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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
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Health and safety Tier 2

The health and safety practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has extensive expertise in the transport, retail and oil & gas sectors. Senior associate Stephen Panton is recommended for clients in the the waste, construction, energy and manufacturing sectors in particular. Key work includes advising on internal investigations, occupational health prosecutions and prosecutions arising from fatal accidents. Practice head Jon Cooper is known for both prosecution and defence work, with specialist knowledge of Crown Censure proceedings and Crown Notices. He also has a good deal of experience in public inquiries with a health and safety component.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has immense experience and expertise in Health and Safety . It’s become our go-to team over the years. We are safe in the knowledge that they are always there to support us anytime’

‘Stephen Panton has shown us what dedication and client care mean’

‘Jon Cooper is without doubt one of the country’s leading practitioners in this field. A superb strategist who gets to the heart of a case, he is exceptional in terms of his knowledge and approach’

 

Key clients

Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks, Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))

B&Q Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Post Office Limited

RWE Innogy

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Northern Powergrid

Calderys UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Princess Yachts Limited

AIG

Rail Tier 2

The 'open, honest, inclusive' team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has strengths in rolling stock, rail projects, and infrastructure, enjoying longstanding relationships with train operators and manufacturers. It also has experience in planning and authorisation. Transport head David Rewcastle leads on rail franchise bids, infrastructure projects, and rolling stock procurements, and in 2019 lead the team in advising Govia Thameslink Railway on a number of notable franchising matters. Paul Coleman has a 'razor-sharp brain' and focuses on procuring new rolling stock and depot franchising matters. Rachel Scott handles licence compliance, asset protection and traction electricity agreements, while Kevin Bell is described as an 'exemplary legal adviser.'

Practice head(s):

David Rewcastle

Other key lawyers:

Paul Coleman; Rachel Scott; Richard Guyatt; Kevin Bell; Joseph Causer

Testimonials

The Womble Bond Dickinson team is very much integrated and aligned to my team, listening and contributing to the complex commercial and legal challenges faced in bidding for new contracts. Their approach is open, honest, inclusive, and highly effective in dealing with legal issues and contributing to the wider leadership/strategic challenges.

Kevin Bell is an exemplary legal adviser, highly committed, an effective communicator, and outstanding legal adviser. I value Kevin’s commitment, openness, and collaborative approach to delivering the right outcomes for the business. He is my go-to partner and became my trusted legal adviser in a number of major transactions – as well as providing invaluable strategic input and advice to the business.’

David Rewcastle has excellent availability, provides balanced advice, and clearly expresses views, understands commercial dynamics.’

‘The firm has been able to provide thoughtful and pragmatic solutions to complex matters, efficiently and promptly. Their knowledge of our business, and the quality of the legal knowledge, means that they offer a City service without corresponding cost and pompousness.’

David Rewcastle leads an excellent team (in conjunction with Paul Coleman on the leasing side). Both David and Paul are key and are excellent in terms of their knowledge and their understanding of the business needs. As the team develops, the ability to react to our needs grows with confidence.’

David Rewcastle is commercial, knowledgeable, versatile, and friendly.

Paul Coleman is a leader in rolling stock and depot agreements. He is commercial, knowledgeable, with a razor-sharp brain, and keeps things simple.

Kevin Bell is experienced in passenger franchise agreements, thorough, and friendly.

Key clients

Go-Ahead Group plc/Govia

Network Rail

Abellio

Govia Thameslink Railway

Southeastern

Arriva

Bombardier

Transdev

SNCF

Stadler

Commercial property: investment Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for a mixture of national and international corporates on both headquarter relocations and portfolio management. In addition, it also handles high-end development and regeneration projects, including mixed-use schemes, providing input at all stages including development agreements and land acquisition. Newcastle-based John Ralph heads the department, which counts a number of London bluechip real estate funds among its investment client list. Secured lending and property finance expertise are notable supplementary strengths, as is the group’s project expertise in the energy, rail infrastructure and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Ralph

Other key lawyers:

Craig Moore; Will Fraser; Graham Jeffries; Jon Hobbs

Key clients

Moorfield Group

Rockspring UK Value 2 Fund (Patrizia Asset Managers)

Tristan Capital/Addington Capital

F&C Property Growth and Income Fund

The Bournemouth Development Company LLP

Transdev

RATP Dev UK (London United)

Quidnet Capital Partners

AIG

UKRI

Halifax (HBOS) Pension Fund (Patrizia Asset Managers)

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Eagle One

Lloyds Bank Plc

Quercus Investments

NatWest

HSBC

UBP

Rentplus

Barden Corporation

CSW

Hertford Investors

Macquarie Private Capital

Lloyds Bank Plc

English Cities Fund

UBP

Grainger plc

The Vista PRS Fund

Arriva

Aberdeen Standard

Hansteen Holdings plc

Vertu Motors plc

Commercial Estates Group (“CEG”)

Town Centre Securities PLC

Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for public sector clients including various London boroughs, financial services companies and retailers. The group's expertise extends to regulatory and contentious matters at a domestic and international level, including cross-border work. Andrew Kimble leads the team, serving as a key contact for several of the practice's high-profile clients; he works on data outsourcings, security breaches and international data transfer matters. Mark Gleeson is active in data privacy matters for private and public sector clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Kimble

Other key lawyers:

Mark Gleeson; Peter Given

Testimonials

‘Great data protection knowledge and expertise. I would recommend Pete Given and Andy Kimble.’

Key clients

AIG

NHS Digital

B&Q/Kingfisher plc

Education: institutions Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises higher education institutions on restructurings, mergers and governance issues. Newcastle-based practitioner Emma Moody handles various commercial and compliance issues for clients. Kevin Robertson, who heads up the projects group, advises both public and private sector clients, including universities and diocesan bodies. On the employment front, Christina Tolvas-Vincent in Southampton is an expert in a wide range of issues, including dismissals and discrimination.

Practice head(s):

Emma Moody

Testimonials

Their attention to detail is first class, but more importantly, the interpersonal skills are brilliant. The head of service Kevin Robertson sets the standard for his team to follow and he sets an incredibly high standard. Because of this approach to their clients, it is always a pleasure to work with the team from WBD.’

‘They always go that extra mile to solve our problems. The work they provide is first class and it is always delivered on time and within budget. They are a very trustworthy and honest team. The standout individual is Kevin Robertson. A special mention must also go to Peter Cantwell who is another outstanding employee of WBD.’

Education: schools Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's education practice, which demonstrates capabilities in academy conversions and transfers, is led by national head Kevin Robertson. The group provides a full-service offering to clients, particularly in the charity law sector which is headed by Emma Moody. On the education construction side, Iain Greenshields handles large-scale projects and procurement matters in London and Newcastle.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields; Kevin Robertson; Emma Moody

Other key lawyers:

Nicholas Moss; Peter Cantwell

Testimonials

Their attention to detail is first class, but more importantly, the interpersonal skills are brilliant. The head of service Kevin Robertson sets the standard for his team to follow and he sets an incredibly high standard. Because of this approach to their clients, it is always a pleasure to work with the team from WBD.’

‘They always go that extra mile to solve our problems. The work they provide is first class and it is always delivered on time and within budget. They are a very trustworthy and honest team. The standout individual is Kevin Robertson. A special mention must also go to Peter Cantwell who is another outstanding employee of WBD.’

Key clients

Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Department for Education (DfE)

LocatEd

St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust

Eden Learning Trust

St Lawrence Education Trust

Carmel Education Trust, Darlington

Waterton Academy Trust, Wakefield

Newcastle City Council

Castle Trust, Medway

Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

Pocklington School

Vision Academy Learning Trust

Liverpool City Council

The Constellation Trust

Northumberland County Council

Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust

Skills for Life Trust, Kent

Sewell Education York Limited

The Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Local government Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is known for its work on significant regeneration and redevelopment projects, including matters such as leisure and education schemes and house construction, as well as procurement. Splitting his time between London and Newcastle, practice leader Iain Greenshields focuses on PPPs, joint ventures, and outsourcing. Jointly based in Bristol and London, Jonathan Bower works on energy, regeneration, and major infrastructure projects; Will Fraser is located in London, and works on regeneration projects in England and Wales; and Leeds/London-based Mark Owen specialises in development work, especially matters related to land assembly. Martin Stacey focuses on large-scale mixed-use schemes.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields

Testimonials

‘Senior team members are approachable and accessible. Advice is clear and precise. They have a “getting the deal done” mentality.’

‘A very high level service resulting in successful real estate projects.’

Key clients

Hampshire County Council

City of York Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Cardiff Council

Havant Borough Council

Newcastle City Council

North Somerset Council

Northumberland County Council

Sheffield City Council

Breckland Council & South Holland District Council

Telford & Wrekin Borough Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

The Borough of Broxbourne

Durham County Council

South Gloucestershire Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

West Berkshire Council

Fareham Borough Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Portsmouth City Council

London Borough of Sutton

Kirklees MBC

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Allerdale Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Bristol City Council

Pensions: dispute resolution Tier 3

From Newcastle, Martin Poore leads the UK pensions law team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The team handles corporate and scheme restructurings across a range of sectors, acting for prestigious clients such as Procter & Gamble, Taylor Wimpey and IBM. 'Great technician' Suzanne Duff handles both contentious and non-contentious pensions matters, working alongside commercial litigator Richard Collins, who has particular expertise in equalisation and benefits issues. The team advises on a broad range of pensions issues, covering scheme rectification, historical errors, enhanced protection, professional negligence and FCA mis-selling investigations. The team also includes Tracy Walsh, a specialist in employer debt regimes, outsourcing transactions, mergers and innovative funding arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Suzanne Duff

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Richard Collins inspires confidence in clients.’

‘Suzanne Duff is a great technician‘.

London standards at out-of-London prices.’

Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has 'very strong experience in energy projects' and is often instructed by developers of new electricity generation projects, power companies and independent suppliers on all stages of wind, solar and biomass projects. Christopher Towner, Sebastian Briggs and Simon Hewes are the key partners for regulatory, commercial and transactional issues. Richard Cockburn heads up the team.

Practice head(s):

Richard Cockburn

Testimonials

‘Very strong experience within energy projects, leveraged into competition cases.’

Key clients

Cardiff Council

Centrica

East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

Equinor

Macquarie

Professional negligence Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises insurers and their clients on defending claims against solicitors, valuers, construction professionals, property professionals and financial services providers. In addition, the firm has recently launched a separate and bespoke insurance claims handling unit which operates across the London, Southampton, Bristol and Plymouth offices. Sushma MacGeoch ‘knows the market back to front’ and is regularly instructed by major insurers and construction companies in the defence of high value claims. Simon Beckwith has ‘unrivalled experience in acting on behalf of defendant insurers’ and advises on high-value claims concerning the operation of occupational and personal pension schemes.

Practice head(s):

Sushma MacGeoch; Jonathan Drake; Hannah Cane; David Clark

Other key lawyers:

Simon Beckwith; Tim Barr

Testimonials

‘Highly regarded team. Excellent knowledge of the industry. Very approachable.’

‘Sushma MacGeoch is very talented lawyer who knows the market back to front. Intelligent, dynamic and with an excellent reputation. Particularly good in dealing with difficult claimants and in driving the deal forward in mediations.’

‘Hannah Cane is highly committed, fair-minded but sticks to her guns when she is right. She really knows her stuff. She is a pleasure to work with.’

‘Unrivalled market expertise going back decades. Expertly shepherded by Sushma MacGeoch. A tough litigation practice that never loses sight of the client’s strategic and commercial aims.’

‘Sushma MacGeoch is calm but tough, Sushma is a stand-out practitioner in the professional negligence market. 

T’he team is made up of specialist lawyers whose experience covers the full spectrum of insurance classes. They work closely with clients to ensure bespoke service and deliver excellent client care to both insurer and insured.’

‘Simon Beckwith is probably the best financial services insurance lawyer in the UK and has an unrivalled experience in acting on behalf of defendant insurers.’

‘Both Tim Barr and Simon Beckwith have a close relationship with the insurance market formed over the years. Their approach is very much inclusive and understand the importance to relationships in the marketplace, what is needed and expected.’

‘Engaged and hard working. Available to talk through cases and actively work with us in directing cases.’

Key clients

AIG UK Limited

Solicitors’ Indemnity Fund

Liberty Global Group

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is well placed to assist its clients both nationally through its various offices in the UK and internationally through its US links. Core strengths include advising on regulatory and governance matters, mergers, hive offs, fundraising and complex trust issues. The team's key expertise lies in the education, health and care sectors, and the group continues to be active in advising religious charities, including Roman Catholic and Jewish community organisations. Jo Coleman and Emma Moody are among the names to note.

Practice head(s):

Emma Moody

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘An efficient, caring, well-qualified team. The lawyers are able to deal with all aspects of our charity. I recommend them highly, particularly Emma Moody

The team is extremely knowledgeable about the charity sector and offers practical and pragmatic advice

Jo Coleman is a fountain of knowledge and practical advice

Key clients

RNLI

Which? / Consumers’ Association

BBC Children in Need

Charity Commission appointed interim manager for Ampleforth Abbey Trust and St Laurence Education Trust

Humankind Charity

Newcastle City Council

Katie Piper Foundation

The Academy of Medical Sciences

Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul Charitable Trust

The Jewish Leadership Council

Royal College of Pathologists

NCFE

Commercial property: corporate occupiers Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for a mixture of national and international corporates on both headquarter relocations and portfolio management. In addition, it also handles high-end development and regeneration projects, including mixed-use schemes, providing input at all stages including development agreements and land acquisition. Newcastle-based John Ralph heads the department, which counts a number of London bluechip real estate funds among its investment client list. Secured lending and property finance expertise are notable supplementary strengths, as is the group’s project expertise in the energy, rail infrastructure and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Ralph

Other key lawyers:

Tim Burbidge; Andrew Harding; Craig Moore; William Akerman

Key clients

New Look Retailers

Babcock International Group Plc

Associated British Ports

B&Q

Specsavers

CooperVision

Quilter

Decathlon

Footlocker

AIG

Post Office Limited

Carlsberg

Virgin

Accor UK

Freightliner Group Limited

Brittany Ferries

Barden Corporation

James Walker Group

Babcock

Brittany Ferries

Arriva

Vertu Motors plc

Commercial property: development Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for a mixture of national and international corporates on both headquarter relocations and portfolio management. In addition, it also handles high-end development and regeneration projects, including mixed-use schemes, providing input at all stages including development agreements and land acquisition. Newcastle-based John Ralph heads the department, which counts a number of London bluechip real estate funds among its investment client list. Secured lending and property finance expertise are notable supplementary strengths, as is the group’s project expertise in the energy, rail infrastructure and public sectors.

