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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson

‚ÄėOne of the best firms for private equity work‚Äô, Womble Bond Dickinson‚Äôs recent highlights include advising NorthEdge Capital on its investment in Clearly Drinks Group, assisting Cairngorm Capital with its acquisition of Sameday Holdings, and acting for Enact on its exit from the West Cornwall Pasty Company. Simon Pilling¬†heads the team and is a key name for private equity and venture capital transactions supported by managing associate James Cook. The practice is also active in the manufacturing, fintech and retail sectors; Kennelpak and Chemoxy are example clients with Pilling advising the latter on its sale of a majority stake to Novacap. Managing associate Rebecca Ridley¬†is also a name to note.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson‚Äôs ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô practice regularly handles disputes in the financial services, chemicals, manufacturing and public sectors; recent clients include City of York Council, Lehman Brothers International (Europe), David Brown Gear Systems, Anpario and the Post Office. Team head Nick Mason¬†is ‚Äėa calm and effective manager of the team and sensible in his decision making‚Äô and regularly handles international litigation. Clients also single out associate Tom Graham, who has ‚Äėa good grasp of the detail‚Äô.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†‚Äėprovides clients with an excellent level of service, swift and appropriate communication and a clear market understanding‚Äô that ‚Äėgets the job done as smoothly and quickly as possible‚Äô. The team is active in the transport, retail, leisure, hotel, manufacturing, energy and real estate sectors; borrower clients include Grainger and Huntsman International. On the lender side, the team recently advised HSBC on the terms of loan facilities, intercreditor arrangements and security issues relating to the development of a new stand at Headingley Stadium and assisted Santander with the provision of new revolving credit and trade finance facilities to Poundworld Retail. Other work includes acting for the Department of Education on multiple college merger and restructuring transactions and advising Vertu Motors on its club refinance with Barclays and RBS. The ‚Äėimpressive‚Äô John Connor¬†leads the team and ‚Äėis able to grasp the bigger picture while also paying attention to the details‚Äô; managing associate Mark Casey¬†is recommended for his debt finance expertise.

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is led by Andy Stirk who has notable expertise in the healthcare, real estate, hotels, leisure and education sectors. His recent work includes advising KPMG as joint administrators of Bill Plant on its sale and assisting FRP Advisory as joint administrators of Frizell Tipping and TW Frizell (Haulage & Plant Hire) with the sale of property, plants and machinery and related environmental issues. Other clients include Lloyds Bank, Santander, RSM Restructuring, Deloitte and Leonard Curtis Recovery. Managing associate Sam Dixon is also a name to note; he focuses on bank-led restructuring work and advising boards on their directors’ duties.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson's 'excellent' employment team is experienced acting for companies both based in Yorkshire and across the UK, with the ability to call on the firms national office network. It advised Dnata, which forms part of the Emirates Group, in relation to a number of transactions involving the transfers of a number of employees pursuant to TUPE, as well as in employment disputes. Known for its representation of clients in the chemicals and manufacturing industry, the team is instructed by Vertellus Specialties UK in several matters including a tribunal claim brought by a former employee alleging a breach of contract. Additionally in this sector, the practice acts for Huntsman/Venator, and PX Group. Managing associate Ed Duffield  heads up the Leeds practice and supported the corporate department in advising new client Polyframe Group on strategy relating to a collective redundancy situation, arising from a closure of one of their manufacturing sites.

