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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's commercial practice is made up of five sub-groups: commercial contracts; competition; data and privacy; IP; and technology. The UK-wide and multi-disciplinary team is experienced in a range of sectors including transport, financial services, retail, manufacturing and chemicals. Practice head Paula Bartlett specialises in commercial contract law, with extensive experience of advising on and negotiating complex contractual arrangements. Also notable is Rachel Scott, who has particular expertise advising on high-value and complex projects in the public and private sectors. She led the advice on the procurement of a supplier to provide a centralised management service for Network Rail's fleet of up to 8,000 road vehicles. Mark Gleeson joined in 2019 from Browne Jacobson LLP and boosts the firm’s technology expertise.

Practice head(s):Paula Bartlett

Other key lawyers:Rachel Scott; Mark Gleeson

Testimonials

'Womble Bond Dickinson's London team give detailed, thoughtful data management advice in relation to Freedom of Information Act and GDPR compliance programmes, and also helpful guidance in relation to the improvement of procedures to reduce risk and improve efficiency overall'

'The London team work well with their regional team'

'The company's growth has afforded it expertise in new areas rather than diminishing the local benefits of the service'

Key Clients

Ministry of Justice

Post Office Limited

Immediate Media (BBC Magazines)

Network Rail

TSB Bank

Whitbread Group plc (including Costa)

Kingfisher plc (including B&Q and Screwfix)

AIG

New Look

Huntsman (Chemicals)

Work highlights

  • Advised Network Rail on the re-tendering of advertising concession rights at major stations.
  • Advised Brittany Ferries on a series of contracts with the Secretary of State for Transport that secure additional freight capacity as part of the UK government's planning for a no-deal Brexit.
  • Instructed by Places for People on a framework management agreement with a highly acquisitive, private equity-funded housing association.
  • Advising the Post Office on a business-critical procurement under the competitive dialogue procedure to appoint a systems integrator prime contractor with a banking sub-contractor for multiple services in relation to Post Office card accounts provided to benefit and pensions recipients.
  • Advising the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) on the Criminal Justice System Common Platform Programme, which is a collaborative initiative between the MoJ and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to establish a common platform and database for the administration of the criminal justice system from start to finish.
Next Generation Partners

Rachel Scott - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides a broad range of financial services advice including on prudential regulation, consumer credit matters,  regulated mortgage contact matters, investment funds and financial crime prevention. In addition, the firm has expertise in the increasingly important area of payment service and electronic money regulations. Practice head Jonny Williams joined from Lloyds Banking Group in 2018 and has notable experience advising in relation to financial services products and lending, authorisation and conduct of business issues. He leads a team that also saw the 2018 arrival from Ashurst of banking specialist Matt Williams, who brings expertise in loan portfolio sales and acquisitions. Partner Andrew Barber left for Pinsent Masons LLP in 2018.

Practice head(s):Jonny Williams

Other key lawyers:Matt Williams

Testimonials

'Deep understanding of the regulations and experience dealing with regulators, combined with good commercial acumen'

'The team has the ability to apply regulations to practical business situations'

'Extremely personable and approachable with a practical attitude'

Key Clients

TSB Bank PLC

Sainsbury’s Bank plc

B&Q plc

AIG Europe Limited

Brewin Dolphin Limited

Quilter PLC (Old Mutual Group)

Stewart Title Ltd

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

Vertu Motors PLC

Post Office Limited

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Partnership
Partnership - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, contentious partnership matters are handled by Michelle Chance, who acts for partnerships, LLPs and their individual members in matters including partner exits and terminations, as well as discrimination and whistleblower cases. Barry Stimpson leads on non-contentious work, which includes working with the real estate department to advise developers and real estate investors on the use of LLPs for high-value redevelopments. Stimpson also has an active advisory practice for fund managers and clients in the legal and accountancy sectors.

Practice head(s):Michelle Chance; Barry Stimpson

Testimonials

'The team is highly responsive and provides solid advice and empathy for the issues being addressed.'

'Clear strategy and guidance which factors in client objectives.'

'In Michelle Chance, this firm has a top practitioner who is keen to build up a leading partnership offering.'

'Barry Stimpson has deep experience of the corporate side including in terms of hedge funds and private equity structuring.'

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London: Human resources

Employment: employers
Employment: employers - ranked: tier 6

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

In recent months, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment team has been instructed to advise on a number of internal investigations for employer clients, relating to allegations of bullying, harassment and maternity discrimination. London practice head Michelle Chance specialises in high value, sensitive employment disputes, advising both plc employers and senior executives across the professional practices, media and financial services sectors, drawing on her close ties with the wider firm's financial services regulatory team.

Practice head(s):Michelle Chance

Work highlights

  • Reviewed Qorvo's hiring documentation for the UK, including its UK job application form, offer letter template, and employment contract and updated these documents to take account of new case law and legislation.

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Employment: senior executives
Employment: senior executives - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

In recent months, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment team has been instructed to advise on a number of internal investigations for employer clients, relating to allegations of bullying, harassment and maternity discrimination. London practice head Michelle Chance specialises in high value, sensitive employment disputes, advising both plc employers and senior executives across the professional practices, media and financial services sectors, drawing on her close ties with the wider firm's financial services regulatory team.

