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Womble Bond Dickinson

OCEANA HOUSE, 39-49 COMMERICAL ROAD, SOUTHAMPTON, SO15 1GA, ENGLAND
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Work 0345 415 0000
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Fax 0345 415 8200
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38517 SOUTHAMPTON
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www.bonddickinson.com

South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

Bond Dickinson LLP is a known player in the region for corporate and commercial matters, including cross-border M&A, data protection work and private equity transactions for lenders, borrowers and businesses. On the M&A front the the team assisted Chemring Group with its acquisition of the air countermeasures division of Wallop Defence Systems, which involved obtaining clearance from the Competition and Markets Authority. In another highlight, the firm assisted Imerys with its international joint venture with Omya, which involved multi-jurisdictional shareholder and asset sale agreements. In an illustration of its energy sector strength, the practice advised RES Group on the sale of a 60MW wind farm portfolio to Aviva Investors, and acted for Renewable Energy Generation on its sale of a majority stake to BlackRock-managed RI Income UK Holdings for £65m. Other clients include Ordnance Survey, Immediate Media and Whitbread Group. Corporate head Ian Holdenis always practical and sensitive to the commercial realities of transactions’; he is ably assisted by commercial head and outsourcing expert Nick Barwood, and head of commercial contracts Paula Bartlett. Other key figures in the team include energy sector specialist Sebastian Briggs and national head of practice Stephen Pierce, who focuses on M&A work.

Leading individuals

Stephen Pierce - Bond Dickinson LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

The team at Bond Dickinson LLP is praised by clients as ‘second-to-none’. The practice is well-versed in high court litigation as well as alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation and international arbitration. The firm is representing Post Office in a dispute with hundreds of postmasters who claim the client’s IT system, Horizon, has wrongfully recovered debts from them based on incorrect information. It is also acting for Endeavour Energy in a £9.5m dispute with another oil and gas field operator involving the authorisation for a semi-submersible rig to execute decommissioning work without the permission of the client. The team also specialises in representing clients in data protection mandates, IT disputes and cybersecurity matters. Other clients include British Gas, New Look, Sunseeker and AIG. Head of department Tom Beezer has a particular focus on the energy sector; he is ably assisted by Gavin Matthews who ‘has a great ability to grasp business and commercial concepts’, Ian Newcombe, who ‘is very experienced and sensible’; and newly promoted partner Andrew Parsons, who is ‘a very good lawyer who really knows his stuff and takes no prisoners’.

Leading individuals

Gavin Matthews - Bond Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Parsons - Bond Dickinson LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

Bond Dickinson LLP’s team ‘always responds swiftly, separating the important commercial points from the technical issues’ and ‘delivering commercial solutions whilst maintaining good relations with the other side’. The firm acts for a large roster of corporate clients, and also handles a steady flow of lender-side mandates, advising banks such as HSBC, Lloyds and Santander on a range of transactions. practice head Graham Jeffries is ‘wise, intellectually robust, practical and confident’; he primarily focuses on project, asset and property related financings, and recently advised Renewable Energy Generation on the £64.5m sale of its business to RI Income, a fund managed by BlackRock. The team also provides ongoing advice to Chemring Group on a number of financing requirements across the UK and US, and handles various regulatory issues for Invest & Fund, a new entrant to the peer-to-peer lending market.

Leading individuals

Graham Jeffries - Bond Dickinson LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

The team at Bond Dickinson LLPis responsive, efficient and provides professional and reliable legal advice to its clients’. Highlights included assisting Trimline with its HR infrastructure changes, including drafting new employment policies, and advising LV= on severance pay for 6,000 members of staff. The team also assisted Carnival with closing and replacing its employee benefits scheme and on the closure of the Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund (MNOPF). Post Office, Colgate-Palmolive Group, Sunseeker International and Old Mutual Wealth Management are also clients. The team is jointly headed by Christina Tolvas-Vincent (‘very personable and takes a commercial approach’) and Jon Hales, who has expertise in transactional employment advice. Also recommended are managing associate Daniel Fawcett, who ‘is very bright, with a solid grasp of technical legal issues’; and ‘responsive and commercial’ senior associtate Charlotte Bloomfield.

