Associate/Senior Associate

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PQE: 3-8
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Department: Restructuring & Insolvency
Location: London or Reading
The firm

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 4 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 and our approach to flexible working and target hours for fee earners reflect this. 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.

The team

The ideal candidate will join a highly regarded and well established and balanced  team comprising of 3 partners, directors, senior associates, associates and a legal adviser.  Team members work out of the London and Reading offices (whilst also servicing Cambridge and Southampton) though work as one team and source instructions nationally and internationally and from across all offices and departments. You may be required to travel between offices and to the other regional offices as part of the role.

We use our skills and experience to work in partnership with our comprehensive network of clients and referrers across corporates, banks, financiers, brokers, shareholders, stakeholders and insolvency professionals to work quickly and effectively to resolve both stressed and distressed situations and to; (i) advise on strategies for recovery and business turnaround; (ii) undertake varied transactional, restructuring and insolvency work (both corporate and personal, global and domestic); and (iii) advise upon the whole array of insolvency litigation / contentious insolvency processes. 

The team is known for its clear, commercially-focussed advice and prompt, responsive service.  It is ranked tier 1 in the legal directories and is praised for having a large, diverse and distinguished practice with considerable experience across the full range of individual and corporate restructuring and insolvency matters with noticeable emphasis on:

  • Acquisitions of distressed business
  • Business contingency and exit planning
  • Board advisory
  • Business restructuring and turnaround strategy
  • Debt and asset recovery
  • Debt reconstruction and consolidation
  • Dispute resolution (including mediations, arbitrations and other forms of ADR)
  • Cross-border insolvency, forensics and international asset-tracing and recovery
  • Insolvency and Companies Act offences and regulatory advice including director disqualification proceedings and fraud-based insolvency
  • Liquidations (whether solvent, compulsory or voluntary) receiverships (court or LPA appointed), administrations, voluntary arrangements and bankruptcies
  • Refinancing and general security advice
The opportunity

This role would be best suited to someone who is enthusiastic and ambitious, and is prepared to work across disciplines in a passionate and dynamic fashion. You will be given excellent supervision, training and coaching in this role and will need a commercial approach and excellent technical, communication and negotiation skills, as well as drive and initiative.  The partners seek a supportive and keen candidate and a team player who appreciates that the nature of the work we undertake is often urgent and requires completion within short timescales.

The role will encompass advisory (including turnaround and contingency options), transactional non-contentious work and contentious work with links to the firm’s corporate, finance and real estate teams, amongst others, providing advice to all stakeholders in stressed and distressed situations including lenders, investors, corporates, directors and individuals, in addition to acting for insolvency practitioners.  You should show evidence of understanding what is needed to help grow and develop a restructuring & insolvency practice and be willing to initiate and participate in marketing and business development activities with enthusiasm, confidence and ambition.

Who we are looking for


  • Admissions to the Solicitor Roll
  • 2:1 Degree or higher preferred
  • Distinction in GDL / LPC preferred



  • Candidates should have between 3 – 8 years PQE of working in a Restructuring and Insolvency team
  • We are seeking applicants who are confident in dealing with the full range of restructuring, insolvency and advisory processes (both transactional and contentious)