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Bond Dickinson LLP

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

Commercial contracts
Commercial contracts - ranked: tier 3

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team, which is located across the UK, combines experience of drafting and negotiating a wide variety of strategically-significant commercial agreements with strong capabilities in transformational, large-scale projects. The group draws work from clients across multiple sectors, including retail, chemicals, financial institutions, manufacturing and transport. Jonathan Stickland is counselling Carnival Plc on an agreement with Meachers over freight forwarding services. In another highlight, Paula Bartlett advised TSB Bank on its long-term exclusive sponsorship of the Pride of Britain and Pride of Sport awards. Another key client of the firm is the Ministry of Justice, which the firm recently advised on the procurement of language services in courts and tribunals, and for court reporting and transcription services. Rachel Scott recently made partner, while Kim Walker joined Shakespeare Martineau LLP.

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

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s three-partner team provides ‘responsive, practical, commercial and cost-effective’ advice to a wide variety of clients within the retail sector of the financial services industry. ‘Very knowledgeable’ team head Andrew Barber has ‘in-depth knowledge of prevailing market conditions’ particularly as it relates to consumer credit regulatory matters. Barber has recently been particularly active advising clients in the retail (shopping sector) on consumer credit issues including advising New Look Retailers on the regulatory issues linked to the outsourcing of credit services to customers together with the supply and operation of staff and VIP discount cards. The arrival of Emma Radmore from Dentons in August 2016 enhances the firm’s regulatory expertise particularly in relation to advice on the perimeter of the Financial Services and Markets Act, in terms of both products and activities. Clients include TSB Bank, Sainsbury’s Bank, B&Q and Brewin Dolphin.

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 5

Bond Dickinson LLP

Building on ‘a strong employment and corporate offering’, Bond Dickinson LLP has made some notable additions to the team and will certainly be ‘one to watch’ going forward. Michelle Chance joined from Kingsley Napley LLP in 2016 and ‘brings the litigation bite to join the existing corporate capability’. Her recent work has included instructions by former individual members at a household-name professional services firm in relation to those individuals’ highly contentious exits. Barry Stimpson joined the team from Olswang LLP and heads the non-contentious side of the partnership group. He has ‘great experience of hedge fund and private equity partnerships’, but has also acted for individual partners in the legal partnership space. The two new-comers join Jamie Pass, who has experience of non-contentious LLP law, and Richard Collins, who focuses on disputes.

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London: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 3

Bond Dickinson LLP

At Bond Dickinson LLP, key clients include Gala Leisure, Ambassador’s Theatre Group and Racing Post, and the team recently advised the latter on its annual statutory inspection of its Tipster Proofing system, and on its reports to the Committee of Advertising Practice. 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. Ewen MacGregor is the key figure, and currently acts for a range of multi-site household names in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

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London: Human resources

Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team handles the full range of health and safety matters for domestic and international clients, including strategic board-level advice, investigations and prosecutions. Practice head Jon Cooper is handling multiple investigations and prosecutions arising from explosions at the Pembroke Refinery in 2011 for the HSE. Cooper also assisted Babcock Integrated Technology with an internal investigation and inquest concerning a fatality at the client’s premises in Bristol. Other clients include Network Rail, the Post Office and Nissan.

Leading individuals

Jon Cooper - Bond Dickinson LLP

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Pensions
Pensions (non-contentious) - ranked: tier 5

Bond Dickinson LLP

Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Bond Dickinson LLP

Noted for its ‘detailed approach’ and ‘good personal relationship with long-term clients’, Bond Dickinson LLP excels in ‘document-heavy litigation that also requires a deep understanding of how pension schemes operate’. Following Craig Monty’s retirement, the contentious team is now led by the ‘suitably robustSuzanne Duff, who has ‘a deep technical knowledge of the mechanics of pension schemes’. Duff represented IBM in its high-profile litigation before the Court of Appeal. Martin Poore, who heads the wider practice, advised the trustees of the Sapa Pension Scheme and Life Assurance Pension Scheme on a flexible apportionment arrangement regarding defined-benefit accrual. Tracy Walsh has been assisting Procter & Gamble in various matters following the sale of its Coty business. Other clients include Carnival, Taylor Wimpey and NOW Pensions.

