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25 October 2018

Bircham Dyson Bell announces raft of strategic appointments across its London and Cambridge offices

Leading law firm Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) is pleased to announce four senior appointments across its real estate, litigation and dispute resolution, and government and infrastructure departments in both London and Cambridge. The appointments are effective immediately.

In the real estate department, Emma Roche has joined the commercial real estate team as a legal director from Freeths. Emma’s practice encompasses a breadth of commercial real estate matters including property investment strategies, the acquisition and disposal of commercial leases, and the management and letting of real estate portfolios. In particular, Emma has a wealth of experience within the retail sector and a comprehensive understanding of the market, having been instructed by some of the UK’s most prestigious retailers.

Furthermore, Will Thomas has been appointed to the residential real estate team as a senior associate from Mills & Reeve. Will’s expertise spans complex acquisitions and disposals of residential real estate through to boundary issues, deeds of release and the grant of easements. In addition to a particular specialism in leasehold enfranchisement, Will brings an in-depth knowledge of the property market across London and Cambridge. Will is predominantly instructed by high net worth individuals – both national and international – charities and offshore professional trustees, in addition to, financial and educational institutions. Both Emma Roche and Will Thomas will split their time between the Cambridge and London offices.

In the London office, the government and infrastructure department has been bolstered by the appointment of Dalee Kaur as a legal director from DLA Piper. Dalee brings a wealth of experience in all areas of planning law – with particular expertise in regeneration. Dalee is instructed by both public and private sector clients on a breadth of matters ranging from planning applications, objections and appeals to compulsory purchase orders, planning enforcement and judicial reviews.

Finally, Aoife Murphy has joined as a senior associate in the dispute resolution department – having previously been at DMH Stallard LLP, and has over 14 years of expertise. Her practice has a particular focus on real estate, including disputes relating to commercial, residential and mixed-use properties. Aoife is predominantly instructed by developers, commercial landlords and entrepreneurs on how to protect their property investments.

The announcement of these appointments closely follows a partnership vote on Thursday, 27 September confirming that BDB and Pitmans will merge to form the combined firm, BDB Pitmans, on 1 December 2018. The complementary practices of each firm will widen and enhance the offering to clients, providing market-leading advice across a number of sectors and areas of law.

Andrew Smith, managing partner of BDB, comments:

‘Aoife, Dalee, Emma and Will are welcome additions to the firm as we continue to put client service delivered by exceptional talent at the forefront of our offering. These appointments come at an exciting time following the announcement of our merger with Pitmans, which will see continued investment in our people and support further growth in key areas.’

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