Practice head(s):

John Ralph

Other key lawyers:

Anthony Alderman; Martin Stacey; Julia Dacre Field; Mark Owen

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Babcock International Group Plc

Associated British Ports

CooperVision

Boxpark

University of Southampton

London Borough of Sutton

Church Commissioners

The Bournemouth Development Company LLP

Transdev

Scottish Power

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Babcock

Ashfield Land Limited

West Devon District Council

University of Plymouth

Carlsberg

Virgin

Accor UK

Ministry of Justice

REG Windpower Limited

Freightliner Group Limited

Ministry of Defence

Centrica

Brittany Ferries

ABHB Billiton

Knottingley Power Limited

West Berkshire District Council

Countrywide

Bristol City Council

Wales & West Utilities

Nuon Renewables

Hertsmere Borough Council

Teignbridge District Council

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Taylor Wimpey

English Cities Fund

Plymouth Community Homes

Rentplus

James Walker Group

Bristol City Council

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

South Gloucestershire District Council

University of Bath

West Devon Borough Council

Wales & West Utilities

Hertsmere Borough Council

Teignbridge District Council

Tewkesbury Borough Council

Orsted

Homes England

Drax Generation Enterprise Limited

Grainger plc

Bellway Homes plc

South Tees Development Corporation

The Vista PRS Fund

Arriva

Duchy Homes

Southern Railways

Vertu Motors plc

Commercial Estates Group (“CEG”)

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Linden Limited (part of Vistry)

Leeds City Council

Bellway Homes

Town Centre Securities PLC

Doncaster Borough Council

Wykeland Group

University of Law

Ptarmigan Land Limited

Beal Homes

Strata Homes

Marick Real Estate Limited

Sweco (a European engineering consultancy company)

Places for People (PFP)

Yorkshire Land

Persimmon Homes

Construction: non-contentious Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is active across the energy, transport and manufacturing sectors, handling major construction and engineering projects for a wide range of clients. Simon Rowland leads the national construction and engineering team from Newcastle, while Alex Hirom co-leads the London offering. Hirom leads on a range of UK and international transactional matters including projects, contracts work and project finance. He works alongside Hannah Cane, who specialises in construction insurance issues.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rowland (Newcastle); Alex Hirom; Hannah Cane

Key clients

Venator Materials UK Limited

South Tees Site Company Ltd

Synthomer Plc

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Huntsman Group

Venator P&A France SA

Centrica

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a national offering, acting for individuals, trustees and charities as well as insurance companies on a broad spectrum of trust and estate disputes. The team is led by the 'exceptionally knowledgeableNeil Long, who is experienced in bringing and defending claims under the Inheritance Act 1975, as well as in matters such as contested Court of Protection applications. The experienced Edward Stone joined the team in September 2019 from an in-house position.

Practice head(s):

Neil Long

Other key lawyers:

Richard Pike; Edward Stone

Testimonials

‘Neil Long is an exceptionally knowledgeable lawyer who combines expertise and compassion when helping his clients. I am always impressed by just how quickly Neil unravels complicated and intertwined issues to provide a reassuring route map

Richard Pike listens to client concerns with great empathy and is well able to provide legally sound but practical and appropriate routes through complex problems for individuals who are often facing legal disputes for the only time in their lives’

‘Neil Long is a very experienced trust and estates lawyer who is able to provide a rigorous analysis of legal problems and deliver solutions to his clients’

‘Richard Pike is very tenacious and knowledgeable

Neil Long and Richard Pike in particular are litigators in this field whom I trust totally and have a huge amount of respect for. They do a lot of excellent work, especially domestic trusts and probate work, often of high value and complexity

Winning and charismatic, with a good eye on achieving a sensible solution

Neil Long is the embodiment of a winning mentality and is charismatic’

Richard Pike is never fazed by anything in my experience

Neil Long has a great bedside manner and an air of competence. He is also a really nice guy’

Fintech Tier 4

The fintech team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP specialises in projects involving payments, DLT, data exploitation, market infrastructure and more. The firm supports start-ups through its WBD Accelerate programme, which provides legal support on the regulatory, corporate and commercial aspects of setting up new business ventures and developing new fintech products. Alastair Mitton focuses on large-scale technology procurement, outsourcing and licensing agreements in the financial services and insurance industries. Ben Butler is the name to note for corporate transactions in this space.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Alastair Mitton is approachable, pragmatic, commercial, and it genuinely feels that he cares about the success of our start-up. He has offered great advice, pragmatism on pricing, a speedy service and is easy to engage with.’

‘One of the reasons we selected WBD was their straightforward approach and advice – compared to a larger firm that wanted multiple meetings before they got going on work – Alastair achieved the same results in 1.5 hours.’

‘Alastair Mitton has one eye on our budget and one eye on what gaps we have in our experience that we need him to fill. The result is a superb quality service, that feels it is tailored to our needs rather than one size fits all. Alastair is speedy to respond which has been invaluable for a start-up venture like ourselves.’

Key clients

LV

Atom Bank

TSB

British Pearl

Oil and gas Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP recruited new practice head Matt Lewy from Baker Botts (UK) LLP  in early 2020, following the departure of Paul Stockley to Fieldfisher. The firm has substantial expertise in M&A, investments, joint ventures and financing transactions across the Middle East, Africa and North America, while also being well versed in North Sea and onshore shale gas operations. Simon Hewes, Alex Hirom and Anna Soroko are the other key figures in the team.

Practice head(s):

Matt Lewy

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Hard working, switched on, good legal skills and pleaseant to work with. Perfect cross-UK and cross-Atlantic practice.’

‘Eminent practitioners. Super friendly, personal and attentive.’

Key clients

Babcock Offshore MCS Aviation

Chariot Oil & Gas

Chrysaor

Cuadrilla Resources

EQT Infrastructure

National Tube Stockholders (NTS)

Noble Energy, Inc.

OMV

Partnership Tier 4

Practice head Barry Stimpson is the main contact for partnership work at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, and he focuses on matters involving law firms, accountants and fund managers. The group is particularly focused on fund management and carried interest LLPs, as well as investment partnerships; these are areas that Jamie Pass is noted for.

Practice head(s):

Barry Stimpson

Other key lawyers:

Jamie Pass; Richard Collins

Testimonials

Barry Stimpson is a good non-contentious partnership draftsman with particular expertise on the hedge fund side.’

Key clients

Red Lion LLP

PATMA: Trade mark attorneys Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's acquisition of IP boutique James Love Legal in July 2019 significantly strengthened its prosecution, licensing and enforcement practice. The retail, consumer goods (especially FMCG), manufacturing, technology, and hospitality and leisure sectors are the firm's mainstays. Thanks to the firm's global platform, the team's caseload has become noticeably more international. James Love leads the practice, working with senior counsel Patrick Cantrill and managing associate Rachel Hearson, all of who are based in Leeds.

Practice head(s):

James Love

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong technical skills combined with a commercial approach and a can-do attitude makes this my go-to team for contentious and non-contentious matters. Advice is always practical and solutions to problems meet our business needs.’

‘They get things done while avoiding an overly aggressive approach.’

‘James Love is highly responsive, offering technically adroit and clear commercial advice. He delegates well to his team so the service offered gives excellent value for money.’

‘Rachel Hearson has managed with aplomb a variety of contentious and non-contentious trade mark matters. Her advice is clear and she works well as a team with counsel on complex matters.’

Key clients

GoCompare.com

Alexander Duckham & Co., Limited

ME + EM

Immediate Media

Petrofac

Transdev Blazefield

H&M

Kilfrost Group Plc

North of England / Sunderland Marine

Places for People Group

Bellway Group Plc

Atom Bank

Tetra Pak

Vertu Motors Plc

In The Style Fashion Limited

Denby Brands

TomTom International B.V.

Serif (Europe) Ltd

Wizz Air

Spirit of Yorkshire Limited / Wold Top Brewery Limited

Decathlon SA

Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

From Newcastle, Martin Poore leads the UK pensions law team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The team handles corporate and scheme restructurings across a range of sectors, acting for prestigious clients such as Procter & Gamble, Taylor Wimpey and IBM. 'Great technician' Suzanne Duff handles both contentious and non-contentious pensions matters, working alongside commercial litigator Richard Collins, who has particular expertise in equalisation and benefits issues. The team advises on a broad range of pensions issues, covering scheme rectification, historical errors, enhanced protection, professional negligence and FCA mis-selling investigations. The team also includes Tracy Walsh, a specialist in employer debt regimes, outsourcing transactions, mergers and innovative funding arrangements.

Practice head(s):

Martin Poore

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team are approachable and readily available. The resources seem to mirror our needs and despite very little face-to-face contact there is little confusion in our communications‘.

Our usual contact is well-established and give a timely service to us whenever needed‘.

Product liability: defendant Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s product liability practice handles recalls, technical product compliance issues and safety matters as well as crisis management work. It is regularly instructed by companies from the retail and consumer brands sectors and also acts for manufacturers from different industries. The practice is jointly led by regulatory specialist Nicky Strong in Southampton, Jon Cooper in Bristol and Stuart Wardlaw in Newcastle. Gavin Matthews, also in Southampton, is a key contact for retail clients involved in commercial litigation cases. Managing associate Ashley Borthwick in Bristol is another key member of the team.

Practice head(s):

Nicky Strong; Jon Cooper; Stuart Wardlaw

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

Kingfisher plc

B & Q

Tempur-Sealy

Intersystems Corporation

Kanlaon Limited  – Don Papa Rum

Post Office

Retail and consumer Tier 4

Fielding ‘a very experienced and knowledgeable team, which always provides practical, commercial advice’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s retail and fast moving consumer goods team leverages the firm’s national network to act for a high-profile client roster including Kingfisher, Specsavers and the Post Office. The group has notable expertise in product liability mandates including product safety issues, compliance work and product recalls. Team head Gavin Matthews focuses on contentious matters, consultant Nicky Strong is a key name for regulatory work, Alistair Walton specialises in operational portfolio management issues, and Christina Tolvas-Vincent leads the retail employment offering.

Practice head(s):

Gavin Matthews

Testimonials

A very experienced and knowledgeable team who always provide practical, commercial advice often on tight timescales.

Gavin Matthews is both easy to make contact and communicate with.

Key clients

Kingfisher plc (including B&Q and Screwfix)

Ann Summers

Carpetright

Specsavers

Immediate Media Company London Limited

Naked Wines Plc and Majestic Wine Warehouses Limited

GoCompare.com Limited

Post Office

Atom Bank Plc

Colgate-Palmolive

Construction: contentious Tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team act in contractor and employer disputes in the TCC and in arbitration and adjudication proceedings. Simon Rowland and Hannah Cane jointly lead the team. Rowland heads up the national team from Newcastle, while the London-based Cane provides expertise in the defence of claims made against construction professionals. She is also a specialist in construction insurance matters. Managing associate Emily Leonard has an 'encyclopaedic knowledge' and has represented developers, funders, contractors and insurers.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rowland; Hannah Cane

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Womble Bond Dickinson are have an impressive team of lawyers that are practical, thorough and client friendly. Their USP is that they are better value than many of their better known counterparts specialising in international arbitration. Despite being better value, WBD can go toe to toe with their more expensive counterparts.’

‘The team are all smart and understand what it is their clients need – whether lay clients or insurers. I have worked with the team on a variety of matters, including large adjudications and litigation, both for claimants and defendants.’

‘Emily Leonard is a very able lawyer, who is keen to get the ball rolling so that the real issues in the case can be quickly identified.’

‘Emily Leonard is knowledgeable and always has an encyclopaedic knowledge of the case we’re working on. She – like the rest of the team – is extremely easy to work with, which in my experience always brings out the best in the team and often translates into a better result for the client.’

Key clients

Venator Materials UK Limited

South Tees Site Company Ltd

Synthomer Plc

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution

Huntsman Group

Venator P&A France SA

Centrica

Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s acquisition of IP boutique James Love Legal has increased the firm’s contentious and non-contentious patent capabilities. Practice head James Love and senior counsel Patrick Cantrill (both based in Leeds) handle patent invalidation and infringement proceedings, oppositions, exploitation, commercialisation and other transactional matters, particularly for clients in the FMCG, retail, manufacturing and technology industries.

Practice head(s):

James Love

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong technical skills combined with commercial approach and a can-do attitude makes this my go-to team for contentious and non-contentious matters. Advice is always practical and solutions to problems meet our business needs.’

‘They get things done while avoiding the overly aggressive approach without purpose encountered at some of their competitors.’

‘James Love is highly responsive, offering technically adroit and clear commercial advice. He delegates well to his team and gives excellent value for money.’

Key clients

Geofabrics Limited

Drax Group Plc

Aydya Limited

Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

In mid-2019 Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP expanded its IP capabilities with the acquisition of Leeds-based IP boutique James Love Legal. James Love and senior counsel Patrick Cantrill offer strategic trade mark and design exploitation advice and representation in oppositions, enforcements and invalidations. Sectors of focus include FMCG, manufacturing, technology and hospitality and leisure.

Practice head(s):

James Love

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Strong technical skills combined with commercial approach and a can-do attitude makes this my go-to team for contentious and non-contentious matters. Advice is always practical and solutions to problems meet our business needs.’

