Richard Collins > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Commercial disputes


Richard is a partner in the commercial disputes team. He specialises in high-value commercial litigation. Richard has experience of a broad range of commercial and contentious matters including disputes arising out of complex financial products, pensions disputes, professional negligence matters, shareholder disputes and substantial multi-jurisdictional contractual claims. He also specialises in contentious procurement matters and has a particular focus on the financial services, transport and public sectors.


Trained Slaughter and May 2004-2006; solicitor, Slaughter and May 2006-2008; solicitor, Dickinson Dees 2009; director, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Bond Dickinson 2016; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


The Law Society, Association of Pension Lawyers.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle

(Next Generation Partners)

Richard CollinsWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a go-to name for high-profile clients in the region including Northern Powergrid, Arriva and Go Ahead; the practice also leverages the firm’s wider network to handle national and cross-border litigation. The team handles the full range of commercial litigation and particularly excels in the transport, manufacturing and leisure sectors. Group head Richard Collins is a key name for financial services litigation including pensions disputes and professional negligence claims; Paul Stewart acts in contractual and tortious disputes and claims in the rail sector; and Jonny Gribben focuses on the manufacturing, technology and energy sectors. Legal director Francesca Hodgson is recommended for enforcement advice and managing associate Joe Kelley joined the group in mid-2022 from Ward Hadaway LLP.