Practice head(s):Michelle Chance

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is regularly involved in high-profile health and safety cases, primarily in the areas of construction and retail. Bristol-based Jon Cooper  leads the team and has extensive experience in handling public investigations and inquiries. In the Plymouth office, associate Stephen Panton works on cases involving the waste, construction, energy and manufacturing industries, and associate Stephen Covell is experienced in cross-border cases, particularly with connections to Germany and The Netherlands.

Practice head(s):Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Stephen Panton; Stephen Covell

Testimonials

'The practical and pragmatic approach taken by the team make them stand out. Their understanding of the locally enforced sector is strong and they are always available for support and advice if needed.'

'Jon Cooper has a great knowledge of the health and safety arena and has worked on both HSE and local authority enforced cases, both as a prosecutor and in a defence capacity. This gives him an excellent understanding of the practical aspects of managing and mitigating a case.'

Key Clients

Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks,

Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

B&Q Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Post Office Limited

RWE Innogy

Northern Powergrid

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

General Motors

Calderys UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Senvion UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised the HSE in connection with the ongoing investigation and prosecution against Valero UK Limited and B&A Contracts Limited involving the explosions at Pembroke Oil Refinery in June 2011 resulting from multiple deaths.
  • Assisted Carlsberg with an HSE investigation culminating from the leak of ammonia gas during refurbishment works which resulted in the death of one contractor, very serious injuries to another and the admission to hospital of 22 individuals.  
  • Represented Squibb Group in an HSE prosecution emanating from alleged asbestos exposure of employees and others in the refurbishment of school premises in East London.  
  • Represented Calderys in an HSE investigation which alleged that employees were at risk of hand-arm vibration syndrome and silicosis due to its refractory lining operations.
Leading individuals

Jon Cooper - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Immigration
Immigration: business - ranked: tier 6

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Andrew Tingley joined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP from Kingsley Napley LLP in November 2018, to spearhead its immigration offering. Working closely with the firm's private client and employment teams, the newly established immigration department is well-placed to advise corporate clients and high-net-worth individuals on complex immigration issues. Tingley is experienced in advising professional services and third sector clients, as well as SME start-ups, entrepreneurs and high-net worth-individuals on complex and sensitive immigration mandates.

Practice head(s):Andrew Tingley

Testimonials

'Andrew Tingley is very knowledgeable in his field, very efficient, very friendly and cost effective.'

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Key contentious matters for Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP have seen the pensions team advising representative beneficiaries, trustees and national law firms on matters concerning rectification proceedings, historical drafting errors, professional negligence and GMP equalisation. The non-contentious offering has a scheme sponsor focus (including significant expertise in the public sector), with regular mandates including indexing advice, regulatory driven scheme redesigns, asset-backed funding strategy, insurance buy-ins, contract term negotiations and advising on SSAS and SIPPS schemes. Suzanne Duff and Joanna Bromhead lead the firm's contentious offering, while Martin Poore heads up the overall team.

Practice head(s):Martin Poore; Suzanne Duff; Joanna Bromhead

Testimonials

'Suzanne Duff is very experienced, knowledgeable and straightforward'

'Joanna Bromhead is diligent, responsive and thoughtful and a very safe pair of hands'

'Womble Bond Dickinson has broad experience in all aspects of pensions litigation and dispute resolution'

Key Clients

Procter & Gamble

IBM

Go-Ahead Group plc

Taylor Wimpey plc

Bellway plc

Sabic UK Petrochemicals Limited

Research Machines plc Pension Scheme

2020 Trustees

Work highlights

  • Advising Procter & Gamble on the pensions implications of its decision to acquire Merck Group's consumer health division in a $4.2bn deal.
  • Advising the trustee of the Go-Ahead Group Pension Plan on the sponsor's proposal to change future pensions increase rates from RPI to CPI.
  • Involved in a number of key projects including an insurer buy-in and an enhanced transfer value exercise for the trustees of the 600 Group Pension Scheme.
  • Advising on a significant benefit redesign exercise for Accent Group Limited.
  • Advising Stadler on the pension implications of its contract to maintain trains on the Wales & Borders passenger rail franchise.

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Pensions: dispute resolution
Pensions: dispute resolution - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Key contentious matters for Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP have seen the pensions team advising representative beneficiaries, trustees and national law firms on matters concerning rectification proceedings, historical drafting errors, professional negligence and GMP equalisation. The non-contentious offering has a scheme sponsor focus (including significant expertise in the public sector), with regular mandates including indexing advice, regulatory driven scheme redesigns, asset-backed funding strategy, insurance buy-ins, contract term negotiations and advising on SSAS and SIPPS schemes. Suzanne Duff and Joanna Bromhead lead the firm's contentious offering, while Martin Poore heads up the overall team.

Practice head(s):Martin Poore; Suzanne Duff; Joanna Bromhead

Testimonials

'Suzanne Duff is very experienced, knowledgeable and straightforward'

'Joanna Bromhead is diligent, responsive and thoughtful and a very safe pair of hands'

'Womble Bond Dickinson has broad experience in all aspects of pensions litigation and dispute resolution'

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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 is a popular choice for retail and consumer brands to advise on product safety, crisis management and technical compliance. The team has also noted an increase in work in the manufacturing sector. Consultant Nicky Strong in Southampton, who is experienced in regulatory matters, and Bristol-based Jon Cooper, who specialises in health and safety issues, jointly lead the group. Other key practitioners are Stuart Wardlaw in Newcastle and managing associate Ashley Borthwick, who is based in Bristol.

