Firm Profile > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
ST ANN'S WHARF
112 QUAYSIDE
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 3DX
England

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP specialises in advising private estate owners and other landowning organisations. The ‘breadth of practice areas covered marks it out’ as well as its advice to a number of public authorities and quasi-public bodies. Simon Kirkup leads the practice and his clients include private landowners as well as major landowning charities and PLCs. Also notable in the team is managing associate Charlotte Patterson-Ryan, who ‘combines strong technical knowledge in the areas of landlords and tenants, with excellent professional skills,’ which makes her ‘stand out as a go-to adviser’.

Testimonials

‘Sound, swift advice and service.’

‘The firm has such a wide variety of expertise all under one roof , including legal advice on farming, property management and family trust law.’

‘Very solid breadth of practice and strong professionalism.’

‘Extremely client focused.’ 

‘Simon Kirkup provides well-reasoned thoughtful advice.’

‘Despite having a heavy work load, Simon Kirkup is always accessible for advic.e’

‘Charlotte Patterson-Ryan is always efficient and speedy.’

‘Charlotte Patterson-Ryan’s capacity to turn around work is phenomenal, and she is extremely straightforward to work with.’

Key clients

National Trust

Grainger PLC

Church Commissioners

English Heritage

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is known for its work for education, healthcare and religious charities, as well as particular expertise in transactional matters. The ‘solicitor par excellenceEmma Moody leads the practice and is ‘energised and positive’ as well as ‘well networked’ in the area. Her team includes managing associate Samantha Pritchard, who specialises in advising on the complex area where charity law and public law coincide, offering ‘clear and reassuring advice.'

Testimonials

‘Positive, confident engagement and the team takes the time to understand the business.’

‘Very quick to respond and support, providing a full service.’

‘Highly recommended, if clients want a job done well, go to Womble Bond Dickinson.’

‘This is a niche area of law and the firm has a depth of knowledge and experience that seems to outweigh its competitors.’

‘Emma Moody is extraordinarily committed to the client. She is also very accessible and very straightforward to deal with.’

‘Sally Cooper is very professional and client focused.’

‘Samantha Pritchard deals with challenging and difficult situations with ease. She has developed a novel governance model that is practical and reflects instructions exactly.’

Key clients

Crisis UK

Newcastle City Council

British Mountaineering Council

Ampleforth Abbey and St Laurence Education Trust

Gateshead College

Charity Commission – Cardiff Sixth Form College (now Cardiff Educational Endowment Fund)

East Durham College

Bauer Radio Cash for Kids Charities

Zedra Trust Company

Durham University Students’ Union

Northumberland County Council

Leeman Road Millenium Green Trust

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Percy Hedley Foundation

Humankind

Mental Health Matters

Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

St John of God Hospitaller Services

William Leech Foundation

Church Marketplace for Roman Catholic Dioceses

Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 1

Drawing on the firm's national and international presence, the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is able to advise large regional corporates on the spectrum of commercial litigation and dispute resolution. Areas of expertise include disputes relating to the transport and chemicals sectors, as well as pensions, contentious procurement, financial services, retail and energy. Paul Stewart leads the team and focuses on transport and manufacturing sector disputes.

Testimonials

The firm has strength of expertise across a number of partners and associates

Richard Collins is bright and commercial in outlook

Paul Stewart and his team get to grips with all aspects of the challenge and become welcome additions to the organisation remarkably quickly, which supports immediate progress and assurance

Paul Stewart, Jonathan Gribben and Michael Wharton provide relentless effort, resilience, agility and diligence

Key clients

Arriva

IBM

Network Rail

Post Office

Bombardier

Go-Ahead Group

Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 1

Drawing on its status as an international firm, the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is able to handle flagship real estate deals across the North East, advising national housebuilders, residential landlords, property funds and other corporate clients. The group is led by John Ralph, who is instructed by owners and occupiers of investment, development and operational real estate assets. Managing associate John Booth is noted for expertise in the education and energy sectors.

Testimonials

A very joined up and well organised team

The team builds up good relationships with advisers acting on the other side

Easy people to work with, who can explain complex issues in an accessible manner

Key clients

Grainger plc

Bellway Homes plc

Arriva

The Vista PRS Fund

Hansteen Holdings plc

Construction Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious construction work, drawing on the firm's office network to advise local and international clients. In addition to its more traditional practice, the group also has a niche in offshore, decommissioning and subsea work. On the non-contentious side, Simon Rowland is recommended for developments and Ian Atkinson is well-regarded for his 'straight-forward and pragmatic' approach to transactional matters. Simon Lewis focuses on dispute resolution for public and private sector clients alike, while managing associate Andrew Clough is noted for complex construction litigation.

Testimonials

‘The team is proactive, efficient and pragmatic regarding their approach to achieving contract award on individual schemes.’

‘As a local authority client, you always feel confident instructing the firm in relation to property matters, because everyone in the team is very technically competent.’

‘Simon Rowland provides excellent service and professional advice.’

‘The team are responsive and helpful and give advice that i’s pragmatic and unstuffy. We’ve seen a willingness to roll up sleeves and engage positively with our sometimes unusual approval processes.’

‘A tight-knit team with a great depth and breadth of experience, particularly in relation to PFI disputes.’

‘Simon Lewis is a very experienced construction specialist who gives sound and sensible advice.’

‘Andrew Clough is charming and easy to work with – he will go the extra mile.’

‘Ian Atkinson is straight-forward, pragmatic and responsive, as well as understanding of our particular requirements.’

‘Ian Atkinson provides prompt, helpful responses and is very proactive. He is able to explain things in layman’s terms, which is great for all parties involved. He is also a nice person to work with, which counts for a lot.’

‘We really enjoyed working with Ian Atkinson – he dealt with the construction elements of a large and complex development agreement really efficiently and promptly. All the work was turned around really quickly – he knew what needed to be done, and ensured that happened within a tight time frame.’

Key clients

Education and Skills Funding Agency

B&Q/Kingfisher

Newcastle City Council

Bellway Plc

IKEA Properties Investments

University of Durham

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

The ‘very brightWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP practice acts for individuals, trustees, insurance companies and charities across the UK and overseas. The experienced national team is led by Neil Long from London and has three full members of the Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists, as well as being a member of the Association of Corporate Trustees. Notable is managing associate Richard Pike, who is ‘a very canny litigator’ specialising in advising corporate trustees, private individuals and insurers on the full range of contentious trust, estate and tax issues.

Testimonials

‘The team has experience of high value disputes which further lends credibility to its reputation.’

‘Exceptionally knowledgeable but also a pleasure to work with.’

‘Helpful, kind, pragmatic and sensible.’

‘Richard Pike provides measured advice. He remains composed and focused when time is short.’

‘Richard Pike knows the law inside out and will analyse the legal position very carefully. He is clever and able to think up imaginative solutions to complicated issues.’

‘Neil Long is absolutely charming!’

‘Solicitor Rosie Taylor is polite, very pleasant and easy to deal with.’

Key clients

Zedra (UK) Trusts Limited

Doreen Thompson

Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Newcastle office is a major hub for the transatlantic firm, ensuring it is well-placed to advise US investors into the North East. Unusually for the region, the office contains dedicated competition, tax and projects lawyers, all of whom support the corporate and commercial teams. The team is led by Ben Butler and includes corporate finance expert Jamie Pass and Stacey Hall, who specialises in corporate transactions. Ian Pritty is noted for corporate aspects of property transactions.

Testimonials

The breadth of capability across disciplines is demonstrable

Jamie Pass and Oliver Rickett deserve special praise for their focus and dedication to ensuring the project is delivered

A longstanding and deep understanding of business

Key clients

Atom Bank plc

Augean plc

CN Group

EQT Infrastructure

Newcastle City Council

Richmond Group

Corporate tax Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's tax team regularly advises the firm's  corporate and real estate practice groups, providing advice on tax-related issues arising from banking, restructuring and employment matters. Drawing on the firm's national and international presence, the group is regularly called upon by clients across the UK. Practice head Jeremy Smith is noted for his experience in the tax aspects of corporate and property transactions.

