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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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.womblebonddickinson.com

South East: Corporate and commercial

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team attracts praise for 'its very good business acumen, industry know-how and focused and pragmatic advice'. It has a strong sector focus, particularly in the transport, energy, retail and finance arenas, serving UK and international corporate clients. Recent work included advising Intrinsic Financial Services on the acquisition of Caerus Capital Group. In addition to structuring the deal, the team also handled an FCA change of control approval. In other work it assisted  RES, the global renewable energy company, with the sale of the Port of Tyne 35MW battery storage project to infrastructure and private equity investment manager, Foresight Group. Corporate head Ian Holden is acknowledged for 'his good understanding of business and key drivers' and Sebastian Briggs is 'a pleasure to work with', as well as 'very commercially minded and adept at proposing sensible solutions to challenging problems'. Stephen Pierce is the national head of the practice and Paula Bartlett specialises in commercial contracts including complex outsourcing deals.

Leading individuals

Stephen Pierce - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Parsons - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Dispute resolution

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is 'an outstanding commercial litigation firm that punches well above its weight' and 'can go toe-to-toe with any of the major law firms in London'. It is entrusted with high-value and complex disputes, especially in the energy, retail and media spheres and also has international arbitration expertise. In highlight work it defended British Gas in a dispute concerning a £38m claim for repudiation of contract. Team head Tom Beezer is noted for his 'great strategic input'; Ian Newcombe 'has a forensic eye for detail and a passion for service delivery' and has 'excellent judgement about when to go the distance and when to settle'; Andrew Parsons stands out for 'his ability to manage complex, high-value cases'; and Gavin Matthews and senior associate Dave Panaech are also highly regarded. 

Leading individuals

Gavin Matthews - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Andrew Parsons - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's banking team attracts praise for its 'high-quality work and good value for money', with clients citing its 'excellent collaboration with in-house legal teams and the wider business, very good business acumen and industry know-how, focused and pragmatic advice, and strength in depth of the wider team'. Following the transatlantic merger between legacy firms Bond Dickinson and Womble Carlyle in October 2017, the banking practice has been quick to leverage the relationships of the merged firm with key financial institutions and banks on both sides of the Atlantic. In an illustration of this, Graham Jeffries (who heads the team and splits his time between London and Southampton) continued to provide ongoing advice to Chemring, a global provider of technology products and services to the aerospace and defence sectors, on its financing requirements in the UK and US. Other highlights included advising peer-to-peer lender Invest and Fund on standard documentation and regulatory issues related to its new platform to enable borrowers and lenders to be matched to facilitate property development loans. Also recommended are associate Cole Stacey, who handles acquisition finance and real estate portfolio transactions, and managing associate Emma Earp, who is noted for her project finance expertise.

Leading individuals

Graham Jeffries - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Since Bond Dickinson's merger with US firm Womble Carlyle in 2017, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is an increasingly popular choice for international clients. In addition to handling all-round contentious and non-contentious employment matters, the team also assists clients with immigration support and has a strong focus on employment issues within a corporate context. The team worked with in-house counsel and a Danish firm in advising Colgate-Palmolive (UK) on various employment issues resulting from the merger of Colgate's UK function with its Nordic counterpart. The 'receptive, available and pragmatic' Christina Tolvas-Vincent jointly heads the group with the highly regarded Jon Hales, who has a focus on TUPE regulations and issues arising from corporate reorganisations. Managing associates Daniel Fawcett and Charlotte Bloomfield are other core members of the team.

Leading individuals

Christina Tolvas-Vincent - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Daniel Fawcett - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP combines excellent regional strength with a strong insurance presence nationwide to provide 'the highest standard of service; clients have absolute confidence in the guidance and advice provided by the practice'. The practice has an extensive track record acting for major insurers in professional negligence claims and associated policy coverage issues concerning surveyors, architects, engineers, construction contractors, accountants, barristers, IT professionals, pension professionals and estate agents. It also has a growing reputation handling claims against digital marketing consultants, internet search providers, website designers and outsourced IT service providers. New panel appointments in 2017 included being appointed by Hiscox to handle claims under the nationwide scheme for accountants insured under the ACCA scheme, and being appointed to the Solicitors Indemnity Fund's new panel. The team in Southampton is headed by the 'extremely trustworthy and reliable'  James Robins, who 'can be trusted to provide appropriate guidance'. Justin Tivey is singled out for his expertise in cyber liability issues.