Practice head(s):Nicky Strong; Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Stuart Wardlaw; Ashley Borthwick

Testimonials

'The firm goes above and beyond what is required in the preparation and presentation of a case.'

'Jon Cooper is a class act leader in his field.'

'Ashley Borthwick is an up-and-coming practitioner and quality operator.'

Key Clients

Kingfisher plc

B&Q

Colgate-Palmolive (UK) Limited

Tempur-Sealy

Intersystems Corporation

DS Smith plc

elf Cosmetics

Post Office

Work highlights

  • Ongoing advice to Kingfisher on product safety, quality and assurance matters and assisting the company with limiting the exposure of the business, as well as senior management, to criminal sanctions and product liability claims.
  • Assisting B&Q with compliance issues concerning a wide range of products, as well as with product safety matters including product withdrawals and recalls.  The team was also instructed to handle investigations by regulators, including Trading Standards, in relation to suspected defective or unsafe products.
  • Acting for Colgate-Palmolive on product regulatory issues and advising on potential challenges under the cosmetic regulations against competitors' product claims.
  • Assisting Tempur Sealy with its product compliance strategy across the group; recent work included advice on product testing strategy and methodologies, as well as the potential framing of comparative claims based on these test results.
  • Ongoing advice to Intersystems on the application of the EU Medical Devices Directive concerning bespoke information management and lab management systems.

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

After recent growth and several high-profile hires, the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is now 'comprised of some well-known and impressive individuals from across the market'. The team recently added Simon Beckwith and Mark Ratcliff from Plexus Law, and Tim Barr from DWF. The team regularly defends claims against solicitors, valuers, construction and property professionals, auditors, accountants, tax advisors, insurance brokers, financial advisers, directors and officers, and financial institutions. The arrival of Beckwith also brings substantial pensions-related expertise to the department. Sushma MacGeoch, who heads the insurance disputes practice, 'manages litigation with skill and efficiency, and strikes a perfect balance between keeping a high-level strategic view and knowing the detail'.

Practice head(s):Sushma MacGeoch; Jonathan Drake; Hannah Cane

Other key lawyers:Simon Beckwith; Mark Ratcliff; Tim Barr; Belinda Fox; Rachel Lawrie; Jo Rideout; Jan Foster

Testimonials

Simon Beckwith has first-class knowledge of IFA professional indemnity claims and a strong commercial approach.

It is a team of highly respected insurance lawyers who go the extra mile for results.

The team is approachable and provides concise and commercial legal advice.

The partners and associates gel perfectly together; the partners bring the supervision and high-end input and the associates carefully and meticulously work through the core issues.

Sushma MacGeoch is a stand-out partner; she has enormous courage and steely determination which is matched with poise and finesse.

Sushma MacGeoch is a formidable and tough negotiator.

Sushma MacGeoch is an exceptional professional; her knowledge, style, resilience and personality are what set her aside and ensure she is the leader of this impressive and growing team.

Key Clients

AIG Europe (UK)

Solicitors' Indemnity Fund

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Leading individuals

Simon Beckwith - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Sushma MacGeoch - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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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 is well equipped to service clients nationally through its various offices and also has an international reach through its transatlantic partner. Key strengths include advising on regulatory matters in addition to mergers, hive offs, fundraising and on other group structures for charities. It is also skilled at providing governance advice on constitutional matters. Key sector expertise lies in education, health and care as well as religious charities where it particularly advises Roman Catholic charities and charities in the Jewish community. Jo Coleman and Emma Moody are highly regarded.

Practice head(s):Emma Moody; Jo Coleman

Other key lawyers:Sarah Jane Van den Bergh

Testimonials

'Jo Coleman is dynamic and clear and committed to this sector'.

'We find Jo Coleman to be exceptionally committed, willing to listen  and thorough, accurate in her advice, often going beyond the call of duty'.

'Jo Coleman is dedicated, sensible, practical and has an approachable manner that is very welcome. She is willing to go the extra mile to support her clients and seems to have their interests firmly in her heart'.

'Jo Coleman has vast knowledge of charity law and her ability to communicate complex issues in simple terms to lay people is tremendous. She has a way of giving people confidence where all seems overwhelming'.

'Jo Coleman, is simply one of the very best and is patient. She has a vast breadth of knowledge'.

'Jo Coleman has the most encyclopaedic knowledge of the charity sector and its regulation. Her advice comes with humour, industry understanding and is empathetic to client's interests'.

'Sarah Jane Van den Bergh is very 'hands-on' and helpful'.

'The team provides helpful and pragmatic solutions'.

'The team has a first-class knowledge of the charitable sector and an ability to apply that with relevance, understanding and empathy'.

