Leading law firm, Bircham Dyson Bell (BDB), is pleased to announce the appointment of James Stephen as a partner within the firm’s corporate and commercial team. James joins from Penningtons Manches. His appointment is effective from 17 August and James will be based in BDB’s Cambridge office. 

James Stephen has over 20 years’ experience in advising on corporate governance and corporate transactions. His practice encompasses a breadth of matters including domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, fundraisings and corporate reorganisations, as well as shareholders’ and LLP agreements. He acts for clients of all sizes including private and public limited companies, LLPs, partnerships and entrepreneurs. James has particular expertise in the private wealth, technology and cleantech sectors. He is highly regarded in the legal directories, which have described him variously as ’very smart and well organised’ and as a ’go-to attorney’.

Commenting on his appointment, James Stephen, partner at BDB, states: ’BDB is known for its personal approach and for providing clients with practical solutions which makes it a great fit for me. I look forward to continuing my focus on supporting clients in the technology and cleantech sectors as part of my remit at BDB, and to providing expert advice to the firm’s corporate clients across all sectors.’

BDB’s corporate team has been further bolstered by the appointment of Robert Chidley as a senior associate in London. Robert joins from DLA Piper where he advised on a range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructurings and financings and initial public offerings on the Main Market and AIM.

Andrew Smith, managing partner at BDB, comments on the appointments: ’It is a great pleasure to welcome James and Robert to Bircham Dyson Bell. James will be a strong addition to our growing offering in Cambridge as we continue to expand our capabilities to meet increasing client demand in the region. These strategic appointments are consistent with significant hires we are continuing to make across the firm as part of our wider growth strategy.’