Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) has expanded its reach with the acquisition of King & Wood Mallesons’ (KWM) Real Estate Team based in Cambridge. The 9-lawyer strong office will be fully operational and integrated within BDB with immediate effect.

The KWM Team that is being acquired consists of Partner, Simon Burson, 8 fee-earners and 2 support staff, who currently advise on all aspects of commercial real estate, including investment and finance and landlord and tenant work. Simon Burson will be Head of BDB’s new Cambridge office, which will be expanded 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.

Andrew Smith, Managing Partner of BDB, comments:

‘This expansion outside London is a key element of our wider growth strategy and our new Cambridge practice is the first step in that process. We will be working hard to develop and grow the Cambridge office as well as seeking other growth opportunities in 2017 and beyond. We are delighted to welcome the current KWM real estate team based in Cambridge to BDB. The team will further strengthen our market-leading real estate offering to our current and future clients and we very much look forward to working with them and to attracting new talent from other legal disciplines to the BDB team.’

Simon Burson, Partner and Head of BDB’s Cambridge office, says:

‘We are extremely excited to join BDB and I am delighted that the existing team will be coming to the new firm. BDB is a firm which is recognised for its expertise in the real estate arena including its leading planning team. This makes it an ideal fit for the team here in Cambridge. We look forward to continuing to provide the highest quality legal advice to our clients and to welcoming new colleagues to our team.’