‘They get things done while avoiding the overly aggressive approach without purpose encountered at some of their competitors.’

‘James Love is highly responsive, offering technically adroit and clear commercial advice. He delegates well to his team and gives excellent value for money.’

Key clients

TomTom International

Geofabrics Limited

Egton Medical Information System (EMIS Health)

English Heritage / Historic England

Drax Group Plc

ME+EM Limited

Merian Global Investors (previously part of Old Mutual Group)

Immediate Media Company Limited

Centrica Plc

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team is co-led by Alexander Dickinson, who is adept at advising on succession, asset protection and estate planning matters for landowners, entrepreneurs and wealthy individuals. Fellow co-head Neil Long is known for his advice to high-net-worth clients and trustees on estate planning and capital taxes matters. Edward Stone is also recommended for assisting high-net-worth individuals and family offices with cross-jurisdictional asset structuring and international tax, wealth and succession planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Neil Long; Alexander Dickinson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The firm has a strong client base in the North East, including plenty of landed estate clients in that region

‘A standout partner for me is Alexander Dickinson, who has a great client base with art and art issues. He is dynamic and handles matters well

‘WBD’s private client department offers a modern approach to a traditional field of work. The department manages to advise effectively on all private wealth issues, from the traditional landed gentry and family office scenarios to entrepreneurs and career professionals’

Neil Long is exceptionally effective, approachable and unassumingly clever. Alexander Dickinson exudes an air of confidence and reassurance

Social housing: local authorities and registered providers Tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters for clients such as housing associations, councils, ALMOs, charities, for-profit registered providers and innovative affordable housing providers. Practice head Nigel Emmerson advises on tenancy management issues and oversees many of the firm's most significant client relationships. Tracy Walsh is a specialist in the pension issues faced by registered providers.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Emmerson

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Walsh; Simon Rowland; James Wilders; John Ralph; Jennifer Robinson

Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on a range of matters including prudential regulation and governance, as well as retail distribution and investment issues. The firm also has expertise in payment service and e-money regulations. Practice head Jonny Williams focuses on regulation relating to financial services products, conduct of business and corporate restructurings. Also notable is legal director Caroline Stevenson, who has experience advising Fintech companies.

Practice head(s):

Jonny Williams

Other key lawyers:

Caroline Stevenson; Emma Radmore

Testimonials

‘An approachable, personal team. Good technical expertise covering all areas of insurance. The firm goes out of its way to help its clients’

‘Emma Radmore has strong technical expertise in FCA rules, financial promotions and conduct issues.’

 

Key clients

Post Office Limited

Lloyds Banking Group

Investec

Atom Bank plc

American International Group UK Limited

TSB Bank PLC

Vertu Motors PLC

B&Q plc

Sainsburys Bank plc

Stewart Title Ltd

The National Trust

Property finance Tier 7

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s client list includes major UK clearing banks alongside niche lenders. The team has been active advising on asset classes such as residential, retail and office properties. Regional properties are another area of interest, with the firm drawing upon its network of offices across the UK. Charlie Reid leads the practice.

Practice head(s):

Charlie Reid

Testimonials

‘A very good firm. The team I have worked with are knowledgeable and were keen to ensure the deal was completed in the desired timeframe. I would have no hesitation in using them again.’

‘They have a professional and commercial approach, ensuring transactions are completed in a timely and efficient manner.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

HSBC Bank

Svenska Handelsbanken AB

Santander UK Plc

Akelius Residential Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland plc/National Westminster Bank plc

Union Bancaire Privee, UBP SA

Funding Circle

Castle Trust

Propfin

Moorfield (MREF IV Fund)

AG Quidnet

ICICI Bank UK plc

Investec

Immigration

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP works for SMEs, entrepreneurs, investors and individuals, with a strong offering for clients in the technology, insurance, professional services and financial services sectors. The team also provides strategic advice on Brexit. Andrew Tingley, who heads the practice, has a track record of work on complex matters which necessitate interaction with immigration authorities.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Tingley

Testimonials

‘We couldn’t have asked for better immigration representation. Their knowledge and competence as it relates to immigration is second to none.’

‘Andrew Tingley is incredibly attentive and personable. He really took the time to understand the nuances of my case, had several contingency plans in place and reassured me throughout the process. This kind of individual attention is incredibly rare in my experience. He never made me feel I was asking too many questions, kept me fully in the loop, and handled my case with expert competence. We had a positive outcome in record speed.’

Agriculture and estates Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team is regularly instructed by both local estate owners and national landowning organisations, as well as advising a number of public authorities across the country. The practice, led by Simon Kirkup, offers assistance with the full range of matters relating to agriculture and estates, including considerable experience advising on commercially workable mineral reserves. Also recommended  is managing associate Charlotte Patterson-Ryan, who focuses on rural and commercial sales and acquisitions, advising on landlord and tenant matters, first registrations, and a wide variety of estate management work.

Practice head(s):

Simon Kirkup

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Longstanding experience of agricultural landlord and tenant matters as well as detailed appreciation of the underlying commercial forces at play.

Simon Kirkup is respected throughout the region for his understanding of rural legal practice as it applies to his client base. He is commercially aware and skilled at seeing a way through a complex legal position.

Charlotte Patterson-Ryan stands out, for me, because she is manifestly passionate about her subject matter and properties. She listens, when given instructions, and thinks around the problem.

The global reach of the business also provided comfort – providing an understanding of the tax implications, the property elements and corporate structures under a single roof.

Simon Kirkup stands out because of his versatility and breadth of knowledge.

Charlotte is an absolute technical professional, but with emotional intelligence and common sense, who makes a point about understanding her clients’ perspectives.

The breadth of their knowledge on so many varied disciplines has always impressed us greatly.

Key clients

National Trust

Grainger PLC

Church Commissioners

English Heritage

Banking and finance Tier 1

The 'friendly, approachable and commercialWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is ‘brilliant to work with’ and provides transatlantic capability in the area. The practice is known for its specialisms in the real estate and energy sectors and in restructuring matters, acting for financial institutions, banks and public sector clients. Julian Kinsey leads the team and has expertise in debt finance work for banks and institutional lenders, as well as advising on borrower issues. Also notable is managing associate Tom Caplan, who has particular experience in real estate investment and development finance transactions.

Practice head(s):

Julian Kinsey

Other key lawyers:

Tom Caplan; Philip Withey

Testimonials

‘Not only do they identify key risks, but they put forward suggestions to mitigate them in plain and straightforward language’

‘Julian Kinsey is always available and happy to discuss any queries, no matter the size or complexity. His early engagement and proactive discussions on transactions ensure that any potential issues are identified early, so that solutions can easily be discussed’

Key clients

HSBC UK Bank plc

Lloyds Bank plc

Piper Private Equity

Quilter plc

Santander

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance Limited

LV=

Union Bancaire Privee, UBP SA

The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation PLC

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Banking and finance Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for lenders and borrowers on a regional, national and international basis, on matters such as real estate finance, refinancings, and asset finance. The team has been increasingly working in tandem with colleagues in the United States, advising clients on transatlantic matters such as recent changes to LIBOR. Practice head Graham Jeffries specialises in asset, real estate, and project finance and is highly praised by clients for his technical ability and client service. Managing associate Cole Stacey is also recommended, and predominantly acts for institutional lenders and corporate borrowers.

Practice head(s):

Graham Jeffries

Testimonials

‘WBD’s banking practice provides a unique service to us in offering important and strategic legal advice to our business; often working with our business partners directly to achieve the desire turnaround times.

‘Graham Jeffries uses different skills of the various WBD teams to provide creative solutions for us in the form of slides, notes and agreements which help us to deliver the advice in a suitable format for our business.’

‘An ambitious but fundamentally ‘local’ to customers type of practice. International in design and expertise but delivering a very much bespoke service tailored around the client’s needs.’

‘Graham Jeffries is one of our few ‘go-to’ experts in the asset finance market nationwide. Graham provides us with his creative thinking, ability to intelligently probe for relevant information and who ultimately delivers a top quality product where time is no boundary for super client service when timing becomes critical. He makes a point of always being available and sharing his availability in the event that we require extra support due to our small in house legal practice. This is greatly valued and we see him as an extension of our own team. Emilie Gas we consider as an associate to watch; new to the team, but who we consider a very able and steady pair of hands in support of Graham’s excellent practice that he manages and drives.

‘Graham Jeffries’ unfaltering availability for us as a client whilst providing his obvious natural flair to resolve business critical problems and rescue our busy in-house legal practice from the deluge of detail where specialist legal input is required in the banking and asset finance sector. Graham is undoubtedly one of the best finance partners we know and work with nationally, combining a real interest in our business with a deep knowledge of the legal framework which affects us. It is a pleasure to work with him to help us deliver rapid and commercially attractive solutions to a number of our UK companies. Cannot rate highly enough on all fronts.’

‘Highly capable partner Graham Jeffries combines technical mastery and commercial judgement. Always delivers on his commitments to his client and highly effective when representing to third-parties.’

Key clients

Chemring Group

Adventure Forest

Renewable Energy Systems

Invest and Fund

First Alliance Properties

Paragon Asset Finance

VFS Legal

Rockspring Property Investment Managers

Santander UK

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

With a particular focus on the healthcare, religious, and education sectors, the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles work for a wide range of noteworthy local and national clients. As well as providing strategic transactional and regulatory advice, the practice also assists with all matters relating to governance and operations. Practice head Emma Moody has 'vast understanding', with particular expertise in advising charities on major projects. Managing associate Samantha Pritchard has a track record of work advising clients from the public and private sectors on governance issues.

Practice head(s):

Emma Moody

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

WBD have been remarkable in offering support during a very challenging period for us.

‘Emma Moody is extremely efficient, very easy to talk to and has a vast understanding of all areas we are involved in. I would not deal with another team. The best thing we did was to employ WBD.’

From the outset our communications with them gave us confidence that they were best placed to understand our requirements and deliver the project.

Good knowledge and expertise.

Key clients

RNLI

Which? / Consumers’ Association

BBC Children in Need

Charity Commission appointed interim manager for Ampleforth Abbey Trust and St Laurence Education Trust

Humankind Charity

Newcastle City Council

Katie Piper Foundation

The Academy of Medical Sciences

Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul Charitable Trust

The Jewish Leadership Council

Royal College of Pathologists

NCFE

Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

Acting primarily in retail and energy disputes,  Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's commercial litigation team has been defending the Post Office against a group action challenging the integrity of an IT accounting system. Data protection expert Andrew Parsons leads on this, while Gavin Matthews fronts the firm's retail focus group. Ian Newcombe specialises in the energy sector alongside practice head Tom Beezer. The launch of WBD Advance, which pulls together the firm's technology and business services, offers emerging clients a cost effective solution to support high volume projects with project management, advance insight, flexible resourcing and legal process.

Practice head(s):

Tom Beezer

Testimonials

The team has a good understanding of its clients’ commercial motivations and takes a very sensible and practical approach.

Andy Parsons is very clued up on issues with IT.’

Ian Newcombe is an excellent strategist, and inspires confidence.

Key clients

Centrica

British Gas

Post Office

New Look

B&Q

Sunseeker

DS Smith

Carnival

Babcock

AIG

Quilter

Bombardier

Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 1

The Newcastle-based commercial disputes practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP draws on the considerable strength of the firm’s dispute resolution group spread across five other offices nationwide. The team also benefits from the use of WBD Advance, an in-house team handling tasks such as extensive document reviews as well as project and risk management issues. National commercial disputes group leader Paul Stewart is particularly focused on the transport and manufacturing industries. Richard Collins heads the national contentious procurement group. The department is active in the firm’s traditional areas of expertise: chemicals, technology, financial services, retail, and oil and gas, to name a few.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stewart

Other key lawyers:

Richard Collins; Jonny Gribben; Emma Welch

Testimonials

Very friendly, thorough and competent

Key clients

Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

Bombardier Transportation UK

Post Office

Bombardier

Go-Ahead Group

Venator

Northern Powergrid

North P&I

Network Rail

Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

Acting for local and national clients, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has experience in a range of property matters, including real estate finance, landlord and tenant issues, acquisitions and disposals, public sector development and secured lending. The firm has particular expertise in portfolio management, LPA receivership and corporate occupier matters, as well as advising clients in the public sector. Practice head Craig Moore specialises in acting for lenders, notably high-street, secondary and foreign banks and peer-to-peer lenders. Also recommended is legal director Samantha Orluta, who focuses on residential housing development.

Practice head(s):

Craig Moore

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Samantha Orluta is a diligent and practical lawyer who takes a pragmatic approach to dealing with the various complexities that arise in residential development. She is always available on the other end of the phone and that has been a great help to me’

‘The availability and pragmatism are two standout skills which I greatly value’

‘Excellent understanding of our needs as a client and supportive in identifying options and risks’

‘Craig Moore is particularly proactive and supportive which engenders confidence’

Key clients

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Post Office Limited

Babcock

Ashfield Land Limited

Clarks Shoes

Scottish Power

West Devon District Council

University of Plymouth

Carlsberg

Virgin

Accor UK

Ministry of Justice

REG Windpower Limited

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Eagle One

Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's six partner commercial property team in Hampshire has particular strength in the marine sector, advising on coastal infrastructure portfolios ranging from ports and marinas to dredging agreements. The department undertakes the full range of work including high value occupier work and real estate finance. Tim Burbidge leads the practice and focuses on residential development, while Alistair Walton is a specialist in retail property. Anthony Alderman is a name to note in the energy sector and is prominent in marine transactions. Stephen Baker acts for a variety of investors and developers as well as local authority and corporate occupier clients.

Practice head(s):

Tim Burbidge

Testimonials

Good communicators – especially at a senior level.

Alistair Walton is especially noted by us.

