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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

4 MORE LONDON RIVERSIDE, LONDON, SE1 2AU, ENGLAND
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London: Corporate and commercial

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP was formed in November 2017 after Bond Dickinson LLP and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice merged. As part of a larger operation, the UK commercial team (which is spread across six offices) acts for more than 250 listed companies. In addition to the merger, the commercial contracts practice is gaining momentum in other respects, as was evidenced by the firm's appointment in 2017 to tier one of the Crown Commercial Services legal panel, and also its successful appointment to BT's revamped UK and Ireland legal panel. In addition, Caroline Churchill and Rachel Scott made partner. The firm is active across a wide range of sectors, with particular strengths in chemicals, manufacturing, retail, transport and financial services (including insurance). Practice head Paula Bartlett, and managing associates Kate Steel and Sarah Roast, are part of the team which is acting for Post Office Limited in the highly-publicised Network Transformation Programme, while legal director Jonathan Stickland is advising Kingfisher Plc on the English law contracts associated with a five-year plan to unify its home improvement brands. Peter Snaith and legal director Lucy Pringle are other notable practitioners in the group.

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Financial services
Financial services (non-contentious/ regulatory) - ranked: tier 6

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 's three-partner team provides 'practical, commercial and cost-effective' advice to retail financial services clients on standalone advisory work, as well as on the regulatory aspects of transactions in the sector. Himself formerly in-house at Barclays Wealth, 'user-friendly' team head Andrew Barber 'really understands what in-house lawyers are looking for' and as part of his broad-ranging retail banking and consumer finance practice has recently been active across a  range of outsourcing matters in those sectors. Barber also has extensive knowledge of consumer credit regulatory matters and recently advised longstanding client Sainsbury’s Bank plc on the production of updated documentation to comply with the requirements of the Consumer Credit Act 1974. The 'experienced and knowledgeable' Emma Radmore is particularly noted for her financial crime prevention expertise and is a key member of the team that also includes 'excellent all-round financial services lawyer' Jonathan Drake and 'hardworking and helpful' associate Roseyna Jahangir. Other clients include TSB Bank, B&Q plc and AIG Europe.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

In October 2017 Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†was formed through a combination of US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and the UK-based Bond Dickinson, greatly enhancing the firm‚Äôs ability to handle transatlantic partnership matters; a matter that was coordinated within the UK firm by ‚Äėvery capable‚Äô practice head Barry Stimpson. The group‚Äôs primary clients are law firms, accountants and fund managers, for which the team advises on LLP arrangements, merger projects and a range of fund-related partnership vehicles. Michelle Chance¬†specialises in representation for partnership dispute resolution, where she is ‚Äėespecially good at representing individuals‚Äô, although she also has significant expertise in advising partnerships and LLPs. Jamie Pass¬†and Richard Collins¬†are also recommended on the contentious side.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  lost its practice head Ewen MacGregor in February 2018, when he left to join the regulatory and licensing practice at Gregg Latchams LLP in Bristol. The firm's key clients include Gala Leisure, Ambassador’s Theatre Group and Racing Post. The team also provides a full alcohol and gambling offering across England, Scotland and Wales, and frequently advises online gaming operators on various licensing matters. Key contacts are Jon Cooper and Stuart Wardlaw, who are both partners in the firm's regulatory group.

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers and senior executives
Employment: employers and senior executives - ranked: tier 7

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Michelle Chance leads the department at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and specialises in high-value employment disputes focusing on the financial services, media and professional services sectors. The group's clients include multinational corporates, SMEs and senior executives. Recent highlights include handling race and discrimination claims, assisting with corporate restructuring issues and advising on senior executive arrivals and exits.

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's 'extremely effective' team has 'first-class response times, clarity of advice and appropriateness of communication' leading to a 'well-deserved reputation in the field'. The group's expertise spans HSE investigations and prosecutions, judicial reviews and compliance issues. Jon Cooper and Stuart Wardlaw jointly lead the national team; clients praise Cooper as an 'outstanding solicitor whose attention to detail and tactical insight are second to none'. Recent mandates include assisting the HSE with the ongoing investigation and prosecutions arising from the fatal Pembroke Oil Refinery explosions, acting for Carlsberg in a HSE investigation following an ammonia gas leak at its brewery, and representing Squibb Group in a HSE prosecution relating to the alleged exposure of employees to asbestos during a school refurbishment. Babcock International Group, Sainsbury's Supermarkets and B&Q are also clients.

