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Employment > Health and safety Tier 2

The regulatory and environment team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has been involved in many of the leading health and safety cases of the last 10 years, including the Didcot Power Station collapse and the Grenfell Tower inquiry. The team provides a full range of both contentious and non-contentious services, including in matters related to enforcement action, corporate and personal liability and operational advice. Jon Cooper leads the team, encompassing a full range of health and safety legal services, conducting cases for both prosecution and defence in high profile cases. Kevin Elliott has recently joined the firm, bringing extensive experience in representing individuals and organisations following workplace fatalities. Stephen Panton is another noteworthy name, with a wide practice encompassing waste, construction, energy, transport and care.

Practice head(s):

Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:

Kevin Elliott; Stephen Panton; Ashley Borthwick

Testimonials

‘First class offering, team willing to go above and beyond to help client, fast, pragmatic advice demonstrating a real understanding of not just the specialist area but also the business needs of the client. Willing to be flexible about needs including offering senior management training to the business. Recent increase in proportion of female lawyers in the team.’

‘Stand out partners: Jon Cooper and Stephen Panton – both incredibly responsive – we always feel with are in safe hands with them. Very approachable and supportive. Have always given us excellent advice – pragmatic, clear, to the point. Supported by a good team of more junior lawyers.’

‘Regulatory legal advice at the highest level is hard to find. This team are exceptional not only in their approachability and pragmatism but also the results achieved.’

‘Jon Cooper – Clearly knows his subject area but manages to deliver difficult advice in a client friendly manner. Has a result as opposed to fee based approach to the advice and managed third party relationships very sensitively.’

‘Kevin Elliot is a stand out partner. He has an all round set of skills at the highest level.. He has extensive legal knowledge, tactical nous, great strategic ability and inspires confidence in all around him. He is a great team player and l value his dynamic, informed and collaborative approach to legal problems.’

‘Jon Cooper is brilliant to work with. He knows health and safety law inside out and is an excellent team player.

‘Ashley Borthwick is hard working, responsive and provides very sound advice.’

‘Jon Cooper and Kevin Elliot are partners with a national reputation for Heath and Safety advice in particular in relation to the defence of companies and their directors for alleged breach of Health and Safety offences. In terms of experience and know-how they are unrivalled. Their team is inspired but the to provide a first class service to all clients.’

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

Southern Co-operative Limited

Northern Powergrid

Nissan UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Princess Yachts Limited

AIG

IBI Group (UK) Limited

Sir Robert McAlpine Limited

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Carlsberg to advise it in relation to the Police and Health and Safety Executive investigation and prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive into a very serious incident which occurred at the Company’s brewery
  • Instructed by Sir Robert McAlpine following a fatal accident in August 2019 during the refurbishment of the St Enoch’s Shopping Centre Glasgow
  • Advising Local Authority Building Control in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Transport > Rail Tier 2

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is praised for its ‘flexible approach to meeting the needs of its clients in a time efficient and cost-effective way’. David Rewcastle whose ‘knowledge of the industry and the law is second to none’ heads the practice. It continues to act for a broad range of train operator clients. The dynamic team has also been involved in some key rail and infrastructure projects and is adept at handling planning and authorisation issues. Paul Coleman specialises in heavy and light rail franchises, concessions and related mobilisations as well as rolling stock financing, procurement and rail infrastructure projects. Associate Joseph Causer is another name to note.

Practice head(s):

David Rewcastle

Other key lawyers:

Paul Coleman; Joseph Causer; Todd Rayner; Kevin Bell

Testimonials

‘The WBD Transport Team is exceptionally knowledgeable in regards to the transport sector with particular reference to all issues regarding the railway sector. They understand our business and are able to support all our requirements thoroughly and efficiently’.

‘Paul Coleman is an outstanding individual. He has an uncanny skill of being able to navigate the most complex of negotiations and legal issues in a manner that completely reassures the client. Paul has an almost encyclopaedic knowledge of the railway’.

‘Joseph Causer is a frequently sought after lawyer from the transport team. Intelligent and articulate, he brings a clear sense of reassurance and confidence to any matter and is able to change complex subject matter into the simplest of words’.

Todd Rayner is a stand out lawyer. Todd is highly reliable, responsive and provides sound counsel. He is exceedingly personable and carries the right level of enthusiasm to see through the most tedious of client driven drafting requirements‘.

‘David Rewcastle was extremely focused on securing the optimal outcome for us as a client. Despite working with us for over a year on this project, at no time did we even feel that any other client or work was going on at the same time’.

‘I can honestly say that it has been a pleasure to work with Womble Bond Dickinson over the course of the last two years. David Rewcastle is an ultimate professional. He is extremely knowledgeable and has been integral to the success of our project’.

‘The Team at WBD is highly skilled, knowledgeable and always available to help. They have a wealth of knowledge in the rail and transport sector and have a broad set of capabilities within the team, so there is always a solution to hand’.

‘David Rewcastle, Kevin Bell and Paul Coleman each have a wealth of knowledge in the general commercial, commercial property and regulatory areas of railway and, together their capabilities in the rail and transport sector are unmatched’.

Key clients

Go-Ahead Group plc/Govia

Abellio

Govia Thameslink Railway

London & South Eastern Railway Limited (Southeastern)

Arriva

Bombardier

Transdev

London North Eastern Railway

Stadler

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Nexus

The Chiltern Railway Company Limited

SE Trains Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising Southeastern on the handover of the South Eastern franchise to SE Trains Limited.
  • Advising Govia Thameslink Rail on its ongoing proposal for a new National Rail Contract template.
  • Advising Chiltern Railways on various property and regulatory issues related to the new Direct Award National Rail Contract for the Chiltern Railways franchise.

Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s team of dedicated practitioners draws on a wealth of experience at all levels of the court system as well as in negotiation and mediation approaches. It cooperates closely with the firm’s affiliated trust company, which is frequently appointed as independent trustee for estates and trusts involved in disputes. Practice head Neil Long  is based in London, he has represented clients in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Protection. Richard Pike, who is praised for his ‘sharp strategic instinct’ is based in Edinburgh but has been involved in trust litigation across the UK. The team gained associate Joe Kelley from Ward Hadaway LLP in May 2022.

Practice head(s):

Neil Long

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team has a great range of experience throughout its members. They are familiar with dealing with issues arising in larger and complex estates. The contentious team appears relatively small in comparison to their non-contentious practice and other competitor firms.’

‘They are real market leaders. I cannot think of another firm in the North with as good a team, as good a set of clients, and as thorough a knowledge and understanding of the law. They get excellent cases, and they deliver excellent service. The cream of the crop.’

‘Richard Pike. He is approachable, down-to-earth, very clever, and knows a awful lot. Superb.’

‘Lovely responsive team.’

Key clients

Womble Bond Dickinson (Trust Corporation) Limited as Trustee of the G W Procter 1975 Settlement

Sarah Glenn & others

Work highlights

  • The firm’s trust company was appointed as a neutral independent trustee of a number of family trusts which together own an £8m agricultural holding in Yorkshire. The trust structure is subject to complex and ongoing High Court litigation between the beneficiaries, former trustees and the firm’s trust company (as incumbent trustee).

Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's national planning and infrastructure team has notable expertise in the energy, transport, housing, regeneration and public sectors and is highly regarded for its knowledge of infrastructure developments and projects, development consent orders, compulsory purchase matters and environmental enforcement and prosecution work. In Newcastle, legal director Stephen Dagg is the primary contact, and the team also includes regulatory specialist and legal director Francesca Hodgson and managing associate Kate Ashworth.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Dagg

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Sound legal advice based on strong industry knowledge.’

‘Kate Ashworth is accessible and provides information in a readily accessible form for non-legal parties.’

Key clients

Bellway Homes Limited

Three Rivers District Council

Hearthstone Investment Management

Solar 21 Renewable Energy Limited

Augean PLC

Vertellus Specialities UK

Banks Group

Augean plc

Northern Powergrid

Work highlights

  • Acting for Bellway Homes in relation to a section 106 agreement required for a planning appeal in respect of a development for 105 houses.
  • Advising in relation to an application for a Development Consent Order for a Green Energy Park in Lincolnshire for Solar 21 Renewable Energy Limited.
  • Advising Augean on all the planning, environmental and regulatory aspects of a new Development Consent Order (DCO) application to extend its hazardous waste and low level waste landfill and treatment site in Northamptonshire.

Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

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

Practice head(s):

Nigel Emmerson; John Ralph

Testimonials

‘Technically reliable and good commercial balance.’

‘Approachable and commercially aware, and able to understand a brief and stick to it.’

‘Stands out for the range of work from routine to bespoke with all members of the larger team working and communicating well together.’

‘The team at Womble Bond Dickinson is very approachable and helpful. We have been dealing with them on a land and property acquisition and found the team very professional and proactive. The team has a great knowledge of our requirements and is able to provide advice and propose suitable solutions. The personalised approach makes working together much easier and efficient. The communication is very good and we are able to get response to queries promptly.’

Key clients

Karbon Homes Limited

Bernicia Group

Places for People Homes

Home Group Limited

Royal Masonic Benevolent Institute

Bradford City Council

Kirklees Council

Leeds City Council

Work highlights

  • Advising Karbon Homes in relation to its ongoing development programme.
  • Acting for the Bernicia Group on a range of tenancy management issues including claims to possession, injunctions to tackle anti-social behaviour, committals for breach and defending housing disrepair claims.
  • Acting for Places for People Homes in relation to its ongoing development programme including acquisitions of sites, development agreements and the acquisition of units from house builders fulfilling section 106 obligations.

Real estate > Construction Tier 2

Headed by Simon Rowland at the national level, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's construction and engineering team has a strong presence in the South East, where partner Jessica Tresham is a key name in Southampton. it handles major projects from inception to completion, and can draw on experienced lawyers from other practices within the firm to build bespoke teams to provide comprehensive support. Tresham focuses on contentious work, where she has experience bringing claims to the Technology and Construction Court and advising in arbitrations, adjudications, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. On the non-contentious side, managing associate Amy Hodge is known for her work on transactional matters.

Practice head(s):

Jessica Tresham; Simon Rowland

Other key lawyers:

Amy Hodge; Hannah Gardiner

Testimonials

‘The team is a serious player in the market with an impressive client base of large corporate clients in the UK and US across a number of sectors.’

‘Jess Tresham is an excellent leader of a team, a top lawyer and huge driver of a team offering inspiration and responsibility rather than remote delegation.’

‘Jess Tresham is very sound and knowledgeable on the law; impeccable commercial judgment; effective time management; an absolute pleasure to work with. A strategic mastermind that can see the wood for the trees and plot a way through.’

‘Hannah Gardiner is a rising star; incredibly bright and efficient.’

Key clients

B&Q Limited

The Church Commissioners for England

The University of Portsmouth Higher Education Corporation

Garmin (Europe) Limited

Hutchison 3G UK Limited

New Look Retailers Limited

The Original Bowling Company Limited

The University of Plymouth

UPS SCS (UK) Limited

Liverpool Victoria Financial Services Limited

Work highlights

  • Advising B&Q Limited in relation to the drafting of the majority of their construction contracts, and providing updates to the suite of contracts in response to changing legal requirements.
  • Appointed by The Church Commissioners for England to provide all legal services in connection with a programme of extensive maintenance, repair and alteration works due to be carried out at Lambeth Palace.
  • Instructed by the University of Portsmouth in connection with three projects in its Estate Masterplan Framework.