Advice and output is partner led.  The partners themselves take a keen interest and fully understand the ongoing processes, even when the legwork is being done by juniors.  All team members are quick to respond to clients.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

New Look Retailers

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Ladbrokes Coral

B&Q

Moorfield Group

Rockspring UK Value 2 Fund

Specsavers

Tristan Capital/Addington Capital

Historic England

CooperVision

Boxpark

Go Ape!

University of Southampton

Quilter

London Borough of Sutton

Decathlon

Church Commissioners

F&C Property Growth and Income Fund

The Bournemouth Development Company

Transdev

RATP Dev UK

Quidnet Capital Partners

Footlocker

AIG

Ann Summers

Equinor

Scottish Power

UKRI

Halifax (HBOS) Pension Fund

Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a strong full-service offering in the region, but also draws upon the firm’s wider network across the UK in acting for household names nationwide. The team's areas of sector-specific expertise include energy, chemicals, education, automotive, retail and transport. Property finance specialist John Ralph and housing expert Nigel Emmerson jointly lead the department. John Booth has extensive experience acting on regeneration projects,  portfolio management in the higher education sector, and development projects.

Practice head(s):

John Ralph; Nigel Emmerson

Other key lawyers:

Michael Brown; John Booth; Ian Ward; Tom Willows; Nigel Emmerson

Testimonials

‘Efficient, strong team with broad experience. Excellent communications.’

‘Nigel Emmerson and Tom Willows provide great service and client support.’

‘One of the best firms of lawyers I have ever worked with.’

Key clients

Grainger

Bellway Homes

South Tees Development Corporation

The Vista PRS Fund

Arriva

Aberdeen Standard

Duchy Homes

Southern Railways

Hansteen Holdings

Vertu Motors

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 1

Clients instructing the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP can benefit from the firm's extensive geographical reach, which allows the practice to effectively handle both local and international matters for individuals, corporate trustees, and insurance companies. Practice head Neil Long has strong experience of a wide range of trust and estate disputes, including Inheritance Act 1975 claims and contested Court of Protection applications. 'Outstanding' managing associate Richard Pike, a full member of the Association of Contentious Trust And Probate Specialists, is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Neil Long

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

They provide a broad range of legal services, offer real value for money and are exceptionally efficient.

Richard Pike is an outstanding associate. He is somebody whose judgement and experience I trust completely, as well as being down-to-earth and approachable.

Nothing fazes Neil Long. He relishes all new challenges with determination and vigour.

A really strong appreciation of clients’ needs.

Richard Pike is incredibly calm. He is a clever steady ship in the maelstrom of some rather heated litigation.

Neil Long is a very good practical lawyer.

Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is highly regarded in Hampshire for its energy expertise.  Sebastian Briggs is the name to note here, with significant experience in renewable energy for both national and local companies. The wider corporate practice is led by corporate finance specialist Ian Holden and also advises clients in the retail and financial services sectors. The team is known for its ability to work on cross-border transactions and a significant number of its clients are based outside Hampshire. Julian Hamblin and Jon Stickland both left the firm for Southampton based Trethowans LLP.

Practice head(s):

Ian Holden

Other key lawyers:

Sebastian Briggs; Stephen Pierce; Carly Holt

Testimonials

‘Very knowledgeable and calm’

Key clients

Chemring Group

Renewable Energy Systems

Transdev

REG Power Management

Ordnance Survey

The Renewables Infrastructure Group

Quilter

New Look

LV

Comexposium Group

Imerys SA

Immediate Media

NICE Systems

Lewmar Marine

Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s eight-partner team in Newcastle has a large client roster of publicly held companies. The application of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers is an area of specialism; practice head Ben Butler and Jamie Pass have accrued significant experience in this regard. The team’s recent work showcases its forte in corporate finance, where the expertise of Robert Phillips and legal director Iain Pritty also stand out. Clients laud the practice as a 'good blend of experienced and younger team members'. Certainly, the strength of the group at associate level is also to be noted: managing associates Stacey Hall and Will Bonas, as well as associate Oliver Rickett, specialise in corporate transactions.

Practice head(s):

Ben Butler

Testimonials

A good blend of experienced and younger team members, with access to a large pool of legal experience and talent in and out of the region, giving access to some specialist knowledge not otherwise available in the region.’

Trustworthy, experienced and very commercially minded, the team is also pragmatic in its approach and advice. This ensures that risk management is well balanced and commensurate with the practical and commercial elements of a particular transaction.

Jamie Pass is a very experienced and calm negotiator, focusing on the key points and not getting drawn into technical arguments that are not material to the transaction.

The team led by Robert Phillips is reliable, trustworthy, assured and has the gravitas we need to represent us in commercial negotiations. The team members demonstrate a keen commercial focus, coupled with a wealth of experience and combined knowledge. The WBD team is highly responsive when called upon, and we have full faith in its ability to provide us with suitable advice and strategy whenever we need it.

Key clients

Mpac Group

Sterling Pharma Solutions

Lloyds Development Capital

Newcastle City Council

AIT Worldwide Logistics

Atom Bank

Corporate tax Tier 1

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Jeremy Smith leads the single-partner business tax practice, which is regularly instructed in relation to tax matters in the areas of restructuring, banking and employment. The team has placed itself at the forefront of corporate and property transactions, for which it often acts in conjunction with the firm’s corporate and real estate departments in Newcastle and nationwide.

Practice head(s):

Jeremy Smith

Other key lawyers:

Lee Parbery

Testimonials

‘Very accessible and practical advice.’

Key clients

Lewmar Marine

Hertshten Group

Quilter

Grainger

REG Power Management

Akelius Residential

Vertu Motors plc

Lambton Share Property Company

Commercial Estates Group

Debt recovery Tier 1

Acting for both corporate and individual clients, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is highly active in the full range of debt recovery and enforcement matters, placing a particular emphasis on the education, property management, charity and public sectors. The team is multi-disciplinary in nature and includes not only lawyers, but also project managers, data analysts, knowledge managers and an in-house costs group. Having spent two decades at the firm, senior debt manager Sue Pattie leads the department, where chartered legal executive Helen Vaughan is also a key figure; both are praised by clients for being ‘personable and professional’.

Practice head(s):

Sue Pattie

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The team is friendly and approachable while also being responsive and professional. I have been able to strike up an excellent relationship remotely which is delivering results.

An outstanding team that has everything in abundance – an array of knowledge accumulated over the years, a fresh approach to issues and willingness to listen to a client’s problem.

The team was friendly and put me as a client completely at ease. The team members all took the time to get to know me, my needs and the desired outcome for my services. Whenever a call was made, all questions were answered smoothly and efficiently. Their subject knowledge was excellent.

I have worked with Helen Vaughan and Sue Pattie and find both personable and professional.

Sue Pattie is very approachable and has a vast knowledge built up over the years, which makes her a standout.

Helen Vaughan gives a friendly ear when required, but also – when the going gets tough the tough get going.

Key clients

The Insolvency Service

A-One+ Highways Agency

The Kings School, Canterbury

Marillac Neurological Care Centre

H Malone & Sons

St Bees School, Cumbria

EOS Framing

Pocklington School, York

Education Tier 1

The education team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP receives instructions from the full breadth of clients, from the Department of Education, to local government, to MATs, to independent fee-paying schools. The practice offers a complete range of services, including assisting with academy conversions and transfers, leases and shared occupation, and admissions and exclusions.  Both advisory and contentious work is handled by the firm. For commercial agreements, practice head Kevin Robertson is the key name to note. The team also fields private education specialist Emma Moody, and associate Peter Cantwell, who focuses on property work.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Robertson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The knowledge of the Womble Bond Dickinson team across our Education sector and specific knowledge of our Catholic sector is second to none.

The team have great capacity and work rate.

They truly have a first-class instinct of how school leadership teams and Governors wish to work with them and produce the highest standard of service on every single interaction.

Highly knowledgeable and reliable team, respond quickly to ad hoc requests as well as meeting deadlines on agreed matters.

Kevin Robertson leads his team with fantastic professionalism, dynamism and zest for each project undertaken.

Kevin Robertson is excellent.

Key clients

Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

Department for Education (DfE)

LocatEd

St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust

Eden Learning Trust

St Lawrence Education Trust (which operates Ampleforth College and St Martin’s Ampleforth (prep school))

Carmel Education Trust, Darlington

Waterton Academy Trust, Wakefield

Newcastle City Council

Castle Trust, Medway

Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

Pocklington School

Vision Academy Learning Trust

Liverpool City Council

The Constellation Trust

Northumberland County Council

Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust

Skills for Life Trust, Kent

Sewell Education York Limited

The Trinity Catholic Multi Academy Trust

Employment Tier 1

Well-known local and national clients from a wide range of sectors, in particular technology, retail, transport and chemicals, instruct the employment team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. Practice head James Wilders has experience in Employment Tribunal representation in a wide range of cases including unfair dismissal, whistleblowing and discrimination claims. For matters concerning equal pay, Lorraine Heard is the key name to note. Also recommended are associates Hilary du Randt and Alan Kennedy, who assist with all aspects of change management, including redundancies and reorganisations.  

Practice head(s):

James Wilders

Testimonials

‘James Wilders is conscientious and very competent.

‘Substantial experience of running large equal pay matters for over 20 years. Organisational skills, powers of analysis and ability to communicate extremely complex and technical matters with great clarity.

Reliable, pragmatic advice. Tactically astute.

We found the practice to be very professional and thorough and well versed in Employment Tribunal law.

James Wilders is a very good lawyer.

Lorraine Heard is solution-focused and very experienced.

Alan Kennedy got to grips with the facts of the case quickly and was able to provide clear advice on the most appropriate strategy to defend the claim.

Lorraine Heard is the ‘go to’ lawyer for complex equal pay matters.

Key clients

AIG

Northumbria University

Cumberland Building Society

Dnata Limited

Formica

IBM United Kingdom Limited

Mundays LLP

Network Rail

NHS Digital

Northern Powergrid

Mpac Group PLC

Vertu Motors PLC

Sky Betting and Gaming

Juicebaby Limited

Blagdon Estate

Employment: Bristol Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a strong reputation nationally acting for high-profile clients across a wide range of industries; its key specialisations include the retail, financial services, energy and fast-moving consumer goods sectors. The employment team is led by Tim Woodward, who brings very strong commercial experience, and whose specialisms include pensions and employee incentives. Other strengths of the department include advising clients on industrial actions, employment tribunals and business immigration. Managing associate Emma Doble is noted for her extensive experience of defending employment tribunal claims.

Practice head(s):

Tim Woodward

Other key lawyers:

Emma Doble; Jo Martin

Testimonials

In all of my dealings with Jo Martin, I felt that she went above and beyond the service I expected; nothing was too much trouble for her. I was immensely impressed with her professionalism and her very quick grasp of my situation, and the fact that she was willing to assist me; one other firm I tried was slow to respond and then thought that I didn’t have a case, and they were also very expensive for an initial consultation compared to WBD. I greatly appreciated Jo’s sense of calm, ability to assist me with all questions that I had even if they were minor, and her professional knowledge of all aspects of my situation.She made what could have been a horrible and quite scary ordeal for me into something that I almost found cathartic; she took the stress out of all stages of the process by really guiding me through it. I really feel that Jo Martin is a standout individual at her firm.

Highly professional but human. The communication was regular, clear and effective. I at no point felt out of the lop. Their legal expertise was clear and covered all bases – no gaps. It gave me confidence.

My experience working with this team has been 100% plus positive. What struck me as well as their legal expertise was their empathy, understanding and support on a personal level – we went through this together as a team. Jo Martin was exceptional. This has been a tortuous and difficult time for me and without Jo I don’t think I would have completed this case. She explained the legal position clearly which allowed me to make appropriate decisions in a timely manner. I really appreciated that Jo ‘had my back’.

Key clients

AIG

Government Legal Department

St Monica Trust

Post Office

TSB

B&Q

Plymouth Community Homes

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Corbin & King Restaurant Group Limited

kgb group (including 118 118 Money, The Number UK and Conduit Global)

Barden Corporation

Decathlon

Employment: Hampshire Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a strong reputation in the financial institutions, retail and education sectors, with much of its work being of a business-critical nature, including defending sensitive tribunal claims. On the corporate side, the team  has particular specialisms in employment and immigration support and acquisitions, and provides training for several national retailers. Jon Hales heads up the national practice while Christina Tolvas-Vincent leads the Southampton team, advises on outsourcing and restructuring, and conducts her own employment tribunal advocacy.

Practice head(s):

Christina Tolvas-Vincent; Jon Hales

Other key lawyers:

Dan Fawcett; Charlotte Bloomfield; Ben Duxbury; Andrew Parsons; Laura Daniels

Testimonials

Very efficient solicitors, who provide conscientious, clear and detailed instructions.

Dan Fawcett is a master of employment law and employment law practice. He is an excellent team-worker with great judgement and balance.

Andrew Parsons is a fine litigator, with emotional intelligence and a strong sense of the big picture.

Laura Daniels is a very thorough and determined employment law litigator with excellent knowledge of the field and very good factual grasp.

Key clients

B&Q

Post Office

Signet Trading

Carnival

Ordnance Survey

Associated British Ports

Colgate-Palmolive Group

Quilter

Arts University Bournemouth

NICE Systems UK

LV=

Sunseeker International

Southampton City College

Transdev

National Farmers Union

Health and safety Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a regional leader in both contentious and advisory work in the health and safety space. The dedicated team handles a number of high-profile investigations, including those where it acts for commercial clients that are the subject of Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inquiries and prosecutions following major incidents. In addition, it also advises the HSE on investigations. On the non-contentious side, the firm advises on strategic board-level issues, enforcement and operational matters. Practice head Jon Cooper has a wealth of health and safety experience. Plymouth-based managing associate Stephen Panton is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Panton; Stephen Covell

Testimonials

The team is exceptional in the field of health and safety. It has a well-deserved national reputation.