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Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Highlighted for its 'quality of advice, reliability and client focus' Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's pension team represents companies, such as IBM and Northern Powergrid plc, in a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. Headed up by Newcastle-based Martin Poore, the department includes Alex Rodger in the Leeds office. The practice advised Procter & Gamble on the pension implications of the $12.5bn sale of its beauty brands to Coty Inc and acted for Signet Group in relation to the closure of its defined benefit scheme.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Professional negligence: defendant
Professional negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson has 'a well-earned reputation' as a 'major player in professional indemnity work'. Professional negligence specialist and chartered tax adviser, Karen Eckstein is a 'market leader in tax-related negligence cases' and heads the team in Leeds.  Eckstein works closely with London-based Sushma MacGeoch, who leads the UK-wide professional risks team and head of insurance Jonathan Drake. The team acts for national insurer clients including AIG. Jonathan Watmough !Leeds left the practice to join Keystone Law.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson 's 'excellent' practice is praised for its combination of 'big-firm advice and small-firm friendliness'. The 'experienced and empathetic' Caroline Hedges  heads the practice and acts for high-net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, lottery winners and those with inherited wealth on a long-term basis. Legal director Susan Maxey is highlighted for her 'excellent client manner and for being thorough and diligent'; she is often instructed by  private clients, their families and trustees on a range of issues, with particular experience advising on succession planning and capital tax.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 's local government group includes six partners based in Leeds, and has boasts the capabilities to deal with large projects, including regularly advising on public procurement, state aid and data protection issues. Jackie Gray heads up the practice which was bolstered by the arrivals of managing associate Andrew Hirst and solicitor Victoria Armitage from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP and Capsticks LLP respectively. Legal director Jocelyn Denton is leading a team instructed by the London Borough of Lewisham on the £1bn re-development of a New Bermondsey site with plans for 2400 new homes and a major new sports facility. Additionally, the team has a reputation in the education sector and acted for Newcastle City Council on three private finance academy conversions. The team also successfully acted for London Borough of Lewisham on an appeal to the information tribunal concerning a request for information made by a journalist.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson stands out for its work for a wide range of public and private sector clients on redevelopment and regeneration projects, in addition to handling mixed-use developments, retail developments, landlord and tenant work, and investment sales and purchases. Mark Owen leads the department, which also fields Paula Dillon , residential development expert Julia Dacre Field  and managing associate,  Adam Wilkinson who focuses on the retail sector. Highlights for the practice included advising Leeds City Council on the Victoria Gate development, assisting Commercial Estates Group with the land assembly of a site outside Newcastle and handling the regeneration of the Fruit Market in Hull for Wykeland Beal. St James Securities, Taylor Wimpey and Caddick Developments are also clients.

Leading individuals

Paula Dillon - Womble Bond Dickinson

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Planning - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson

Noteworthy individuals in Womble Bond Dickinson’s department include team head Claire Brook , who has particular experience in the waste, energy and chemical sectors; and legal director Jocelyn Denton , who regularly acts for local authorities on mixed-use development schemes. Brook recently advised Sembcorp Utilities on its application for a DCO for a combined-cycle gas turbine power station and assisted Wheelabrator Technologies with its DCO application for an energy from waste plant, while Denton’s recent work includes acting for the London Borough of Lewisham on the planning and property aspects of the redevelopment of the New Bermondsey site and handling the regeneration of Lewisham Town Centre for the London Borough of Lewisham.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬† has ‚Äėsome excellent individuals who are fantastic at solving any issue put in front of them‚Äô. Team head Patrick Cantrill¬†splits his time between the firm‚Äôs Leeds, Newcastle and London offices and ‚Äėis impressive with his old-school thoroughness and commercial acuity‚Äô and ‚Äėis a genius litigator who goes straight for the jugular and cuts through any excessive jargon‚Äô; he recently represented Jemella Group, the manufacturer of ghd hair straighteners, in multiple IP disputes including international trade mark infringement cases and anti-counterfeit issues. Cantrill also advised fancy dress costume supplier Smiffy‚Äôs on the management of its global trade mark and design portfolio, acted for Decathlon Group in several trade mark and copyright infringement disputes and handled multiple copyright infringement disputes for Immediate Media Company. Managing associate and chartered trade mark attorney Rachel Hearson¬†is also a name to note.

Leading individuals

Patrick Cantrill - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next generation lawyers

Rachel Hearson - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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