Real estate > Property litigation Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s South Coast property disputes team is led by Mark Barley in Southampton, and sits within the firm’s wider property litigation practice, led by Jen Smurthwaite in Newcastle and Leeds. Much of the team’s recent work has involved acting for commercial landlords and tenants on issues arising from government shutdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic. Barley leads on the vast majority of work, with particular experience in commercial lease matters, as well as acting for clients in the telecoms industry. Vicki Young is especially noted for her work for clients with large property portfolios, and Lauren Meade is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Mark Barley; Jen Smurthwaite

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Mark Barley is an incredible lawyer. His advice is thorough and well thought out. He is responsive and has great commercial awareness. I am always confident that I can rely on his advice. His rates are also very competitive compared to other firms.’

Key clients

The Crown Estate

Patrizia

Addington Capital

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Carpetright Limited

Ann Summers English Heritage Trust

Halifax

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Bristol Tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has sector specialisms in energy, insurance and real estate, offering clients expertise in acquisitions, disposals, investments and joint ventures. The team is particularly active in deals involving private equity, where the practice acts for PE houses including Puma, Piper and LDC as well as for management teams. Tom Fitzpatrick serves as practice head and is noted for his work on deals involving financial services and insurance companies, while Simon Hewes has substantial experience in mid-market transactions, particularly in the oil and gas space. Managing associates Sammy Hill and Alex Fergus are also recommended for their broad transactional experience.

Practice head(s):

Tom Fitzpatrick

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘Excellent understanding of handling the sale of our company to a European purchaser. They were able to call on individual specialists as required. They inspired confidence right through the process and always gave very prompt responses.’

‘Sammy Hill has an amazing grasp of the complexities involved in the company sale process. She was able to talk us through each of many changes in the SPA as it progressed.’

Key clients

Vitol Group (Vitol SA)

Energie Baden-Württemberg AG

OVO Energy Limited

RWE Npower

Piper PE LLP

LDC Managers Limited

Puma Private Equity

Arch Insurance & Arch Reinsurance

Howden Broking Group

Willis Towers Watson plc (including Innovisk Capital Partners)

Moorfield Group

NCR Corporation

Work highlights

  • Advised leading mid-market private equity firm LDC on its £13m investment in digital media company Hybrid.
  • Advised longstanding client Piper Private Equity, the leading specialist investor in consumer brands, on its £33m minority stake investment in Omlet, the fast growing design-led pet accessories brand sold exclusively online.
  • Advised Bermuda-based Arch Reinsurance Ltd. on its agreement to acquire Somerset Bridge Group Limited, Southern Rock Holdings Limited and their subsidiaries.

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Bristol Tier 2

With ‘a focus on the client’s needs and objectives and the ability to tailor the advice to the client’s business’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s Bristol-based practice sits within the firm’s national group and acts for a range of national and FTSE clients including AIG, Npower and Quilter Group. The team also has expertise in the energy, insurance, transport, retail and consumer sectors, among others. Stephen Dilley leads the Bristol commercial disputes practice and focuses on contractual and corporate disputes. At a junior level, managing associate Victoria Brooks is the key name to note.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Dilley

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team is commercially minded and easy to deal with – the focus is on the client’s needs and objectives and tailoring the advice to our business. They are also willing to listen to constructive feedback and improve processes as required.’

‘Stephen Dilley – easy to deal with and commercial in approach.’

‘We have had the opportunity to build up a relationship with the practice over time. We therefore find the individuals we deal with well-briefed and capable.’

Key clients

Quilter Group Plc

AIG

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

Plymouth University

British Gas Trading Limited

Friends Life (now part of Aviva)

Npower

The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation plc

Work highlights

    Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 2

    From its Plymouth office, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s team works closely with other offices in the firm’s network to act for regional and national clients in a broad range of contentious mandates spanning the energy, insurance, financial services, transport, pensions, retail and consumer sectors. Gareth Kagan has notable experience in fraud injunctive relief and anti-avoidance work and heads up the practice. Managing associates Andrew Wilson and Luke Holmes also contribute with expertise in insolvency claims and contractual litigation respectively.

    Practice head(s):

    Gareth Kagan

    Other key lawyers:

    Key clients

    Quilter Group Plc

    AIG

    Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

    Plymouth University

    British Gas Trading Limited

    Friends Life (now part of Aviva)

    Npower

    The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation plc

    Work highlights

      Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence; defendant Tier 2

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a varied personal injury practice, advising clients on defending against claims involving workplace injuries, public liability and asbestos-related illnesses. The team stands out for the direct instructions it receives from corporates in addition to its work for insurers. Public transport is a key area of focus for the practice, such as handling claims involving falls on buses. David Brown leads the team and is praised as ‘extremely professional’.

      Practice head(s):

      David Brown

      Testimonials

      ‘This firm has a diverse range of professional individuals all highly skilled in a wide range of practices. They are extremely helpful, informative and knowledgeable in their individual roles.’

      ‘David Brown has been exemplary in his assistance to me in fighting a personal injury claim against the business I work for. His attention to detail has been exceptional. He is extremely professional and leaves no stone unturned.’

      Key clients

      RATP Group (including London United Busways, London Sovereign, Quality Line, Selwyns, and The Original London Sightseeing Tour)

      Historic England (The English Heritage Trust)

      Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company (Europe) Ltd

      LV=

      SPX Corporation

      Synthite Limited

      Vertellus Specialities UK Ltd

      C&J Clark

      Work highlights

      • Advising RATP Group (London United Busways Ltd) on a claim by a mechanic in a bus depot who is alleged to have suffered a back injury during the course of his employment – claimant failed to better the Part 36 offer which had been made 2 years previously. An order for payment of the defendant’s costs from the date of expiry of the offer was made against the claimant.
      • Advising RATP Dev UK (London Sovereign Ltd) in relation to a claim by an Italian national who suffered a fractured leg when falling down the stairwell of a double decker bus.
      • Advising RATP Group (London United Busways Ltd) on a claim. The claimant pleaded impecuniosity but, when put to proof, failed to adduce any credible evidence in support.

      Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 2

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has particular expertise in the handling of easements, tenancies and sales and purchases. Its clients range from landowners and banks to public authorities. Both Robert Drewett  and Simon Kirkup lead the practice. Drewett is a specialist in the management and maximisation of rural land assets. Kirkup advises charitable bodies, landowning families and private investors.

      Practice head(s):

      Robert Drewett; Simon Kirkup

      Other key lawyers:

      Laura Brodie; Janice Cowley

      Testimonials

      ‘Highly qualified staff who give a knowledgeable and personal service.’

      ‘Always happy to help and go the extra mile. Timely responses to requests.’

      Key clients

      National Trust

      Grainger PLC

      Church Commissioners

      English Heritage

      The Society of Merchant Venturers

      National Farmers Union

      Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

      RwE

      Work highlights

      • Advised client on the sale of a parcel of land belonging to two adjoining landowners.
      • Advised client on the sale of a parcel of land belonging to multiple adjoining landowners.

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy, project finance and PFI Tier 2

      Praised for its ‘unique insight into the forces at play in the market’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s South West energy and utilities practice, located in Bristol and Southampton, advises clients on a broad range of matters, from hydrogen and decarbonisation to oil and gas, and supply arrangements. It is also involved in the full spectrum of renewable technologies, where the team advises a number of domestic and international players in the market. Christopher Towner presides over the department and focuses on the commercial aspects of energy projects. Sebastian Briggs, who splits his time between Southampton and London, specialises in matters pertaining to energy and natural resources. The real estate aspects of projects are handled by Simon Hughes, while Charles Robson covers the development and financing of infrastructure projects.

      Practice head(s):

      Christopher Towner

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Very able individuals who have a real understanding of commercial issues affecting clients.’

      ‘The team advises a number of strategically relevant players on the UK Energy Market whether local or foreign stakeholders. This gives them a unique insight into the forces at play in the market. Their understanding of the multiple challenges faced by project developers is outstanding.’

      ‘Partner-led team who turn things around extremely quickly and can work on complex projects to a very demanding timeframe. Excellent quality of work and excellent value for money.’

      ‘Sebastian Briggs – is stand out. Brilliant on difficult M&A transactions and does whatever it takes to mete challenging deadlines. Truly fantastic to have him on your side/team.’

      Key clients

      Babcock Offshore MCS Aviation

      Cardiff Council

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

      Cheshire East Council

      Chrysaor

      East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd

      EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

      Energie Baden Wurttemberg

      E.ON

      Equinor

      Gigabox Developments

      Iona Capital

      Macquarie

      National Grid

      National Tube Stockholders (NTS)

      Npower

      Petrofac

      Renewable Energy Generation

      Renewable Energy Systems

      RWE (including RWE Npower and Innogy

      Scottish Power Renewables / Scottish Power Generation Power & Renewables

      Shell

      Simpsons Malt

      Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

      South Tees Development Corporation

      Statkraft

      Sumitomo Corporation

      Tampnet

      Tekmar Energy Limited

      Temporis Fund

      The Crown Estate

      The Oil and Gas Authority

      The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)

      Total E&P UK Limited

      VAALCO

      Vitol Group (Vitol SA and Vitol E&P)

      Windel Energy

      Work highlights

      • Act as sole advisors to Renewable Energy Systems Limited on all aspects of the development of their significant onshore wind, storage and solar portfolio in respect of new development and life extension project.
      • Advising Solihull MBC in relation to the Solihull Town Centre Low Carbon Energy Network.
      • Advised Sumitomo on a wholesale energy trading agreement under which Sumitomo would purchase gas and electricity on the wholesale markets to meet the demands of clients of Pozitive Energy Limited (PEL), an energy supplier with an exclusively business customer base.

      Real estate > Commercial property: Bristol Tier 2

      With ‘an excellent team that provides commercially minded and highly effective advice and support’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s real estate practice acts for public and private sector clients, often in matters pertaining to energy, institutional real estate investments and retail. The team is jointly led by Katherine Douglas, energy and natural resources expert Simon Hughes, and head of the Bristol office Fiona O’Kane. Institutional investments and development projects form the core areas of Andrew Harding‘s offering, who also regularly advises clients from the hospitality and leisure sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      Katherine Douglas; Simon Hughes; Fiona O’Kane

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Have experience of property matters relating to renewable energy schemes from both landowner and developer sides, so they can provide sensible commercial advice on what the other side are likely to accept. Transparent billing.’

      ‘Katherine Douglas is particularly of note with a level of communication and availability that is consistently exceptional. Advice is commercial and pragmatic across a wide range of property issues and consistently delivers against tight timescales on complicated matters.’

      ‘Simon Hughes – very strong on legal issues and giving commercial advice. Excellent at forming and cementing long-standing relationships. Extremely capable.’

      ‘Strong technical knowledge in commercial property relating to real estate for energy developments. Commercial pricing, and collaborative negotiations.’

      ‘An excellent team that provides commercially minded and highly effective advice and support. Communication and availability are excellent across the team.’

      ‘Strong team who are excellent at working to tight deadlines and produce quality work. Good value for money. Partner attentiveness.’

