Nigel Emmerson > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Real estate: residential.


  • Head of the Housing Group which comprises:
  • PRS/BTR: Grainger, Akelius, Hearthstone Investments, Dorrington, Walworth Investment Properties, Southern Properties, Allsop.
  • Housebuilder: Bellway, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey.
  • Social/Affordable: Places for People, Karbon, Bernicia, Broadacres, Thirteen, Accent, Home Group, Plymouth Community Homes, Byker Community Trust, Rentplus.
  • Retirement: Retirement Bridge.


Trained Dickinson Dees; qualified 1994; partner 2002; partner Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


Trustee of Urban Green Newcastle;  member of the Byker Committee at Karbon Homes;  co-chair, UKAA Education, Research & Policy Committee, and member of the Strategic Advisory Group;
member of the BPF Regional Policy Committee and Deputy Vice President of Newcastle upon Tyne Law Society.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Real estate > Social housing

(Leading individuals)

Nigel EmmersonWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s ‘approachable and helpful’ multi-disciplinary practice counts housing associations, councils, charities, registered providers and other affordable housing providers on its client roster, which it assists with the full range of contentious and non-contentious work. On the non-contentious front, the group advises on transactional work, contractual issues, developments, finance work and governance mandates, while its contentious matters span disrepair claims, possession claims and anti-social behaviour injunctions. Nigel Emmerson leads the housing group, while national real estate sector leader John Ralph also contributes. The team also works closely with practitioners in other offices.

North > Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is praised by clients as ‘always available to give high-quality advice’, which it provides on the full spectrum of real estate issues including investments, developments and regeneration projects. The group has also recently been active in PRS and build to rent projects and the energy, education, retail and transport sectors. Nigel Emmerson and John Ralph jointly lead the group; Emmerson is focused on the housing and residential investment sector, while Ralph handles transactional and real estate finance work. Michael Brown also handles financial matters, Tom Willows advises on residential development sites, and managing associate Emma Garfit assists with residential investments with a particular focus on Central London properties. John Booth departed to an in-house role.