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London: Insurance

Product liability: defendant
Product liability: defendant - ranked: tier 5

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s impressive client list includes Tempur Sealy International, e.l.f. Cosmetics and InterSystems Corporation. The firm is assisting Kingfisher plc with centralising its product, safety and assurance procedures, and it also 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 with 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

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s professional negligence team has ‘heaps of experience’ and ‘an attentive and proactive’ approach, and acts for a range of insurer clients. It is representing insurers in a claim brought by a UCIS against a firm of solicitors, and in a dispute pertaining to a £3.5m claim pursued against a firm of accountants, acting as auditors, concerning the alleged failure to advise on the solvency of a company following a £6m share sale by the company’s sole director that was funded entirely by a loan from the company. Head of insurance disputes Sushma MacGeoch is ‘a good strategist and excellent negotiator’; Jane Williams, who is ‘a true star’, advises insurers on professional negligence coverage issues and defends claims against solicitors, brokers and accountants; and construction disputes head Hannah Cane defends claims pursued against solicitors, management consultants, and clients in the property, construction and financial services sectors. Southampton-based James Robins and legal director Dan Hall are other names to note. Emily Monastiriotis moved to Simmons & Simmons, Simon Gildener joined DWF, and Ross Baker is now with BLM.

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London: Private client

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

Bond Dickinson LLP

Notable for its national presence, Bond Dickinson LLP’s team has ‘clear expertise in this sector, and is very responsive and reliable’. The ‘extremely personableJo Coleman garners extensive praise; she ‘explains fairly complex legal issues in an easy-to-understand and practical way, and is very good at finding solutions to seemingly difficult problems and situations’. Managing associate Eva Abeles is also ‘excellent’. Highlights included assisting Bowes Museum in the acquisition of the painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child, attributed to the workshop of Dieric Bouts, including advising the museum on its relationship with the Art Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund and its partnership with the York Art Gallery and the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in relation to displaying the painting. The firm also acted for Crisis UK (the national charity for homelessness) on its merger with The Lift People.

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

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP is ‘a substantial firm that is able to take advantage of its presence outside of London as well as in London to gain good work’, and ‘is making its presence felt in London’. The ‘well-knownNeil Long is ‘a first-rate practitioner with great experience in all aspects of contentious trusts and probate work coupled with sound judgement and a commercial and measured approach with clients and opponents alike. He has outstanding client skills and is not afraid to face seemingly intractable problems’. Newcastle-based legal director Jonathan Grogan is ‘an excellent litigator’ who has a wide-ranging practice including professional negligence claims relating to trust and probate matters. Managing associate Richard Pike ‘shows good knowledge and considerable patience’, and advises corporate trustees, private individuals and insurers on contentious trust and probate matters. The firm’s geographical spread assists it in acting for individuals, trustees and charities across the UK and offshore, as well as numerous insurance clients.

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

Bond Dickinson LLP

Neil Long and Alexander Dickinson are key figures at Bond Dickinson LLP. Long advises high-net-worth clients, including entrepreneurs, and trustees on estate planning and capital tax issues, and Dickinson specialises in succession, asset protection and estate planning matters for landowners, entrepreneurs and wealthy individuals. Recent highlights include advising on the reorganisation of a number of substantial trusts and the restructuring of their investment and trading structures, and providing ongoing tax and strategic advice to landed estates. The firm continues to act for high-value family investment companies, and is active in the administration of high-value trust assets.

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 4

Bond Dickinson LLP

Responses are always rapid and comments always client-oriented’ at Bond Dickinson LLP, where Paul Stockley heads the energy and natural resources practice. Quentin Robinson was part of the team (led by Stockley and featuring Michael Walton and planning specialist Jon Bower) assisting Nomad Energy with its joint acquisition (alongside Vitol) of two exploration assets in offshore Cote d’Ivoire from Taleveras and Afren. The team is also providing ongoing advice to Cuadrilla with regards to its onshore shale gas operations. Other key names include Simon Hughes, who is acting for Scottish Power Generation on the real estate aspects of a combined-cycle gas turbine power station in South Gloucestershire; and Alex Hirom, who is advising Barking Power on the contractual aspects of the conversion of a gas-fired power plant in East London. Tom Beezer is the name to note for disputes.