Jon Cooper simply has an encyclopaedic knowledge of his subject which combined with his fabulous commercial acumen and outstanding client service makes him an absolute stand out lawyer. He is the best in his field by a country mile, and by far the best lawyer I have ever instructed.

Jon Cooper is an outstanding individual with exceptional skills in providing highly competent legal advice in relation to health and safety matters, both from a strategic and a practical point of view.

Jon Cooper has led the team with brilliance. He inspires a following. Unlike many in equivalent positions in other practices, he has a detailed grasp of the law and how it works in practice. He is excellent with clients and ensuring that resources are put where they are most needed.

One of the best firms for defendant health and safety/regulatory crime in the country. Exceptional and timely advice.

Jon Cooper is one of the country’s leading solicitors in defendant health and safety and regulatory crime. His background as a prosecutor for the HSE gives him a particular insight into the tactics of defending cases. He is a delight to work with.

The Rolls Royce of health and safety law firms. Second to none in their approach to health and safety work, both defence and prosecution. They give every case the complete service, from early consultation, thorough preparation and often achieve remarkable results. If I was a business, and I was facing a health and safety prosecution, this firm would be my first phone call.

Jon Cooper is the man when it comes to health and safety work. Perhaps the most experienced lawyer of his kind in the UK. He has dealt with almost every big case in this area of the law for years. He knows it inside out. A quality operator.

Key clients

Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks, Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))

B&Q Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Post Office Limited

RWE Innogy

Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Limited

Northern Powergrid

Calderys UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Princess Yachts Limited

AIG

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Drawing on the expertise of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s national network, the Newcastle-based department stands out  for its contentious and non-contentious work relating to both personal and corporate insolvency. The practice is active in the firm's traditional areas of strength, such as chemicals, manufacturing, leisure, healthcare, retail, energy and the public sector. Julian Gill heads the team on the non-contentious insolvency side, and also shares leadership of the asset recovery group with Peter Maxwell. Sally Dallow takes the lead in acting for The Insolvency Service on public interest matters, including investigations as well as issuing winding up petitions against live companies.

Practice head(s):

Julian Gill; Sally Dallow; Peter Maxwell

Testimonials

The team exhibits an excellent, broad insolvency knowledge and is extremely good at applying this knowledge to specific insolvency situations in a timely manner.

The individuals I work with are excellent because they have a great skill in applying their insolvency knowledge to practical situations. Julian Gill is particularly adept in this regard.

Key clients

Lloyds Banking Group

Santander

FRP Advisory LLP

RSM UK Group LLP

KPMG LLP

PwC

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

KSA Group

The Insolvency Service

Mazars

Moorfields

Intellectual property Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s IP practice includes two highly praised senior figures in the Yorkshire legal market - practice head James Love and senior counsel Patrick Cantrill. The group is notably active in opposition and litigation mandates and handles all patent disputes in house; it also has key sector expertise across the food and drink, oil and gas, hospitality, healthcare and commercial packaging industries. Managing associate Rachel Hearson is a go-to name for trade mark and design prosecution knowledge, regularly handling international portfolios for local and national clients. Associate Rose Smalley assists with search and seize and freezing orders. Also noteworthy is the team’s expertise in complex registrations of medical devices.

Practice head(s):

James Love

Testimonials

Has a broad spectrum of legal disciplines with real experts in each area.

I have worked closely with James Love for a number of years. I am happy to refer my clients to him. He has a wealth of experience, a good understanding of technical subject matter and an easy way with clients, explaining complex legal issues to them in a straightforward way.

Patrick Cantrill knows his stuff inside and out. Exudes confidence and is capable of bringing the client along towards an outcome with ease. Feels like you are in very safe hands.

Key clients

AB Tetra Pak

GoCompare.com Limited (part of GoCo Group Plc)

R. H. Smith & Sons (Wigmakers) Limited t/a Smiffys

Bellway Plc

Aydya Limited

Atom Bank Plc

Spirit of Yorkshire Limited / Wold Top Brewery Limited

Drayton Manor Theme Park

Getech Plc

IT and telecoms Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team works with an enviable list of local and national clients, with a particular focus on the financial services, manufacturing, transport, retail, and public sectors. Particular areas of  expertise for 'excellent' practice head Caroline Churchill include cybersecurity, data and cloud solutions, and the Internet of Things. As well as assisting with complex technology transactions, the firm also advises on customer supply contracts.

Practice head(s):

Caroline Churchill

Testimonials

Caroline Churchill has been excellent. The work we have asked her to do is new to us, so she has had to help me work through all the possible scenarios to ensure we cover everything we need to consider.

Caroline Churchill is very thoughtful and will often contemplate things we have discussed and come back to me with further suggestions or concerns we should consider.

Key clients

Phoenix Software Limited

Home Leisure Direct Ltd

IT and telecoms Tier 1

The IT & telecoms offering at transatlantic firm Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP caters for a broad range of businesses across the digital, fintech, and public sectors, and in 2019 launched its new new WBD Accelerate initiative, as part of an effort to sharpen the firm's focus on fast-growth tech businesses. The team is led nationally by Alastair Mitton in Bristol, while in Southampton, associate Howard Duckworth is particularly known for outsourcing work in the financial services industry, and has begun to play a lead role on much of the team's most important work.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Howard Duckworth; Ian Holden; Andrew Parsons

Testimonials

They’ve been great for us due to having UK and US partners. We are a US based business operating in the UK and so that connection has been essential in our legal support‘.

Womble Bond Dickinson has a tailored service package for start-ups like ours and this has enabled a refreshing commercial approach and practice by  the team. Their fee quotes are accurate, fair and reasonable; the team is responsive, accessible and helpful‘.

Thoroughness, forensic attention to detail and availability. Good knowledge of the sector, commercially focused and very easy to deal with in a collaborative manner with non-legal colleagues‘.

Alastair Mitton is very thorough and inspires confidence. We always feel well supported and that the advice is measured. Rapport is good and speed of communication‘.

Alastair Mitton is pragmatic and clearly very experienced in his field. He brings a practical angle to our start-up requirements and balances the need for legal protection with as much simplicity as possible to reflect our brand. He is easy to deal with and makes himself available‘.

Key clients

Historic England/English Heritage

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society (“LV=”)

Quilter plc (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services (UK) Ltd

NHS Digital

Yell.com

G Forces Web Management Limited

Ministry of Justice

B&Q

Scottish Power

Quilter Financial Services Limited (formerly Intrinsic Financial Services Limited)

Vizion Network Limited

Quilter Cheviot

AIG

Carnival plc

Post Office Limited

Pensions Tier 1

The large pensions team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP receives instructions from listed companies from a range of sectors as well as also advising clients in the public and voluntary sectors. In addition to assisting trustees, providers, insurers and sponsoring employers with non-litigious matters, the practice also offers clients advice on contentious matters. Key individuals include practice head Martin Poore, a restructuring specialist who frequently advises on the use of contingent assets; regulatory expert Suzanne Duff; and Tracy Walsh, who focuses on the pensions aspects of corporate and outsourcing transactions.

Practice head(s):

Martin Poore

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

There is a strong communication network between the individuals with whom we deal. This means that we can speak to any of them with the confidence that they are on our case.

Suzanne Duff is knowledgeable and practical.

Always very pro-active in response to new legislation.

Pro-active and definite in the advice they give.

Suzanne Duff is technically able.

Key clients

Procter & Gamble

IBM

Go-Ahead Group plc

Taylor Wimpey plc

Bellway plc

Newcastle Building Society

Northern Powergrid plc

Sabic UK Petrochemicals Limited

Research Machines plc Pension Scheme

2020 Trustees

WSH Group

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's large team provides advice on the full spectrum of private wealth and wealth management matters, often to clients with US connections, leveraging the firm's transatlantic reach. The practice is jointly headed by private wealth specialist David DaleHelen Tavroges, who frequently advises high-net-worth individuals on tax-efficient wills and trusts, and other tax planning strategies; and Simon Kirkup, who focuses on assisting the owners of landed estates and other assets. For banks, insurance companies, and professional trustees, both onshore and offshore, managing associate Emily Pike provides assistance with all aspects of trust law, as well as advising business owners and shareholders on succession planning.

Practice head(s):

David Dale; Helen Tavroges; Simon Kirkup

Other key lawyers:

George Lyall; Deborah Jude; Emily Pike; Susan Maxey; Alexander Dickinson; Neil Braithwaite

Testimonials

Very impressive depth of experience.

Simon Kirkup’s advice on tax, probate and trust law has always been sound and first class.

Helen Tavroges is very dedicated, and makes one feel that you are her only client. Her advice is always accurate and thorough, with every detail well thought through.

We have always received the best possible advice for four generations.

Technically able, personable and very responsive.

I never fail to be impressed with Alexander Dickinson. He has common sense in spades, to go with outstanding breadth of knowledge and understanding.

George Lyall and Emily Pike have been very helpful.

Professional negligence Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's South East professional negligence offering is led by standout practitioner James Robins in Southampton, and has  a strong track record of defending claims for an assortment of insurance leaders. The professional risks team handle matters across the architecture, engineering, and construction space; Justin Tivey is recommended for policy coverage advice while associate Ivan Root handles claims by financial institutions. Insurance disputes head Sushma MacGeoch, who is based in London, is also a key contact.

Practice head(s):

James Robins; Sushma MacGeoch

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Effective response to queries and appropriately qualified fee earners assigned.’

‘Justin Tivey is always quick to respond and gets across complex issues to clients effectively.’

‘Nice people to work with and a nice safe pair of hands.’

‘The South East region has strengthened significantly over the past year with the addition of a claims handling offering for insurers and clients and the recruitment of well respected partners in the London office.’

‘James Robins is our main contact and he oversees the regional insurance teams.’

 

Key clients

AIG Europe (UK) Limited

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Property litigation Tier 1

The 'truly excellent litigation team' at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is experienced in handling residential, agricultural and commercial property disputes, particularly matters in the retail and telecoms sectors. Newcastle-based Jen Smurthwaite co-leads the team with James Rees, who works from the Bristol office and is known for complex real estate disputes relating to Landlord and Tenant Act (LTA) 1954 lease renewals and terminations, dilapidations and restrictive covenants. Also notable are the ‘experienced, client-friendly and effective' Sasha Hinton, who was promoted to partner in 2019 and acts for public and private sector clients, and managing associate Naomi Cunningham, who focuses on development work.

Practice head(s):

James Rees; Jen Smurthwaite

Testimonials

‘Highly professional team that deliver excellent advice and support to our property department’

‘Very efficient both in terms of communication and resourcing’

‘Sasha Hinton provides excellent communication and support over a wide range of matters. Her dispute resolution and advice have been particularly helpful and we are yet to have an issue even on minor points’

‘Outstanding service’

‘Very knowledgable and efficient’

‘Naomi Cunningham and Ella Carroll are a delight to work with – quick, efficient, knowledgable and commercial’

‘The firm has great national coverage’

Key clients

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Ministry of Justice (Estates Directorate)

Majestic Wines

New Look Retailers Limited

River Island Clothing Co. Limited

Scottish Power

RO Group

National Trust

National Farmers Union

AA

Property litigation Tier 1

The Newcastle-based office of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP draws upon the firm’s capabilities nationwide and its international presence, with experience assisting US clients operating in the UK. The team has a strong reputation for handling complex commercial, residential and agricultural property claims and also stands out for its use of legal technology for document reviews, case management and data analysis. Jen Smurthwaite heads up the department and splits her time between Newcastle and Leeds. Managing associate David Hambler departed to embark on a career as a district judge.

Practice head(s):

Jen Smurthwaite

Other key lawyers:

Elizabeth Allen; Elspeth Moncrieff

Testimonials

The team is proactive, knowledgeable, responsive and easy to deal with.

Key clients

Airwave Solutions

Bernicia Group

Akelius

Standard Life Trustee Company

Social housing Tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides the full scope of legal services in relation to both contentious and non-contentious social housing issues. In the non-contentious space, the team is noted for its recent high-value work involving stock rationalisations, large-scale voluntary transfers (LSVTs) and property management matters. In acting for large national and regional providers as well as local authorities, the team is able to rely on the expertise of the firm’s network nationwide. Residential property specialist Nigel Emmerson leads the department.

Practice head(s):

Nigel Emmerson

Other key lawyers:

Tracy Walsh; Simon Rowland; James Wilders

Testimonials

My experience working with Womble Bond Dickinson’s social housing team has proved invaluable. Its specialist knowledge and practical advice is key in enabling matters to run smoothly; we are able to call on several individuals on different aspects of social housing, such as tax, consultation and property, with all this being integrated. The team is quick to offer solutions to difficult issues and always finds a way to resolve matters.

Key clients

Places for People Homes

Karbon Homes

Accent Housing Group

Westminster City Council

Bernicia Group

Derwent Housing Association

Broadacres

Thirteen Housing Group

Leeds City Council

Home Group

York Housing Association

Cotman Housing Association

Banking and finance Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s team in the North is jointly led by property finance specialist John Ralph and Leeds-based secured lending adviser John Connor. It operates within the firm's wider national banking and finance group, and regularly acts on multi-disciplinary mandates requiring cooperation between the Leeds and Newcastle offices. The team acts for both borrowers and lenders and has extensive experience handling financial transactions, benefitting from its appointment to the panels of clearing banks.

Practice head(s):

John Ralph

Key clients

Santander UK

HSBC Bank

Clydesdale Bank / Yorkshire Bank

Lloyds Bank

Cairngorm Capital

Wykeland Group

NorthEdge Capital

PRAC Financial

Grainger

Customade Group

Venator

Department for Education

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

LDC

Europa Capital

British Engines

Kennelpak

National Westminster Bank

Homes England

Banking and finance Tier 2

John Connor heads up the practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which focuses on real estate, corporate and public sector financing work with matters including commercial and residential development projects, loan restructurings and refinancing matters. The team works on a regional and national basis, with clients spanning major banks including HSBC and Santander, national and regional housebuilders, and several public sector and charitable organisations in Yorkshire and beyond. The practice also actively contributes to the thought leadership relating to consumer and business banking issues.