Key clients

Deutsche Bahn

Hertshten Group

Old Mutual Wealth

Grainger

REG Power Management

The Royal Institute of British Architects

Debt recovery Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's multi-disciplinary team includes lawyers, project managers, technologists, data analysts, knowledge managers and operation professionals, providing creditor clients with a wide range of tools to collect their debts. The team handles asset investigations and reporting, tracing of debtors, drafting and issuing claims and enforcement matters. Team leader and senior debt manager Sue Pattie is instructed by a wide variety of public and private sector clients, including charities.

Testimonials

Very proactive and commercially aware

Sue Pattie is able to offer a number of solutions, clearly defining the benefits and pitfalls of each

Our work was handled swiftly and smoothly, and the team’s specialist knowledge is evident

Education Tier 1

With a national coverage, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides a comprehensive range of services. The firm handles advice and support to school clients across various legal disciplines, including academy conversions, FE College mergers, governance and SEN tribunals. The ‘professional and principledKevin Robertson leads the practice and ‘his reputation in the field goes before him.’ Also notable in his team is associate Peter Cantwell, who specialises in property work for education sector clients.

Testimonials

‘Womble Bond Dickinson is a superb and professional legal firm that supports schools and academies with education matters in a highly proficient manner.’

‘Swift and pertinent advice enables all actions to be met within agreed time scales and with highly satisfactory conclusions.’

‘The team supported academy conversions to an exceptional level.’

‘Provide outstanding service and attention to ensure all matters are dealt with in a timely fashion that supports superb outcomes.’

‘Kevin Robertson is the consummate professional. His engagement with clients, married with his exception legal knowledge have made all matters of business seamless.’

Key clients

Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Department for Education (DfE)

LocatEd

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 (which operates Ampleforth College))

Carmel Education Trust, Darlington

Waterton Academy Trust, Wakefield

Newcastle City Council

Castle 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

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

Sewell Education Hull Limited

Romero Catholic Academy Trust

Trinity Multi Academy Trust

Horizons Specialist Academy Trust

Extol Academy Trust

Durham University

Northumbria University

Gateshead College

East Durham College

Durham Students Union

City Of Sunderland College

Employment Tier 1

Employer firm Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP specialises in a range of sectors including technology, retail, healthcare, education and chemicals. The team is led by unfair dismissal and discrimination claims expert James Wilders, who can call on equal pay and gender pay gap specialist Lorraine Heard. Also notable is associate Alan Kennedy, who is experienced in tribunal representation.

Testimonials

‘Strength in depth’

‘Experienced, pragmatic lawyers’

‘James Wilders is very practical and provides commercial solutions’

Key clients

AIG

AIT Global

Cumberland Building Society

Dnata

Formica

IBM United Kingdom

LSL Property Services

Network Rail

NHS Digital

Northern Powergrid

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets

Tekmar

TOTAL Petrochemicals

Vertu Motors

Energy Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team has a varied practice, advising developers of new electricity generation and storage projects, real estate and infrastructure, alongside expertise in a wide range of renewable technologies. The team is co-led by Barbara Painter, who has experience in capacity market auctions, and real estate specialist Michael Brown.

Key clients

EDF Energy Renewables

Sembcorp Utilities (UK)

Rydberg Development Company

Quarry Battery Company

Northern Powergrid

Health and safety Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has experience acting in high profile investigations and potential prosecutions, notably involving fire safety and building safety issues. In addition, the firm provides a range of contentious and non-contentious services, including strategic board level, enforcement and operational advice. Stuart Wardlaw leads the regulatory and environment team and has expertise in advising industrial, commercial and public sector clients on various aspects of environmental, health and safety and related regulatory law.

Key clients

Vauxhall Motors (Groupe PSA)

Huntsman

Innovia

Lotte Chemicals

Chemoxy International

Fine Organics

Bellway

Banks Group

The Education and Skills Funding Agency

Augean plc

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team leverages the firm's strong national presence, with expertise in restructuring matters, including directors duties, debt and securities restructuring, the sale and purchase of distressed or insolvent businesses, asset recovery for creditors and insolvency practitioners and the disqualification of directors. Julian Gill leads the non-contentious restructuring and insolvency practice and the asset recovery team alongside Peter Maxwell .

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander

RSM

KPMG LLP

Deloitte LLP

The Insolvency Service

FRP

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

KSA Group

KRE Corporate Recovery

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP team is experienced in complex and high-value technology-related matters. Practice head Caroline Churchill specialises in complex technology transactions with a focus on the internet of things, data and cloud solutions. She regularly advises customers and suppliers and has a particular focus on cyber security.

Testimonials

‘Experience with the relevant service providers’

‘Caroline Churchill is practical, available, and responsive’

Key clients

Phoenix Software Limited

Data Ventures Europe BV

Noble Energy, Inc.

Pensions Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has contentious and non-contentious expertise, with notable experience in the public and voluntary sector pensions field. The team advises trustees and sponsoring employers of UK pension schemes and is led by Martin Poore, who has a particular focus on corporate and scheme restructuring. His team includes the 'excellent' Tracy Walsh, 'who delivers complex advice in a clear and straightforward way', and Suzanne Duff, who works for a wide range of companies and pension scheme trustees, specialising in regulatory matters. Her non-contentious work is primarily based on advising employers on restructuring their organisations, liability management and winding up pension schemes.

Testimonials

‘The team is easy to deal with, has the necessary range of experience and skills and is accessible’

‘Very professional and very reactive. Always available’

‘Suzanne Duff has created an excellent team who work together seamlessly to provide a superb service’

‘The firm has depth of knowledge, pensions, housing sector and market trends awareness’

‘The team is excellent and effectively advises on complex issues in a straightforward way’

‘Suzanne Duff stands out in the quality of her advice, her commitment to find an innovative solution and her loyalty to and mentoring of her team’

‘Tracy Walsh is an excellent pensions lawyer who delivers complex advice in a clear and straightforward way. She understands our commercial needs and does not sit on the fence. I would not hesitate in recommending Tracey to other clients.’

Naomi Jacques is a very knowledgeable associate who consistently delivers high quality legal advice, often against challenging deadlines.’

‘Tracy Walsh and Naomi Jacques provide a first-class advisory service, cutting through complexity and working well both with my in-house team, board and other advisers, particularly actuaries’

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

IBM

Go-Ahead Group plc

Taylor Wimpey plc

Bellway plc

Newcastle Building Society

Northern Powergrid plc

Sabic UK Petrochemicals Limited

Research Machines plc Pension Scheme

2020 Trustees

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

David Dale and Helen Tavroges lead the Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP team. The range of expertise and strength in depth includes private wealth and capital tax planning specialist George Lyall; court of protection and inheritance tax expert Deborah Jude; and managing associate Emily Pike, who has particular experience in advising on succession planning for business owners and shareholders. Also notable are the ‘client focused and dynamic’ associates Fiona McLaughlin and Katie Gosling.

Testimonials

‘The level of expertise and availability of specialist individuals within the team is second to none.’

‘A go-to private client team with a great mixture of expertise, they are efficient and work collaboratively.’

‘George Lyall has proven to strike the perfect balance between professional advice and personal support.’

‘What makes this team stand-out is the calm competent way in which they manage family wealth and landed assets in complex situations, and instil trust in clients.’

‘The team is committed, invested in getting the right outcome, and comes across as mature in its approach.’

‘Emily Pike is highly efficient and fast becoming a trusted practitioner in this area.’

Property litigation Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's property litigation team benefits from an international office network, allowing it to represent both domestic and US clients. Areas of expertise include rent recovery, landlord-tenant disputes and contentious matters arising out of developments, landed estates and property portfolios. Jen Smurthwaite heads the national team and is based across Newcastle and Leeds.

Testimonials

They are knowledgeable and are able to act as a one stop shop for all legal matters

Good knowledgeable practice, right price point with strength in depth and they really understand their clients’ business

Paul Joyce has a good eye for the detail, calm and unflappable

Key clients

Airwave Solutions

Bernicia Group

Akelius

Standard Life Trustee Company

Social housing Tier 1

Social housing is a real area of expertise for Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which advises a wide variety of stakeholders, including large-scale voluntary transfer housing associations, councils and arms-length management organisations on the spectrum of contentious and non-contentious matters. The team is also on the panel for Homes England. Residential property specialist Nigel Emmerson leads the team.