      Key clients

      Majestic Wine Warehouses Limited

      Renewable Energy Systems Limited

      Post Office Limited

      Bristol City Council

      Ashfield Land Limited

      RO Group

      South Gloucestershire District Council

      REG Windpower Limited

      Bristol City Council

      Martin’s Properties

      The Ministry of Justice Estates Directorate

      The Ministry of Defence

      MBNL

      Work highlights

      • Advising North Somerset Council, Bristol city Council, South Gloucestershire Council, and Bath & North East Somerset Council on strategic land acquisition and key land agreements connected to the reopening of the railway between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.
      • Advising the Ministry of Defence on a multitude of matters from the grant and acquisition of leases for offices, nurseries, land for military exercises, aircraft simulators and police/fire stations on the various military bases throughout the UK.
      • Acting for Bristol City Council on the disposal of Temple Island, Bristol to Legal & General (L&G) for redevelopment.

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

      Finance > Banking and finance Tier 2

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP specialises in three principal funding areas: real estate, corporate and public finance. The group acts for a variety of clients, including high street banks, private equity investors and local and national government bodies. Practice head John Connor has a wide-ranging practice that includes advising on the origination and sale of loans, property finance and invoice finance facilities. Mark Casey specialises in debt finance transactions and associate Jake Unsworth provides strong support to the team.

      Practice head(s):

      John Connor

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Pragmatic, commercial and hands on team.’

      ‘Jake Unsworth, banking associate – heavily involved in leading the deal and prompt in moving the transaction forward.’

      Key clients

      HSBC UK Bank PLC

      Clydesdale Bank plc / Yorkshire Bank / Virgin Money

      Lloyds Bank plc

      Nimbus

      Cairngorm Capital

      LDC

      NorthEdge Capital

      Endless LLP

      Grainger PLC

      Wykeland Group Limited

      Venator PLC

      Department for Education

      The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

      PRAC Financial Limited

      Europa Capital

      British Engines

      Kennelpak Limited

      National Westminster Bank PLC

      Anaergia Inc

      AgFe

      Work highlights

      • Advised Anaergia, a global leader in the production of clean energy, fertilizer, and recycled water from virtually any waste stream, on its €100m junior loan note funding programme with Arjun Infrastructure Partners.
      • Acted for NatWest in connection with the provision of a £17.5m revolving credit facility and term loans to Yarm School to assist with the funding of certain development works at the School.
      • Advised Cairngorm Capital Partners on its majority investment in Bromborough Paint & Buildings Supplies Limited, supporting a management buy-out by its executive team.

      Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 2

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘provide clients with an excellent service’  and has strong relationships with a range of insolvency practitioners across Yorkshire and nationally. The group handles the full gamut of restructuring issues, with particular expertise in the education, technology, leisure and healthcare sectors; practice head Andy Stirk is also the UK sector head for healthcare. Sam Dixon advises in relation to distressed businesses, charities and public service providers. The team was strengthened in 2022 by the arrival of Victoria Procter, who brings notable expertise in the retail, professional services and agriculture sectors.

      Practice head(s):

      Andy Stirk

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘The practice has a broad set of strengths from direct client work to distressed funder advice that provide clients with an excellent service.

      ‘They demonstrate quality in the level of excellent associates supporting the delivery of the partner group.’

      ‘Andy Stirk and Sam Dixon are both prompt to responding to requests to discuss client issue and provide excellent advice, both at the pre, during and post-engagement, to enable the end to end service an Insolvency Practitioner needs to manage distressed clients.’

      ‘Sam Dixon provides commercially astute advice whilst balancing risk appropriately. He is extremely easy to work with and always makes himself available, especially if a matter is urgent.’

      Key clients

      BDO

      Alvarez & Marsal

      FRP

      Northern Telecom

      RSM

      Interpath (formerly KPMG’s restructuring team)

      The NWH Group

      Lloyds Bank

      LK Bennett Fashion Limited

      Work highlights

      • Acted for BDO as administrators of Source One Environmental Limited on a pre-pack disposal of its business and assets, including advice on obtaining recognition of the UK administration in the US.
      • Acting for the FRP as administrators of Duvetco Limited.
      • Assisted the Directors of the LK Bennett Fashion Limited on drafting its CVA propsal.

      Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 2

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s ‘breadth of disciplines and wider resource pool provides a one stop shop’, offering clients demonstrable experience in regeneration projects and real estate transactions. Practice leader Mark Owen specialises in strategic land assembly for large mixed-use development sites, while Claire Wilkinson acts for clients in the retail, logistics and hotel and leisure sectors. Julia Dacre Field is valued by clients for her ‘ability to tackle the difficult projects in a proactive, engaging manner’. Kathryn Wood and James Lawson are also key members of the Leeds-based team.

      Practice head(s):

      Mark Owen

      Testimonials

      ‘The team at WBD in Leeds are an excellent one. Their breadth of disciplines and wider resource pool provides a truly one stop shop for all property development and management needs.’

      ‘Claire Wilkinson is an enabler, her knowledge, commitment and ability to communicate inspires confidence when negotiating complex agreements. Claire responds in a timely manner.’

      ‘WBD provide a great level of service. Their advice is always thorough and clear with close attention to detail. Very friendly, personable and a pleasure to work with.’

      ‘Dave Cole is a very experienced and competent solicitor, with tremendous tenacity and attention to detail. His drive and will to succeed, including against tight deadlines and with challenging issues, is exceptional.’

      ‘Highly motivated and efficient. Clients have access to specialist disciplines when required.’

      ‘I have worked closely with James Lawson for several years. He always focuses on the commercial reality of any transaction, and is highly skilled and very reliable.’

      ‘Julia Dacre Field’s depth of knowledge and ability to tackle the difficult projects in a proactive, engaging manner makes her a go-to lawyer for development work, including acquisitions and disposals.’

      Key clients

      Commercial Estates Group

      Barratt & David Wilson Homes

      Taylor Wimpey

      Vistry (formerly Linden)

      Leeds City Council

      ITV

      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

      Grainger

      Places for People (PFP)

      Yorkshire Land

      Persimmon Homes

      Harron Homes

      Jones Homes

      Woodsford Farms

      Highgrove Estates

      Obsidian Strategic Land

      This Land

      The Devonshire Group

      Kirklees MBC

      Q West Homes

      Highstone Homes

      Yorkshire Housing

      National Trust

      Work highlights

      • Acting for BDW Trading Limited as the buyer in the purchase of a flagship site at Burley in Wharfedale for the development of c.500 dwellings in a deal with a GDV of c.£183m.
      • Advised ITV Plc and their associated companies on all aspects of their property portfolio and requirements.
      • Instructed by Taylor Wimpey in relation to the proposed joint acquisition with Home Group of a brownfield site in Stockton on Tees from a company in administration, which will provide in excess of 845 dwellings.

      Real estate > Planning Tier 2

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP counts energy, waste and transport infrastructure projects in its workload, in addition to regeneration schemes and compulsory purchase matters, while also advising national housebuilders, landowners and local authorities on delivering housing schemes. Claire Brook heads the Leeds-based practice and is noted for her experience in acting for energy and waste developers in securing planning permission, environmental permits and DCOs for large-scale infrastructure projects. Managing associates James Garbett, who specialises in town and country planning mandates, and Helen Robinson are key contacts in the team.

      Practice head(s):

      Claire Brook

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘Excellent knowledge and good experience at all levels of seniority.’

      ‘Helen Robinsion has a fantastic eye for detail, great knowledge and a pleasure to work with.’

      Key clients

      Fareham Borough Council

      Solar 21 Renewable Energy Limited

      Taylor Wimpey UK Limited

      Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

      Augean PLC

      BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

      Rentplus UK Limited

      Persimmon Homes Limited

      Places for People Homes Limited

      London Borough of Lewisham

      Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership

      Historic England

      Leeds City Council

      The West Yorkshire Combined Authority

      Commercial Estates Group (CEG)

      Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.

      Grainger PLC

      Linden Homes Limited (part of the Vistry Group)

      Harron Homes Limited

      BUPA Care Homes

      LRC Management Europe Limited

      Karbon Homes Limited

      Strata Homes Limited

      Fairbank Investments Limited

      Highstone Housing Association

      Work highlights

      • Advised the Fareham Borough Council on the drafting and negotiation of a Section 106 Agreement, together with related planning and highways matters, linked to the development of a 6,000 dwelling new settlement to be known as Welborne Garden Village.
      • Advising Solar 21 Renewable Energy Limited in relation to an application for a Development Consent Order for a Green Energy Park in Lincolnshire.
      • Advised Taylor Wimpey on multiple schemes, both across the Yorkshire region and nationally.

      Industry focus > Retail and consumer Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a sizeable team with expertise across the full range of retail and trading mandates; its clients consist of retail landlords and consumer brands such as New Look, In The Style, H&M and Carpetright. Gavin Matthews heads up the team from Southampton and has over 30 years’ worth of experience handling retail and consumer matters; specific strengths include assisting with advertising, pricing and sponsorship credit matters. Ben Butler is noted for his extensive corporate expertise, and retail employment work is overseen by specialist Christina Tolvas-Vincent. Nikki Powell was promoted to the partnership.

      Practice head(s):

      Gavin Matthews

      Testimonials

      ‘Have many in-house specialists/experts which are all coordinated seamlessly via the lead corporate partner and managing associate to deliver an exceptional service to the end user.’

      ‘Ben Butler – extremely pragmatic, with a can to attitude. Is always prepared to offer both options and his considered view/opinion – which is very helpful when acting at pace in a complex environment.’

      ‘Christina Tolvas-Vincent is pragmatic and responsive and always provides good counsel in the broadest sense.’

      Key clients

      H&M Group

      The Southern Co-Operative Limited

      Ann Summers

      Naked Wines Plc and Majestic Wine Warehouses Limited

      Specsavers

      Post Office

      New Look

      ME+EM Limited

      Carpetright

      Signet Trading Limited

      In The Style

      Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 's national insurance disputes team, which includes lawyers in London, Bristol and Southampton, is led by Sushma MacGeoch  - she is 'a tenacious litigator, who instils confidence in her team and fights ferociously to achieve the best outcome for the client.' Hannah Cane is head of construction insurance, while David Clark is head of claims handling. Simon Beckwith is another key name, with 'the strategic skills of a chess grandmaster in plotting his clients' cases.'

      Practice head(s):

      Sushma MacGeoch; Hannah Cane; David Clark

      Other key lawyers:

      Simon Beckwith; Mark Ratcliff; Tim Barr; Jo Rideout

      Testimonials

      ‘WBD bring a high quality approach for a sensible fee. Their use of technology when it comes to document storage and presentation is second to none. They are very sensitive to the client’s commercial needs and tailor their approach according to the sums at stake.’

      ‘Sushma MacGeoch is a tenacious litigator, who instils confidence in her team and fights ferociously to achieve the best outcome for the client. Sushma has unrivalled industry experience in the professional sector and speaks the client’s language.’

      Hannah Cane – thoughtful, dynamic individual with a specialism in solicitors’ cases. Great team player and strategist.’

      ‘Excellent client handling skills. Willing to fight the right cases.’

      ‘James Robins: provides excellent leadership on cases.

      Tim Barr: acutely aware of the commercial implications for clients of cases brought against them.’

      ‘Simon Beckwith is one of London’s leading experts in defending professional negligence claims. He has the strategic skills of a chess grandmaster in plotting his clients’ cases and leads a powerful team.’

      ‘Simon Beckwith has 30 years experience in acting for insurers on professional negligence matters. That kind of experience is hard to find.’

      Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has an established practice in safeguarding, governance and regulatory investigations and has particular sector expertise in education, health/care and religion. The practice acts for many household name charities and is increasingly advising government departments, local authorities and commercial bodies where charity law and governance has an impact on large-scale projects and programmes. Jo Coleman is highly regarded for her work on all aspects of charity law and governance. Emma Moody specialises in governance and constitutional issues for charities. The group is well-placed to handle matters nationally through its different offices in the UK and internationally through its US links.

      Practice head(s):

      Joanne Coleman; Emma Moody

      Other key lawyers:

      Joseph Harris

      Testimonials

      ‘Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has particular expertise in working with Charities and not for profit organisations. They have an in-depth knowledge of this area of practice and helped my Charity with a complex merger with another Charity’.

      ‘Responsive, knowledgeable and excellent communication skills across their team. They have been supportive and reassuring throughout their work easing through a complex merger in straightforward and uncomplicated language. Jo Coleman and Joseph Harris were exemplary in their help and support. I valued their extensive knowledge and understanding of the issues and the helpful explanations and communications throughout the process. Also the humour’.

      ‘Takes time up front to understand the organisation’s strategy and values. Very responsive’.

      ‘Jo Coleman has been a superb business partner as we have set up the charity’.

      ‘The team at WBD has a superb knowledge of charity law and regulation and almost as important, can suggest pragmatic and workable solutions to the many issues facing charities’.

      ‘Jo Coleman has an unrivalled knowledge of the charity sector and what makes good governance. She is adept at explaining matters to trustees and dealing with complex issues’.

      Key clients

      BBC Children in Need

      Which? / Consumers’ Association

      Crisis UK

      National Trust

      Royal Academy of Engineering

      Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul

      Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)

      National Benevolent Charity

      Mental Health Matters

      The Dogs Trust

      National Energy Action

      Board of Deputies for British Jews

      The Cyrenians Limited / Changing Lives

      Virgin Money Foundation

      St John of God Hospitaller Services

      Hay Festival

      Royal College of Pathologists

      Thomas More Project

      BNJC

      Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling

      Work highlights

      • Continues to advise BBC Children in Need in relation to a variety of legal matters including its initial assessment of grant making activity in the context of equality diversity and inclusion.
      • Advising Consumers’ Association (CA), the charitable parent of Which? Limited on the implementation of recommendations made after a substantial governance review by Dame Deidre Hutton including the preparation of new Articles of Association.
      • Advising Crisis UK on its merger with The London Pathway.

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Power (including electricity, nuclear and renewables) Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on developments, projects and disputes relating to onshore wind, offshore wind, CCUS, decarbonisation of heat and hydrogen projects. The team are instructed by some of the largest players in the renewable energy development space including EDF, E.ON and Iberdrola. Richard Cockburn  regularly works with developers and contractors and heads the energy and utilities team. Sebastian Briggs acts on the sale, purchase and financing of renewable projects with support from Chris Towner. Corporate expert Simon Hewes focuses on M&A and private equity transactions.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Cockburn

      Other key lawyers:

      Sebastian Briggs; Chris Towner; Simon Hewes

      Testimonials

      ‘Very good commercial knowledge of the energy sector leads to practical, realistic advice and suggestions. Broad team means they have specialists to call on when specialist advice is needed.’

      ‘Partners are approachable, get to know us and our matters and keep in regular contact. Gareth Miles is hard-working and very experienced in energy matters for both landlords and developers/tenants, so can give balanced, practical advice.’

      ‘Partner-led service. Willing to be flexible on different billing arrangements. Excellent on technology. Work very collaboratively and take on board feedback.’

      ‘Bright, passionate and diligent.’

      Key clients

      Babcock Offshore MCS Aviation

      Cardiff Council

      Centrica

      Cheshire East Council

      East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd

      EDF Energy Renewables Ltd

      Energie Baden Wurttemberg

      E.ON

      Equinor

      Gigabox Developments

      Iona Capital

      Macquarie

      National Grid

      National Tube Stockholders (NTS)

      Npower

      Petrofac

      Renewable Energy Generation

      Renewable Energy Systems

      RWE

      Scottish Power Renewables/Scottish Power Generation

      Shell

      Simpsons Malt

      Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

      South Tees Development Corporation

      Statkraft

      Sumitomo Corporation

      Tampnet

      Tekmar Energy Limited

      Temporis Fund

      The Crown Estate

      The Oil and Gas Authority

      The Renewables Infrastructure Group (TRIG)

      Total E&P UK Limited

      VAALCO – Oil & Gas

      Vitol Group (Vitol SA and Vitol E&P)

      Windel Energy

      Work highlights

      • Acted as sole advisor to Renewable Energy Systems Limited on all aspects of the development of their significant onshore wind, storage and solar portfolio in respect of new development and life extension projects.
      • Advised Solihull MBC in relation to the Solihull Town Centre Low Carbon Energy Network.
      • Advised South Tees Development Corporation in relation to all aspects of a joint venture for the ownership, operation, upgrade and expansion of the electricity distribution infrastructure at the 4,500 acre Teesworks site.

      Public sector > Education: schools Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has overseen a number of major academy conversions and transfers in addition to advising on governance, commercial and property matters. The team is led by Kevin Robertson, who specialises in local authority and school matters including academy conversions and the Priority School Building Programme, and Iain Greenshields, who advises local authorities including a number of major city councils on construction projects. Emma Moody advises on mergers, collaborations and complex governance issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Kevin Robertson; Iain Greenshields

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘WBD always provides high quality service and supported by excellent customer relationships. Other firms don’t have this dynamic combination.’

      ‘Attention to detail, all work and responses delivered in a timely fashion and high quality work.’

      Key clients

      Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

      Department for Education (DfE)

      LocatEd

      Oak Learning Trust

      Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust

      Bishop Bewick Catholic Academy Trust

      Catcote Academy

      Eden Learning Trust

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

      Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust

      Waterton Academy Trust, Wakefield

      Sewell Education York Limited

      Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

      Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

      Pocklington School

      Vision Academy Learning Trust

      Skills for Life Trust, Kent

      The Constellation Trust

      Horizons Specialist Academy Trust

      Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust

      Public sector > Local government Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's local government team is part of a wider national public sector offering that is particularly well known for its work in procurement, real estate, planning, regulatory work and complex litigation. The team also takes on a significant amount of work around energy and waste, with a strong presence in the heat networks sector, led by Charles Robson  from Bristol. In Newcastle, Iain Greenshields leads the firm's public sector group, with a diverse practice that encompasses waste projects, property development and leisure contracts. Meanwhile, London partner Martin Stacey leads the real estate practice and Jonathan Bower heads up planning and infrastructure from Bristol.

      Practice head(s):

      Iain Greenshields

      Other key lawyers:

      Martin Stacey; Jonathan Bewer; Charles Robson; Sarah White

      Testimonials

      ‘Considerable expertise in infrastructure projects.’

      Key clients

      Hampshire County Council

      Durham County Council (waste projects)

      City of York Council

      Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

      South Tees Development Corporation

      North Somerset Council & West of England Combined Authority

      Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership

      Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

      Durham County Council (Milburngate project)

      Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, North Somerset Council & Somerset County Council

      Fareham Borough Council

      London Borough of Sutton

      Tees Valley Combined Authority

      Northumberland County Council

      Newcastle City Council

      Cleveland City Council

      Hartlepool Borough Council

      Sunderland City Council

      Darlington Borough Council

      Middlesbrough Council

      Bristol City Council

      Greater London Authority

      South Gloucestershire Council

      Kirklees Council

      Portsmouth City Council

      Broxbourne Borough Council

      Hertfordshire County Council

      London Borough of Lewisham

      West Yorkshire Combined Authority

      Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

      Dover District Council

      Folkestone and Hythe District Council

      Somerset West and Taunton Council

      City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

      Medway Council

      Liverpool City Council

      Plymouth City Council

      Havant Borough Council

      The County Council of the City and County of Cardiff

      London Borough of Bromley Council

      Watford Borough Council

      North Somerset Council

      Eastleigh Borough Council

      London Borough of Brent

      Copeland Borough Council

      Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council

      New Forest District Council

      Sedgemoor District Council

      South Hams District Council

      Leeds City Council

      Mole Valley District Council & Merton College

      Three Rivers District Council

      Worthing Borough Council

      West Berkshire District Council

      East Hampshire District Council

      West Lancashire Borough Council

      South Holland District Council

      Eastbourne Borough Council

      London Borough of Southwark

      Gloucester City Council

      Maldon District Council

      Cheshire East Council

      Guildford Borough Council

      Sedgemoor District Council

      Padstow Town Council

      South Somerset District Council

      Haringey Council

      Westminster City Council

      Oxford City Council

      Worcestershire County Council

      Hull City Council

      North East Combined Authority

      Staffordshire County Council

      Isle of Wight Council

      Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council

      Teignbridge District Council

      Bath & North East Somerset Council

      Broxbourne Borough Council

      Medway Council & Medway Development Company Limited

      Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

      Barrow Borough Council

      North East Lincolnshire Council

      Cheltenham Borough Council

      London Borough of Newham

      Cumbria County Council

      East Riding of Yorkshire Council

      Herefordshire Council

      Sedgemoor District Council and West Somerset Council

      Sheffield City Council

      Swindon Borough Council

      Telford & Wrekin Council

      Tewkesbury Borough Council

      Thurrock Council

      Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

      Cambridgeshire County Council

      Work highlights

      • Appointed to advise on the procurement of a significant heat network project in Solihull town centre for Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in order to help it achieve its net zero carbon targets.
      • Advising Lee Valley Regional Park Authority on their leisure operating contract in relation to the operation and maintenance of six leisure facilities. The contract includes several high profile facilities owned by the Authority including London 2012 Olympics facilities.
      • Advised the London Borough of Sutton on the promotion of a Compulsory Purchase Order to deliver highway improvements as part of the Beddington North Transport for London Major Scheme.

      Risk advisory > Data protection, privacy and cybersecurity Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for public sector clients and corporates across a wide range of sectors, most notably tech, retail, financial services and life sciences, on cross-border data transfers, regulatory investigations, and the data aspects of corporate transactions. Through its online tech-driven solution, WBC Clarity, the group assists clients to manage data subject access requests. Practice head Andrew Kimble advises on all aspects of data protection and privacy matters. Also recommended are Andrew Parsons, who focuses on commercial litigation in the tech sector, and Newcastle-based Caroline Churchill, whose expertise spans cross-border acquisitions and e-commerce issues.

      Practice head(s):

      Andrew Kimble

      Testimonials

      ‘What makes the team at Womble Bond Dickinson unique is their pragmatic and can-do approach that works constructively with the client to provide a solution that fits the client’s requirements.’

      ‘Andrew Kimble is quick to grasp your requirements and thorough in providing a comprehensive response.’

      Key clients

      Blackbaud

      Chemring

      B&Q

      Kingfisher

      Work highlights

      • Advised Blackbaud on its response to a data breach involving the hacking of its customer databases, where the records of individuals were accessed in a global scale.
      • Assisted 20+ clients with contentious and complex data subject access requests, which were managed through WBD Clarity solution, an in-house tool for managing data subject access requests.
      • Acted for Chemring on the acquisition of the Cubica Group, a research and develop company specialised in artificial intelligence, machine learning, data fusion and autonomy.

