Simon Kirkup > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Private wealth: agriculture, farms and estates.


Simon is a partner and advises individuals, families, charities and trusts in relation to a wide range of legal, commercial and personal issues.  He also acts as a trustee for many significant landowning families – and seeks innovative solutions to the many challenges that the ownership of landed estates presents.  He advises private and commercial investors in the acquisition and management of farms and estates – covering sporting, agricultural and commercial aspects.  Simon regularly lectures at seminars and conferences.


Dickinson Dees 1990; qualified 1992; partner and head of the firm’s agriculture, farms and estates group 1999; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


Agricultural Law Association, Moorland Association, Country Landowners Association, Game and Wildlife Conservancy Trust, Salmon and Trout Association.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Private client > Agriculture and estates

(Leading individuals)

Simon KirkupWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The client list for the Newcastle-based practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP encompasses many of the most significant landowners in the region, from public authorities and quasi-public bodies such as The National Trust, to substantial private estate owners. Practice head Simon Kirkup   keeps his ‘finger on the pulse’, acting as a trustee for landowning families and advising private and commercial investors on acquisitions. Andrew Farquharson ’s expertise includes supporting landowners with options and leases to renewable energy operators. While Charlotte Patterson-Ryan   departed in November 2021, managing associate Rosanne Tweddle joined the firm in May 2021 from Latimer Hinks Solicitors , contributing expertise in agricultural tenancies.

North > Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s private wealth team in Newcastle acts for high-net-worth private clients, trusts, wealthy entrepreneurs and landed estates. The team stands out with the breadth of its expertise which includes complex international cross-border tax know-how. Head of wealth David Dale, private capital lawyer Will Bonas, and Simon Kirkup, who acts as trustee for a number of significant landowning families, lead the practice. While renowned expert George Lyall retired in April 2022, the team boasts respected and experienced practitioners in Deborah Jude and Helen Tavroges. Managing associate Emily Pike has relocated to Edinburgh, but the Newcastle team has gained consultant Alison Bragg from Nicholson Portnell in July 2021.