Key clients

Places for People Homes

Karbon Homes

Accent Housing Group

Bernicia Group

Derwent Housing Association

Transport and shipping Tier 1

The ‘highly professionalWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is best known for its rail practice, which covers rail franchising, rolling stock and projects and infrastructure. The firm has ‘extensive knowledge of rail industry, rail franchising and procurement’ as well as ‘a sensible, practicable approach to complex commercial discussions’. The ‘veritable fountain of knowledgeDavid Rewcastle leads the practice and offers ‘towering expertise with real industry knowledge’. His team includes the ‘outstandingPaul Coleman, who specialises in rolling stock and infrastructure deals; Kevin Bell, who has expertise in rail franchise bids and rail franchising; and experienced associate Joseph Causer.

Testimonials

‘The team is dynamic and well supported’

‘Partners are easily accessible and are known not just for far reaching legal knowledge but commercial acumen as well’

‘Experience and knowledge of a wide range of subjects make this practice a one stop shop’

‘The team is very responsive and provides intelligent, precise and relevant advice’

‘The rail team has considerable experience of working with clients on rail franchising deals and easily matches the strength and depth of London based law firms’

‘David Rewcastle is not just known for his towering stature but his towering intellect and wisdom when it comes to the railway industry’ 

‘Paul Coleman is a powerhouse of a partner and is the individual one turns to for the intricacies of rolling stock and depot contracts’

‘Joseph Causer provides counsel on a wide range of subjects and is fast becoming the first stop for advice’

‘Kevin Bell is a brilliant, incredible lawyer. His knowledge of the railway system there is without limits’ 

Key clients

Go-Ahead Group plc/Govia

Network Rail

Abellio

Govia Thameslink Railway

Southeastern

Arriva

Bombardier

Transdev

SNCF

Stadler

Banking and finance Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles work for a variety of regional private equity and banking clients (as borrowers, lenders, investors and investees), with expertise spanning the manufacturing, consumer debt, real estate and education sectors. John Ralph specialises in property finance and co-heads the team alongside secured lending expert John Connor.

Key clients

Santander UK plc

HSBC Bank plc

Cairngorm Capital

NorthEdge Capital

Department for Education

Environment & planning Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's planning department handles major infrastructure projects, redevelopment schemes, judicial review and planning litigation, energy and waste development. The group advise a range of clients including landowners, developers and public sector organisations. The regulatory and environment team is led by Stuart Wardlaw, while managing associate Stephen Dagg leads on planning matters.

Key clients

GRIP REIT plc

Hanro

Vauxhall Motors (Groupe PSA)

Huntsman

Lotte Chemicals

Banking and finance Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s Southampton banking and finance team has a strong reputation for its borrower and project finance work, while also acting for regional and national lenders and for a strong body of regional corporates. The practice specialises in the retail and manufacturing, energy and real estate sectors. Graham Jeffries heads the practice. Managing associate Cole Stacey is another key contact. Emma Earp left for Trethowans LLP in January 2019.

Testimonials

An excellent team with wide ranging complementary skills across a number of sectors. A new international reach that has added significantly to the firm’s offering.

Great knowledge of the current market practices and timely responses. Good working relationship with the team.

Great knowledge, practical advice and good common sense.

Graham Jeffries’ team are first class delivering a highly professional, commercial and helpful service in a friendly and courteous manner. Cost information is clearly explained and accurate.

Graham Jeffries is an exceptional lawyer who not only covers the insolvency discipline with a wide and in-depth knowledge but also in the financial services and motor industry is able to provide an encyclopaedic knowledge. He is able to get that across in an understandable and clear way very quickly. He can make complex issues seem much simpler.

Graham Jeffries is head and shoulders above any other banking lawyer with whom I and my colleagues have dealt. He has the ability to combine attention to detail with clear and straightforward commercial advice. He does not try to score points with the other side but argues the points which are important with conviction.

I single out Graham Jeffries – quietly spoken, thoughtful but with a complete grasp of the issues which matter to you as a client. Unflappable even under extreme provocation. The consummate banking lawyer. I am privileged to have been able to work with him on numerous occasions.

 

Key clients

Chemring Group PLC

VFS Legal Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP

Santander UK PLC

Capital Industrial

Invest and Fund

Paragon Asset Finance

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's commercial dispute resolution practice takes a 'no-nonsense and hands-on approach'. In addition to having a full-service litigation offering, the firm has a specialist arbitration arm, which features in high-value international arbitrations. The retail industry is an area of activity for the team, as are the media, technology and manufacturing sectors. Ian Newcombe is a specialist in the energy sector. Gavin Matthews leads the firm's retail focus group and is recommended for trading disputes. Andrew Parsons is an expert in data protection and IT issues.

Testimonials

The team’s knowledgeable lawyers offer pragmatic advice and understand in-house dynamics and requirements

A no-nonsense and hands-on approach is accompanied by a strong eye for detail

Truly understand the client’s business needs

Ian Newcombe offers a pragmatic perspective on a variety of commercial issues; his advice is never purely theoretical and is risk-sensitive

Ian Newcombe and Andy Parsons are very impressive

Key clients

Centrica

British Gas

Post Office

New Look

B&Q and the wider Kingfisher Group

Sunseeker

DS Smith

Carnival

Babcock

AIG

Old Mutual

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

The real estate group at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which includes five partners, was strengthened by the arrival of managing associate Stephen Baker from CMS in June 2018. In addition, five other solicitors have joined the team. The diverse client roster includes London-based real estate investment funds, international corporate entities, national high street retailers and SMEs. Anthony Alderman is experienced in marine and energy sector transactions, and is also active in port developments. 'Formidable' practice head Tim Burbidge focuses on real estate investment and development.

Testimonials

In addition to undertaking consistently high-quality work, the team is always quick to respond and provides informed guidance‘.

Very responsive and personable with a real strength in communication‘.

Alistair Walton is easy to work with and clear in his approach to complex issues. Tim Burbidge is a heavyweight in this practice area‘.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

New Look

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Ladbrokes Coral

B&Q

Moorfield Group

Rockspring UK Value 2 Fund

Specsavers

Tristan Capital

Historic England

Capital Industrial

CooperVision

Boxpark

Go Ape!

University of Southampton

Quilter

London Borough of Sutton

Decathlon

Church Commissioners

F&C Property Growth and Income Fund

The Bournemouth Development Company

Transdev

RATP Dev UK

Quidnet Capital Partners

Commercial property: The West Country Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's work spans areas such as energy, rail infrastructure, institutional investment, public sector development and secured lending property finance. Practice head Craig Moore is experienced in all areas of commercial property, but is particularly active in property finance matters. In the housing development space, legal director Samantha Orluta is experienced in advising developers and housing associations on site acquisitions and all types of related agreements. Managing associate Christopher Stephens specialises in strategic development and land assembly work.

Testimonials

Team members provide helpful updates regarding developments in property law and other issues affecting the client’s business

The team goes above and beyond for its clients in getting the work done

The associates are very good but the partners keep a watchful oversight

Key clients

English Cities Fund

Mount Wise

Brittany Ferries

West Devon Borough Council

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

Network Rail Infrastructure

Renewable Energy Systems

University of Plymouth

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has experience of matters with a nexus to the energy, retail and financial services sectors. A significant portion of its work has a cross-border aspect, and the firm has a strong profile among international clients. On the domestic front, the team acts for several large entities, which are headquartered in Hampshire.  Sebastian Briggs often leads on energy sector transactions. Ian Holden's varied practice includes corporate finance, acquisitions and disposals, and shareholder and joint venture agreements.

Testimonials

Excellent service and high level of responsiveness‘.

Incredibly thorough approach to transactions‘.

Highly accomplished lawyers‘.

London-quality service out of a regional office‘.

Sebastian Briggs and Anthony Alderman combine legal expertise with business acumen‘.

Stephen Pierce is a pleasure to work with; he is incredibly experienced with an excellent understanding of the market and a pragmatic approach‘.

Key clients

Chemring Group

Renewable Energy Systems

Transdev

REG Power Management

Ordnance Survey

The Renewables Infrastructure Group

Quilter

New Look

LV=

Comexposium Group

Imerys SA

Immediate Media

NICE Systems

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment team is highly reputed in the retail, financial services and public services sectors. It primarily acts for large blue-chip organisations from across the UK, including banks and national supermarkets. It also acts for international corporates in contentious and non-contentious matters. In a notable development, in 2018, the firm was appointed to provide Employment Tribunal litigation support to the Government Legal Department; practice head Tim Woodward is the employment lead to this client, as well as other key clients.