      Projects, energy and natural resources > Oil and gas Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s activities in the oil and gas sector are spread across dispute, corporate support, contractual, M&A, finance and advisory affairs. Richard Cockburn, a lawyer with a wealth of project exposure, fronts the offering, receiving support from property specialist Paul Mason.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Cockburn

      Other key lawyers:

      Key clients

      Chrysaor

      Shell

      TotalEnergies

      National Tube Stockholders (NTS)

      Getech plc

      Tekmar Energy Limited

      Petrofac

      Weatherford

      H2 Green

      ENI

      Work highlights

      • Acting as outside counsel to Tekmar Energy, an international oilfield service supplier. The team provided advice on and review of a spectrum of supply contracts worldwide for cable protection equipment to be supplied to major new onshore and offshore high-value development sites.    
      • Acting for ENI on the acquisition of 100% of the participating interests in the Conwy operating upstream oilfield in the Irish Sea from private equity backed Tailwind Mistral. Conwy is a sole owned and operated asset.

      Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 3

      The tax team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP frequently acts alongside its corporate teams in Bristol and Southampton to handle the tax aspects of M&A transactions. Renewable energy is a key area of focus for the team; it advises on the acquisition and disposal of energy companies and SPVs as well as on joint ventures. The group is also regularly engaged on transactions involving private equity. Managing associate Ronan Lowney serves as practice head.

      Practice head(s):

      Ronan Lowney

      Key clients

      Piper Private Equity

      RES UK & Ireland

      EnBW

      LDC Private Equity

      Moorfield

      Work highlights

      • Advised Niedax GmbH on its purchase of RM Electrical Holdings Limited and the related acquisition of minority interests in a subsidiary.
      • Advised on the sale by the Sellers of the Company to Nactatome Group. Tax issues included a pre-sale re-organisation of company assets.
      • Acted for the Seller (the Endless/Enact fund) on the sale of Redhall Solutions Holdings Limited. Tax issues included advising on the earn-out mechanics.

      Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 3

      Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Bristol office works closely with its teams in Southampton and London to act in the defence of professional negligence claims, representing insured professionals from sectors including construction, accounting and the law. The key figures to note in Bristol are managing associate Zoe Lettieri and associate Susan Periselneris.

      Practice head(s):

      Sushma MacGeoch – Head of Insurance Disputes (UK wide)James Robins Head of regional team

      Other key lawyers:

      Testimonials

      ‘WBD has great strength in depth in professional negligence work, and is admired for its expertise by peers undertaking similar insurance-backed defendant work.’

      ‘Womble Bond Dickinson have a pragmatic and sensible approach to dealing with professional negligence matters. The team have the necessary technical expertise together with the relevant commercial acumen required to obtain great results for its clients.’

       

      Key clients

      AIG Europe (UK) Limited

      Solicitors Indemnity Fund

      Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

      Work highlights

        Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

        Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is regularly instructed by educational establishments as well as national and regional charities. The group handles a mixture of contentious and non-contentious mandates, including corporate transactional support work and employment tribunal litigation. Ed Duffield leads the team, which includes managing associate Alan Kennedy, who specialises in corporate immigration work, and associate Jayne Flint who has experience in IR35 and worker status issues.

        Practice head(s):

        Ed Duffield

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Womble Bond Dickinson offer the full range of employment law services and have a real good client book.’

        ‘The HR advice we receive is excellent. Always providing an assessment of any risks involved and practical in gaining solutions.’

        ‘Responses are always prompt and availability of other team members is in place when our main contact is away. Advice is consistent and clear.’

        ‘Ed Duffield continues to provide outstanding advice and support. Ed is reliable, clear, and provides an assessment of any risks involved depending on the course of action being taken.’

        Key clients

        Dnata Limited

        Carpetright Limited

        Ordnance Survey Limited

        Cello Health Group plc

        Sanderson Weatherall LLP

        Huntsman/Venator

        Ampleforth College

        Saint Catherine’s Hospice

        Work highlights

        • Advising Dnata Limited (part of Emirates Group) on significant adjustments to its business and operations as a result of the global pandemic including furlough arrangements, restructuring, TUPE and disputes.
        • Assisted Ordnance Survey Limited on a number of matters including advising on Directors’ Service Agreements, sales incentive plans, terms for essential users of business vehicles and advising on hybrid working structure (including implications for tax status).
        • Advised Ampleforth College on a wide range of employment issues including the negotiation and completion of settlement agreements, and advice on the intern programme.

        Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

        The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is led by Susan Maxey, who divides her time between Yorkshire and the North East, where the firm is headquartered. Advising clients on their wealth structuring and business succession planning is the team’s specialism. More specifically, it often advises the trustees of generational family trusts on such matters as the development of long-term investment strategies. Its clients are often high-net-worth individuals with agricultural or estate holdings.

        Practice head(s):

        Susan Maxey

        Other key lawyers:

        Fiona McLaughlin; Nicholas Payne

        Testimonials

        ‘Great team, with strength-in-depth and a range of practitioners who can deliver.’

        ‘Susan Maxey is diligent, knows her stuff and has great empathy.’

        ‘Really great team players with excellent knowledge of their subject matter.’

         

        Work highlights

          Public sector > Local government Tier 3

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s client portfolio includes central government departments, agencies and public bodies, as well as third sector and private sector clients. The practice covers a range of matters, from procurement, real estate, planning and project mandates, to regulatory work and litigation; the team also has specific knowledge of energy matters. In Leeds, the key contact is Andrew Hirst, who is well versed in leisure projects and the waste sector, while Vicky McCombe covers transactional construction work. Newcastle-based Iain Greenshields leads the team.

          Practice head(s):

          Iain Greenshields

          Other key lawyers:

          Key clients

          Hampshire County Council

          Durham County Council

          City of York Council

          Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

          South Tees Development Corporation

          North Somerset Council & West of England Combined Authority

          Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership

          Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

          Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, North Somerset Council & Somerset County Council

          Fareham Borough Council

          London Borough of Sutton

          Tees Valley Combined Authority

          Northumberland County Council

          Newcastle City Council

          Cleveland City Council

          Hartlepool Borough Council

          Sunderland City Council

          Darlington Borough Council

          Middlesbrough Council

          Bristol City Council

          Greater London Authority

          South Gloucestershire Council

          Kirklees Council

          Portsmouth City Council

          Broxbourne Borough Council

          Hertfordshire County Council

          London Borough of Lewisham

          West Yorkshire Combined Authority

          Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

          Dover District Council

          Folkestone and Hythe District Council

          Work highlights

          • Advising the City of York Council on its Community Stadium project.
          • Advising Durham County Council on the re-procurement of its haulage contract and appointed to advise on a number of linked procurements including for its household waste recycling centres and materials recycling facility.
          • Advising the Hampshire County Council on a wide range of matters related to its waste service treatment PPP contract and HWRC contract with Veolia.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 3

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s property litigation team ‘provides clear and practical advice’ to its roster of clients, which includes housing associations, local authorities, property developers and investors, landed estates and retailers. Senior counsel and national team leader Jen Smurthwaite splits her time between the firm’s Leeds and Newcastle offices, and advises on contentious matters pertaining to rent reviews, lease renewals, restrictive covenants and easements. ‘Extremely astuteFiona Graham and managing associate Paul Joyce are key members of the team.

          Practice head(s):

          Jen Smurthwaite

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘WBD is a fantastic firm with many talented lawyers, great strength in depth, and a lethal combination of technical expertise and tactical ability.’

          ‘Fiona Graham is an absolute pleasure to work with. Extremely astute, great legal knowledge and exceptional client skills.’

          ‘The litigation team at Womble Bond Dickinson provides clear and practical advice.’

          ‘Paul Joyce is probably the most approachable litigation partner I have come across. He clearly explains the options available and always provides a professional recommendation on the best course of action.’

          ‘They understand our business and needs very clearly and are almost an extension of our own in-house team.’

          ‘Paul Joyce is very easy to work with, provides solid advice, and is pragmatic and unflappable.’

          Key clients

          Airwave Solutions Limited

          Bernicia Group

          Akelius

          Standard Life Trustee Company Ltd

          Karbon Homes

          Places for People Homes Limited

          Work highlights

          • Acting as a sole UK legal services provider to Airwave Solutions Limited’s real estate team, which provides the emergency services communications network across the country.
          • Advising Standard Life Trustee Company Ltd in a range of property disputes across its SIPP (Self Invested Personal Pension plan) portfolio.
          • Acting for Bernicia Group on tenancy management issues, including claims to possession, injunctions to tackle anti-social behaviour, committals for breach and defending housing disrepair claims.

          Corporate and commercial > Commercial contracts Tier 4

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s commercial team is comprised of four sub-teams covering commercial contracts and outsourcing, data and privacy, IP and technology mandates. At a sector level, the practice is highly active in the retail, manufacturing, real estate, aerospace, transport, technology and financial industries and is also a key name in the market for public sector clients. Paula Bartlett heads up the group and Peter Snaith regularly advises manufacturing clients.

          Practice head(s):

          Paula Bartlett

          Other key lawyers:

          Peter Snaith; Lucy Pringle; Stephen Anderson

          Testimonials

          ‘The team have a deep understanding of the specific businesses. They have lawyers with strong knowledge in the different commercial areas.’

          ‘Outstanding knowledge of defence and government contracts as well as trade control matters. Strong presence in general commercial contracting.’

          ‘Stephen Anderson – excellent technically with a strong specialism in defence.’

          ‘Lucy Pringle is the partner that has assisted on commercial matters and she is extremely effective. She grasped the business and its complex operations very quickly for the projects that she has worked on. She identifies legal issues very clearly and is proactive in suggesting solutions. Also very proactive in moving transactions forward. Able to draft complex contracts very effectively and excellent in in person negotiations with customers legal representative.’

          ‘The practice offers a breadth of legal advise and experience that allows us as a client to be able to gain answers to the vast majority of legal questions we face. The practice has a clear network to allow us to access relevant resources via our single point of contact effectively.’

          ‘A deep sectoral knowledge and interest in our business allows the immediate team at WBD to add value beyond pure legal advice. Knowing our business allows them to question and challenge us as part of the engaged nature of our relationship as well as provide a legal context for our business activity and development.’

          Key clients

          Northumbria University

          Persimmon

          Work highlights

          • Advising an international DIY retailer on various business critical supply chain and logistics contracts during 2021 and 2022 to support the rapid growth (partly due to Covid 19) of their online and store offering, often with very short timescales.
          • Acted for Venator Materials, a major global chemicals manufacturer, with the drafting and negotiation of a complex framework agreement with a global supply chain company for the provision of business-critical customs and freight-forwarding services across Europe, against a post-Brexit landscape.
          • Drafted and negotiated a 20 year port handling and logistics services contract between Groveport (a subsidiary of PD Teesport) and a steel supplier, and a 15 year port handling services agreement between PD Teesport and a freight ferry company.

          Employment > Pensions (non-contentious) Tier 4

          Clients appreciate that the pensions lawyers at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 'seek to solve problems and work collaboratively with co-advisers'. The group has well-rounded expertise in pensions issues facing trustees, providers, insurers and sponsoring employers. Martin Poore heads the Newcastle-based department, drawing on specialisms in interpretation of scheme rules, legislative compliance, scheme and corporate sponsor restructuring and liability management. Suzanne Duff  advises trustees ad sponsors on all aspects of occupational pension schemes, as well as handling contentious issues, while Bristol's Tracy Walsh  stands out for her experience in advising on the structure of scheme mergers, and negotiating scheme closures and benefit redesigns.