Key Clients

Academy of Medical Sciences

United Synagogue

Crisis UK

British Mountaineering Council

Zedra Trust Company

Spanish & Portuguese Jews' Congregation

St John of God Hospitaller Services

University of the Third Age

Jewish Leadership Council

Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul

St Monica Trust

Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

Gateshead College

Bauer Radio Cash for Kids Charities

Humankind

Mental Health Matters

William Leech Foundation

Work highlights

  • Advising the Academy of Medical Sciences on the process of applying for a Royal Charter.
  • Advising NABS on its strategic decision to sell the care home it established in the 1960s in East Sussex to care for elderly beneficiaries who had worked in the advertising industry and required nursing care.
  • Advising the United Synagogue on updating the bylaws for its member synagogues.
  • Advising the two charities that form part of The Wohl Legacy on their major grant-giving activity which targets projects which will make a key difference in their field and to support visionary leadership.
  • Advised Crisis UK on a review of its governance arrangements resulting in the adoption of new Articles of Association which better reflected its current working practices
Leading individuals

Jo Coleman - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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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 acts for individuals, trustees and corporate trustees both in the UK and offshore as well as insurance companies in resolving a wide range of trust and estate disputes. Head of team Neil Long is also experienced in bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in addition to other issues such as validity/capacity disputes. The team also regularly advises on Court of Protection applications.

Practice head(s):Neil Long

Other key lawyers:Richard Pike

Testimonials

'It is an agile and flexible team that tailors its service to its clients' needs and resources, a far cry from the relentless juggernaut of some of the bigger-hitting firms.'

'It is unique in that the service is a very personal one yet it is provided globally.'

'Neil Long is an exceptional partner. He is an all-rounder but also brings a level of charm and ease to the cases.'

'Neil Long has an extremely deft touch, and an instinctive ability to focus on the critical issues, whether legal, factual or human. Your prospects rapidly improve when he is on your side.'

'Neil Long is articulate, quick on the uptake and speaks my language.'

'Neil Long is hardworking, thorough, highly intelligent, empathetic and prepared to work at any time of the day or night. He has a real understanding of how to ensure the case is presented in the way most likely to influence the judge in favour of his client.'

'Richard Pike is also well-regarded.'

'Neil Long - a really nice guy. Richard Pike - very clever, very experienced and good at dealing with clients and opponents.'

Key Clients

Zedra (UK) Trusts Limited

Doreen Thompson

Work highlights

  • Regularly instructed to advise Zedra's in-house trust company on a range of contentious trust and probate issues.
  • Representing Doreen Thompson the defendant in a deeply contentious proprietary estoppel claim brought by the defendant's son.
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

Clients of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  benefit from a large team of lawyers, chartered accountants, chartered advisers and chartered financial planners in the private wealth department nationally. It continues to be instructed in the administration of high-value estates, frequently involving complex trust issues. Alexander Dickinson specialises in succession, asset protection and estate planning matters for landowners, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. Neil Long advises wealthy clients and trustees on estate planning and capital tax matters.

Practice head(s):Neil Long; Alexander Dickinson

Testimonials

'Experienced and resourceful team that will tackle anything efficiently.'

'The team makes things happen. Alexander Dickinson is an excellent communicator who has good commercial skills.'

'What sets the team apart is its ability to communicate effectively with its clients.'

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London: Projects, energy and natural resources

Oil and gas
Oil and gas - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP continued to expand its presence in the oil and gas sector throughout 2018 with a number of key client gains and the opening of an office in Houston. Recently, the group has been active on the supplier side of the market, where it is advising Ovo on its purchase of Spark Energy Limited and the associated supplier of last resort process. Of particular note was the firm's work for Serica on its acquisition of interests in the Bruce and Keith fields from BP, Total, BHP and Marubeni and BP's interest in the Rhum field.

Practice head(s):Richard Cockburn

Other key lawyers:Alex Hirom

Testimonials

'This team is practical, knowledgeable about regulatory and industry matters, and has the right level of attention.'

Key Clients

Chrysaor

Cuadrilla Resources

Endeavour

EQT Infrastructure

National Tube Stockholders (NTS)

Noble Energy, Inc.

OMV Petrofac

Schlumberger

Serica Energy

Shell

Stork

Sumitomo Corporation (Summit Petroleum)

Tampnet

Tekmar Energy Limited

The Oil and Gas Authority

Third Energy

Total E&P UK Limited

Vitol Group (Vitol SA and Vitol E&P)

Work highlights

  • Advised Serica Energy on its acquisition of BP, Total, BHP and Marubeni's interests in the Bruce and Keith fields, and the Rhum field from BP.
  • Advising Cuadrilla on a wide range of oil and gas and associated issues relating to its onshore shale gas operations, including the development work for Cuadrilla's Preston New Road site.
  • Advised Barking Power Limited on the contracts to convert a large gas-fired power plant in East London on behalf of Barking Power Ltd.
  • Advised Third Energy Holdings Limited on the sale of subsidiary company Third Energy Offshore Limited to Anglo-Dutch Hague and London Oil plc (HALO).
  • Advised Countrywide Farmers in relation to the sale of its LPG distribution business to Flogas.

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The dedicated energy lawyers at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP are known for acting for an enviable international client roster including developers of new electricity generation projects, leading power companies and independents. Historically strong in matters of real estate and consenting, the firm's recent focus has been on the field of renewables and gas-fired power plants where  Christopher Towner and Paul Stockley's team continues to advise on high-profile corporate and commercial transactions, energy regulation matters and high value disputes.