Key clients

AIG

B&Q

Historic England

Post Office

TSB

Government Legal Department

Network Rail

Plymouth Community Homes

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Oak Furniture Land (T/a JB Global)

Corbin & King Restaurant Group Limited

kgb group (including 118 118 Money, The Number UK and Conduit Global)

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Countrywide Farmers plc

Employment: Hampshire Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment department has key  specialisms in the retail, education and financial services sectors. Its strength in business-critical matters was recently evidenced by it representing clients in multiple sensitive tribunal claims, and also the provision of assistance with the employment aspects of large-scale corporate transactions. Practice head Christina Tolvas-Vincent has extensive expertise in the full range of employment issues. Daniel Fawcett is the name to note for high-value employment tribunal litigation. Jon Hales provides 'excellent advice'.

Testimonials

The team is pragmatic‘.

Christina Tolvas-Vincent is experienced and provides clear advice‘.

The Womble Bond Dickinson team have a strong understanding of our sector and have developed an excellent understanding of our business over the last fifteen years‘.

Jon Hales gives a commercial take on issues as well as strictly legal counsel. This is of particular value with regards to specific issues, such as restrictive covenants, that often arise in our sector‘.

Key clients

B&Q

Post Office Ltd

H Samuel and Ernest Jones

Carnival

Ordnance Survey

Associated British Ports

Colgate-Palmolive Group

Quilter

Arts University Bournemouth

NICE Systems UK

LV=

Sunseeker International

Southampton City College

Transdev

National Farmers Union

Health and safety Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for major commercial clients in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) cases, as well as advising the HSE itself in investigations. The firm has a strong track record in crisis management in the context of particularly high-profile health and safety incidents. The team also plays a key role in strategic board-level decisions, advising key clients on project planning and the identification of risks, international operations and supply chain management risks. Practice head Jon Cooper's experience encompasses the full range of health and safety work, and he offers strategic and governance advice, in addition to representing clients in the prosecution and defence of high-profile claims.

Testimonials

Womble Bond Dickinson have vast experience and knowledge, and are incredibly responsive, practical, and understand corporate sensitivities. They are capable of engaging at any level of company with any discipline, approachable and friendly. We would not hesitate to recommend them

Womble Bond Dickinson provide excellent advice in health and safety matters. They have very good strength in depth and provide thorough, detailed and thoughtful advice. Their lawyers are able to distill complicated and voluminous material in a way that is helpful and practical. They are a first-rate firm who are instructed in serious and complex cases

In addition to being a highly competent advocates in matters relating to health, safety and environmental law, the team are also excellent partners in crisis management. The team can be trusted to deal respectfully with my internal clients, which makes my job much easier, while making me look good. They are also able to simplify complex legal issues and put clients at ease, which is uncommon in our profession

Jon Cooper simply gets it. He knows and can anticipate your specific requirements and provide the exacting advice without any fuss or fanfare

Jon Cooper is arguably the best in the business; he knows not just the law but predicts the application of it accurately

Steve Panton is a completely safe pair of hands, very knowledgeable, responsive, practical

Jon Cooper is an expert in his field and great to work with. He is an excellent tactician, who is able to look at a case from all angles, and very knowledgeable. His ability to communicate complex and technical matters in a clear, concise and practical way is a real skill and makes him popular with clients

Ashley Borthwick has a keen eye for detail, is thoughtful, and provides prompt and thorough advice. He is very responsive, diligent and collaborative in his approach

The depth of expertise that Jon Cooper brings to his health and safety practice is invaluable. Most importantly, Jon uses his expertise to provide clients with thoughtful, efficient and practical advice

Jon’s ability to provide bespoke advice on urgent matters in a timely way sets him apart from his peers

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

Intellectual property Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP recently strengthened its practice with the acquisition of intellectual property boutique James Love Legal. The group combines the practices' impressive client rosters and breadth of capabilities across the full range of contentious and non-contentious matters with Womble Bond Dickinson's transatlantic presence. Patrick Cantrill heads up the practice which includes Rachel Hearson, who also leads the firm's national trade mark and design rights group, and benefits from the addition of the 'well-regarded' James Love, who has broad experience in complex IP litigation.

Testimonials

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s IP practice includes a mixed team of solicitors and trade mark attorneys, which allows it to advise more broadly and strategically on complex trade mark disputes.

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a very responsive and balanced intellectual property team.

Patrick Cantrill is a very good litigator.

Managing associate Rachel Hearson is technically strong and very responsive, being available at short notice.

Managing associate Rachel Hearson offers very accurate advice and manages matters flawlessly.

Solicitor Tim Barber boasts very good case management and drafting skills, and is open to observations.

Key clients

GoCompare.com

Jemella Group t/a ghd

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

Decathlon

ME + EM

Immediate Media

Bounce Foods

Transdev Blazefield

Cowes Week

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is notable for its expertise with clients in the financial services industries, acting on technology licensing and fintech-related matters. The firm handles commercial and contentious work including  large IT-related litigation as well as outsourcing and procurement work.

Testimonials

Superb attention to detail and approachability.’

Key clients

Historic England/English Heritage

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

Quilter plc (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services (UK) Ltd

NHS Digital

Yell.com

G Forces Web Management Limited

Ministry of Justice

B&Q Plc

ScottishPower

Intrinsic Financial Services Limited

Vizion Network Limited

Licensing Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP assists with the acquisition of licences in the construction, real estate and hospitality sectors as well as in the gambling and alcohol industries. The firm also provides day-to-day licence advice and undertakes due diligence work regarding the acquisition and disposal of licensed estates in connection with investigations and prosecutions arising from unlawful and underage sales of restricted products.

Planning Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's 'unique' planning and infrastructure team focuses on undertaking work for clients active in the energy, transport, waste, and housing industries. Work for public sector entities is another pillar of the practice, with the firm acting for local authorities and public sector organisations. In addition to handling a wide ambit of non-contentious planning matters, the group demonstrates strong capabilities in judicial reviews, planning litigation and planning inquiries. The ‘very knowledgeable’ department head Jonathan Bower focuses on regeneration projects. Richard Guyatt, who is ‘a brilliant and imaginative thinker’, has recently advised clients on development consent orders for large infrastructure schemes.

Testimonials

A very well-known team nationally, with acknowledged leading expertise in Jonathan Bower and Richard Guyatt — it is rare to have two heavy hitters working together in one team

The team is great at handling CPO and compensation work

Jonathan Bower is a highly respected lawyer and has a wide range of contacts

Key clients

Bristol Airport

Reading Borough Council

Watford Borough Council

Linden Homes (part of the Galliford Try group)

Taylor Wimpey

ESBi (Irish State Energy Company)

Vattenfall

Sedgemoor District Council

North Somerset District Council

West Berkshire District Council

Ashfield Land and Gazeley GLP (jointly)

Professional negligence Tier 1

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has over four decades of experience in handling professional negligence claims exclusively for defendants, which primarily include market-leading insurers and financial institutions. Led by James Robins, the practice group has expertise in claims against residential and commercial property professionals, and also has a variety of experience in the technology sector. Justin Tivey is a key contact for policy coverage disputes.

Testimonials

They are all excellent lawyers that are good with clients; they’re approachable, but fight hard with the other side.

They are a competent team with a professional approach.

Property litigation Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's transatlantic presence makes it well-placed to generate work from US-based clients with interests in the UK, as well as UK-based entities. Its excellent credentials in dispute resolution are evidenced by the fact that its team is equally strong in litigation, mediation and arbitration. James Rees leads the team in Bristol, which covers all types of commercial property disputes and property management work for public and private sector clients. Managing associate Sasha Hinton is also recommended.

Testimonials

The team is strong in property disputes

Due to its depth and the presence of specialists nationwide, the team is able to offer first-class services at all levels

Sasha Hinton protects her clients’ interests with skill and enthusiasm

Key clients

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Ministry of Justice (Estates Directorate)

Ladbrokes Coral

New Look Retailers Limited

River Island Clothing Co.

Scottish Power

RO Group

Freightliner Group

National Trust

National Farmers’ Union (NFU)

Banking and finance Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's ability to leverage its presence in the UK and US makes it a strong choice for advice on transactions with a transatlantic component, particularly in the areas of real estate finance, fintech and energy finance. On a UK national and regional basis, the group acts for institutional clients, and lenders and borrowers, on restructuring and refinancing matters. ‘Very helpful’ department head Julian Kinsey undertakes all aspects of debt finance work and is knowledgeable about all types of borrower issues. The 'approachable and competentPhilip Withey excels in handling transactions for energy sector clients and financial institutions.