          Practice head(s):

          Martin Poore

          Other key lawyers:

          Suzanne Duff; Tracy Walsh

          Testimonials

          ‘Womble Bond Dickinson provide top quality pensions advice that is both strategic and commercial. They work hard to understand our business and make sure that their advice is appropriate to our situation. They seek to solve problems and work collaboratively with co-advisers. Their fees are also very reasonable in comparison to other national firms.’

          ‘Tracy Walsh leads our advice team and provides clear, strategic advice that gets to the heart of the issue. Tracy is a trusted adviser for our business.’

          Key clients

          Liverpool Victoria Financial Services Limited

          Northern Powergrid (North East) plc

          Trustee of the Go-Ahead Group Pension Plan

          The Trustees of the Newcastle Building Society Pension and Assurance Scheme

          Trustees of the Sapa Holdings Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

          Work highlights

          • Advising LV= on the participation of a new group company in the Aon Master Trust including advising on the commercial agreements relating to its participation.
          • Advising LV= on the participation of a new group company in the Aon Master Trust including advising on the commercial agreements relating to its participation.
          • Advising the Trustee of the Go-Ahead Pension Plan on its ongoing obligations in relation to the pension plan (a complex hybrid pension arrangement) and support the Trustee’s in-house pension administration centre on day-to-day issues

          Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 4

          Neil Long is a key contact at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP which fields a dedicated and experienced team that works across its London, Newcastle, Leeds and Edinburgh offices. It acts for individuals, charities and trustees (both individual and corporate trustees in the UK and offshore) and insurance companies on a full range of contentious private client matters. Will Ford is another seasoned practitioner who advises on all aspects of tax, trusts, estate and succession planning matters.

          Practice head(s):

          Neil Long

          Other key lawyers:

          Richard Pike; Rosie Taylor; Will Ford

          Testimonials

          ‘The team was forensically precise in collecting research, information on the particulars of our case. They were honest, clearly communicated and explained the process and practice and explained approaches so that we could assess and be guided on how to prepare and be equipped to manage a complicated, difficult situation’.

          ‘I found them to be honest yet understanding, thoughtful and empathetic in their dealings with us. They felt somehow kinder than others but also highly efficient. I found Rosie Taylor and Richard Pike to be laser-like in their efficiency but personable and thoughtful in their dealings with us’.

          ‘Plugged into a huge legal network with strong professional liability and corporate trustee capabilities. Neil Long is clear-sighted and trusted by clients’.

          ‘Richard Pike and Rosie Taylor provide a high class, but reasonably priced and cost conscious service to individuals in the area of private client disputes – 1975 Act cases and other will disputes’.

          ‘Richard and Roise are both talented lawyers and practical operators, securing sensible and pragmatic results. They divide work between themselves and with counsel efficiently’.

          ‘The firm is a heavyweight one, but where the focus really is client-centric, rather than firm-centric. They go the extra mile to respond to, and indeed and stay ahead of the client’s requirements’.

          ‘Neil Long builds an excellent relationship with his clients, who place immense value on his guidance. Rosie Taylor carries huge case responsibilities very lightly, and is a remarkably calm figure in the storm of litigation’.

          ‘I find the WBD team one of the most efficient I have worked with, and they have great initiative – you don’t have to spell everything out. I work with Rosie Taylor and Richard Pike. Excellent, very thorough and very efficient’.

          Key clients

          Louise Reeves

          Work highlights

          • The client is the beneficiary and executor of her late father’s valued at between £50 – £100m (sums in dispute) under a Will which is subject to a challenge by disappointed beneficiaries (her brother and nephew) on the grounds of want of knowledge and approval, and undue influence.

          Public sector > Education: institutions Tier 4

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides legal support to the Department for Education and advises universities on a range of matters. The team is led by Emma Moody, who handles governance reviews, fundraising and Charity Commission regulatory action, and Kevin Robertson, who advises government bodies, universities and FE colleges.

          Practice head(s):

          Emma Moody; Kevin Robertson

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is very well led with the partner always available, engaged and able to provide excellent advice at short notice.’

          Work highlights

          • Advising Durham University on its ongoing student accommodation projects which form part of its wider ten year estate strategy for redeveloping and increasing its student accommodation offering.
          • Representing NCFE – a major technical and vocational awarding organisation in the UK -with its in-house legal counsel with the majority of the organisation’s legal work.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 4

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's client portfolio includes many well-known high street brands, most notably retailers, who regularly call upon commercial litigator and accredited mediator Philip Knight and his team to assist with lease terminations, dilapidations and other landlord and tenant issues alongside CVA-related disputes.

          Practice head(s):

          Testimonials

          ‘Philip Knight is a standout individual. He is an excellent lawyer, very experienced, commercially minded, and very well liked by clients.’

          ‘Philip Knight is excellent at keeping on top of current events in the law, and in sharing that knowledge with clients and colleagues. He is well organised, considers carefully the issues which his clients face, and their objectives.’

          ‘Philip Knight is the clear standout here. Phil is smart, diligent, and incredibly capable.’

          ‘Philip Knight is the kind of commercial litigator everyone wants to have in their corner. He’s tenacious without fighting for the sake of it and is a really smart operator who knows which levers to pull and when.’

          ‘Philip Knight: Incredibly knowledgeable, exceptionally efficient.’

          Key clients

          FRP Consultancy

          Holland and Barrett

          Expeditors

          Secretary of State for Transport

          Airwave

          Greggs

          Tuli Holdings

          Vodafone

          Work highlights

          • Advising FRP Consultancy and the Insolvency Service on a cross-border property-related scam and related ownership issues.
          • Advising Holland & Barrett on a range of property litigation issues.
          • Assisting Expeditors with a dilapidations case for a warehouse at Glasgow International Airport.

          Real estate > Construction Tier 4

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s construction and engineering team advises its roster of regional and national clients across the retail, renewable energy and manufacturing sectors on EPC contracting matters. Practice leader Vicky McCombe advises developers, local authorities, manufacturers and healthcare operators on the construction aspects of development projects, as well as on drafting and negotiating contracts.

          Practice head(s):

          Vicky McCombe

          Other key lawyers:

          Sarah Wales-Canning; Simon Wyatt

          Key clients

          Town Centre Securities plc

          Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies

          Wykeland Limited

          Places for People

          NHS Property Services

          Provident Financial Plc

          Opera North

          Windel Capital Limited

          Iona Capital

          Hitachi Zosen AG

          Sterling Pharma

          Huntsman Polyurethanes

          Liverpool Hope University

          Leeds City Council

          Solihull District Council

          Cardiff City Council

          Three Rivers District Council

          Newcastle City Council

          City of York Council

          Doncaster Borough Council

          Portsmouth Council

          MOJ

          LNER

          Screwfix

          Bradford Council

          South Tees Development Corporation

          SABIC Petrochemicals

          Venator

          Northumbrian Water Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advising Doncaster Council on the construction of a cinema and five restaurants at Waterdale, Doncaster, as part of the redevelopment plans for the town centre.
          • Instructed by Bradford Metropolitan Council to conduct due diligence on a construction package, in relation to its purchase Kirkgate Shopping Centre.
          • Acting for Leeds-based Opera North on its Music Works project and advising on the procurement and construction and property documents.

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 5

          Alexander Dickinson  leads the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP. The private wealth practice advises high-net-worth clients on the full range of private client matters both domestic and international – with a particular focus on US/UK matters. Neil Long is another key member of the department who advises large entrepreneurs who have complex business and financial interests.

          Practice head(s):

          Alexander Dickinson

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘A genuine understanding of Family Wealth planning and the personal approach to dealing with all concerned’.

          ‘Alexander Dickinson – outstanding senior advisor with real empathy with the rural Estate Client. Excellent advice delivered in a straightforward and easily understood manner’.

          ‘Will Ford gets to the nub of the issue quickly, concisely and offering practical solutions’.

          Real estate > Commercial property: development Tier 5

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP excels in advising local authorities on major development projects and has demonstrable experience in regeneration schemes, as well as mixed-use, affordable housing and residential projects. The London-based team, which is led by Martin Stacey, can also leverage the expertise of the lawyers in the firm’s offices in Leeds, Southampton and Newcastle. Stacey is noted for his expertise in town centre and retail-led schemes, in addition to large-scale mixed-use projects.

          Practice head(s):

          Martin Stacey

          Other key lawyers:

          Will Fraser; Mark Owen

          Testimonials

          ‘They offer all the relevant expertise, but on a cost efficient basis.’

          ‘The key partner is Will Fraser and he has provided useful commercial advice and support.’

          Key clients

          Oxford City Council

          The Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council

          London Borough of Lewisham

          PFC Property Limited

          Rimstock Limited

          NHS Property Services Limited

          Nash Business Capital

          Tevva Motors Limited

          Portsmouth City Council

          Airwave Solutions Limited

          Oxford City Council

          The Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council

          London Borough of Lewisham

          PFC Property Limited

          Rimstock Limited

          NHS Property Services Limited

          Nash Business Capital

          Tevva Motors Limited

          Portsmouth City Council

          Airwave Solutions Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advising Oxford City Council on £500m Westgate Shopping Centre redevelopment working alongside Land Securities and anchored by John Lewis.
          • Advised the Borough of Broxbourne and Hertfordshire County Council on the creation of a c.£400m new retail and leisure development with Sovereign Centros at Brookfield Riverside.
          • Advised the London Borough of Lewisham on the creation of a £150m joint venture/co-investment vehicle on a build to rent development/operation with the private sector (Grainger Plc).

          Real estate > Construction: contentious Tier 5

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises on complex contractual and negligence disputes, and is active in the infrastructure, residential and commercial development, and energy sectors. The London team is co-headed by Jessica Tresham, who offers expertise in all forms of dispute resolution, and Hannah Cane, who specialises in professional indemnity claims.

          Practice head(s):

          Simon Rowland; Jessica Tresham; Hannah Cane

          Other key lawyers:

          Emily Leonard; Hannah Gardiner; Alex Louch

          Testimonials

          ‘A cohesive team, hard-working and committed to their clients. Jess Tresham leads with great skill, vision and tactical acuity.’

          ‘Jessica Tresham is impressive, dynamic and tactically astute. She looks after her clients well and gets great results.’

          ‘Alex Louch is a good litigator with a firm grasp of the issues.’

          ‘Very professional, helpful and competent.’

          ‘Hannah Gardiner and Hannah Cane have been very helpful and professional. They have a good grasp and understanding of technicalities.’

          ‘The WBD team get to grips with the technical aspects of claims quickly. They invest time and effort in understanding complex issues, and consequently give clear instructions to expert witnesses.’

          ‘Hannah Gardiner is friendly, diligent and thorough. She can cut through complex technical matters and ask the questions that get quickly to the heart of a matter.’

          ‘Good at planning ahead, anticipating tasks and resourcing them well.’