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

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s energy and natural resources practice ‘has more than enough highly-skilled solicitors to resource small or large projects and ensure the overall level of service is always outstanding’, according to one client. The Bristol-based Simon Hughes is part of the team advising Ofgem on the development of the new regulatory regime in relation to competitively appointed transmission owners, and is lead counsel on the development of the Dudgeon offshore wind farm. The team also handled all real estate aspects of the East Anglia ONE and THREE offshore wind farms, which are notable for being granted exclusive rights by the Crown Estate. On the corporate side, Sebastian Briggs acted for RES Group on the sale of its onshore wind farm portfolio to Aviva. Other notable clients include Centrica, EDF and Temporis Fund.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team provides ‘an outstanding’ level of service and sector knowledge, and is ‘very responsive to business needs’. Its client base includes universities and colleges, including the University of Winchester, Eastleigh College and Northumbria University, as well as accreditation and support institutions. The group advises clients on matters ranging from construction and procurement to charity work. ‘No challenge is too large’ for the ‘proactive, knowledgeable and passionateEmma Moody, who is providing ongoing advice to Gateshead College, East Durham College and Sunderland College on a range of governance and procedural matters. Kevin Robertson is handling the development of a new construction and architecture-focused Career College for Gateshead College. Christina Tolvas-Vincent is assisting Arts University Bournemouth with the modernisation of its central employment policies, and Craig Moore is acting for Plymouth University on the disposal of the Rolle College site and general commercial and employment matters.

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team acts for independent schools, multi-academy trusts, local authorities, governing bodies and academy sponsors. The group handles matters ranging from academy conversions to project implementation, procurement and restructuring. Kevin Robertson is advising the Education Funding Agency on the free schools programme, including assistance with procurement, construction and tax matters, and handling the Agency’s capital projects as part of the priority schools building programme. The group is also assisting several governing bodies, such as the Castle Trust, Waterton Academy Trust and Carmel Education Trust, with academy conversions and recently advised Grindon Hall Christian School and Academy 360 on changing their respective sponsors. Emma Moody led a team advising Navigate Academies Trust on the discontinuance of the trust and transfer of schools to two newly established and one existing multi-academy trust. Moody also assisted Polam Hall School with its conversion into a free school and the subsequent closure of Polam Hall Darlington.

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 4

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘exceptionally brilliant and personable’ team ‘clearly has a strong understanding of the technical, commercial and practical issues facing local authorities’ and provides ‘high quality advice on a timely basis to get the job done’. Key names in the practice include real estate expert Martin Stacey, Iain Greenshields, who focuses on projects and procurement mandates, and Jonathan Bower, who handles planning and infrastructure work. Recent work includes Bower advising Three Rivers District Council on the South Oxhey regeneration scheme, Greenshields assisting Luton Borough Council with the establishment of a company that will create build-to-rent and build-for-sale housing, and Ian Ward acting for Medway Council on the Rochester Riverside project, a regeneration programme that will deliver 1500 residential units, a new school and leisure facilities. Jackie Gray and Richard Collins made partner in 2016; Collins successfully defended West Berkshire Council in the High Court concerning a judicial review and procurement challenge brought by Faraday Development.

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London: Real estate

Commercial property
Commercial property: general - ranked: tier 6

Bond Dickinson LLP

Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Bond Dickinson LLP

At Bond Dickinson LLP, London head of practice Martin Stacey has particular expertise in representing local authorities in development and regeneration projects, often in relation to town centre and retail-led schemes. The practice operates UK-wide and has a certain public-sector focus, with clients including London Borough of Lewisham, Luton Borough Council and Medway Council. In the retail sub-sector, the regional team acts for a very broad array of retailers that includes Sainsbury’s, Costa Coffee, and Specsavers. Southampton-based Alistair Walton is representing New Look Retailers in its proposed head-office relocation to the King’s Cross Development.

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Construction: contentious and non-contentious
Construction: contentious - ranked: tier 5

Bond Dickinson LLP

Construction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP is probably best known for its ‘strong and loyal insurer client base’ that includes the likes of QBE Insurance (Europe) and Starstone. The team is ‘particularly experienced at handling professional negligence claims’ and in one example, Newcastle-based Simon Lewis is defending NG Bailey in a claim relating to defective design and construction of a sixth form college. The firm’s London offering includes legal director Dan Hall, who has ‘excellent strategic judgement’, but endured the loss of Emily Monastiriotis and Jonathan Spencer to Simmons & Simmons. On the transactional side, Alex Hirom, who is ‘very experienced in international construction, including in civil law countries’, remains particularly active in the power generation sector; his recent work includes advising SABIC Petrochemicals UK on the conversion of its gas cracking plant on Teesside, and assisting Barking Power with the contracts to convert a large gas fired power plant in East London.

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London: Risk advisory

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

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP has notable expertise in the retail, financial services and public sectors, with a client base including Kingfisher, AIG, Old Mutual Wealth, NHS Digital and New Look. Among its recent highlights, litigation specialist Andrew Parsons advised an international retailer following the theft of a portable device containing customer data and the subsequent ICO investigation; practice head Andrew Kimble acted for an international telecoms provider on a data security breach involving fraudsters accessing customer account information; and Peter Given advised Hibu on the procurement of SAP’s Cloud for Customer platform and related data protection issues. Jackie Gray heads the freedom of information practice.