Practice head(s):

John Connor

Testimonials

‘Fantastic focus on finding solutions and within with counterparties to get to pragmatic solutions.’

‘John Connor is a excellent quality individual – he has great professional expertise and acts as if he is a true part of my business. Made a huge contribution.’

Key clients

Santander UK

HSBC UK Bank

Clydesdale Bank / Yorkshire Bank / Virgin Money

Lloyds Bank

Cairngorm Capital

Wykeland Group Limited

NorthEdge Capital

PRAC Financial Limited

Grainger PLC

Customade Group Limited

Venator PLC

Department for Education

The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

LDC

Europa Capital

British Engines

Kennelpak Limited

National Westminster Bank PLC

Homes England

Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for its growing roster of leading regional and national companies in a range of disputes. The group has a number of sector specialisms; practice head Stephen Dilley is notably active in the insurance, financial services and renewables sectors. Dilley is ably assisted by managing associate Victoria Brooks, who has experience in large-scale litigation, including defending group actions, particularly in the renewable energy and retail sectors.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Dilley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Stephen Dilley is excellent at managing relationships and approaching litigation with a common-sense perspective. Samantha Bryant is very good at understanding the practicalities and has a very sensible approach.

I have worked with the team at WBD on a number of cases regarding the Consumer Credit Act with significant Limitation Act issues. They are always very much on top of both the legal and practical issues and provide a very good service for their clients.

Stephen Dilley is a very experienced litigator who gets good results for his clients.

I have worked with Mandy Robertson on a number of matters. She has a great eye for the detail and is always up on all aspects of the case.

In my opinion, WBD is a top notch litigation practice in Bristol and the South West. As a barrister, I work with them on interesting and complex cases in insolvency litigation and also commercial litigation.

Stephen Dilley – very experienced and knowledgeable partner dealing with insolvency and commercial litigation. He is very pleasant to deal with. His instructions are excellent. He also has great tactical awareness in relation to his cases.

Mandy Robertson – excellent associate in commercial litigation.

Luke Holmes – excellent managing associate.

Susan Periselneris – I worked with Susan on a negligence case against an insolvency practitioner. She was very thorough, and asked searching and effective questions about the case. I felt that, as a team we delivered a great legal service to the client.

Unique amongst the profession, Womble Bond Dickinson maintain and display professionalism matched with a clear unequivocal dedication to clear communication, caring and approachability. It is the only legal firm I would recommend without reservation.

Stephen Dilley – because he truly listens Malcolm Dowden – because he is a genius Andrew Tingley – because he is insightful Craig Moore – because he makes things happen.

Very strong lawyers with good technical skills and sound commercial judgment.

Stephen Dilley- A very capable litigator who provides sensible, measured advice to clients and runs cases with well thought out strategies.

Key clients

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL)

AIG

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Plymouth University

British Gas Trading Limited

Friends Life (now part of Aviva)

QVC

Npower

The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation plc

Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's dispute resolution team group leverages in-house barristers, in-house cost lawyers and a strong national network when acting for an impressive roster of regional, national and international clients. Practice head Gareth Kagan has particular experience in multi-jurisdictional fraud cases, while managing associate Luke Holmes handles a range of commercial disputes including energy, banking and financial services sector claims, and shareholder and insolvency litigation.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Kagan

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Whilst the physical team in the SW has reduced over the years they are still a strong firm in relation to Insolvency and Commercial litigation.

Stephen Dilley is a great lawyer and can move quickly. Craig Moore has deep experience.

Key clients

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited (REAL)

AIG

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Plymouth University

British Gas Trading Limited

Friends Life (now part of Aviva)

QVC

Npower

The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation plc

Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

Full-service firm Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has particular property expertise in the retail and energy sectors. The firm’s experience also covers rail infrastructure, institutional investment and public sector development. Simon Hughes focuses on project development work for new generation projects. He co-leads the team with Katherine Douglas, who advises on the drafting and negotiating of development agreements and building leases, as well as negotiating pre-lets for landlords and tenants. Also notable is Andrew Harding, who specialises in real estate institutional investment and development projects.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hughes; Katherine Douglas

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Harding; Fiona O’Kane

Testimonials

‘Cost effective’

‘We work with people we know and trust’

Key clients

Bristol City Council

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Post Office Limited

Babcock

Ashfield Land Limited

Macquarie Private Capital

Scottish Power

Plymouth University

South Gloucestershire District Council

University of Bath

West Devon Borough Council

Gilletts (Callington) Limited

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles the full spectrum of commercial property mandates, advising on residential developments, land promotion issues and major strategic site acquisitions. Key clients include developers, local authorities and various corporate entities; ITV is a notable new client. Based in Leeds, the team works prolifically in Yorkshire and on a national basis. Practice head Mark Owen specialises in public and private development work, while Julia Dacre Field focuses on residential development and investment matters, leading a dedicated practice, which acts for national developers. Claire Wilkinson is also noted for her leisure and hospitality sector expertise. Paula Dillon has retired.

Practice head(s):

Mark Owen

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Good clear advice.

David Cole is great with clients and easy to work with. He is everything a good solicitor should be.

WBD’s breadth of resource ensures that the client receives good quality rounded advice on any transaction. Their ability to pull in internal support, to fill gaps in the legal team is essential on certain projects.

Julia Dacre Field is my go to lawyer for the difficult and complex jobs. Her energy and enthusiasm to get the deal done sets her apart. Her experience of the residential sector in particular in the North of England, makes her one of, if not the, leading residential lawyer in Yorkshire.

Key clients

Commercial Estates Group

Barratt & David Wilson Homes

Taylor Wimpey

Linden Limited

Leeds City Council

ITV

Bellway Homes

Town Centre Securities

Doncaster Borough Council

Wykeland Group

University of Law

Ptarmigan Land

Beal Homes

Strata Homes

Marick Real Estate

SwecoGrainger

Places for People Yorkshire Land

Persimmon Homes

Opera North

Construction Tier 2

Operating as part of the firm’s wider national network, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s construction and engineering department is equally adept at handling contentious and transactional matters. The practice is known for its expertise in the public, retail, energy and infrastructure sectors. In addition, the Newcastle-based group regularly acts on offshore and subsea sector matters alongside the firm's office in Aberdeen. Practice head Simon Rowland is noted for his non-contentious work for education clients, while Ian Atkinson has particular expertise in PFI and PPP projects. The team is also active on the contentious side, with the 'excellentSimon Lewis specialising in construction litigation. Andrew Clough and associate Ruth Davidson departed to DAC Beachcroft LLP in May 2020.

Practice head(s):

Simon Rowland

Testimonials

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has an excellent approach to case management, as it has a very dynamic team with the respective breadth and depth of experience. The lawyers react quickly to challenging circumstances and provide valuable guidance in relation to the matters they handle.

Every team member understands my requirements and the details of each individual project. There is always someone available to deal with queries. Everyone really works well as a team, so that I never have to wait for advice.

Simon Lewis is an excellent construction lawyer who is highly regarded by his team for his clear and strategic approach.

Key clients

Department for Education / Education and Skills Funding Agency / LocatED

B&Q / Kingfisher

SABIC Petrochemicals UK

Hargreaves Services plc

Newcastle City Council

Robertson Group

Sembcorp Utilities

Bellway Plc

Grainger plc

IKEA Properties Investments

University of Durham

Ark Education Trust

Northumbrian Water Group

Northern Powergrid

SMD

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 2

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is regularly instructed on high-value regional and national corporate transactions and private equity deals, specialising in matters concerning the energy, insurance and real estate sectors. Simon Hewes heads the department, focusing on M&A and private equity transactions, but with additional expertise in deals in west Africa and the Middle East. Tom Fitzpatrick is another practitioner with private equity, insurance and financial services knowledge.

Practice head(s):

Simon Hewes

Other key lawyers:

Tom Fitzpatrick; Sammy Hill; Alex Fergus

Testimonials

Very knowledgeable and commercially sharp.’

Very responsive, can discuss issues and get proactive ideas.’

Key clients

Vitol Group (Vitol SA)

Cuadrilla Resources Holdings

Third Energy Holdings

Noble Energy Inc

OVO Energy

RWE Npower

Piper PE LLP

Dunedin LLP

Rockpool Investments LLP

Puma Private Equity

Willis Towers Watson plc (including Innovisk Capital Partners)

Arch Insurance

Banner

Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative

NCR Corporation

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s private equity-focused corporate and commercial practice is led by Simon Pilling, who along with director James Cook handles a constant flow of mid-market acquisitions for premier funds in the regional and national markets. The team has particular expertise in turn-around investments, and has handled high-profile disposals in the food and drink sector. Other highlight sectors include the real estate, manufacturing, retail and creative media industries, with engagements from core fund clients as well as owner-managed businesses.

Practice head(s):

Simon Pilling

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Very strong balance of capability across the team, from a technical and commercially pragmatic perspective.

Simon Pilling always goes the extra mile.

James Cook is very detailed and technically able, bringing legal to life in a commercial environment.

Key clients

Alufold Direct Limited

Cairngorm Capital Partners

Cellhire Plc

Clearly Drinks Limited

Customade Holdco Group Limited

Cutwel Limited

Endless LLP/ Enact

In Touch Networks (Holdings) Limited

Kennelpak Limited

Lloyds Development Capital

Nimbus Private Equity

NVM Private Equity

Stephenson Group Limited

Debt recovery Tier 2

The ‘professional and approachableWomble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP covers the full spectrum of debt recovery work for national and international clients. The practice ‘consists of a very experienced and knowledgeable team of high-quality lawyers'. Notable in the area are Stephen Dilley, who specialises in commercial litigation, and managing associate Andrew Wilson, who ‘goes the extra mile for clients'.

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The service that we receive from Womble Bond Dickinson has been consistently excellent’

‘They are very reliable and always provide honest and open advice and legal support for us’

‘Responses to queries and action requests have been timely and the information provided has been clear and understandable’

‘Andrew Wilson is unfailingly responsive and helpful in complex and fast-moving situations’

‘They will go above and beyond to help clients with their cases and are very responsive to all enquiries’

‘The firm consists of a dynamic team of lawyers that are easily accessible and very helpful in all the preparatory stages of a case’

‘Andrew Wilson is proactive in ensuring that counsel is well briefed and understands all relevant facets of the dispute and background’

‘Andrew Wilson is reactive and innovative’

‘They all work together as a unit and can help even when others are out of the office’

Energy Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s energy and natural resources department benefits from its ability to rely upon the firm’s strength in the sector nationwide. The team’s high-profile client base includes developers of new electricity generation and storage projects, power companies and independents, among others. Michael Brown heads up the department and has notable experience in the renewable energy sector, while Barbara Painter has made a name for herself in the chemicals and manufacturing industries.

Practice head(s):

Michael Brown

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

EDF Energy Renewables

Sembcorp Utilities (UK)

Rydberg Development Company

Quarry Battery Company

Northern Powergrid

Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

Specialising in energy-related matters, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has experience in offshore wind, heat and renewable energy projects, including energy-from-waste and AD projects. The firm acts for developers of new electricity generation projects, power companies and independents on a range of matters, notably supply and energy trading issues, as well as EV schemes. Christopher Towner leads the team and provides expertise in commercial projects work, with a particular focus on the energy sector.

Practice head(s):

Christopher Towner

Other key lawyers:

Andrij Jurkiw

Testimonials

‘Strong in energy across the practice areas’

‘They understand how the market works and should work and integrate this with specialist legal analysis of the state aid rules’

‘Good competition law and regulatory experience, with blue-chip clients’

‘Andrij Jurkiw is a formidable partner with significant experience, who always fights his client’s corner’

Key clients

Cardiff Council

Centrica (including British Gas, Centrica Energy and Centrica Storage)

Chrysaor

Cuadrilla Resources

East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd

EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

Edge Petroleum

EQT Infrastructure

Macquarie

Noble Energy, Inc.

OFGEM

Petrofac

Renewable Energy Generation

RWE (including RWE Npower and Innogy (formerly RWE Npower Renewables)

Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Power Generation

Environment Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on environmental impact and habitat regulations assessments, as well as providing expertise in enforcement and transactional support. The firm has experience in the retail, transport, minerals, waste, oil, gas and renewables sectors. Jon Cooper leads the practice and specialises in contentious and non-contentious health, safety and environment matters. Also notable in the team is legal director Sarah Holmes, who focuses on planning and environmental law work.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

North Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, West of England Combined Authority

The Crown Estate

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Post Office Limited

Shell UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Babcock International Group

EU and competition Tier 2

From Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Bristol office, Andrij Jurkiw heads the competition department, providing clients with competition law advice and representing them in contentious matters before domestic and European courts and competition authorities. Areas of particular expertise include director disqualification applications, merger filings, competition investigations and damages claims.

Practice head(s):

Andrij Jurkiw

Testimonials

They have always been a pleasure to work with – very professional and well organised.’

Andrij Jurkiw is very knowledgeable in competition law and has been of considerable assistance to me

Key clients

Michael Martin

Centrica Group

Brittany Ferries

HQW Precision

Arch Capital Group

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

The 'first-class' Andy Stirk heads up the practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which advises restructuring banks, insolvency practitioners and public authorities on a variety of corporate insolvency and administration matters including distressed acquisitions and disposals. The team includes individuals with insolvency qualifications and experience of non-legal restructuring work, with additional sector expertise in the healthcare, technology, education and leisure industries. Managing associate Sam Dixon takes the lead on bank-led restructuring work and advice to corporate boards.

Practice head(s):

Andy Stirk

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

Great firm, very responsive and highly personalised service. The partners are very engaged.

Andy Stirk is a first-class restructuring and insolvency partner. His approach to, and empathy with, clients is impeccable and perfectly suited to the restructuring world.’