Testimonials

The team is very approachable, with excellent knowledge and straightforward commercial approach

All lawyers on the team seem to go the extra mile to assist clients where possible

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank

Lloyds Bank

Piper Private Equity

Svenska Handelsbanken

Santander UK

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Union Bancaire Privée

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Hilco Capital

Banking and finance Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Leeds banking practice excels in the manufacturing, real estate, consumer debt and education sectors, acting for both borrower and lender clients. The practice also benefits from the firm's transatlantic capabilities following its international merger in 2017, particularly in real estate finance, fintech and energy finance work. It is led by the 'hands-on' John Connor .

Testimonials

Womble Bond Dickinson provides an efficient service at an excellent cost point across the finance work it handles’.

John Connor is a hands-on partner who is commercial and responsive‘.

Key clients

Santander UK

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank

Yorkshire Bank

Lloyds Bank

Cairngorm Capital

Wykeland Group

NorthEdge Capital

PRAC Financial

Grainger

Customade Group

Venator

Department for Education

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

LDC

Europa Capital

British Engines

Kennelpak

National Westminster Bank

Allied Irish Bank (UK)

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's multidisciplinary practice has seen continued growth since practice head Stephen Dilley joined the firm in 2016. Commercial disputes and regulatory matters comprise the bulk of the team's work, although the firm is also seeing a notable growth in contentious renewable energy work. In addition, the firm demonstrates strong capabilities in other sectors, such as manufacturing, retail, financial institutions and insurance.

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's real estate practice has a strong focus on energy-related matters, rail infrastructure, institutional investment, public sector development and secured lending property finance. The firm acts for both local and national clients, including numerous local authorities, developers, landlords and corporate occupier tenants. The team has secured multiple panel wins recently, with Homes England being one notable example. The 'fantasticAndrew Harding specialises in institutional investment, leisure and development projects. Simon Hughes, who heads up the energy and natural resources real estate team, is also highly recommended. Leading the operational property group, Katherine Douglas handles acquisitions, disposals, regeneration schemes and development projects.

Testimonials

A true can-do culture

Rather than simply restating the law, the team provides practical commercial solutions quickly

There is no difference in the high quality of the services provided, whether dealing with a senior partner or someone more junior

The greatest compliment I could pay is that it is similar to having our own internal legal team

Key clients

Bristol City Council

Network Rail Infrastructure

Renewable Energy Systems

Post Office

Babcock

Ashfield Land

Clarks Shoes

Scottish Power

University of Plymouth

Carlsberg UK

South Gloucestershire District Council

University of Bath

West Devon Borough Council

Gilletts Callington

REG WindPower

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Eagle One

Freightliner Group

Local World

Centrica

GLH Hotels

University of St Mark & St John

Banks Renewables

Brittany Ferries

Knottingley Power

ScottishPower Renewables

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a large real estate practice undertaking national work, underpinned by international connections bolstered by the firm's 2017 transatlantic merger. The Leeds team is led by Mark Owen, who is a 'force to be reckoned with', alongside the hugely experienced and high-profile Paula Dillon. The firm covers the retail, development, investment and residential sectors, and has secured a number of new client wins over the past year. Julia Dacre Field, a highly regarded specialist who leads the residential team, is also recommended.

Testimonials

‘The comprehensive service is one of the biggest attractions. I may be proceeding with a property development transaction, but I know that behind the scenes there is construction advice, planning advice, tax and corporate advice, so I truly receive a one-stop shop, but all with a single point of contact.’

‘Good knowledge at all levels of the business.’

‘The team is well resourced with the required spread of experience to support our business both in terms of fee earner levels and specialisms. It has the ability to support us on large consortium projects and co-ordinate a multi-disciplinary approach from their team to provide us with streamlined and focused advice. Responsive and commercially aware.’

‘I have worked with Julia Dacre-Field on a number of complex land assembly transactions over the recent years, and what stands out is not only her ability to decipher the complexities of the deals, but also to see the pragmatic and commercial way forward, to actually see the deals over the line. Her work ethic and persistence are a credit, yet all delivered with a down to earth and flexible manner.’

‘Mark Owen has razor sharp knowledge and is a force to be reckoned with. He always focuses on the solution and finding a way through complex legal matters.’

‘David Cole always gets the job done. An efficient and pleasant individual to work with.’

‘They go the extra mile and put the client first. They do not come across as solely fee orientated like some other firms. Julia Field provides top quality practical advice and solutions and is finely tuned into her client’s needs and requirements’

Key clients

Commercial Estates Group

Leeds City Council

Bellway Homes

Town Centre Securities

Doncaster Borough Council

Linden Limited

Wykeland Group

Taylor Wimpey

University of Law

Caddick Developments Limited

Beal Homes

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Strata Homes

Sweco

Amer Sports

PFP

Yorkshire Land

Persimmon Homes

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

The corporate finance practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is led by Simon Pilling and is particularly strong in private equity transactions. The team in Leeds includes recently promoted legal director James Cook. Beyond its private equity expertise, the group also has experience assisting clients in the manufacturing, real estate and retail sectors.

Testimonials

The corporate team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP utilises its broad experience to provide clear, commercial advice and always makes itself available.

Simon Pilling has an excellent hands-on approach, understands the industry and utilises his experience to provide pragmatic advice.

James Cook has excellent technical capabilities and great communication skills.

Key clients

Cairngorm Capital Partners

Chemoxy International

Clearly Drinks

Customade Holdco Group

Cutwel Limited

Endless / Enact

Kennelpak

Lloyds Development Capital

Nimbus

NVM Private Equity

Stephenson Group

Debt recovery Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides debt recovery advice to national and FTSE corporate clients, with the work ranging from pre-action claims to enforcement. Stephen Dilley is a key figure.

Energy Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s specialist energy and natural resources team covers energy matters relating to energy regulation and disputes, as well as corporate and commercial transactions. Practice head Chris Towner focuses on the commercial aspects of energy projects. Also notable is that the firm fields a sizeable oil and gas team, which boosts its international presence; Simon Hewes  is a key contact for transactional advice in this space. Stephen Dilley represents clients in energy-related disputes.

Key clients

Centrica

Chariot Oil & Gas

Chrysaor

Dudgeon Offshore Wind

Noble Energy

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)

OMV

Renewable Energy Generation

Renewable Energy Systems

Shell

Renewables Infrastructure Group

OVO Energy

Environment Tier 2

Led by Jon Cooper, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s environmental practice is regularly sought out by clients in investigations and prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency and other authorities. The team also provides advice on corporate strategies at board level, real estate transactions, environmental impact assessments and Habitat Regulations assessments. Its key areas of activity include waste, retail, transport, minerals, oil, gas and renewable energy. Legal director Sarah Holmes has expertise in environmental permitting and the environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects, as well as waste issues (with a particular emphasis on trans-frontier waste). Managing associate Stephen Panton represents clients in contentious matters involving waste crimes and permitting breaches.

Key clients

North Somerset Council

The Crown Estate

Network Rail Infrastructure

Post Office

Shell UK

Carlsberg UK

Babcock International Group

Health and safety Tier 2

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.

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

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is strong in the healthcare, leisure and manufacturing sectors, advising banks, insolvency practitioners, distressed debt purchasers, funds and corporates on complex restructurings, administrations, turnarounds and insolvencies. Team leader Andy Stirk acts for clients in the healthcare, real estate, hotels, leisure and education sectors, and managing associate Sam Dixon focuses on bank-led restructuring work and directors' duties issues.

Testimonials

The practice exhibits strong credentials and is readily available to contact when support is needed‘.

The very approachable team is commercial in its outlook and is always searching for solutions and offers proactive help at all times‘.

Andy Stirk and Sam Dixon are proactive, engaging and keen to make a difference in sharing practical ideas. They are responsive to tight deadlines and go the extra mile‘.

Sam Dixon has a pragmatic, practical approach to complex situations rather than just considering the legal aspects‘.