Practice head(s):Chris Towner; Paul Stockley

Other key lawyers:Simon Hughes; Sebastian Briggs

Key Clients

Centrica (including British Gas, Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage)

East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

OFGEM

Renewable Energy Generation

Renewable Energy Systems

RWE (including RWE Npower and RWE Npower Renewables)

Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Power Generation

Temporis Fund

The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)

Work highlights

  • Advised Ofgem on the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high value transmission assets.
  • Advised Vattenfall Norfolk Vanguard, a 1.8GW offshore wind proposal located off the coast of Norfolk, on the strategic land assembly for the onshore infrastructure connected with the Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advised Ovo Energy on all aspects of its acquisition of Spark Energy Limited.
  • Advised the Crown Estate on the delivery of sub-sea cables, completing documents enabling a cable to cross UK territorial waters and completing the licence permitting works to begin.
  • Advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind Limited (a joint venture between Equinor, China Resources and Masdar) on the completion of the lease and associated rights for the project's shore base at Great Yarmouth.

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London: Public sector

Education: institutions
Education: institutions - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a large offering for its higher education clients, regularly acting in academy transfers and mergers. Head of charities Emma Moody is a key name to note, as well as Craig Moore, who stands out for his commercial property advice to schools. Christina Tolvas-Vincent is experienced in handling employment matters pertaining to dismissals, discrimination and management issues. Kevin Robertson, who regularly advises schools and colleges, is also a key contact.

Other key lawyers:Emma Moody; Christina Tolvas-Vincent; Kevin Robertson; Craig Moore

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Education: schools
Education: schools - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's national education team is overseen by Newcastle-based Kevin Robertson and has vast expertise in conversions, transfers, complex mergers and governance matters. Head of charity law Emma Moody is 'excellent' in handling restructuring matters and undertaking advisory work for public sector clients, and Iain Greenshields has significant experience in procurement projects. The group is noted for advising high-profile national clients on major mergers. Other members of the team include charity law specialist Samantha Pritchard and Esther Masisi, who advises public sector clients.

Practice head(s):Iain Greenshields; Kevin Robertson; Emma Moody

Other key lawyers:Samantha Pritchard; Esther Masisi

Key Clients

Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Department for Education (DfE)

LocatEd

St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust

St Oswald's Catholic Academy Trust

Trent Academies Group

Zaytouna Education Trust

North View Academy

Whitworth Park School

Woodham Academy

Tees Valley Education Multi Academy Trust

St Lawrence Education Trust

Carmel Education Trust, Darlington

Waterton Academy Trust, Wakefield

Newcastle City Council

Castle Trust, Medway

Tauheedal Schools and Academies Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

Pocklington School

Illuminare Multi Academy Trust

Vision Academy Learning Trust

Liverpool City Council

The Constellation Trust

Northumberland County Council

Doncaster MBC

St Helen's Council

Nicholas Postgate Academy Trust

St Hilda's Catholic Academy Trust

Our Lady of Light Catholic Academy Trust

Skills for Life Trust, Kent

FocusEducation (Lincolnshire) Limited

Sewell Education York Limited

Romero Catholic Academy Trust

Trinity Multi Academy Trust

Horizons Specialist Academy Trust

Extol Academy Trust

Work highlights

  • Continuing to advise the ESFA and Department for Education on the flagship Free Schools programme, which includes university technical colleges and studio schools.
  • Advising 21 Catholic schools across York, North Yorkshire and East Riding on the incorporation of a new multi-academy trust, targeting the simultaneous conversion of all 21 schools.
  • Advising multiple governing bodies on their conversion to academy status.
  • Advised three Catholic multi-academy trusts on the transfer of their 20 academies to the Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust. The merger brought together 25 academies in total, bringing 9,100 pupils into one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the country, which was a significant milestone for the Middlesbrough Diocese.
  • Advised Liverpool City Council on the commercial and property aspects of the conversion of a number of its maintained schools to academy status.  This included drafting and negotiating the agreements for transferring all assets required to operate the school from the council to the incoming trust, as well as the 125-year lease of the school site from the council to the trust.
Next Generation Partners

Emma Moody - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP five lawyers are the regional or London team heads: Martin Stacey (London), Iain Greenshields (London/Newcastle),   Jonathan Bower (Bristol/London), Will Fraser (London) and Mark Owen  (Leeds/London). The team advises on major regeneration and redevelopment schemes involving house building, commercial, leisure and education schemes. It also advises on State Aid-compliant funding and procurement matters, and is noted for its specialism in district heating schemes.

