Ben Butler > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
The Spark, Draymans Way
Newcastle Helix

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Ben is a partner in the Corporate Team and since joining in 2001 has undertaken a diverse range of corporate based transactions in a range of sectors. He has particular expertise in public company work, private company merger and acquisitions, asset finance, joint venturing (both in the private and public sectors), group reorganisations and governance. His work in a broad range of sectors, including the transport, health, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and property investment and development sectors, has enabled him to develop an excellent understanding of a range of commercial practices.


Trainee solicitor, Dickinson Dees 1999; qualified 2001; solicitor, Dickinson Dees; partner Dickinson Dees 2011; partner Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

(Leading individuals)

Ben ButlerWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP stands out in the market for its ability to utilise the firm’s international network on cross-border mandates; the team also counts some of the region’s key businesses on its client roster, including Grainger, alongside entrepreneurs, investors, private equity houses and financial institutions. The practice also excels in a broad range of sectors including the retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and technology industries. Ben Butler heads up the corporate department, which also fields corporate finance specialist Robert Phillips, US desk head Simon Watts, newly promoted partner Stacey Hall and legal director Iain Pritty. Key names at associate level include Oliver Rickett, who focuses on the technology sector, and David Ridley, who regularly works with energy sector clients.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a sizeable team with expertise across the full range of retail and trading mandates; its clients consist of retail landlords and consumer brands such as New Look, In The Style, H&M and Carpetright. Gavin Matthews heads up the team from Southampton and has over 30 years’ worth of experience handling retail and consumer matters; specific strengths include assisting with advertising, pricing and sponsorship credit matters. Ben Butler is noted for his extensive corporate expertise, and retail employment work is overseen by specialist Christina Tolvas-Vincent. Nikki Powell was promoted to the partnership.