          Key clients

          Stepnell Limited

          Life Story Group Limited

          Stepnell Limited

          Bouygues (UK) Limited

          Dove Jeffrey Homes

          Work highlights

          • Advised Stepnell Limited in a series of connected adjudications concerning a high end project on the coast of Poole Harbour.
          • Advising Bouygues in relation to a number of matters, including advice in relation to a termination of a contract claim in respect of an insolvent sub-contractor.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious) Tier 5

          James Love heads up Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Yorkshire-based patent litigation practice, which has a broad service offering covering the full life-cycle of IP rights. Tim Barber and Patrick Cantrill are also of note within the team, which has extensive experience dealing with complex protection, exploitation and enforcement issues.

          Practice head(s):

          James Love

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Personal contact/communication is excellent.’

          ‘James Love – Always available for discussion. I particularly appreciate the many strategic overviews of litigation progress and options. Couched in business terms, not legal language.’

          ‘Tim Barber – On top of the detail and always prompt replies. Accurate information provision and process management has made our litigation as stress-free as possible. It does help that we have won.’

          Key clients

          Geofabrics Limited

          University of the West of England

          Getech

          Prevayl

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Geofabrics in a complex High Court patent trial in which Geofabrics’ patent was held to be valid and infringed by a competing product by Fiberweb.
          • Advised The University of the West of England on two collaboration agreements in connection with maximising income from the university’s intellectual property.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design Tier 5

          Based in Leeds, James Love spearheads the IP practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which advises on the full life-cycle of designs and trade marks, including development, protection, registration, exploitation, enforcement and disposal matters. Recent highlights for the team include handling a number of high-value trade mark disputes regarding copycat branding and products for luxury fashion brands, as well as managing the global trade mark portfolio of the National Heritage Collection.

          Practice head(s):

          James Love

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Approachable team with great technical skills who take a commercial approach.’

          ‘James Love – clear, concise and grasps commercially important issues.’

          ‘Swift handling of cases sent to them. Cost-efficient and pragmatic recommendations and handling of cases.’

          ‘The partners we have had dealings with are very hands-on and easy to work with.’

          ‘Very down to earth, approachable and speak in layman’s terms.’

          ‘In our dealings with them, we genuinely feel that have worked with us to settle matters in the most cost-effective way. It has felt as if they are working with our best interests at heart and not in any way to generate unnecessary costs.’

          ‘Very approachable and knowledgable team with a great track record.’

          ‘James Love is wonderful and down to earth as well as pragmatic, besides being very versed in the practice area.’

          Key clients

          Vetements Group AG

          Wizz Air

          ME + EM

          TomTom International

          English Heritage / Historic England

          Immediate Media Company (publishing arm of the BBC)

          AB Tetra Pak

          Denby Brands

          H&M

          Work highlights

          • Advising Vetements Group AG on various trade mark opposition and invalidation actions in the UK against a third party copycat using the client’s VETEMENTS brand.
          • Advising Tom Tom International on handling disputes before the UKIPO and EUIPO, assisting the business in protecting and enforcing its brands.
          • Advising ME+EM’s on brand clearance, protection and management including: the recent expansion of the brand into other jurisdictions, handling a number of disputes in China involving copycats, and successfully acting for the client against a third party using its trade mark and copyright.

          Real estate > Commercial property: Edinburgh and Glasgow Tier 5

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP fields a real estate team across Scotland, Newcastle, London and Bristol, among other locations. The team is particularly accomplished in respect of energy, office and retail assets, acting across leasing, finance, transactional and development matters. Paul Mason co-heads the practice alongside John Ralph.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Mason; John Ralph

          Other key lawyers:

          Paul Kenneth

          Testimonials

          ‘Produce good quality work on projects and work as a team to solve complex problems. Good relationships formed with key individuals. Very willing and able to collaborate with our teams.’

          ‘Paul Mason – very approachable and skilled. Paul Kenneth – very diligent and skilled, friendly.’

          Key clients

          Renewable Energy Systems Limited

          Ashfield Land (Glasgow) Limited

          Statkraft UK Limited

          Airwave Solutions Limited

          Lloyds Banking Group (Scottish panel)

          Ministry of Justice (Scottish real estate)

          Brent Infrastructure IBV

          Post Office Limited (Scottish real estate)

          Smartsheet UK Limited

          Carpetright plc

          Superdrug Stores plc

          Savers Health and Beauty

          A large multi brand high street retailer

          The Perfume Shop

          Greggs plc

          Holland & Barrett Retail Limited

          Kans and Kandy Investments

          Caretech / Spark of Genius (education)

          Relendex Security Trustees Limited

          Augean PLC (Scottish real estate)

          Shell UK

          Hilltop Credit Partners

          Noriker Power

          Oche UK

          Tuli Group

          Black Sheep Coffee

          Triodos Bank

          Beer 52

          Bird & Blend Tea

          Hermes

          Tower Pension Trustees

          Hilltop Credit Partners Limited

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Renewable Energy Systems Limited in their continuing development of onshore wind farm opportunities in Scotland.    
          • Acted for Cynergy Bank Limited in connection with a cross-border financing transaction involving a Scottish property in Glasgow.
          • Acted for Statkraft in the site assembly of a development site in Keith, next to the Scottish Hydro Electric power station.

          Corporate and commercial > Financial services: non-contentious/regulatory Tier 6

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a key port of call for financial institutions, high street banks, major insurers, corporates and public sector organisations. Jonny Williams counts product and lending issues and conduct of business affairs among his key strengths and is also adept in the regulatory considerations of acquisitions, disposals and corporate restructurings. The London practice is closely integrated with the firm’s national network, particularly the Edinburgh office.

          Practice head(s):

          Jonny Williams

          Other key lawyers:

          Emma Radmore

          Testimonials

          ‘Knowledgeable team which understands timeliness and urgency when needed, exceptional and informative with a broad understanding of our industry.’

          ‘Timeliness, organised and prompt in their dealings.’

          ‘The team is very efficient and professional. Their engagement and quality of service are exceptional. They will propose the right strategy with realistic timelines for its delivery and assist in every step of the way until its successful execution.’

          ‘Emma Radmore is a very experienced solicitor who we have had the pleasure to work with.’

          ‘The firm have real expertise in retail and business banking legal and regulatory matters. Their co-sourcing approach is tremendous and they really do feel like an extension to our legal team.’

          ‘Jonny Williams: real in-depth banking law and regulatory expert and in-house in his DNA so he thinks like us as a banking client and understands our risk appetite and triggers. A joy to work with and his pragmatic legal advice coupled with impressive industry and regulatory insight is invaluable.’

          Key clients

          Arch Insurance (UK) Limited

          Arch Reinsurance Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Arch Reinsurance Limited in undertaking a due diligence exercise in relation to the proposed acquisition by it of the entire issued share capital of each of Somerset Bridge Group Limited and Southern Rock Holdings Limited.

          Real estate > Property finance Tier 6

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP  acts for UK clearing banks, alternative banks, and borrowers on development and investment loans regarding leisure centres, retail, trade parks and student accommodation. Charlie Reid leads the practice, while other notable individuals include Nicola Giddens and Will Fraser; Giddens, who has almost 20 years' experience, advises predominantly UK-based lenders, and Fraser assists clients investing into the UK.

          Practice head(s):

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Good range of services with reasonable pricing – a one-stop shop for real estate finance requirements.’

          ‘Property and specialist rural sector knowledge.’

          ‘A very good team who were very proactive, very knowledgeable and excellent.’

          ‘The team were conscientious, proactive, and also excellent in the service they delivered and advice they gave.’

          ‘They tried to find practical and workable solutions, and not just “text book” answers.’

          ‘Will Fraser is commercial and pragmatic.’

          ‘Great service level, responsiveness, commercial sense and attention to detail.’

          Key clients

          Lloyds Bank Plc

          HSBC Bank Plc

          Svenska Handelsbanken AB

          Santander UK Plc

          Akelius Residential Limited

          Royal Bank of Scotland plc

          National Westminster Bank plc

          Union Bancaire Privee

          Moorfield

          AG Quidnet

          ICICI Bank UK plc

          Investec

          Hampden & Co plc

          Apex Bridging

          Coutts & Co

          AgFe

          Atelier Capital Partners Limited

          Nash Business Capital Limited

          HillTop Credit Limited

          C Group Developments

          Work highlights

          • Acting for the a syndicate of Banks relating to a £400m facility made available to property investment and development company, Helical plc.
          • Acting for a Syndicate relating to a £200m facility made available to a national house builder Hill Holdings Limited.
          • Acting for Lloyds Bank plc in relation to the continuing work associated with a £67m facility for the borrower and bringing into charge new assets.

          Finance > Corporate restructuring & insolvency

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's restructuring and insolvency team has particular expertise in the energy sector, and has recently advised on a string of energy supplier insolvencies led by London practice head Jonathan Dunkley.

          Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP stands out in the market for its ability to utilise the firm’s international network on cross-border mandates; the team also counts some of the region’s key businesses on its client roster, including Grainger, alongside entrepreneurs, investors, private equity houses and financial institutions. The practice also excels in a broad range of sectors including the retail, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and technology industries. Ben Butler heads up the corporate department, which also fields corporate finance specialist Robert Phillips, US desk head Simon Watts, newly promoted partner Stacey Hall and legal director Iain Pritty. Key names at associate level include Oliver Rickett, who focuses on the technology sector, and David Ridley, who regularly works with energy sector clients.

          Practice head(s):

          Ben Butler

          Testimonials

          ‘Very strong practice, with a great team of Simon Watts, assisted by Stacey Hall.’

          ‘Very friendly, personable and able team. Easy to get along with. Open to challenge.’

          Key clients

          Grainger PLC

          Nimbus Investments CXXXIX Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Grainger Plc on its acquisition of the Forge premises via an acquisition of the entire issued share capital of a Luxembourg property investment company.
          • Advised on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Ashworth and Parker Limited (END.) to Lobster Bidco Limited – funded by equity funds managed by The Carlyle Group, and a proportion of proceeds reinvested by the Founders.
          • Advised Nestware, the holding company of the UK’s largest retailer of carpets, flooring and beds, Carpetright, on its acquisition of Carpet & Flooring (Trading) Limited, one of the UK’s largest distributors of floor covering products and accessories.

          Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

          The practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles a broad spectrum of corporate tax mandates and plays a key role in supporting the firm’s wider corporate and real estate groups when handling transactional work. Key areas of expertise encompass assisting with tax efficient structures relating to corporate and property transactions, advising on tax risks, and handling tax issues arising from banking, restructuring and employment issues. Jeremy Smith is the primary contact; he is particularly active in transactional tax work.

          Practice head(s):

          Jeremy Smith

          Key clients

          LDC

          REG Power Management

          Quilter

          Grainger

          Commercial Estates Group

          Resource Group

          Work highlights

          • Advising the sellers on the tax aspects of the sale of entire issued share capital of Ashworth and Parker Limited (END.) to Lobster Bidco Limited with a proportion of proceeds reinvested by the founders.
          • Advising on the tax aspects of Nestware’s acquisition of Carpet & Flooring (Trading) Limited, one of the UK’s largest distributors of floor covering products and accessories.
          • Advising the shareholders of G-Rack Holdings Limited on the tax aspects of a pre-sale reorganisation.

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a go-to name for high-profile clients in the region including Northern Powergrid, Arriva and Go Ahead; the practice also leverages the firm’s wider network to handle national and cross-border litigation. The team handles the full range of commercial litigation and particularly excels in the transport, manufacturing and leisure sectors. Group head Richard Collins is a key name for financial services litigation including pensions disputes and professional negligence claims; Paul Stewart acts in contractual and tortious disputes and claims in the rail sector; and Jonny Gribben focuses on the manufacturing, technology and energy sectors. Legal director Francesca Hodgson is recommended for enforcement advice and managing associate Joe Kelley joined the group in mid-2022 from Ward Hadaway LLP.

