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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
The Spark, Draymans Way
Newcastle Helix
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Head of company and commercial department. Specialises in corporate transactions (public and private) and advisory work, including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, flotations, demergers and corporate reorganisations. Experienced in a range of sectors including chemicals, transport, property and leisure. Clients include public as well as substantial private companies.


Trained Dickinson Dees; qualified 1991; partner Dickinson Dees 1997; head of company and commercial department Dickinson Dees 2009; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination in 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

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.