Leading individuals

Jon Cooper - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is 'a key player in pensions litigation' and has 'a sophisticated service that puts the client front and centre'. Recent contentious mandates include 'tremendously experienced' pensions litigation head Suzanne Duff acting for IBM in the Court of Appeal in proceedings relating to the employer's duty of good faith. Managing associate Joanna Bromhead is also a key name to note for pensions litigation. On the non-contentious side, Martin Poore leads the group and Tracy Walsh heads up the public and voluntary sector pensions unit. Poore recently assisted Signet Group with the closure of its DB scheme to future accrual and Walsh advised Procter & Gamble on the pension elements of the sale of its beauty brands to Coty. Go-Ahead Group, Carnival and Bellway are also clients.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's impressive client list includes Tempur Sealy International, e.l.f. Cosmetics and InterSystems Corporation. The firm continues to assist Kingfisher with centralising its product, safety and assurance procedures, and handled several matters for its subsidiary B&Q, which included advising on legislation concerning water fittings and hazardous chemicals, product withdrawals, and bringing claims against suppliers. Consultant Nicky Strong  heads the practice from Southampton and is recommended alongside Bristol-based associate Ashley Borthwick, who is well regarded for product safety, compliance and recall work.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėcommercial, responsive, pragmatic and approachable‚Äô department regularly defends claims against solicitors, valuers, construction professionals, auditors, accountants, tax advisers, brokers, financial advisers, directors and officers, and financial institutions. It is also experienced in claims with an insolvency aspect. Insurance disputes head Sushma MacGeoch,¬†a ‚Äėnatural born litigator‚Äô and a ‚Äėcalm and impressive operator‚Äô, is defending a solicitors' firm and its insurer in the High Court against a ¬£130m claim brought by Accident Exchange against various former directors of Autofocus and solicitors who dealt with road traffic accident claims; she is also defending a firm of solicitors in a $210m negligence claim arising from a share purchase agreement relating to Russian oil exploration licences. Construction insurance head Hannah Cane¬†is ‚Äėtough yet commercially astute‚Äô and ‚Äėincisive in her analysis‚Äô, and ‚Äėgoes out of her way to put the clients‚Äô needs at the heart of the excellent service she delivers‚Äô. Jane Williams¬†routinely handles claims against solicitors, brokers and accountants, and represented a firm of solicitors in a claim by a former client alleging that steps taken by the firm in connection with the sale of the client's company were in breach of trust and facilitated a fraud. Jonathan Drake¬†is head of insurance, while managing associates Belinda Fox¬†and David Rees Smith, who is a ‚Äėreal team player‚Äô, are singled out for praise, as is associate Lucy Murphy.

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London: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†¬†has a ‚Äėvery responsive team that is easily accessible even out of hours. The team‚Äôs knowledge is excellent‚Äô. Head of team is Emma Moody¬† who ‚Äėwins peoples‚Äô trust quickly‚Äô. The' approachable, pragmatic and knowledgeable‚Äô Jo Coleman¬† provides ‚Äėwell explained advice and delivers to time and within estimate‚Äô. The national team has an international reach and advises a broad range of clients such as service providers, corporate and family foundations, grant makers as well as professional societies. It has particular expertise in the education, health and care as well as the religious sectors. Highlights included advising the United Synagogue on the funding and structuring arrangements that were required to develop one of the United Synagogue‚Äôs flagship synagogues. The advice included negotiating the funding arrangements with a local charitable trust as well as advising on other issues such as the transfer of land. Gateshead College and Addaction are other major clients.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†has ‚Äėoffices nationwide and provides a top-rate service to clients big and small‚Äô.Neil Long¬†is ‚Äėan excellent and charming lawyer who quickly wins the trust of his clients‚Äô. Long advises individuals, families, charities and trustees about the validity of wills and trust documents, undue influence, financial provision and other issues such as mental capacity. Managing associateRichard Pike¬† is ‚Äėpragmatic, efficient and very personable ‚Äď he is a tough and determined litigator‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Neil Long - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Neil Long¬†¬†and the ‚Äėpragmatic‚Äô Alexander Dickinson¬† are the principal contacts at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†. Long advises high-net-worth clients and trustees on estate planning and capital tax issues. His clients are mostly entrepreneurs with complex business and financial interests. Dickinson specialises in succession, asset protection and estate planning matters for landowners, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. He acts for a large number of landed estates across the country, in many cases he acts as a trustee and sits on the board of several family offices. Recent highlights include advising on the administration of a major landowner's estate, with a value in excess of ¬£200m. In another significant matter the team advised on the reorganisation of a number of substantial trusts including the restructuring of their investment and trading structures.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The 'precise and relevant' oil and gas team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is 'excellent on all accounts', according to one client. Practice head Paul Stockley and Aberdeen's Richard Cockburn are both noted as 'switched on and service-minded' and recently welcomed Thomas Williams from Boodle Hatfield LLP as litigation and international arbitration partner. Chrysaor instructed the firm to handle its acquisition of a number of North Sea assets from Shell, and Serica appointed the firm to assist with its takeover of BP's interests in the Bruce, Keith and Rhum gas fields in the North Sea. Tom Beezer is based in Southampton and represented Endeavour Energy in its dispute with joint venture partners regarding the costs of rig decommissioning operations in the North Sea. On the domestic front, Alex Hirom continues to advise Barking Power on the contractual aspects of the conversion of a large gas-fired power plant in East London.

