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Bircham Dyson Bell and Ambrose Appelbe announce merger

New firm creates 47-partner practice

5 March 2014

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New firm creates 47-partner practice

Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) and Ambrose Appelbe have announced a merger that creates a 47-partner practice with a combined annual turnover in excess of £33m.

All Ambrose Appelbe employees will move to the BDB team in Westminster when the firms join forces on 1 April.

Jesper Christensen, managing partner of BDB, said the firms shared values and a complementary client base. "Our ambition is to grow by developing all areas of the firm and we will continue to look at a range of options to achieve this."

Ambrose Appelbe practises family, private client, dispute resolution, and land and property sectors while BDB's key disciplines comprise private wealth, government and infrastructure, real estate, litigation, corporate, charities, and employment.

Lisa Bolgar Smith, managing partner of Ambrose Appelbe, said the firm had been looking for the right opportunity for business growth. Discussions had been ongoing for some time and a unanimous decision was reached on 13 February.

Helen Ratcliffe, head of private wealth at BDB, told Private Client Adviser: “Mergers are not just about similar practice areas. It’s about having similar approaches, similar values and similar cultures. I think you’ve both got to be at the same level in your particular cycle and that’s what I think we and they are.

“Having lateral hires or small mergers is a terrifically good way of energising places I feel, and it’s some time since we’ve had a small practice joining us like this, so my priority will be the integration.”

The joint firm will trade as Bircham Dyson Bell.


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