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BDB Pitmans


John Newton, Consultant
+44 (0)23 8083 7742

John has over 30 years’ experience advising on substantial commercial property acquisitions and disposals, and landlord and tenant lease negotiation.

John has particular expertise in marina, harbour and other waterfront properties.

He has a background in farming and acts for working and lifestyle farmers and has acted for large agricultural institutional investors.

He is also a speaker at RICS events.

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 City, London Westminster, Reading and Southampton.

Our priority is to achieve outstanding outcomes for our clients. We listen to you and your business objectives or life goals so that we provide not only excellent technical advice, but a complete solution. We work with you to understand the challenges you face, and aim to not just meet expectations, but to exceed them.

Our focus is building longstanding and mutually beneficial client relationships on a foundation of trust and genuine partnership.

Many of our lawyers and advisers are recognised leaders in their practice areas – their knowledge and expertise helps us to provide a truly, client-centred approach to legal services.

Our bright, friendly, proactive, energetic and forward-looking team comprises 80 partners and over 400 staff. We demand a lot from each and every one – including the highest standards of personal and professional integrity – and we select only those individuals with character, confidence and a proven track record of delivery.

Our partners and the wider team ensure that the firm continually evolves and improves for the benefit of our clients.


Our creative and problem solving team advise a range of clients, from entrepreneurs to national corporations, on a variety of matters including terms and conditions, service level agreements, contracts, intellectual property, data protection and GDPR.


We offers clients clear, practical advice at every stage of a business’s life cycle. Whatever the size or complexity of a transaction, we work with clients to help develop their business, protect their assets and meet their long-term strategy. The relationship with our clients is a valued partnership between both the business and the adviser.


We understand how difficult it is to acquire land and navigate
the ever more complex planning and development process. We appreciate that each site presents a unique set of challenges, while delivery of a premium quality scheme is top of a developer’s agenda, as well as the greatest return within the shortest possible timeframe. We provide a start-to-finish integrated service, including plot sales, to achieve these objectives.

Infrastructure and Regeneration

Infrastructure and major projects are renowned for their complicated procedural and legislative nature. We understand the challenges faced and are equipped with the UK’s largest planning and infrastructure team. We advise across the board from large nationally significant projects to small matters, from the promotion or opposition of transport projects to regulation, governance and policies.

New Homes

Our specialist new homes conveyancers offer a streamlined
and efficient conveyancing service for purchasers of new build properties. We have extensive experience across all areas of the process and are committed to meeting developers’ deadlines.

Planning and  Environment

Our specialist team has extensive experience in advising those carrying out development, as well as those who oppose it. We provide our clients with strategic and tactical advice on planning matters and planning procedure.

Real Estate

We can advise on all aspects of real estate, including residential, new builds, commercial property, development and construction. Whether you are facing a difficult dispute, drafting a commercial lease agreement or investing in the purchase or sale of property or land, our promise to you is that you can rely on us to deliver timely, flexible and professional results. We provide a start-to-finish legal advisory service integrating acquisition, planning and plot sales with complementary teams to deal with disposals, joint ventures and restructuring, disputes, secured lending transactions and insolvent tenants.

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