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Power (including electricity and renewables)
Power (including electricity and renewables) - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP represents developers, major utility companies, leading energy companies such as Vattenfall and Orsted, and independents. Recent corporate highlights include Sebastian Briggs 's advice to longstanding client RES on the sale of the Port Tyne battery storage project, while Simon Hughes oversaw a number of project developments such as the Dudgeon offshore wind farm and associated mandates such as the construction of a landward cable to connect the plant to the National Grid and the real estate aspects the incoming OFTO disposal. Ofgem appointed practice head Chris Towner , planning partner Jon Bower and construction expert Alex Hirom to assess the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high-value transmission assets. The dispute resolution offering recently represented an electricity generator in a dispute with a utility provider arising from its SSA under the leadership of Ian Newcombe ; Thomas Williams recently joined the energy disputes team from Boodle Hatfield LLP .

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP offers a full service to an impressive range of universities, colleges, student unions and education support organisations. It can provide sector-specific advice in areas ranging from charities law and governance to corporate and real estate and is especially in demand for procurement matters. It is advising Durham University on the delivery of two new colleges via a long-term public-private partnership. Emma Moody  and Kevin Robertson are advising Gateshead College on its response to the government’s local area review process by developing a Career College to focus on the construction industry. Christina Tolvas-Vincent is especially noted for her expertise in employment matters and is advising the Arts University Bournemouth on the introduction of a new academic career framework for its academic staff. Craig Moore is also noted for his real estate work.

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Kevin Robertson, who heads the education practice, and Emma Moody  who specialises in charity law, are the key names at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The team is advising numerous governing bodies such as Waterton Trust, Carmel Education Trust and St Hilda’s Catholic Academy Trust on matters relating to academy conversions. Robertson is assisting the Education and Skills Funding Agency on its Free Schools programme and is also advising the Northern Education Trust on academy conversions and HR matters relating to its schools. Other clients include the Carmel Education Trust in Darlington, Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School and the Vision Academy Trust.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles a broad range of work for local authorities, especially large-scale regeneration projects. Highlight work includes advising the London Borough of Lewisham on areas such as planning and property matters relating to the redevelopment of the New Bermondsey site. This complex case includes proceedings brought by Millwall Football Club seeking disclosure of a financial due diligence report and the price under a land sale agreement between the Council and the developer. It is also advising Three Rivers District Council in respect of the South Oxhey Initiative, a mixed use regeneration project in partnership with Countryside Properties (UK) and Home Group. Martin Stacey  has a focus on redevelopment and regeneration projects, Iain Greenshields  takes on PFI, PPP, joint ventures and outsourcing matters and Jocelyn Denton handles  planning and infrastructure. The team has been enhanced with the addition of Andrew Hirst, managing associate, who joined from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: corporate occupiers - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles asset management and letting work for a variety of well-known landlords and tenants, and is also instructed by local authorities and house builders in connection with land acquisitions and regeneration projects. The team handles letting work nationwide, which has included Katherine Douglas advising Mewburn Ellis LLP on the relocation of its Bristol office, and William Akerman assisting Associated British Ports with the lease and operation of a new freight terminal in Southampton. Similarly, Craig Moore, who handles ongoing property management work for Flybe Group, advised Rittal on the lease acquisition of its new UK HQ in Canary Wharf. Tom Willows has advised Bellway North East on a litany of site acquisitions, and also acted for The Vista PRS Fund in relation to its forward commitment to purchase a PRS scheme in Liverpool, which is yet to be developed. Alistair Walton heads the retail sector group, which acts for clients including New Look Retailers, Specsavers, River Island Clothing Co and Decathlon UK. Martin Stacey heads the London real estate group, while John Ralph acts as national real estate head. Verity Waignton and Anna Robbins joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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Construction
Construction (contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†is an ‚Äėexcellent firm with an economic approach taken towards claims‚Äô. ‚ÄėVery knowledgeable and proactive‚Äô Simon Lewis¬†heads the disputes team, where David Skelton, Helen Pearce¬†and Belinda Fox¬†are recommended as ‚Äėexcellent at contentious construction matters.‚Äô¬†The highly recommended Alex Hirom¬†leads on the transactional side. Hirom is advising Venator on EPC, construction and procurement contracts on the reinstatement of its Tioxide Plant in Pori, Finland, which was badly damaged by a fire in January 2017. The firm also has expertise in the renewable energy sector, regularly advising power generation developers on new gas, wind, solar and bio-diesel plants, as well as downstream oil and gas and chemicals projects, refineries, rigs, jackets and subsea installations. The team continues to act for SABIC on the conversion of its gas cracking plant at Teesside. Other clients include Huntsman Group, Southern Water, ATCO Power Limited, STRABAG AG, and Network Rail. Emily Monastiriotis departed for Simmons & Simmons.