Leading individuals

James Robins - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Real estate

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

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

'The overall level of service is excellent' at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and the team provides 'practical advice with the right amount of hands-on assistance'. It has a strong regional presence while also serving national and international clients, which include Associated British Ports, B&Q, Babcock International Group and the University of Southampton. Its expertise spans regeneration projects, leasehold issues, property finance as well as a real estate funds practice. Recent work includes acting for Historic England on the lease of its new headquarters at Cannon Bridge House and it continues to assist Fareham Borough Council on the delivery of the Welborne Garden Village, a project to build 6,000 homes as well as community and commercial structures. Practice head Tim Burbidge and Katherine Eddon 'provide valuable practical support'. Other noted lawyers include Anthony Alderman, 'who is extremely responsive, thorough and pragmatic', Alistair Walton and Tim Baily. Managing associate Stephen Baker joined from CMS in June 2018.

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Commercial property: Thames Valley, Berks, Oxon, M4/M40

Stephen Baker¬†heads the 'very responsive, commercially minded' practice at CMS.¬†Baker regularly advises institutional investors and funds including Capital & Regional, Kennedy Wilson and Capreon on their acquisitions, disposals and management issues, as well as acting on behalf of corporate occupier clients in their office, industrial and retail property deals. Highlights included assisting Catalent Pharma Solutions with the disposal of two large industrial sites at Deeside Industrial Estate and advising Capital & Regional in connection with its largest letting at Kingfisher Shopping Centre since its acquisition. Baker is recommended as being ‚Äėparticularly good at breaking down complex contractual provisions and issues into easy to understand points‚Äô. Senior associate Will Bird¬†is noted for his work dealing with a wide variety of commercial property investment and management transactions. After publication, Baker left to join Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†in Southampton in June 2018.

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's practice in Southampton is best known for handling non-contentious mandates for the firm's national clients. Recent highlights include advising contractor Faithdean on a variety of contracts the client is planning to enter into with developers for a number of schemes, primarily in London. Simon Lewis leads the team nationally, which also acts for developers pension funds, education establishments and railway infrastructure companies. In another key mandate, the team advised longstanding client B&Q on construction issues related to its property portfolio, as well as assisting the client on framework agreements with construction suppliers. Ben Willis joined Stevens & Bolton LLP in 2018.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides 'a high-quality service' acts for a number of well-known public and private sector clients, including retail clients such as B&Q, Footlocker and Specsavers; institutional landlords such as Addington Capital and Rockspring; and financial institutions such as Old Mutual. Recent work includes acting for an institutional investor client in several emergency injunction applications brought by tenants seeking reinstatement in their premises following their lawful eviction. Mark Barley heads the team in Southampton and has an extensive track record in contentious property issues, including niche areas such as foreshore and mooring for The Crown Estate. Managing associate Vicki Young is also recommended.

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South East: TMT

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Following the merger of Bond Dickinson LLP with US firm Womble Carlyle, the newly combined Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†¬†is strong in the financial services, insurance, retail and public sectors. The firm‚Äôs client roster includes New Look, TSB and the Post Office, and the firm is one of those included on the legal supplier panel to the government‚Äôs Crown Commercial Service. Practice head Julian Hamblin¬†has been acting for Old Mutual Wealth on a project of contract due diligence and review arising out of a managed separation of the global business. Through its IT division (Kingfisher Information Technology Services UK), Kingfisher has instructed Hamblin on the negotiation of a significant contract relating to the procurement of an enterprise information management platform for use across its retail companies. Litigator Andrew Parsons¬†is recommended for technology disputes and is defending the Post Office against claims brought by former and current sub-postmasters, who allege that the company wrongfully recovered debts or procured 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. Managing associate Ben Gibson¬†is recommended for providing a ‚Äėmeasured and detailed service‚Äô.

Leading individuals

Julian Hamblin - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Ben Gibson - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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