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

KPMG

RSM Restructuring Advisory

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team has key capabilities in the financial services, retail and public services sectors; it is on a number of technology panels for clients in these areas. Its recent work included a number of high-profile procurement matters, as well as the negotiation of a high volume of telecoms licenses and authorisations. Alastair Mitton heads up the practice from the Bristol office, and is particularly renowned for large-scale technology implementation and outsourcing projects.

Testimonials

Alastair Mitton is held in high regard, he really knows what he’s doing

Womble Bond Dickinson are particularly good in this space and stand out from the competition

Key clients

BT

Post Office Limited

AIG

TSB Bank

Quilter (previously Old Mutual Wealth)

Ministry of Justice

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

Highways Agency

FACTON GmbH

Transport System Catapult

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services

Local government Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's local government team has a particularly strong capability in complex and innovative regeneration schemes and development projects. It also has a standout offering in the heat networks and leisure sectors. In addition, the firm has a national reputation in contentious and non-contentious procurement mandates. Elsewhere, the firm is becoming increasingly well-known for its expertise in the state aid space. Infrastructure planning expert Jonathan Bower has a wealth of experience acting for clients on town centre and highways schemes.

Key clients

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

London Borough of Lewisham

West Berkshire Council

Three Rivers District Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Three Rivers District Council

Newcastle City Council

Middlesbrough Council

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 2

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.

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

Personal injury: defendant Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP specialises in advising on casualty claims for insurers, self-insured entities and private commercial organisations. 'The approachable and creative' David Brown heads the team and has particular expertise in dealing with employers' and public liability as well as, road traffic and travel accident claims. The practice regularly advises on hearing loss, chronic pain and workplace stress claims as well as on asbestos-related diseases.

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP assists executors with inheritance tax matters and provides regulatory advice to trustees on the establishment and running of trusts. Legal director Christopher Kerr-Smiley is especially active with regards to the restructuring and taxation of domestic and offshore charitable, lifetime and corporate trusts. The practice’s client base includes landowners, businessmen, high-network individuals as well as wealthy families.

Planning Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team focuses on the energy, transport, housing and public sectors, and has notable expertise in infrastructure projects, regeneration schemes, compulsory purchase orders, planning litigation and transport issues, among other areas. Claire Brook heads up the team and has expertise in waste, energy and chemical matters; she works with legal director Jocelyn Denton, who regularly acts for local authorities, and managing associate James Garbett, who specialises in town and country planning.

Testimonials

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson understands its clients’ needs implicitly and is able to tailor its advice such that it reflects the particular needs and aspirations of the client‘.

As a team, Womble Bond Dickinson works seamlessly with colleagues from other parts of the business, notably real estate and construction, which is of paramount importance during the sometimes lengthy negotiations‘.

Claire Brook has a forensic approach to legal questions with sound practical advice founded in strong sector knowledge and experience‘.

James Garbett provides exceptional advice on a variety of complex legal issues. His approach is calm, forensic and strategic and his advice allows clients to navigate difficult commercial situations with ease‘.

James Garbett has a fantastic breadth of knowledge of the planning process which allows him to provide quality advice‘.

Key clients

Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.

Leeds City Council

Augean PLC

Sembcorp Utilities UK Limited

London Borough of Lewisham

Commercial Estates Group (CEG)

Strata Homes Limited

Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

The University of Law

London Borough of Bexley

Persimmon Homes Limited

Grainger PLC

BDW Trading Limited

Linden Homes Limited (part of the Galliford Try group)

FCC Environment (UK) Limited

Professional negligence Tier 2

Acting primarily on the defendant side, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a particular expertise in handling claims against lawyers, insurance brokers, accountants and financial advisers. James Robins leads the practice, which also defends companies of surveyors and property professionals on claims made by commercial property investment funds in relation to alleged mismanagement of property portfolios. The firm also defends directors and trustees against claims in the charity and education sectors.

Testimonials

Very experienced team with particular expertise in surveyor’s negligence claims

James Robins has cases with very interesting points of law, and never loses sight of the commercial realities

Professional negligence: defendant Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s Leeds practice is part of a national insurance disputes team covering professional risks for a wide range of clients, including solicitors, barristers, surveyors, architects, engineers, construction contractors, IFAs, accountants, brokers, IT professionals, pensions professionals and estate agents. The team is led by the 'exceedingly practical and commercially minded' Karen Eckstein, who combines her expertise in accountancy professional indemnity litigation with a background as a chartered tax adviser, as well contentious trust and probate experience.

Testimonials

‘Always very approachable – knowledgeable, with a can-do attitude.’

‘Each and every member of the team are kind and considerate and make our engagement a pleasure.’

‘Karen Eckstein is well known as being highly regarded in this type of work.’

‘Karen Eckstein’s  knowledge of tax law is exemplary. She is exceedingly practical and commercially minded.’

‘The unique blend of both tax and legal experience means that a more rounded view can be taken rather than just a legalistic view.’

‘Each and every member of the team are kind and considerate and make our engagement a pleasure. I honestly cannot think of a time when i have been left confused or unhappy after a discussion with them.’

‘Karen Eckstein has built a formidable and well-deserved reputation defending accountants and tax advisers. She is never daunted, no matter how complex the underlying dispute appears to be. She makes very complicated tax disputes very simple to understand.’

Key clients

AIG (Current Leeds/national client)

Property litigation Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides a dedicated property portfolio management service for a number of major retail clients. It also has strong relationships with clients in the financial services, transport and infrastructure industries. Mark Barley, who heads up the group, undertakes a broad range of matters, from portfolio management for institutional landlords to cases involving foreshore and mooring issues.

Testimonials

Mark Barley is very strong on the dispute resolution front‘.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Patrizia

Addington Capital

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Carpetright

Ann Summers

Specsavers

Post Office

Historic England

Rail Tier 2

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.

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

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s practice has experience in advising on the sale and purchase of agricultural land and properties, the negotiation and protection of agricultural tenancies, and land development as well as on leases and easements. Other key areas of expertise involve residential conveyancing and the negotiation of lending arrangements. The firm acts for public institutions, banks, charities, and high-net-worth individuals and families.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises religious, environmental, educational, healthcare and sheltered accommodation charities as well as trustees on governance restructuring, charity mergers, collaborations and partnerships, as well as on fundraising and tax planning, compliance issues and charity commission requirements. Other significant areas of expertise include the provision of advice on property investment portfolios and endowments. The firm also assists with the implementation of joint venture projects involving multiple charities.

Testimonials

This practice had first-hand knowledge of grant-making, endowed and land-holding charities

The able approach of the lead partners is supported by a strong team of specialists in various sectors

Robert Drewett has vast experience across a wide range of areas of concern to trust. His advice on legal matters is of very high quality and is accompanied by very useful insights into the issue at hand and the environment in which trusts operate

Key clients

St Monica Trust

Bristol Charities

Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

Crisis UK

Newcastle City Council

British Mountaineering Council

Ampleforth Abbey and St Laurence Education Trust

Gateshead College

Charity Commission – Cardiff Sixth Form College (now Cardiff Educational Endowment Fund)

East Durham College

Bauer Radio Cash for Kids Charities

Zedra Trust Company

Durham University Students’ Union

Northumberland County Council

Leeman Road Millenium Green Trust

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Percy Hedley Foundation

Humankind

Mental Health Matters

Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

St John of God Hospitaller Services

William Leech Foundation

Church Marketplace for Roman Catholic Dioceses

Commercial contracts Tier 3

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.

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)

Commercial litigation: The West Country Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Plymouth team acts for multinational blue-chip clients, local SMEs and owner-managed businesses in disputes across a number of sectors. Key areas of strength include energy, insurance, financial services, transport and retail. Practice head Gareth Kagan has notable experience of cross-border fraud cases and anti-avoidance transactions in the Court of Appeal. Luke Holmes was recently promoted to managing associate.

Key clients

Post Office Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

British Gas Trading Limited

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited

AIG

Plymouth University

Plymouth Community Homes

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 3

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.

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

Commercial property: retail Tier 3

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.

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a particularly strong profile in the energy sector, particularly in the oil and gas space, where it undertakes domestic and cross-border corporate transactions.  In addition, the team attracts a steady flow of private equity mandates, and also handles corporate deals in areas such as real estate and insurance. Simon Hewes leads the team.

