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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Stuart Wardlaw

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Regulatory and environment.


Partner, head of regulatory and environment. Advises on the full range of environmental/health and safety issues, including compliance advisory work, litigation (enforcement and civil litigation) and transaction support (in property, corporate and commercial deals). Particular sector foci include chemicals, energy, waste management and automotive industries.


Trained Dickinson Dees; qualified 1996; developed his environmental law practice at SJ Berwin & Co and Nabarro Nathanson; before returning to Dickinson Dees 2000; partner, Dickinson Dees 2007; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017.


Law Society.


Scarborough College; St Hugh’s College, Oxford University (1992 BA Hons geography); University of Northumbria (1993 CPE; 1994 LPC).

London: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

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

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

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.

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North: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles the full spectrum of contentious and non-contentious health and safety work: it provides clients with corporate governance advice, assists organisations with health and safety issues relating to international operations, supply chain management risks and the standardisation of procedures, and deals with investigations and prosecutions brought by HSE and other enforcement bodies. Main contact Stuart Wardlaw advised Vertellus Specialities UK on an investigation into potential breaches of health and safety legislation including the COMAH regulations following a fire at its Seal Sands site, while Sembcorp Utilities, an energy, water and marine group, retained the practice to advise on a health and safety prosecution following a sub contractor’s employee suffering serious injuries during a hydraulic pressure test of a boiler at the client’s site. As well as its energy sector expertise, the team’s client base also includes a number on construction, retail, manufacturing and transport industry players.

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North: Real estate


Within: Environment

Providing an ‘excellent level of service’, the ‘very professional’ team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is well equipped to advise on environmental compliance, enforcement prosecutions, market development and business risk management alongside transactions. Team head Stuart Wardlaw is noted for his particular expertise advising clients in the chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, waste management and oil and gas sectors; he assisted the shareholders of Chemoxy International with the sale of a majority stake in the company to the French trade buyer Novacap. ‘Very knowledgeable’ associate Ruth Wintersgill handles contentious mandates.

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