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team boasts the capabilities to handle contentious and non-contentious matters data protection, privacy and information law advice. The group has particular experience acting for clients in the retail and financial services sector, and advised clients in these industries on GDPR compliance programmes. In another work highlight, it represented an international telecoms provider following fruadsters accesing customer data. The team also acted for London Borough of Lewisham in a high profile information request. Andrew Kimble leads the data protection and privacy practice which includes Jackie Gray and Andrew Parsons, who are recommended for freedom of information law issues and contentious data and privacy matters respectively. Caroline Churchill was recently promoted to the partnership.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  merged with U.S firm Womble Carlyle in October 2017 to form Womble Bond Dickinson; the practice is known for its work in the advertising space and advising brand-owners on marketing and IP matters. Practice head Patrick Cantrill is recommended for all soft IP matters and litigation and Nicky Strong  has notable experienced in non-contentious regulatory and advertising compliance work. Highlights include assisting Colgate-Palmolive to defend ASA complaints relating to the Max White Expert range, Tempur-Sealey International on pan-EU marketing materials and advertisements and for advertising regulatory work for Specsavers on several advertising campaigns and the launch of new JCB safety eyewear range. On the contentious side, Cantrill advises the Immediate Media Company Ltd on copyright infringements and portfolio management.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Noted for its 'excellent service', Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's 'pragmatic' team 'really takes time to understand its clients' and has 'a fantastic grasp of the law and its practical application'. The 'experienced, knowledgeable' Emma Radmore is 'a pleasure to work with', and the 'entirely reliable, very personable' Andrew Barber 'really knows his stuff'; both are financial services experts who advised TSB Bank on the regulatory aspects of a major outsourcing. Barber also advised Sainsbury's Bank on a review of its personal loan products, and on the start-up side assisted British Pearl with establishing its crowdfunding platform. Clients 'couldn't ask more from' Southampton-based technology expert Julian Hamblin, who advised Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society on the procurement of a new website. Patrick Cantrill, a Leeds-based IP expert, advised Atom Bank on all its IP issues. Smarch is an additional client.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is the result of the merger between Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. The firm's clients include Immediate Media, Atom Bank and Middlesbrough Football Club. Leading the IP practice is Patrick Cantrill, who 'is quick to grasp the issues' and is 'clear in describing his recommended application'. Recent mandates for Cantrill include managing the trade mark portfolio for Petrofac and advising Decathlon on trade mark infringement issues. Rachel Hearson heads the trade mark team and 'provides good support of IPR projects'.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†¬†is a ‚Äėvery knowledgeable and experienced team which responds quickly‚Äô and is praised for its ‚Äėpro-active and reactive‚Äô relationship with its clients. It is experienced in the procurement of rolling stock and rolling stock contracts, rail franchising and IT matters, and is also noted for its light rail expertise. Notable work includes advising Govia on its bids for the South Eastern franchise, and for the West Midlands franchise, which included advising on rolling stock procurement. Advising Abellio on the new rolling stock aspects of its bid for the Wales and Borders franchise, and advising Arriva on the new rolling stock aspects of its bid for the Wales and Borders franchise were also key highlights, as was advising Transdev in relation to its bid to operate and maintain the Luas light rail system in Dublin. Transport, logistics and infrastructure head David Rewcastle‚Äôs ‚Äėability to know all aspects of rail arrangements is staggering‚Äô; rolling stock and infrastructure expert Paul Coleman¬†has ‚Äėvery good business and commercial sense‚Äô and franchising specialist¬†Kevin Bell‚Äôs ‚Äėattention to detail, personal commitment and positive approach to relationship management makes dealings easy productive and relevant‚Äô. Managing associates Will Bonas¬†and¬†David Millard¬†is also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Rewcastle - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

David Millard - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Will Bonas - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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