Testimonials

Always there when you need them, and top quality advice through complex transactions

Personable team who are open to thinking differently

Knowledgeable, client-focused, approachable, can-do attitude

Simon Hewes is very experienced, and no problem is too big or too small

Key clients

Vitol Group (Vitol SA)

Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Limited

Third Energy Holdings Limited

OVO Energy Limited

RWE Npower

Piper PE LLP

Hilco Capital

Rockpool Investments LLP

Puma Investments

Moorfield Real Estate

Willis Towers Watson plc

Arch Insurance

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

Kingsbridge Risk Solutions Limited

Airsprung Group plc

Banner Limited

Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative Limited

Corporate tax Tier 3

The corporate tax practice of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has notable expertise in the energy, finance and private equity sectors, and regularly handles cross-border matters relating to UK investment by foreign clients. Within the aforementioned sectors, the team, led by managing associate Ronan Lowney, advises on restructuring, reorganisation of share capital and tax incentives.

Key clients

Piper Private Equity

RES UK & Ireland

DREAM

Rockpool

B&Q

REG

Sojitz

Comexposium

Transdev

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

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.

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

Education: institutions Tier 3

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.

Education: schools Tier 3

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.

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

Employment: senior executives Tier 3

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.

EU and competition Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's competition practice is led by Andrij Jurkiw, who was recently hired from Mishcon de Reya LLP. The team advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a primary focus on the transport, retail, financial services, energy and chemicals sectors. Its areas of expertise include competition investigations, merger clearances, procurement challenges and state aid issues.

Key clients

Network Rail

Govia

Huntsman

Venator

Bridon

Sky UK Limited

Local government Tier 3

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.

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

Oil and gas Tier 3

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.

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)

Partnership Tier 3

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.

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.

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

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.

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)

Professional negligence Tier 3

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'.

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

Brand management Tier 4

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.

Key clients

Tempur-Sealy

AIG

Colgate-Palmolive

Specsavers

Post Office Limited

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

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.

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

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP regularly handles contentious matters in the public sector, financial sector and chemical and manufacturing industries. It has a client roster including a mix of regional and national businesses and organisations and leverages its network to handle instructions with cross-border elements. Practice head Nick Mason has broad expertise, with particular experience in the public sector.

Testimonials

Womble Bond Dickinson fields a team of excellent commercial litigators, who are capable of dealing with a wide range of commercial disputes equally well.

Nick Mason’s well-researched approach to getting to know his clients provides a great foundation for a working relationship. His advice and approach to problems are informative and practical. Associate Tom Graham is also worthy of a special mention for his able and responsive approach.

Tom Graham is hardworking, dedicated and excellent with clients. Nick Mason has his finger on the pulse and gives good, strategic advice.

Key clients

NHS Digital

David Brown Gear Systems Limited

Anpario plc

Roballo Engineering Company Limited

City of York Council

Post Office

Sanderson Weatherall LLP

Commercial property: development Tier 4

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.

Commercial property: investment Tier 4

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.

Construction Tier 4

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Southampton-based associate Amy Hodge undertakes non-contentious construction matters for employers, funders and main contractors from the public and private sector. Her work includes reviewing and advising on different forms of building contracts, drafting amendments to construction documentation, and drafting consultant's appointments, warranties and assignments. Simon Lewis in Newcastle is the head of the team nationally.

Key clients

GLH Hotels Limited

Immediate Media Company London Limited

Old Mutual Wealth Business Services Limited

Ashfield Retail Developments Limited

Church Commissioners for England

B&Q plc

New Look Retailers Limited

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited

University of Portsmouth

The Original Bowling Company Limited

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

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.

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

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Leeds practice advises major local and national employers, leveraging the firm's eight-office network across the UK, and is particularly well-known in the chemicals and manufacturing sectors. Recent months have seen the firm advise on a number of complex Employment Tribunal claims, including in relation to the application of TUPE and allegations of disability discrimination. Managing associate Ed Duffield leads the team with 'excellent knowledge and a good sense of humour.'

Testimonials

‘Excellent in providing a responsive service, offering options and identifying risks. Excellent knowledge and understanding of the sector – strong HR knowledge.’.

‘Very responsive and knowledgeable. Able to portray complex information in a meaningful manner that can be interpreted and adopted by the business.’

‘Ed Duffield has excellent knowledge, is a great trainer and has a good sense of humour. He has consistently delivered an excellent service over the last four years.’

Key clients

Dnata Limited

Polyframe Group

Working Links (Employment) Limited

Cello Health Group plc

Stevenswood Group

OnX Enterprise Solutions

Sanderson Weatherall

Huntsman/Venator

Yorwaste

Vertellus Specialties UK

LSL Property Services plc

Saint Catherine’s Hospice

The Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire & Somerset Community Rehabilitation Company

The Dorset, Devon & Cornwall Community Rehabilitation Company

Fintech Tier 4

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.

Key clients

LV

Atom Bank

Nimbli

TSB

Sainsbury’s Bank

British Pearl

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

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.

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

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

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.

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

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

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.

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

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's practice works with both construction professionals and insurers, handling disputes including arbitration and adjudications in the TCC. Simon Lewis acts for both public and private sector clients, while managing associate Helen Pearce is particularly active in the energy and PFI sectors. Other key members of the team include managing associates Emily Leonard and Belinda Fox.

Testimonials

‘Very practically minded, and thorough in terms of reviewing information provided by client and forming strategy accordingly. Focused on getting a sensible commercial result.’

‘Involving an extremely complex and detail-heavy case WBD were from the very off exemplar in their approach and dedication to delivering the appropriate result. The team they brought were quite clearly made up of mixed styles, experience and disciplines and when mixed together they gelled to provide a robust and impressively proactive attack and defence methodology.’

‘An exceptional and professional team dedicated to the needs of their client. WBD provide a different and refreshing approach to case management which provides their clients advice stepping through the adjudication process.’

Key clients

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Huntsman Group

AR Architecture

Venator P&A France SA

Centrica

Contruction: non-contentious Tier 5

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.

Key clients

Barking Power

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

South Tess Site Company

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

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.

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.’

Employment: employers Tier 6

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.

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

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.

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

Immigration

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.

Testimonials

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

Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017, from the combination of UK law firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. The new combined firm is now amongst the Top 100 law firms globally and a Top 20 UK law firm.

In the UK, WBD has more than 120 partners and 500 lawyers based in eight major cities across the country including in London, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. The firm’s reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with law firms in Germany and France.

Through the Lex Mundi network, Womble Bond Dickinson can offer clients access to counsel in more than 120 countries.

WBD advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, including many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. The firm advises clients across eleven key sectors including: energy and natural resources; financial institutions; healthcare; insurance; manufacturing; real estate; retail and consumer; transport, logistics and infrastructure; pharmaceuticals and life sciences; technology; and private wealth.

WBD also works closely with UK Local and Central Government authorities, as well as other organisations in the wider public and third sector. The firm advises the UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service, providing a full-service of legal expertise across a range of disciplines, including general commercial, litigation and employment advice. WBD was appointed as a Tier 1 firm advising Central Government Departments, Agencies and Arms’ Length Bodies.

In addition, WBD is a member of The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG), an independent charity that brings business, government and the not-for-profit sector closer together, to learn from each other and co-create solutions. As a law firm advising public, private and not for profit organisations, WBD understands the importance for further cross-sector collaborations and WIG provides the perfect platform to build dialogue and enhance learning and understanding.

The firm has a wealth of expertise and a strong track record in all these sectors, enabling it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients. This thorough understanding of its clients and of the sectors they operate in, means that WBD can anticipate and deliver the right expertise through innovative solutions.

WBD has a strong focus on innovation, the firm was ranked 14th in the FT’s Europe Top 50 Innovative Law Firms report. It also has a dedicated Innovation Group that works with lawyers and clients to help identify new opportunities of delivering the best value and coordinate initiatives and projects across the firm that will help drive the business – and its clients – forward.

With this ambition in mind, the firm recently launched the WBD Advance platform, a flexible solution that pulls together all of the firm’s key technology and business services that are becoming increasingly essential to clients alongside traditional legal advice. These services include support for high-volume projects such as due diligence; document review; project and risk management of legal work; automation and process design; managing knowledge and information; and flexible resourcing including flexible lawyering options for in-house counsel.