Key clients

Lloyds Bank

Santander UK

KPMG

RSM Restructuring Advisory

IT and telecoms Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's national technology head, Alastair Mitton, is based in the Bristol office. The group, which is able to work with the firm's practitioners nationally and in the US, has particular expertise in the financial services and insurance sectors, as well as advising public sector clients on procurement and outsourcing projects. Transport is another area of expertise, which sees the team working on IT and telecoms projects in relation to core systems and customer-facing technology. Gareth Jones is noted for customer-side projects involving IT services and outsourcing.

Practice head(s):

Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:

Gareth Jones; Georgie Morgan-Giles

Testimonials

They’ve been great for us due to having UK and US partners. We are a US based business operating in the UK and that connection has been essential in our legal support.’

WBD has a tailored service package for start-ups like ours and this has enabled a refreshing commercial approach and practice by Alastair Mitton and his team.’

Alastair is very thorough and inspires confidence. We always feel well supported and that the advice is measured. Rapport is good and speed of communication.’

Key clients

NHS Digital

Post Office Limited

AIG

TSB Bank

Quilter (previously Old Mutual Wealth)

Ministry of Justice

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

Highways Agency

FACTON

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services

Digital Giant

Local government Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has experience in advising on state aid, housing, regeneration and development projects for local authorities. The firm has particular expertise in assisting with heat networks, as well as offering regulatory, planning and public law teams. Practice head Jonathan Bower specialises in the field of infrastructure planning, including energy, regeneration and local government matters.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Bower

Testimonials

A strong command of the subject matter and capability to clearly advise options and solutions.’

Jonathan Bower always has a positive and committed approach to all issues and invariably responds within agreed timelines.’

 

Key clients

Hampshire County Council

Watford Borough Council

Sedgemoor District Council

Cardiff Council

Havant Borough Council

Teignbridge District Council

North Somerset Council

Sedgemoor District, Somerset West and Taunton Councils

South Hams District Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

South Gloucestershire Council

Bath & NE Somerset Council

West Berkshire Council

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

The Bristol-based private wealth department at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP forms part of a national and international team, including the firm's US offices. The team has expertise in acting for landed estates, onshore and offshore trusts, philanthropy matters, complex estate administration and institutional matters. Practice head Mark Woodward has extensive experience of advising on all aspects of wills and trusts. Another key name in the team is legal director Christopher Kerr-Smiley, whose specialist areas include advising on trust restructuring, trust taxation, and trustees' powers and duties.

Practice head(s):

Mark Woodward

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

The private client team at WBD is the perfect blend. Mark Woodward and Christopher Kerr-Smiley provide the complete service and complement one another. The firm is able to offer the full range of private client services, including specialism within agricultural law.

Mark Woodward very polished, with excellent client skills. Christopher Kerr-Smiley is extremely technical and able. Robert Drewett is skilled particularly within the agricultural team.

I dealt with Christopher Kerr-Smiley, who was always available and replied to all communications promptly. When he was away one day his assistant dealt with the matter very well.

Christopher Kerr-Smiley’s depth of knowledge was impressive and extremely helpful. Christopher replied promptly, gave a realistic estimate of fees and paid close attention to all aspects of the matter.

Key clients

Schroders Personal Wealth

Old Mutual Wealth

Equiom Trust Limited

Capco Trust Jersey Limited (now part of Ocorian)

LV=

Planning Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides strategic planning advice on Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs), regeneration and redevelopment schemes, and major commercial and residential developments. The group's expertise encompasses planning permission applications, compulsory purchases, funding work and land law issues. The team acts for developers, local authorities, corporates and infrastructure providers. Claire Brook in the Leeds office focuses on planning and environmental development matters, collaborating with other offices as part of the national team led by Jonathan Bower.

Practice head(s):

Claire Brook; Jonathan Bower

Testimonials

WBD has a broad spectrum of experience across multiple successful engagements where getting it right first time has secured successful outcomes.

We engage with the WBD team from Partner level downwards. All of them demonstrate an enthusiasm that is often missing in some businesses and at all levels they are willing to dedicate the necessary time to secure the best results.

Key clients

Wheelabrator Technologies

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

Leeds City Council

London Borough of Lewisham

Places for People Homes

The West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Taylor Wimpey

Augean

Sembcorp Utilities UK

Commercial Estates Group (CEG)

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

Strata Homes

Grainger

Linden Homes Limited

NHS Property Services Limited

FCC Environment

The University of Law

London Borough of Bexley

Persimmon Homes

Natwest

Rentplus

Karbon Homes

Planning Tier 2

Specialising in infrastructure projects, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is active in regeneration and redevelopment schemes, as well as transport planning and highways matters. The firm also provides expertise in CPOs, judicial reviews and planning litigation. Jonathan Bower leads the practice and has experience in infrastructure planning in the energy, regeneration and local government areas. Notable in the team are Richard Guyatt, whose strengths include judicial reviews, CPOs and town planning; Victoria Redman, who acts in contentious and non-contentious planning matters; and senior counsel Kevin Gibbs, who is a dual qualified chartered town planner and solicitor, and is particularly active in regeneration and infrastructure schemes.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Bower

Testimonials

‘Very satisfied with the quality and overall performance of their service’

 ‘WBD have been very responsive in drawing on capability and capacity within the firm to ensure the project continues to progress through all the major processes’

‘Richard Guyatt and Kevin Gibbs are very impressive’

‘The team are unique in that they are very client focused and in a way which is solutions and delivery orientated’

‘The planning team is just fantastic’

‘Victoria Redman is completely on top of the technical issues and manages to make all on the project team feel confident that the advice is correct and considered’

Key clients

North Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, South Gloucestershire Council, Bath and North East Somerset Council, West of England Combined Authority

Bristol Airport

Homes England

Sedgemoor District Council

Three Rivers District Council

Watford Borough Council

Fareham Borough Council

Sedgemoor District, Somerset West and Taunton Councils

London Borough of Sutton

North Wales Police

Rentplus UK

Highways England

Planning and environment Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP brings together specialists in both environment and planning, with Stuart Wardlaw and managing associate Stephen Dagg leading the respective teams. The planning team acts on significant infrastructure projects, regeneration and re-development schemes, and contentious planning issues, among others. Its sector-specific expertise includes energy, transport, housing and the public sector. In the environmental space, the group stands out for its strength in compliance matters, liability management, and environmental enforcement and prosecution. Associate Antonia Murillo has expertise in planning litigation.

Practice head(s):

Stuart Wardlaw; Stephen Dagg

Other key lawyers:

Antonia Murillo; Francesca Hodgson; Kate Ashworth

Testimonials

The team always makes itself available to deliberate and strategise over projects and specific issues, providing pragmatic and honest advice. You feel safe and firmly supported in making key decisions, knowing that this extensively experienced team has a handle on all issues and at all times during the project.

Associate Antonia Murillo is extremely competent, playing a full part in the cases in which she is involved. Antonia is very approachable and prepared to go that extra distance to resolve issues promptly and efficiently.

Key clients

Vauxhall Motors (Groupe PSA)

Huntsman

Innovia

Sembcorp Utilities

Chemoxy International

Vertellus Specialities UK

Banks Group

Augean

Northern Powergrid

Intu Properties

Bellway Homes

Three Rivers District Council

Persimmon Homes

Grainger

Akelius Residential Property AB

B & Q

Standard Life UK

Property litigation Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Southampton team is led by Mark Barley, who has over 30 years experience encompassing the full range of matters from mainstream portfolio management issues for institutional landlords and corporate and retail occupiers, through to Telecoms Code and foreshore and mooring issues for the Crown Estate. Managing associate Vicki Young acts for many of the team's principal clients with particular experience in insolvencies, opposed and unopposed lease renewal claims, high-value dilapidation claims and complex break precondition issues. Newcastle-based Jen Smurthwaite leads the national practice.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barley; Jen Smurthwaite

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

A first class team. You know you are in safe hands.

A pleasure to work with. They understand client needs and expectations.

We have worked with Mark Barley on several occasions and he gives good commercial advice.

Good local strength and technical know how.

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Patrizia

Addington Capital

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Carpetright

Ann Summers

Specsavers

Post Office

Historic England

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for farmers and landowners, as well as trusts and lending institutions. Major sources of work for the firm's agriculture, farms and estates team include the sale and purchase of property and the development of land. Practice head Robert Drewett is based in the firm's Bristol office.

Practice head(s):

Robert Drewett

Other key lawyers:

Laura Brodie

Testimonials

‘Incisive advice and prompt, effective action from partners supported by knowledgeable teams of lawyers.’

‘Robert Drewett is highly professional with a depth of legal knowledge tempered by a sound, practical approach. Christopher Kerr-Smiley provides excellent legal advice delivered to tight time scales where required.’

‘The team are extremely knowledgeable and responsive.’

‘They respond quickly and efficiently. Where further information is required it is found.’

Key clients

National Trust

Grainger PLC

Church Commissioners

English Heritage

The Society of Merchant Venturers

St Monica Trust

National Farmers Union

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

RwE

Corporate tax Tier 3

The Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP tax department has notable energy sector expertise, and regularly advises on the restructuring and sale of wind farm and biomass projects. Drawing on the firm's transatlantic presence, it also has experience assisting international clients with their investments in the UK. Finance and private equity investment-related tax is another area where the group excels. Managing associate Ronan Lowney takes the lead.

Practice head(s):

Ronan Lowney

Testimonials

‘We regularly deal with Ronan Lowney on tax matters and he is always great to deal with, providing sensible commercial advice.’

Key clients

Piper Private Equity

RES UK & Ireland

DREAM

Rockpool

Arch Insurance

Third energy

Chrysaor

Comexposium

Transdev

HQW

Local government Tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP fields a multi-disciplinary practice encompassing public procurement, regulatory, public law and planning and infrastructure teams. The firm has particular strengths and expertise in the heat sector, advising councils on projects in this area, as well as on regeneration and development and matters relating to the leisure sector. Iain Greenshields has significant experience within the local government sector, covering PFI, PPPs, joint ventures and outsourcing, having advised numerous local authorities both regionally and nationally.

Practice head(s):

Iain Greenshields

Other key lawyers:

Andrew Hirst

Testimonials

“The team are very experienced and knowledgeable in terms of the waste sector and provide advice based on those experiences. Womble Bond Dickinson have been very able to provide practical and robust advice to support project delivery and been prepared to advise when options are not viable whilst always suggesting alternatives.”

“Iain Greenshields and Andrew Hirst have been professional and personable ensuring that they are able to deliver advice within agreed timeframes to meet the required brief.”

“We have experienced a very professional and responsive service from Womble Bond Dickinson. They provided a multi-disciplinary team who have been able to support us cohesively.”

Iain Greenshields and Andrew Hirst provide a proactive and responsive service. Access to a multi-disciplinary team has been particularly valuable and the workload has been effectively overseen and planned by Andrew.”

Key clients

Hampshire County Council

City of York Council

West Lancashire Borough Council

Cardiff Council

Havant Borough Council

Newcastle City Council

North Somerset Council

Northumberland County Council

Sheffield City Council

Breckland Council

South Holland District Council

Telford & Wrekin Borough Council

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

The Borough of Broxbourne

Durham County Council

South Gloucestershire Council

Bath & NE Somerset Council

Tees Valley Combined Authority

West Berkshire Council

Fareham Borough Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Portsmouth City Council

London Borough of Sutton

Kirklees MBC

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Allerdale Borough Council

Cumbria County Council

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

Supported by a specialist trust and probate disputes team, the Leeds-based private wealth team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts predominantly for clients with substantial assets, using complex structures to handle wealth issues in a tax efficient way. The team, led by legal director Susan Maxey, acts for some of the region's wealthiest families and sits as part of the firm's national practice.

Practice head(s):

Susan Maxey

Other key lawyers:

Fiona McLaughlin

Testimonials

Excellent knowledge in Private Client areas. Very client aware and responsive. Always consider the team is looking for the best solution for us – the client.”

Susan Maxey is an excellent Director who fully understands how difficult this area can be for clients. She always ensures that the client has an understanding of the issues and the solutions. She is very patient and clear with a very nice style which is appreciated by clients. Fiona McLaughlin is also a very good member of the team and works very closely and effectively with Susan.

Susan Maxey and Fiona McLaughlin are both very polished operators.

Highly knowledgeable and approachable team.

Susan Maxey is smart, knowledgeable and effective.  She understands complex situations and is able to convey the reasons behind her legal solution clearly and effectively to the client.”

I rate Susan Maxey as absolutely outstanding in this area – switched on, technically accomplished, business-savvy and, above all, a gifted communicator.

Professional negligence Tier 3

The professional risks group at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP sits within the insurance disputes team nationally, and handles claims for insurers and their policyholders. The group is particularly noted for negligence claims involving legal professionals. From Southampton, James Robins takes the lead on professional indemnity matters in the south west, with experience representing high-profile professional services firms. In Bristol, managing associate Zoe Lettieri specialises in professional risks and coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):

James Robins

Other key lawyers:

Zoe Lettieri; Susan Periselneris

Testimonials

James Robins – has very good judgement.’

The South West offering has reduced over the past couple of years as a result of movements / reductions in insurer panels and the departure of a couple of partners but the quality of the offering still appears strong.’

 

Key clients

AIG Europe (UK)

Liberty Mutual Insurance

Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

Construction Tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Southampton team is led by managing associate Amy Hodge who specialises in non-contentious construction matters and has extensive experience advising developer and funder clients in relation to construction procurement, including drafting and negotiating building contracts and consultant appointments. She is supported by associate solicitor Josiane Williams who has experience drafting, negotiating and advising on bespoke and standard form construction contracts.

Practice head(s):

Amy Hodge

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

I find Womble Bond Dickinson to be readily available, responsive, commercially aware and thorough.

Amy Hodge is a key player.  I have worked with her for years on more than one matter.  She is unfailing in her attention to detail and value for money.

