Womble Bond Dickinson and BDB Pitmans LLP in “early discussions” to merge

updated on 09 November 2022

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Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is in “early discussions” with BDB Pitmans LLP over a potential merger, which is expected to generate a revenue of £440 million.

This move comes following news that WBD (UK) reached turnover of nearly 9% for its latest financial year, despite what it called “a challenging market”

Staff at both firms are well versed with the merger process, given their respective strategies in recent years.

In 2018, Bircham Dyson Bell merged with Pitmans to create BDB Pitmans. Similarly, WBD was formed out of a merger with UK firm Bond Dickinson and the US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in 2017.

WBD now operates in 30 different locations across the world, seven of which are UK based. The firms each have office locations in London and Southampton, and share several practice areas, including corporate, commercial and real estate.

In a statement a spokesperson from WBD said: “Leading transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson and leading UK firm BDB Pitmans confirm that they are in early discussions around a potential merger.” 

The spokesperson added that both firms are “focused on where they see the greatest opportunities for a merged business, including those offered by complementary practice areas and office locations”.