealth: the private wealth team is one of the largest in the UK, offering a full service to individuals, families and trustees with an expanding global reach. The team is well known for its expertise in UK and international tax and estate planning, UK and offshore trusts, wills, probate and the administration of estates, heritage and rural estates work, high value residential property transactions and leasehold enfranchisement, contentious trusts work, immigration law and family office services.

Real estate: while the first-class real estate team is highly experienced in major infrastructure projects and not-for-profit work, the team's residential practice is a leader in leasehold enfranchisement.

Technology and outsourcing: the firm's technology and outsourcing team acts for both suppliers and users of technology on the full spectrum of transactions ranging from software licensing through to negotiating major systems procurements, systems integration and outsourcing transactions. The firm has particular expertise in open source licensing, cloud computing and on related areas.

  • Number of UK partners: 48
  • Number of other UK fee-earners: 132

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