Key clients

B&Q

The Church Commissioners for England

The University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

Halifax Pension Nominees

Quilter

Ashfield Land Retail Developers

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

The Original Bowling Company

Bletchley Developments

Superdrug Stores

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

Managing associate Ed Duffield heads up Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s employment practice with a focus on contentious matters, acting before the Employment Tribunal in unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing claims. The team also advises on senior employee exits and restructurings with a strong focus on the charity and education sectors; other clients stem from the manufacturing, chemicals and transport industries. Andrew Tingley is developing the firm’s corporate immigration practice with support from associate Alan Kennedy.

Practice head(s):

Ed Duffield

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

All of the people we have dealt with in the Employment team have been professional, helpful, pleasant and easy to speak to. They offer clear, concise advice and discuss the levels of risk involved depending upon actions taken. Ed Duffield is our main contact and we have developed an excellent relationship with him over the last five years.

Ed Duffield is clear and concise and provides advice to protect the organisation and minimise risk to the organisation. Ed has a great sense of humour and is always engaging in our conversations either by phone, email or face to face. Ed provides excellent letters where required. Ed has got to know us as an organisation and understands our needs and his advice is given in this context.

Key clients

Dnata Limited

Sky Betting & Gaming

Ordnance Survey

Cello Health Group plc

Stevenswood Group

OnX Enterprise Solutions

Sanderson Weatherall

Huntsman/Venator

Ampleforth College

Vertellus Specialties UK

Saint Catherine’s Hospice

Commercial litigation: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's commercial litigation team counts the financial services, manufacturing, public and retail sectors among its industry specialisms. Following Nick Mason's retirement, managing associate Scott Nodder jointly heads up the Leeds practice alongside Newcastle-based Paul Stewart.

Practice head(s):

Paul Stewart; Scott Nodder

Testimonials

‘Excellent commercial litigators, capable of dealing with a wide range of commercial disputes equally well.’

Clinical negligence and personal injury: defendant

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, the casualty litigation team represents insurers, self-insured entities and private commercial organisations on a variety of issues arising from personal injury claims, including insurance disputes and risk management issues. The group, headed by catastrophic injury expert David Brown, handles employers' and public liability matters, and motor, industrial disease and travel claims.

Practice head(s):

David Brown

Other key lawyers:

David Armstrong; Sally Brock; Donna Hobbs

Key clients

RATP Group (including London United Busways, London Sovereign, Epsom Coaches, Metrolink, Selwyns, and The Original London Sightseeing Tour)

AIG

Transdev

Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (Europe)

CNA Hardy

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1 November 2017, from the combination of UK law firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. The combined firm is now amongst the Top 100 law firms globally and a Top 20 UK law firm.

In the UK, WBD has more than 120 partners and around 450 lawyers based in eight major cities across the country including in London, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. In the US the firm has over 540 lawyers working across 19 offices including Houston, Boston, Washington DC, Atlanta and Los Angeles to name a few. The firm’s reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with law firms in Germany and France, and through the Lex Mundi network, WBD can offer clients access to counsel in more than 120 countries.

WBD advises over 40 FTSE 350 companies, including many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. The firm advises clients across eleven key sectors including: energy and natural resources; financial institutions; healthcare; insurance; manufacturing; real estate; retail and consumer; transport, logistics and infrastructure; pharmaceuticals and life sciences; technology; and private wealth.

WBD also works closely with UK Local and Central Government authorities, as well as other organisations in the wider public and third sector. The firm advises the UK Government’s Crown Commercial Service, providing a full-service of legal expertise across a range of disciplines, including general commercial, litigation and employment advice. WBD was appointed as a Tier 1 firm advising Central Government Departments, Agencies and Arms’ Length Bodies.

In addition, WBD is a member of The Whitehall & Industry Group (WIG), an independent charity that brings business, government and the not-for-profit sector closer together, to learn from each other and co-create solutions. As a law firm advising public, private and not for profit organisations, WBD understands the importance for further cross-sector collaborations and WIG provides the perfect platform to build dialogue and enhance learning and understanding.

The firm has a wealth of expertise and a strong track record in all these sectors, enabling it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients. This thorough understanding of its clients and of the sectors they operate in, means that WBD can anticipate and deliver the right expertise through innovative solutions.

WBD has a strong focus on innovation, the firm was ranked 33rd in the FT’s Europe Top 50 Most Innovative Law Firms. It also has a dedicated Innovation Group that works with lawyers and clients to help identify new opportunities of delivering the best value and coordinate initiatives and projects across the firm that will help drive the business – and its clients – forward.

With this ambition in mind, the firm recently launched the WBD Advance platform, a flexible solution that pulls together all of the firm’s key technology and business services that are becoming increasingly essential to clients alongside traditional legal advice. These services include support for high-volume projects such as due diligence; document review; project and risk management of legal work; automation and process design; managing knowledge and information; and flexible resourcing including flexible lawyering options for in-house counsel.

WBD is heavily involved in a comprehensive responsible business programme and recognises the importance of supporting projects in its local communities. The firm also has an effective environmental policy as a founding member of the UK’s Legal Sector Alliance and provides its employees with an excellent place to work. As a gold status member of the Law Society Diversity & Inclusion Charter and holders of the Investors in People Silver standard, the firm is actively engaged in the promotion of a more diverse legal profession and has also been featured in The Lawyer’s Top 200 as a ‘Diversity Pioneer’.

In a profession not typically known for its diversity or accessibility, WBD is committed to supporting social mobility and creating new routes into the legal profession. The firm is considered a pioneer in the introduction of legal apprenticeships and was amongst the first to launch a solicitor apprenticeship programme. WBD currently employs a total of 37 apprentices including 12 solicitor apprentices, paralegal apprentices and apprentices working in support teams including HR, facilities and IT. WBD also featured as a top graduate employer in the UK in the Guardian UK 300.

UK offices: Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton.

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing partner Jonathan Blair
UK Chairman Simon Richardson
Agriculture, farms and estates Simon Kirkup
Banking and financial services Julian Kinsey
Charities Emma Moody
Chemicals and manufacturing Peter Snaith
Commercial Paula Bartlett
Commercial disputes Paul Stewart
Construction and engineering Simon Rowland
Corporate and commercial Stephen Pierce
Corporate (inc company secretarial) Stephen Pierce
Developers and investors Mark Owen
Dispute resolution Tom Beezer
Employment Jon Hales
Energy and natural resources Simon Hughes
Finance and investment John Ralph
Financial institutions Simon Richardson
Insurance claims Sushma MacGeoch
Investment and pensions David Dale
Oil and gas Richard Cockburn
Onshore Andy Layton
Operational property (and retail) Katherine Douglas
Pensions Martin Poore
Planning and infrastructure Jonathan Bower
Private capital Helen Tavroges
Private wealth David Dale
Projects and procurement Kevin Robertson
Property litigation Jen Smurthwaite
Real estate Claire Brook
Regulatory and environment Stuart Wardlaw
Residential Nigel Emmerson
Restructuring and insolvency Andy Stirk
Retail Gavin Matthews
Scotland Richard Cockburn
Tax/trust and accounting Jeremy Smith
Technology, media and communications (TMC) Alastair Mitton
Transport and infrastructure David Rewcastle
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Number of UK partners : 126
Number of other UK fee-earners : 447

Diversity and Inclusion: stepping up a gear

Increasingly, clients are asking their law firms what they are doing promote diversity and to create a more inclusive place to work. Quite rightly, our clients want to know that we are able to offer up teams that have excellent cognitive diversity, and that reflect the client’s own people profile and values. This client dimension overlaps with our own people and business imperative; the right thing to do is to challenge ourselves to try new initiatives, to continue to put ourselves in the shoes of others, to discuss the issues and change our behaviours and mind-sets, and constructively challenge non-inclusive behaviour, in order to ensure that no one feels like an outsider. In theory, with more diversity, (whether gender, physical, cognitive, social, generational, cultural, ethnic or sexual), we create the chance to learn something from someone different, or with a different perspective to our own, and it creates a fertile breeding ground for new ways of working and operating. That makes us more resilient and sustainable as a business. Diversity, however, is ornamental without inclusivity; we have to make sure different people are in the rooms where decisions are made and not only make sure that they feel safe sharing what is on their minds, but actively encourage them to contribute.

The process of crafting a more diverse and inclusive environment gives us the opportunity to engage with clients on this subject, and find out what they are doing, what works, what hasn’t worked, and how their challenges are different or similar to ours. We can use it to deepen our relationships with them, and at the same time learn from each other.

In addition to continuing with our #BeYourself initiative, this year, we are focussing on making more progress on our gender balance at senior levels, and on LGBTQ+ and BAME inclusion. We were one of only nine firms in the UK to be awarded the new Women in Law Empowerment Forum Gold Standard in June 2019, but we recognise that the criteria currently are not necessarily stretching enough; it is a line in the sand for us, a minimum threshold, if you will. Creating our first LGBTQ+ network (WBD Pride) and our first BAME network (BAME@WBD) has been a huge step forward and one we hope will help us take an intersectional approach to diversity and inclusion for the first time.

A Board member is directly responsible and accountable for working with our D&I Group (comprised of a cross-section of engaged people from all around the business) and a newly created D&I Steering Group (comprised of partners who are ambassadors and “change agents”). Their remit is to evolve our strategy and to “mainstream” the infrastructural changes necessary or potentially useful to achieve the clear and measurable goals we set ourselves. A significant amount of work will be done this year in connection with our infrastructural audit, designed to remove unconscious bias in various systems, from our recruitment processes to our written communications with clients.

CSR and pro bono

We take our Responsible Business commitments as seriously as the quality of our legal advice. Our focus is about building sustainable relationships with our stakeholders. We aim to be a trusted employer and business supporting our clients, people and communities.

We have a Responsible Business programme which covers a number of areas:

  • Community support – partnering with charity partners and supporting community projects. We make financial donations via our Charitable Trust.
  • Volunteering – each member of staff is entitled to 2 days volunteering.
  • Workplace – we are committed to creating and maintaining a safe and inclusive workplace where our people can achieve their work potential, and supporting access into the legal profession. We strive to create a diverse and inclusive culture to attract and retain the very best people.
  • Environmental – we are ever mindful of the environmental impacts of our business. Our Responsible Business activity forms a central part of our commitment to being a sustainable business that has a positive impact on the UK and wider world.
  • Responsible business practices – we apply the highest standards of professionalism business ethics and risk management, building sustainable practices for the benefit of our clients.
  • Pro bono – we support organisations whose objectives are about promoting access to justice and economies by supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.

In terms of community support and pro bono one area of focus is on social inclusion and mobility via our 3E’s strategy. We focus on empowering young people and adults to unlock potential in the areas of Education, Employment and Entrepreneurship – the 3Es. As lawyers and business professionals these are one of the areas where we can maximise our core business skill set and make the most significant impact.

We support charities through fund raising, volunteering to support mentoring and reading schemes. Our offices support a range of charities and projects local to their communities.

We support a wide range of charities and projects whose mission fits squarely with our 3E’s strategy. We have also pioneered a number of routes into the legal profession; our Early Careers programme was set up for students who don’t have any work experience or access to a network of connections. We also have an award winning apprenticeship scheme that aims to bring diversity in the workplace.

We recognise that there are other barriers to individuals accessing the 3Es, from homelessness and food poverty, to mental health and caring commitments. For these reasons we also support a range of charities helping these causes. The following examples are collaborations of us working in partnership to maximise social impact, and working in the spirt of SDG 17 “Partnership for the Goals”:

  • Since 2017 we have supported a number of foodbanks and “Food Poverty” projects in communities close to our office, thus far we have donated circa 6 Tonnes of Food. Our Foodbank Campaign and our apprenticeship scheme was referenced in the UK’s first Voluntary Local Review of city level progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Report was presented at the United Nations in July 2019 https://www.womblebonddickinson.com/uk/insights/news/wbd-takes-part-first-ever-uk-local-bristol-review-un-sdgs
  • We are a Founder Funder of Southwark a place-based giving scheme working with local charities, and partners.

We have concentrated our pro bono offering on supporting Access to Justice partners, local economies within our communities through legal support to young entrepreneurs and small businesses, student law clinics and small charities with no legal budget. We have partnered with Greenwich University Small Business Clinic to support small businesses to access high quality commercial advice. The partnership has also widened access to the legal profession. Students at Greenwich come from a diverse demographic, they are often the first in their families to undertake ‘A’ levels, and often have no connections in the law particularly in commercial law firms. Building on existing pro bono activity, in 2019 our Bristol office has partnered with Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Service providing support and raising awareness.

 

The Lex 100 Verdict

Womble Bond Dickinson is able to offer 'wide-ranging work' whilst 'staying in touch with the local market' from its offices across England and Scotland. The firm strikes a good balance in that it offers trainees a 'significant degree of autonomy in comparison with some larger firms and better formal training than that of smaller firms'. Trainees are 'thrown in at the deep end' and receive 'lots of responsibility'. WBD has picked up Lex 100 Winner awards for inclusiveness, work/life balance and social life. Speaking of the latter, there is a 'very large social side to being a trainee' in the Newcastle, Bristol and London offices in particular. Southampton trainees 'wish we had that here too!'. The 'warm and friendly atmosphere' is one of the best things about the firm – 'everyone gets on with everyone and I can go to any senior colleague for advice at a moment's notice'. Staff are 'not only willing to support you in your career development but also genuinely care about who you are as a person'. Trainees mostly complained about the salary and the seat rotation process, the finalisation of which is 'often last minute'. A 'seat with a high amount of admin-related tasks', 'covering fee earners' work while they are on leave without much briefing' and 'bibling at 8pm' were begrudged. On the plus side, recruits were thrilled to 'attend a Court of Appeal hearing', 'go to a meeting in France where I was actively involved in the discussions' and 'the induction week in Newcastle'. If an 'exciting, growing international firm but with grounded people who prioritise work/life balance' appeals to you, research Womble Bond Dickinson.