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

Work Department

Strategic and operational management of the firm and commercial disputes and regulatory


As Managing Partner, Paul is responsible for the strategic and operational management of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

Paul has experience of a wide range of contractual and tortious disputes, which includes significant experience of both High Court proceedings and alternative dispute resolution processes, particularly mediation, expert determination and arbitration. He regularly advises clients in relation to disputes in the rail and wider transport sectors (including disputes governed by the rail industry’s dispute resolution regime and public law issues) and routinely acts for many of our larger chemicals and manufacturing clients.


Trained Slaughter and May; qualified 1996; partner, Dickinson Dees 2006; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017; managing partner Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2022

Lawyer Rankings

North > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle

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Paul StewartWomble 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.