Practice head(s):Martin Stacey; Iain Greenshields; Jonathan Bower; Will Fraser; Mark Owen

Key Clients

London Borough of Lewisham

Three Rivers District Council

West Berkshire Council

NewcastleGateshead Initiative

Durham County Council

Northumberland County Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

City Of York Council

Newcastle City Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

York City Council

Newcastle City Council

Middlesbrough Council

Work highlights

  • Acting for the London Borough of Lewisham on the Lewisham Gateway scheme - a strategic site which is key to the regeneration of Lewisham Town Centre, a matter valued at c£375m.
  • Advising Durham County Council on all contractual and procurement aspects, including procurement strategy and designing the tender process, of the Council’s project to build a new city-centre headquarters in Durham.
  • Assisting Northumberland County Council on all procurement aspects of the council’s £47m Ponteland Schools and Leisure development project. Under this project new buildings are being constructed for a Ponteland Secondary School and Ponteland Primary School on a shared complex, together with a new leisure centre and library.
  • Advising Havant Borough Council on a number of procurement and commercial contract aspects related to the redevelopment of the Civic Campus through a competitive dialogue process - a matter valued at  £3.4m.
  • Advised Tees Valley Combined Authority in relation to the scoping and review of three potential district heating schemes in their area (which extends to the five local authority areas of Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Redcar and Cleveland, and Darlington.

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London: Real estate

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Development, land acquisitions, and regeneration, renewable energy and rail infrastructure projects are key planks of the development offering at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The practice, headed locally by Martin Stacey, is also active in the retail and corporate occupier arenas, where it undertakes portfolio management, letting work, general landlord and tenant matters and the full range of retail and trading law issues. Institutional investment is also a core pillar of the practice, which works with a broad range of clients including local businesses, councils, national and international corporates, national housebuilders, retail landlords and consumer brands.

Practice head(s):Martin Stacey; John Ralph

Other key lawyers:Tim Burbidge; Craig Moore

Key Clients

B&Q

Transdev

Carlsberg

Kingfisher

New Look

Imerys

Comexposium

Immediate Media Company

NICE Systems

Old Mutual Wealth

Flybe

Commscope

Babcock International Group plc

Princess Yachts

Brittany Ferries

Thames River

English Cities Fund

ME+EM

Proctor and Gamble

Associated British Ports

Post Office

Work highlights

  • Acting for Procter and Gamble on the letting of a HQ building in Surrey.
  • Acting for Boxpark Limited in the completion of its new 4,000 sq m bespoke layout Boxpark at Wembley, which included completing the headleases of the site from Quintain, construction advice and the letting agreements with all food and beverage tenants.

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Commercial property: development
Commercial property: development - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Development, land acquisitions, and regeneration, renewable energy and rail infrastructure projects are key planks of the development offering at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The practice, headed locally by Martin Stacey, is also active in the retail and corporate occupier arenas, where it undertakes portfolio management, letting work, general landlord and tenant matters and the full range of retail and trading law issues. Institutional investment is also a core pillar of the practice, which works with a broad range of clients including local businesses, councils, national and international corporates, national housebuilders, retail landlords and consumer brands.

Practice head(s):Martin Stacey; John Ralph

Other key lawyers:Mark Owen; Barbara Painter; Tom Willows

Work highlights

  • Handling the development of  Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm, an offshore wind farm being developed 32 km north of Cromer off the coast of Norfolk, in the North Sea, England.
  • Advising the London Borough of Lewisham on the Lewisham Gateway scheme, a strategic site which is key to the regeneration of Lewisham Town Centre and of major importance to achievement of the council’s planning and regeneration objectives.
  • Acting for Leeds City Council in relation to the £600m redevelopment of Victoria Gate, Leeds.
  • Acting for Places for People Group in relation to its ongoing development programme including acquisitions of sites, development agreements and the acquisition of units from house builders fulfilling their section 106 obligations.
  • Acting for ABP in the development of a new training facility for the Royal Navy Cadets in Cardiff.

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Commercial property: investment
Commercial property: investment - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Development, land acquisitions, and regeneration, renewable energy and rail infrastructure projects are key planks of the development offering at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The practice, headed locally by Martin Stacey, is also active in the retail and corporate occupier arenas, where it undertakes portfolio management, letting work, general landlord and tenant matters and the full range of retail and trading law issues. Institutional investment is also a core pillar of the practice, which works with a broad range of clients including local businesses, councils, national and international corporates, national housebuilders, retail landlords and consumer brands.

Practice head(s):John Ralph; Tim Burbidge

Other key lawyers:Jon Hobbs; Tom Willows

Work highlights

  • Refinancing the Capital Industrial One portfolio with the Prudential Insurance Company of America.
  • Advising a leading Hong Kong private investor in connection with the acquisition of a six-storey mixed use building at 147-155 Wardour Street, London from Thor Equities.
  • Acting for Moorfield Group on the sale of a portfolio of industrial and logistics assets to an institutional investor buyer for £42.5m.  
  • Acting for Tristan Capital Partners/Addington Capital (EPISO Fund) on the complex conditional portfolio sale of five mixed use assets, with a total deal value of £45m.  
  • Acting for Quidnet Capital Partners  (JV with Angelo Gordon & Co) on the  acquisition of a c.£50m portfolio of industrial estates in South Wales from a private investor.  

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Commercial property: retail
Commercial property: retail - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Development, land acquisitions, and regeneration, renewable energy and rail infrastructure projects are key planks of the development offering at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The practice, headed locally by Martin Stacey, is also active in the retail and corporate occupier arenas, where it undertakes portfolio management, letting work, general landlord and tenant matters and the full range of retail and trading law issues. Institutional investment is also a core pillar of the practice, which works with a broad range of clients including local businesses, councils, national and international corporates, national housebuilders, retail landlords and consumer brands.