Leading individuals

Christina Tolvas-Vincent - Bond Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Fawcett - Bond Dickinson LLP

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

According to clients, Bond Dickinson LLP fields a team of ‘industry experts’ that ‘provides the full package – commerciality, regional offices and competitive rates’, and which is praised for its ‘ability to understand the specific business needs of each client and take them into consideration when offering advice’. The practice covers the full spectrum of professional risks, including surveyor, engineer, accountant, barrister and estate agent liability, and also regularly advises on director and officer-related matters and cyber risks. Leading figures include the ‘highly experiencedJames Robins, who provides ‘pragmatic advice’ and specialises in professional indemnity insurance matters; Justin Tivey, who has extensive experience handling negligence matters involving solicitors, and also advises on cyber risks in the insurance sector; and Australia-qualified Belinda Fox, who defends accountants, surveyors, brokers and construction professionals in high-profile disputes. In a recent highlight, Robins and Fox acted for Countrywide Surveyors in a claim brought by Webb Resolutions regarding an alleged overvaluation of a residential property, where the firm successfully secured liability for the client’s costs following abandoned High Court proceedings. Other notable clients include AIG Europe, Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund, Partner Re and Liberty Mutual Insurance.

Leading individuals

James Robins - Bond Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Belinda Fox - Bond Dickinson LLP

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

Bond Dickinson LLP is well-known for advising clients in the retail sector on leasehold acquisitions, site development matters and relocation mandates; the team also handles property finance, infrastructure project matters and portfolio management. Highlights included advising Capital Industrial on its £80m acquisition of the Heston Airlinks industrial estate from SEGRO, and assisting Boxpark with the Boxpark Croydon development, which involved negotiations for the leasing of 35 shipping container units to be used as retail space. Other highlights included assisting the Crown Estate with coastal infrastructure development for the Hinkley Point C power station, including assisting with lease agreements, land acquisition matters and offshore infrastructure issues; and advising Specsavers on its development of a lens manufacturing facility in Kidderminster, including advising on the funding agreements and structuring the £12m transaction. The firm also specialises in advising on marine property matters including managing coastal property portfolios and international cable agreement matters. Other clients include Moorfield Group, Tristan Capital and Ladbrokes Coral. Tim Burbidge heads the practice and specialises in advising corporate occupiers and clients in the education sector. He is ably supported by property finance expert and retail property practice head Alistair Walton, senior counsel and marine real estate specialist Tim Baily, and real estate investment portfolio specialist William Akerman.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

Clients of Bond Dickinson LLP single out the construction team’s ‘professional and timely advice’ and ‘excellent breadth of knowledge’, which ‘compares very favourably with City firms offering the same services’. Senior associate Ben Willis (‘very hands-on with great sector knowledge’) recently acted for the Church Commissioners for England on the £25m construction of a purpose-built building to be used for the housing of the archives of the Church of England. The group also advised Faithdean on several construction contracts for refurbishment, office fit-outs, demolition and extension works. Simon Lewis heads the department and is ably assisted by associate Amy Hodge, who handles the full range of non-contentious matters.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

Bond Dickinson LLP retains a strong client base of public and private sector bodies, and has a particularly strong reputation in the rail transport, residential and retail sectors. Practice head Mark Barley advises on mainstream portfolio management and foreshore and mooring issues, and managing associate Vicki Young acts for a range of clients including Addington Capital, B&Q and Specsavers. The team recently represented The Crown Estate in a Supreme Court case regarding the boundary between public and private fishing rights, and successfully acted for B&Q in a dispute over the rental terms of a new lease.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Bond Dickinson LLP (Southampton)

Bond Dickinson LLP’s ‘ability to marry conventional legal skills with industry specific knowledge is impressive and vital for clients’. The financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors are core strengths of the firm, which counts B&Q, New Look, the Ministry of Justice and MS Amlin as clients. Managing associate Ben Gibson provides a ‘measured and detailed service’ and advises Historic England and English Heritage, together with practice head Julian Hamblin, on a range of IT procurements. Through its IT division (Kingfisher Information Technology Services UK), Kingfisher has instructed Hamblin on unifying its infrastructure and processes to enhance its European digital operations; this is a major project and thus far, the firm’s workload has included advising on agreements with Tata Consultancy Services. Another significant mandate saw the practice assist hibu (UK) with procuring SAP’s SAP Cloud for Customer platform. Litigator Andrew Parsons is recommended for technology disputes and is defending Post Office against claims brought by former and current sub-postmasters, who allege that the company wrongfully recovered debts or prosecuted them based on unreliable information provided by its IT system, Horizon. Data protection and e-commerce expert Andrew Kimble is also recommended for matters such as outsourcing, data licensing and freedom of information.

Leading individuals

Julian Hamblin - Bond Dickinson LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ben Gibson - Bond Dickinson LLP

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