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BDB Pitmans

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East Anglia: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cambridge
Corporate and commercial: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans has a small but highly experienced team in Cambridge with Duncan Walker and James Stephen both highly respected in the region having practised in Cambridge for many years. The firm's clients range from entrepreneurs and SMEs to large corporates. Stephen recently acted for the founders of Cambridge Design Partnership Limited on the transfer of the ownership of the company to an Employee Ownership Trust. Walker's recent work includes advising the shareholders of a manufacturing company in its £57m disposal to an overseas trade buyer.

Practice head(s):James Stephen; Duncan Walker


"They maintain strong personal relationships, are reliable and their fees are fair. In addition to making it easy for me to deal with them, it also gives me the confidence to recommend them to others knowing that those to whom I recommend them will be satisfied."

"Duncan Walker is always responsive and happy to help."

Key Clients

Owlstone Medical Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Owlstone Medical Limited on a $50m equity fundraising from global investors.
  • Acting for the founders of a leading technology and product design consultancy on the transfer of ownership of the company to an employee ownership trust (EOT).
  • Providing cost-effective advice to a growing technology sector company on its latest c£700k equity fundraising.
  • Acting for a venture capital company, with a focus on investing in and building early stage technology companies, on its latest equity investment.
  • Advising a UK company involved in the development of drug therapy on an early stage equity fundraise.
Leading individuals

Duncan Walker - BDB Pitmans

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East Anglia: Private client

Family - ranked: tier 4

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans has one partner who works between the London and Cambridge offices, but David Thompson has a growing client base in East Anglia. The firm, which is in the process of significantly expanding its regional family law offering, has a particular focus on complex financial and international issues including complex  leave-to-remove children cases. Thompson is chair of London Region of Resolution.

Practice head(s):David Thompson

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East Anglia: Real estate

Commercial property: Cambridge
Commercial property: Cambridge - ranked: tier 2

BDB Pitmans

BDB Pitmans opened its Cambridge office in 2017, with real estate the core practice; the merger of legacy firms Bircham Dyson Bell and Pitmans in 2018 gave the office a key role in the firm-wide real estate practice, which has a national focus. Lead partner Simon Burson handles acquisitions, disposals and the day-to-day management of the property portfolios for clients such as Eskmuir Properties and Cording Real Estate Group. Senior associate Katy Klingopulos handles residential and commercial development projects for landowners and developers.

Practice head(s):Simon Burson

Other key lawyers:Katy Klingopulos

Key Clients

Eskmuir Securities Limited

Frasers Riverside Quarter Limited

Bioregional Homes Limited


Foundation for Language and Educational Centres (Eurocentres)

Cording Real Estate Group

Kurt Geiger Limited

Guilden Morden Community Pub Limited

Turnbull & Asser Limited

Merrill Corporate Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Eskmuir Securities Limited in the £3.3m acquisition of additional land (5.81 acres) adjacent to the existing retail park at Sweet Briar Retail Park, Norwich to facilitate a 71,000 sq ft extension for uses within Class 1, B1, B2 and B8 plus gym.
  • Acted on the £28m sale of 93 residential units in Block 6B Riverside Quarter, Wandsworth, London to Optivo, a registered provider of social housing.
  • Acted for FIH Group Plc. on the purchase of Units 7-14, East 10 Enterprise Park, Leyton, London from H. Young & Co. Limited for £18.5m including advising on due diligence and contract documentation.
  • Acting for the Foundation for Language and Educational Centres in a cross-border matter involving the £28m sale of two language schools in London and Cambridge to the same buyer.
  • Acted for Cording Real Estate Group on the sale of Lineside Industrial Estate in Sussex to Legal & General LGIM Real Assets for £21m.
Leading individuals

Simon Burson - BDB Pitmans

Rising stars

Katy Klingopulos - BDB Pitmans

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