Practice head(s):Alistair Walton; Martin Stacey;

Work highlights

  • Instructed to deal with the property aspects of New Look Retailers Limited's recent and well publicised CVA.
  • Advised Ashfield Retail Developments Limited on the acquisition of option agreements, the subsequent purchase of the property, pre-lets, refinancing and finally on a forward funding development agreement, selling a retail park development at Four Pools Industrial Estate in Evesham.

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Contruction: non-contentious
Contruction: non-contentious - ranked: tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's non contentious practice advises purchaser clients in the transport, energy and manufacturing sectors. Alex Hirom, who leads the team, has a specialist focus on renewable and conventional power and chemical projects, and was the lead partner advising South Tees Site Company on the construction contracts and procurement strategy for the decommissioning project of the former SSI steel works plant in Redcar, Yorkshire.

Practice head(s):Alex Hirom

Key Clients

Barking Power

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

South Tess Site Company

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London: Risk advisory

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity
Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s national network handles contentious and non-contentious matters for UK high-profile UK clients including Kingfisher, the Post Office, Network Rail and NHS Digital. The practice is also noted for its expertise in the retail, financial services and public sectors, and regularly handles cross-border mandates, leveraging the firm’s global network. Team head Andrew Kimble leads the data, privacy and freedom of information team and assists with outsourcing projects, data transfers and data licensing issues. Other key individuals include litigator Andrew Parsons, who focuses on disputes and investigations; Mark Gleeson, who joined from Browne Jacobson LLP in 2019 and specialises in information law; and legal director Peter Given. Jackie Gray moved in-house.

Practice head(s):Andrew Kimble

Other key lawyers:Andrew Parsons; Mark Gleeson; Peter Given

Testimonials

'WBD fields a team of knowledgeable solicitors who can offer specialist support to in-house teams across vast legal areas.'

'The group has a depth of knowledge borne out of cross-industry insight and experience. This enables it to apply the law in a practical way always ensuring that ranges of options are well informed by associated risks, known incidents and permissible mitigations. Other firms may have similar approaches but lack the depth of "real world" experience.'

'Peter Given is extremely helpful and knowledgeable. He is very easy to approach and always willing to provide support. He is never condescending and he understands how to support an in-house team.'

'Accessibility and reliability are stand-out qualities of the practice. Clients also highlight the team's willingness to challenge the corporate status quo making sure to stop and think and think again thereby avoiding risks of anchoring or proximity bias. Peter Given is simply outstanding and Amy Ogborne is also impressive.'

Key Clients

Kingfisher Plc (including B&Q and Screwfix)

Post Office Limited

Network Rail

AIG

NHS Digital (previously known as the Health and Social Care Information Centre)

Ministry of Justice

Quilter (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

TSB Bank

Associated British Ports

New Look

London Borough of Lewisham

Work highlights

  • Advising Quilter on various aspects of its GDPR compliance programme including its data protection clauses, intra-group data sharing and processing agreements and third-party contracts.
  • Assisting a large national retail organisation with adapting personal data agreements for GDPR compliance.
  • Advising the Post Office on the negotiation of its data sharing agreements between the UK Government, the Post Office, its primary service providers and a financial institution relating to the Post Office Card Account.
  • Assisting the Ministry of Justice with the data compliance aspects of its Criminal Justice System Common Platform project.

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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 focuses largely on contentious and non-contentious comparative advertising and pricing claims, advertising regulatory advice and copy clearance issues. Patrick Cantrill and Nicky Strong are the main partners and are highly experienced in IP and regulatory matters. Associates Ashley Borthwick, Rachel Hearson and Rose Smalley are also names to note for product advertising, portfolio management and contentious IP issues.

Practice head(s):Patrick Cantrill; Nicky Strong

Key Clients

Tempur-Sealy

AIG

Colgate-Palmolive

Specsavers

Post Office Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Specsavers on various regulatory issues in connection with NHS requirements and the Department of Health's Code of Practice in relation to the provision of NHS-funded eye and hearing care services, including providing guidance notes and training to the marketing teams to ensure compliance, as well as significant advice on the promotional activity around National Eye Health Care Week.
  • Advised Post Office Limited on the launch of Post Office mortgage products and provided significant advice on its telecoms price promotion and comparative advertising campaigns, focusing on its broadband and fibre services.
  • Continuing to advise Tempur-Sealy International on a range of multi-jurisdictional marketing materials and ads, including advice on consumer perception  surveys, product testing strategy, and advice on consumer and retailer issues arising out of the Consumer Rights Act.
  • Advising Jamella (trading as GHD) on significant competitor complaints against GHD's new Platinum Plus hair straightener product.

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Fintech
Fintech - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for a broad range of clients including challenger banks, financial institutions, insurers and investment companies, in tech procurement, outsourcing and other contractual agreements, IP protection, and regulatory compliance and authorisations covering PSD2 and the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive. The group actively supports fast-growth companies through its WBD Accelerate Programme, which gives developers the opportunity to present innovative solutions to drive forward progress in the sector. Practice head Alastair Mitton specialises in large scale technology implementations, outsourcing and development projects in the financial services and insurance industries. Ben Butler handles transactional work, including M&A, joint ventures, group reorganisations and fundraising.

