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5 pensions lawyers to join Osborne Clarke

By Harry Whittle
24 May 2022

Law firm Osborne Clarke has announced that it has recruited the entire pensions team from BDB Pitmans, with the London-based organisation's agreement.

BDB Pitmans has decided to no longer operate their own specialised in-house pensions practice, instead choosing to work with a small number of pension firms when that kind of advice is required (including Osborne Clarke).

The team includes partners David Hosford and Chris Netiatis and three lawyers. These are legal director Lee Colgate and senior associates Catriona Darnell and Sarah Miller. They will join Osborne Clarke on 30th May 2022. 

The addition of the BDB Pitmans team fulfils one of Osborne Clarke's strategic objectives to build the size and experience of the pensions practice to strengthen its services to employers and trustees on all areas of pensions law and practice.

David Hosford, head of pensions, BDB Pitmans says:“We built our pensions practice at Pitmans and latterly BDB Pitmans with a dedication to excellent client service and value, and a focus on providing clear and robust advice that works in the real world. It has become increasingly clear that we need greater scale to be able to meet our goals and continue to develop the services we provide."

"We considered opportunities with various firms before deciding Osborne Clarke is the best fit - the team at Osborne Clarke shares our focus and values, and combining our resources brings scale, enhances an already market leading brand, and gives us the right platform to  deliver ever better client service. We can’t wait to start!” 

Jonathan Hazlett from Osborne Clarke said this: "We've known David and Chris both professionally and personally for a number of years. We're delighted they have decided to join Osborne Clarke. David, Chris and their team will add substantially to the size and expertise of our existing team here at Osborne Clarke and will allow us to better service our national and international clients and help them respond to the challenges, opportunities and transformation drivers that the pensions industry currently faces."

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