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BDB Pitmans LLP

  • 20 vacancies
  • 21 trainees
  • 72 partners
  • 477 staff

About BDB Pitmans LLP

Friendly firm with strong corporate, private client, charities and parliamentary public law and planning practices. Trainees receive excellent training and responsibility under supervision of partners.

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More info

Apply by 31 January 2021 for Summer 2021 placements and by 30 June 2021 for training contracts commencing in Autumn 2023. Please apply via our website.

Applications to

Graduate Recruitment Team

Method of application

Online Application Form

Method of assessment

  • Assessment centre
  • Panel interview
  • Partner interview
  • Written exercise

BDB Pitmans was established in 2018 following a merger between legacy firms Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB) and Pitmans Law, bringing together over 300 years of legal expertise across five locations – Cambridge, London, Reading and Southampton.

Working at BDB Pitmans brings all the benefits of a top 60 firm including interesting work, varied clients and support for professional development. While our clients are at the heart of everything we do, we recognise that life outside of work is important too. What really sets us apart is our friendly, open and inclusive culture. People join and stay at BDB Pitmans as they get the benefits of challenging work in a supportive and professional atmosphere.

We welcome applications from both law and non-law students who are enthusiastic and genuinely interested in pursuing a career in law. We are looking for inquisitive people who have a willingness to take on tasks with a can do attitude. You will need to be a confident communicator and able to form and build on relationships with a variety of people including clients. We hope our trainees won’t just be here to train but to take our success forward as future partners.

We have up to 10 paid summer placements available each year. Our summer placements take place over two weeks in June and July each year. Currently they are based in our London Westminster office but you will have the opportunity to meet people from our Reading and Southampton offices and learn about the work they do.

The programme is for two weeks where attendees gain valuable experience with two departments. We aim to give as much practical experience as possible, plus the opportunity to see first hand how our solicitors and partners work. A range of activities are organised to make the programme insightful as well as enjoyable.

The closing date for summer 2021 is 31 January 2021. Please apply via our website.

We give you real responsibility from the start, along with the right level of support, to ensure you never feel overwhelmed. You will get to work on interesting, challenging and high profile work which you might not expect from a firm of our size.

You will complete four six-month seats and receive ongoing training throughout. In each seat you will have lots of client interaction working as an essential part of the team. Our training principal speaks to you to understand your seat preferences and there are opportunities for client secondments. You will learn a lot from your supervisor and the experts you will work with so that when you qualify you have the breadth of skills required to be an excellent solicitor.

Across our offices we offer trainees the opportunity to undertake four six month seats in the following areas:




Crime (white collar)


Restructuring and insolvency

Private wealth

Real estate

Infrastructure and regeneration




BDB Pitmans LLP provides funding for GDL and LPC fees.

  • Charities
  • Commercial
  • Corporate
  • Crime (White collar)
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Infrastructure & regeneration
  • Litigation
  • Pensions
  • Private wealth
  • Real estate
  • Restructuring & insolvency
  • General Practice
  • Corporate & Commercial
  • General Commercial

Practice Areas

Extra info

One Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7BL
Phone: (0)34 5222 9222
Email: [email protected]
Work placement: Yes
Number of work placements: 10
Minimum qualification: 2.1 degree or above
Start salary: £36,500 in London, £30,000 in Reading
Fees paid for:
  • LPC
Turnover: £33,700,000 (2016)
Profit per partner: £216,000 (2014)
Training contract applications: 649 (2020)
Retention rate: 100% (2017)
Partner diversity:
  • 71.0% male (2020)
  • 29.0% female
Lawyer diversity:
  • 70.0% male (2020)
  • 30.0% female
Has client secondments: Yes
Client secondments:
  • Consultancies
  • London
  • Cambridge
  • Reading
  • Southampton
  • Brixton Advice Centre
  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • Brokerage Citylink
  • Career Academies
  • Stonewall