The ten-partner office could be set to follow the Nottingham and Leicester offices, which were snapped up by Tenon recently, while its one partner Poole office was merged with Mazars Neville Russell last week.
The firm intends to move from the regional partnership under which it currently operates to a national partnership and said there may be offices that are not part of that plan.
Tim Bentall, managing partner of the Southampton office, said: ‘We are making it our business to find out about the various outside parties in the market, and to make our own assessment of them.’
He added: ‘We are committed to BDO but we would be doing ourselves a dis-service if we restrict our options at this point. The talks are all part of a process which has been speeded up by recent events.’
Bentall refused to rule out possible talks with consolidators Numerica and Tenon, while it is known the office has been contacted by numerous brokers interested in the practice.
Numerica chief executive Tony Sarin would neither confirm or deny talks with the office, but added: ‘We are expecting to complete more deals shortly.’
Richard Cartwright becomes the new head, taking over from incumbent head of office David Lemon
Brian Burke, business development director, has moved within the firm to 'develop Quantuma’s networks with Sussex professional firms'
Stephen Mills joins the Manchester office from IBM, where he spent 12 years as an associate partner in the data, analytics and cognitive consulting group
Rupert Guppy will be responsible for capital allowances in the southern region, and joins the firm from specialist consultancy E3 Consulting