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London: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Brand management
Brand management - ranked: tier 4

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s brand management group ‘blends a number of practitioners with different skillsets’ and is ‘very client-focused, with a strong understanding of both the what and the why of what it is asked to review’. Consultant Nicky Strong ‘seeks a sensible balance between the commercial goals and the regulation, and is genuinely collaborative in her approach’. Strong continues to advise Post Office on all advertising and marketing materials across its entire product portfolio, and recently assisted with its telecoms comparative advertising campaigns. She is also representing Colgate Palmolive on multiple competitor disputes in relation to advertising claims. On the trade mark side, a team led by Patrick Cantrill advised Middlesbrough Football Club on clearance searches, as well as the filing and management of its trade mark portfolio. Clients also single out trade mark attorney Rachel Hearson, who is praised for her ‘good communications and pragmatic approach’.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP’s department acts for high-profile financial institutions, listed challenger banks and retailers offering financial services; it is also active in the insurtech sector. Investment, commercial contracts, outsourcing and regulatory compliance are particular strengths: corporate partner Ben Butler advised Atom Bank, the UK’s first mobile app-based bank, on an £85m fundraising, including a £45m investment by Spanish bank BBVA for a 30% stake. Sainsbury’s Bank instructed Andrew Barber on the review of its financial promotions and products, and on ongoing financial services regulatory compliance. IP specialist Patrick Cantrill and commercial expert Joanna Riley acted for £500m venture capital fund Cocoon Networks on the launch of its multimillion-pound tech incubator in London. Claire Coleman, who has experience in cloud computing, digital media, data analytics and telematics, heads the team jointly with Bristol-based technology specialist Alastair Mitton; Coleman and Bristol-based corporate partner Tom Fitzpatrick advised Mogo Holdings, developer of the MOGObankconnect app, on its restructuring and capital raise, on its arrangements with Callcredit, and on licensing agreements regarding its app’s patented technology. Barber assisted the same client with financial regulatory compliance. The firm’s transatlantic capabilities were strengthened by its merger with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice in October 2017.

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IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 4

Bond Dickinson LLP

Bond Dickinson LLP is a popular choice for companies in the financial services sector, and acts for clients including AIG and TSB, but also has notable expertise in the retail and energy sectors. Alastair Mitton heads the TMC practice nationally and Claire Coleman leads the London TMC team. Highlights for Coleman included advising DS Smith on its global hosting arrangements with T-Systems, and on licensing and consulting services agreements with softcore company SAP; and assisting Mogo with ongoing advice pertaining to its authentication and verification app, including advising on arrangements with its distributor and handling financial services regulatory compliance matters.

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PATMA: Trade mark attorneys
PATMA: Trade mark attorneys - ranked: tier 5

Bond Dickinson LLP (Aberdeen, Bristol, Plymouth, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Southampton)

Bond Dickinson LLP is praised for its ‘good response times and practical approach to resolving disputes’. The team ‘communicates in language that can be understood easily and considers the issue from a business rather theoretical perspective’. The team has solid expertise in the protection, enforcement and exploitation of trade marks and designs, as well as domain name management, registration and disputes before Nominet and ICANN. Patrick Cantrill and Rachel Hearson count Petrofac as their client, which they are assisting with global trade mark portfolio matters, as well as filing and prosecuting trade mark applications and actions before the trade mark registries. The team is also representing Belmond Group in two trade mark invalidity and opposition matters before the General Court, and is assisting Bellway on its trade mark filing strategy, domain name registration and copyright issues. Will Sander joined Keystone Law in July 2017.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Bond Dickinson LLP (Newcastle)

Bond Dickinson LLP is a ‘close-knit, stable team which very much knows what it is doing’; it ‘provides sensible, pragmatic and easy-to-understand advice quickly’. It is experienced across rolling stock procurement and contracts, rail franchise bids, IT contracts, and also handles light rail mandates. Department head David Rewcastle provides a ‘well-rounded service’ and regularly leads on rail franchise bids and rolling stock procurements. Paul Coleman is ‘exceptional’ and specialises in rolling stock and infrastructure, and ‘pragmatic operatorKevin Bell handles franchising mandates. Managing associates Will Bonas and David Millard, who was recently promoted, are also recommended.

Leading individuals

David Rewcastle - Bond Dickinson LLP

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Will Bonas - Bond Dickinson LLP

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