WBD is heavily involved in a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme and recognises the importance of supporting projects in its local communities. The firm also has an effective environmental policy as a founding member of the UK’s Legal Sector Alliance and provides its employees with an excellent place to work. The firm featured as a top graduate employer in the UK in the Guardian UK 300.

UK offices: Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Jonathan Blair
UK Chairman Simon Richardson
Agriculture, farms and estates Simon Kirkup
Banking and financial services Julian Kinsey
Charities Emma Moody
Chemicals and manufacturing Peter Snaith
Commercial Paula Bartlett
Commercial disputes Paul Stewart
Construction and engineering Simon Rowland
Corporate and commercial Stephen Pierce
Corporate (inc company secretarial) Stephen Pierce
Developers and investors Mark Owen
Dispute resolution Tom Beezer
Employment Jon Hales
Energy and natural resources Simon Hughes
Finance and investment John Ralph
Financial institutions Simon Richardson
Insurance claims Sushma MacGeoch
Investment and pensions David Dale
Oil and gas Richard Cockburn
Onshore Andy Layton
Operational property (and retail) Katherine Douglas
Pensions Martin Poore
Planning and infrastructure Jonathan Bower
Private capital Helen Tavroges
Private wealth David Dale
Projects and procurement Kevin Robertson
Property litigation Jen Smurthwaite
Real estate Claire Brook
Regulatory and environment Stuart Wardlaw
Residential Nigel Emmerson
Restructuring and insolvency Andy Stirk
Retail Gavin Matthews
Scotland Richard Cockburn
Tax/trust and accounting Jeremy Smith
Technology, media and communications (TMC) Alastair Mitton
Transport and infrastructure David Rewcastle
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 Ben Butler  photo Ben Butler
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 Paul Coleman  photo Paul Coleman
 Richard Collins  photo Richard Collins
 Sally Dallow  photo Sally Dallow
 Suzanne Duff  photo Suzanne Duff
 Nigel Emmerson  photo Nigel Emmerson
 Julian Gill  photo Julian Gill
 Iain Greenshields  photo Iain Greenshields
 Chris Ledgerwood  photo Chris Ledgerwood
 Simon Lewis  photo Simon Lewis
 Peter Maxwell  photo Peter Maxwell
 Emma Moody  photo Emma Moody
 Barbara Painter  photo Barbara Painter
 Jamie Pass  photo Jamie Pass
 Robert Phillips  photo Robert Phillips
 Martin Poore  photo Martin Poore
 John Ralph  photo John Ralph
 David Rewcastle  photo David Rewcastle
 Simon Rowland  photo Simon Rowland
 Jeremy Smith  photo Jeremy Smith
 Jen Smurthwaite  photo Jen Smurthwaite
 Peter Snaith  photo Peter Snaith
 Paul Stewart  photo Paul Stewart
 Tracy Walsh  photo Tracy Walsh
 Ian Ward  photo Ian Ward
 Stuart Wardlaw  photo Stuart Wardlaw
 Simon Watts  photo Simon Watts
 James Wilders  photo James Wilders
 Tom Willows  photo Tom Willows
Number of UK partners : 131
Number of other UK fee-earners : 583

Diversity and Inclusion: stepping up a gear

Increasingly, clients are asking their law firms what they are doing promote diversity and to create a more inclusive place to work. Quite rightly, our clients want to know that we are able to offer up teams that have excellent cognitive diversity, and that reflect the client’s own people profile and values. This client dimension overlaps with our own people and business imperative; the right thing to do is to challenge ourselves to try new initiatives, to continue to put ourselves in the shoes of others, to discuss the issues and change our behaviours and mind-sets, and constructively challenge non-inclusive behaviour, in order to ensure that no one feels like an outsider. In theory, with more diversity, (whether gender, physical, cognitive, social, generational, cultural, ethnic or sexual), we create the chance to learn something from someone different, or with a different perspective to our own, and it creates a fertile breeding ground for new ways of working and operating. That makes us more resilient and sustainable as a business. Diversity, however, is ornamental without inclusivity; we have to make sure different people are in the rooms where decisions are made and not only make sure that they feel safe sharing what is on their minds, but actively encourage them to contribute.

The process of crafting a more diverse and inclusive environment gives us the opportunity to engage with clients on this subject, and find out what they are doing, what works, what hasn’t worked, and how their challenges are different or similar to ours. We can use it to deepen our relationships with them, and at the same time learn from each other.

In addition to continuing with our #BeYourself initiative, this year, we are focussing on making more progress on our gender balance at senior levels, and on LGBTQ+ and BAME inclusion. We were one of only nine firms in the UK to be awarded the new Women in Law Empowerment Forum Gold Standard in June 2019, but we recognise that the criteria currently are not necessarily stretching enough; it is a line in the sand for us, a minimum threshold, if you will. Creating our first LGBTQ+ network (WBD Pride) and our first BAME network (BAME@WBD) has been a huge step forward and one we hope will help us take an intersectional approach to diversity and inclusion for the first time.

A Board member is directly responsible and accountable for working with our D&I Group (comprised of a cross-section of engaged people from all around the business) and a newly created D&I Steering Group (comprised of partners who are ambassadors and “change agents”). Their remit is to evolve our strategy and to “mainstream” the infrastructural changes necessary or potentially useful to achieve the clear and measurable goals we set ourselves. A significant amount of work will be done this year in connection with our infrastructural audit, designed to remove unconscious bias in various systems, from our recruitment processes to our written communications with clients.

CSR and pro bono

We take our Responsible Business commitments as seriously as the quality of our legal advice. Our focus is about building sustainable relationships with our stakeholders. We aim to be a trusted employer and business supporting our clients, people and communities.

We have a Responsible Business programme which covers a number of areas:

  • Community support – partnering with charity partners and supporting community projects. We make financial donations via our Charitable Trust.
  • Volunteering – each member of staff is entitled to 2 days volunteering.
  • Workplace – we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive workplace where our people can achieve their work potential, and supporting access into the legal profession. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive culture to attract and retain the very best people.
  • Environmental – we are ever mindful of the environmental impacts of our business. Our Responsible Business activity forms a central part of our commitment to being a sustainable business that has a positive impact on the UK and wider world.
  • Responsible business practices – we apply the highest standards of professionalism business ethics and risk management, building sustainable practices for the benefit of our clients.
  • Pro bono – we support organisations whose objectives are about promoting access to justice and economies by supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.

In terms of community support and pro bono one area of focus is on social inclusion and mobility via our 3E’s strategy. We focus on empowering young people and adults to unlock potential in the areas of Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship – the 3Es. As lawyers and business professionals these are one of the areas where we can maximise our core business skill set and make the most significant impact.

We support charities through fund raising, volunteering to support mentoring and reading schemes. Our offices support a range of charities and projects local to their communities.

We support a wide range of charities and projects whose mission fits squarely with our 3E’s strategy. We have also pioneered a number of routes into the legal profession; our Early Careers programme was set up for students who don’t have any work experience or access to a network of connections. We also have an award winning apprenticeship scheme that aims to bring diversity in the workplace.

We recognise that there are other barriers to individuals accessing the 3Es, from homelessness and food poverty, to mental health and caring commitments. For these reasons we also support a range of charities helping these causes. The following examples are collaborations of us working in partnership to maximise social impact, and working in the spirt of SDG 17 “Partnership for the Goals”:

  • Since 2017 we have supported a number of foodbanks and “Food Poverty” projects in communities close to our office, thus far we have donated circa 6 Tonnes of Food. Our Foodbank Campaign and our apprenticeship scheme was referenced in the UK’s first Voluntary Local Review of city level progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Report was presented at the United Nations in July 2019 https://www.womblebonddickinson.com/uk/insights/news/wbd-takes-part-first-ever-uk-local-bristol-review-un-sdgs
  • We are a Founder Funder of Southwark a place-based giving scheme working with local charities, and partners.

We have concentrated our pro bono offering on supporting Access to Justice partners, local economies within our communities through legal support to young entrepreneurs and small businesses, student law clinics and small charities with no legal budget. We have partnered with Greenwich University Small Business Clinic to support small businesses to access high quality commercial advice. The partnership has also widened access to the legal profession. Students at Greenwich come from a diverse demographic, they are often the first in their families to undertake ‘A’ levels, and often have no connections in the law particularly in commercial law firms. Building on existing pro bono activity, in 2019 our Bristol office has partnered with Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Service providing support and raising awareness.