Practice head(s):Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:Ben Butler

Key Clients

LV

Atom Bank

Nimbli

TSB

Sainsbury's Bank

British Pearl

Work highlights

  • Activng as Atom's main legal advisor across a number of disciplines, including corporate, property and intellectual property.
  • Advising Post Office on a business critical procurement under the competitive dialogue procedure to appoint a Systems Integrator prime contractor with a banking sub-contractor for multiple services in relation to Post Office Card Accounts provided to benefit and pensions recipients.

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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 impresses with a comprehensive trade mark prosecution offering, ranging from clearance searches and strategic portfolio advice to assistance in contentious matters before intellectual property offices and courts alike. While the team is sectorially versatile, instructions from the retail and consumer goods, manufacturing, hospitality, technology and leisure sectors account for the majority of cases. The team receives regular instructions from foreign firms to represent its clients in UK proceedings. The Leeds-based Patrick Cantrill and managing associate Rachel Hearson are at the helm of the team.

Practice head(s):Patrick Cantrill; Rachel Hearson

Key Clients

Atom Bank

Bellway Group Plc

Bounce Foods

Fentimans

Immediate Media

Kilfrost Group Plc

Places for People Group

R.H. Smith & Sons (Wigmakers) t/a Smiffy’s

Transdev Blazefield

Vertu Motors Plc

Work highlights

  • Management of Atom Bank plc's IP portfolio, including brand protection and strategy advice, securing trade mark protection in the UK and other EU countries.
  • Appointed as representative in the UK and the EU for the management of the trade mark and design portfolios of GoCompare.com Limited (including The Global Voucher Group and Energlinx), ranging from the consolidation of registered rights to the implementation of new protection strategies.
  • Assisted Old Mutual Group – Merian Global Investors with the development of its trade mark portfolio, including extensive clearance searches and filing strategy development in the context of the client's rebranding to Merian Global Investors as well as the filing of a high number of trade mark applications in over 20 jurisdictions.
  • Management of Immediate Media's global trade mark portfolio, including clearance searches and the development and implementation of a global filing strategy in addition to advising the client on a number of contentious cases, such as opposition proceedings and infringement actions.
  • Represented Wizz Air Hungary in several contentious UK trade mark proceedings, including opposition proceedings against a national hotel room booking website.

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London: Transport

Rail
Rail - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Based across its London and Newcastle offices, the 'highly experienced rail team' at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP stands out for its 'commercial acumen, and its clarity of thought; it is always looking for solutions'. The broad offering handles franchising and rolling stock mandates and it is active on rail projects and infrastructure work. It is also able to advise on rail planning and authorisations. Recent highlights include advising Govia on its bid for the South Eastern franchise. Department head David Rewcastle is 'one of the most experienced lawyers in the rail sector' and Paul Coleman, who specialises in rolling stock and infrastructure work, is a 'brilliant lawyer'. Associate Joseph Causer handles franchise, rolling stock and infrastructure mandates.

Practice head(s):David Rewcastle

Other key lawyers:Paul Coleman; Rachel Scott; Richard Guyatt; Kevin Bell; Joseph Causer

Testimonials

David Rewcastle and Paul Coleman are excellent in terms of their knowledge and ability to understand all of the complexities concerning franchise and the contractual documents.

The industry knowledge is spread amongst a number of high-quality partners and associates.

Collectively, the team has a vast knowledge of the railway industry and is equally at home dealing with the minutiae of franchise negotiations or dealing with asset acquisition and procurement with rolling stock manufacturers.

The partners and associates are always available, so the client feels supported.

David Rewcastle is a vast repository of knowledge and wisdom when it comes to the railway industry and is well-regarded as such.

David Rewcastle is at home in any situation he may find himself in and can dish out commercial advice as well as legal counsel with equal expertise.

Paul Coleman is a formidable individual, who can pierce even the thorniest of convoluted legal drafting.

Kevin Bell is a lawyer you definitely want on your side whilst dealing with supply contracts and franchise agreements; he is able to translate complex concepts into advantageous positions in drafting agreements.

A standout associate is Joseph Causer, who is able to translate requirements in to documents with the minimum of fuss and has a practical approach.

Key Clients

Go-Ahead Group plc/Govia

Network Rail

Abellio

Govia Thameslink Railway

Southeastern

Arriva

Bombardier

Transdev

SNCF

Stadler

Work highlights

  • The team is advising Transdev in relation to its bid to operate and maintain the Luas light rail system in Dublin.
  • The team was instructed by SNCF on its joint venture arrangements and bid with Stagecoach and Virgin in relation to the West Coast Partnership franchise.
  • The team is advising Govia on the new rolling stock aspects of its bid for the South Eastern franchise.
  • The team is advising Stadler on its bid for the manufacture and maintenance of rolling stock for the Nexus Tyne and Wear Metro system.
  • The team advised Network Rail Infrastructure on various matters relating to the Crossrail project, which included advising on the track access contract between Network Rail and MTR; agreements between Network Rail and RfL to connect the central tunnel to Network Rail's network; and advising on agreements with Heathrow Airport to enable services to run.
Leading individuals

David Rewcastle - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Paul Coleman - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Rising stars

Joseph Causer - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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