          Practice head(s):

          Richard Collins

          Testimonials

          ‘The people I worked with were diligent, hard working and analytical. They focused on identifying the important issues and addressing them in ways which most benefitted the client.’

          ‘The partner I worked with was Paul Stewart. Paul managed his team with skill – ensuring they were approaching issues correctly. He was also good with the client – managing their expectations and giving sound advice throughout.’

          ‘We found the team’s response to be well-pitched to the query we had raised and appreciated their attitude to the issue, in that they brought lots of energy and support for us whilst understanding our business and needs very well.’

          ‘Jonny Gribben – pragmatic and commercial advice, available when needed, no query was too big or too small.’

          ‘Richard Collins was excellent and is a proactive, commercially minded lawyer.’

          ‘The team has good expertise and understand technical concepts easily, which makes instructing them simple. The team also has an in-depth knowledge of the business and this means we receive advice that’s been thought through and has been tailored to our specific needs. This is invaluable for an in-house team and takes away a lot of the burden, which is key when outsourcing work. The team are friendly and work well with the business. The team has good depth and deals easily with a variety of matters – from complex litigation to financial services litigation.’

          ‘Jonny Gribben makes dealing with litigation extremely easy. He has a great knowledge of the business – as well as great expertise – and he does all of the heavy lifting on our matters. This is exactly what you want in an external lawyers and it makes outsourcing litigation much easier for a very busy in-house team. His advice is well thought through and extremely practical.’

          ‘Richard Collins is superb and provides a stellar service. Has helped work through a number of very complex matters with a great sense of pragmatism. Digests matters comprehensively, great use of external counsel and efficient advice given swiftly and sensibly.’

          Key clients

          Northern Powergrid (Northeast) plc

          Arriva plc

          Progress Rail Services UK Limited

          Atom Bank plc

          Go-Ahead Group

          Venator

          North P&I

          Parkdean Resorts UK Limited

          Draeger Safety UK Ltd

          Goffs UK Limited

          Government Legal Department

          Work highlights

          • Acted for Draeger in challenging the award by the London Fire Brigade of a contract for respiratory protective equipment to another bidder.
          • Acted for PRS in challenging the outcome of a public procurement exercise for the granting of three separate contract frameworks for the provision of switches and crossings, which are a key component of the infrastructure of the rail network.

          Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 1

          Employment Tier 1

          Handling a broad range of contentious and non-contentious issues, the Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP practice takes a  ‘practical and pragmatic approach’ and draws on sector specialisations such as education, manufacturing, retail or energy. Hilary Du Randt, who joined the partner ranks in July 2021, now leads the team, and has particular expertise advising and defending clients in relation to claims for discrimination, as does ‘highly strategically astute lawyer’ Lorraine Heard. Managing associate Alan Kennedy, whose practice includes advising on immigration-related issues, a growing area of work, is also of note.

          Practice head(s):

          Hilary Du Randt

          Other key lawyers:

          Lorraine Heard; Alan Kennedy; Sandy Duncanson

          Testimonials

          ‘For me personally, the team at WBD are very good at tailoring their services to our needs. We require the specialists we work with to have a good knowledge of our industry, org structure and roles to efficiently react and address specific issues. Their law updates and events are very useful and informative and demonstrate their progressiveness to current issues.’

          ‘Alan Kennedy is our advisor and he does an excellent job for us. When required he responds quickly and accurately to our needs, he has worked closely with us to form a trusted relationship with key stakeholders, to understand our business and our people challenges. He is personable and practical which really works for us.’

          ‘Sandy Duncanson is a solicitor who has particularly impressed me in a positive way from this firm. He prepared the cases excellently, despite huge cost pressures under the terms with the client, and gave an excellent service as a result.’

          ‘Lorraine Heard, Newcastle – a truly peerless lawyer with an unparalleled equal pay and discrimination specialism. A kindly and constructive manner belies this steely and highly strategically astute lawyer. A very hard worker and a highly effective leader of her team. Always thinking many steps ahead, Lorraine hits the ground running, even in highly complex matters.’

          ‘Alan Kennedy- a pragmatic and sensible lawyer who recognises the limits of what sensibly be acheived on behalf of a client and focusses his energies accordingly.’

          ‘Hilary du Randt is an extremely bright, diligent partner with a down to earth, easy to work with demeanour. She is incisive in her thinking and effective at communicating it.’

          ‘The team at WBD are professionals through and through. Very commercially minded and extremely well prepared.’

          ‘In depth knowledge of employment law. Practical and pragmatic approach. Excellent attention to detail in witness statements.’

          Key clients

          Mpac Group PLC

          Vertu Motors PLC

          Sky Betting & Gaming

          Parkdean Resorts UK Ltd

          NHS Digital

          AIG

          Formica

          Dnata Limited

          Northumbria University

          VLS Limited

          Employment > Pensions Tier 1

          The Newcastle-based team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides its diverse and national client base with ‘down to earth, commercial advice’. The practice is able to benefit from its links to regulatory bodies as well as its reputation in the field of public and voluntary sector pensions. Martin Poore leads the practice- experienced in the field, his expertise ranges from scheme restructuring to legislative compliance. Key practitioner Suzanne Duff advises sponsors and trustees on a variety of issues surrounding occupational pension schemes.

          Practice head(s):

          Martin Poore

          Other key lawyers:

          Suzanne Duff; Gavin Ellison; Tracy Walsh

          Testimonials

          ‘Down to earth, commercial advice, which untangled a potentially complex set of issues surrounding the transition from a long standing company pension scheme with DB as well as DC elements to a Master Trust. The team were refreshing to deal with.’

          ‘I have worked with lawyers who see their technical understanding as a weapon to beat their clients with if questions are asked and challenges over advice are made. The refreshing style of the partner meant that it felt like a truly collaborative partnership, where her advice was shared discussed and agreed as she built up a trusting relationship with us.’

          ‘Very pro-active with the advice they give.’

          ‘Understand the pension scheme and what is required. Gavin Ellison is excellent.’

          ‘The practice is always available, has the correct level of services for our needs and is responsive to requests.’

          Key clients

          Liverpool Victoria Financial Services Limited

          Northern Powergrid (North East) plc

          Trustee of the Go-Ahead Group Pension Plan

          The Trustees of the Newcastle Building Society Pension and Assurance Scheme

          Trustees of the Sapa Holdings Limited Pension and Life Assurance Scheme

          Selby College

          Work highlights

          • Advising Liverpool Victoria Financial Services Limited on the participation of a new group company in the Aon Master Trust including advising on the commercial agreements relating to its participation.
          • Advising Northern Powergrid on its section of the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme (ESPS) and its own occupational money purchase scheme.
          • Advising the Trustee of the Go-Ahead Group Pension Plan on its ongoing obligations in relation to the pension plan (a complex hybrid pension arrangement).

          Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

          Leveraging its ‘strength in depth and unrivalled local legal coverage’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘adopts a very collaborative approach’ when advising insolvency practitioners, banks, asset-based lenders, companies and charities on contentious and non-contentious work. Julian Gill heads up the non-contentious restructuring and insolvency practice in the North East, Sally Dallow leads the team which acts for the Insolvency Service (an agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), and Peter Maxwell heads up the asset recovery team. Kelly Jordan was recruited from Muckle LLP in April 2022.

          Practice head(s):

          Julian Gill; Sally Dallow; Peter Maxwell

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Strength in depth and unrivalled local legal coverage.’

          ‘Julian Gill – dynamic, knowledgeable, questioning and wholly approachable.’

          ‘They tend to adopt a very collaborative approach to their work from which I feel fully informed at every stage of the cases I have with them.’

          ‘Peter Maxwell has a good grasp of the detail and is highly effective at communicating that to his clients. He is a very experienced insolvency lawyer who demonstrates a genuine passion for his work.’

          ‘Top class insolvency and restructuring team.’

          ‘Julian Gill – the region’s leading insolvency lawyer. Peter Maxwell – extremely effective insolvency litigator.’

          Key clients

          Lloyds Banking Group

          Santander

          FRP Advisory Trading LLP

          RSM UK Group LLP

          Interpath Advisory

          PwC

          Begbies Traynor

          Grant Thornton (UK) LLP

          KSA Group

          The Insolvency Service

          Mazars

          Manolete Partners plc

          BDO

          Azets (formerly Baldwins )

          Work highlights

          • Acting for FRP Advisory Trading Limited as the administrators of Quarrington Renewable Gas Limited, which operates an anaerobic digestion plant.
          • Acting for Begbies Traynor as the administrators of Statebourne (Cryogenic) Limited, a company which provides cryogenic products and solutions.
          • Acting for FRP Advisory Trading Limited as the administrators of Simplicity Energy Limited (in administration).

          Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 1

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

          Practice head(s):

          Simon Kirkup

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Farquharson; Rosanne Tweddle

          Testimonials

          ‘Specialist area – best in field in North.’

          ‘Very good knowledge of Agricultural estates and the legal and management issues that arise from them.’

          ‘Simon Kirkup, in particular, has excellent personal skills and the ability to communicate complicated issues in a straightforward way.’

          ‘Simon Kirkup ability to grasp a situation swiftly and spot the risks and issues is impressive and then his ability to delegate the detailed work with an eye on the commercial goal of completing the transaction.’

           

          Key clients

          National Trust

          Grainger PLC

          Church Commissioners

          English Heritage

          Private client > Charities and not-for-profit Tier 1

          With a client list that includes an array of national household name charities and not-for-profits, the Newcastle team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a key player in the sector. The team offers expertise in strategic, regulatory, governance, operational and trust issues and also offers sub-specialisms in the sectors of education, health and care as well as religion. Emma Moody  leads the practice, focusing on governance and constitutional issues for charities. Managing associate Samantha Pritchard is a key practitioner, with her practice including support with mergers and partnerships as well as governance advice on board and membership structures.

          Practice head(s):

          Emma Moody

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Womble Bond Dickenson provide us with a truly excellent service on matters relating to charity governance. The team are knowledgeable and maintain a strong working knowledge of our organisation which enables them to quickly relate to and translate broader industry / sector issues for us. I particularly value their prompt response to our requests for assistance, the clear communication throughout their work and the fact that they not only always deliver what we need, but that they also challenge our thinking and help us consider other aspects that we may not have initially identified.’

          Key clients

          BBC Children in Need

          Which? / Consumers’ Association

          Crisis UK

          National Trust

          Royal Academy of Engineering

          Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul

          Absolute Return for Kids (ARK)

          National Benevolent Charity

          Mental Health Matters

          The Dogs Trust

          National Energy Action

          Board of Deputies for British Jews

          The Cyrenians Limited / Changing Lives

          Virgin Money Foundation

          St John of God Hospitaller Services

          Hay Festival

          Royal College of Pathologists

          Thomas More Project (legal 500 additional example) N

          BNJC (legal 500 additional example) N

          Portsmouth Abuse and Rape Counselling (Legal 500

          additional example)

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

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

          Practice head(s):

          David Dale; Will Bonas; Simon Kirkup

          Testimonials

          ‘I think the most important aspect of the way WBD work is their attention to detail and in depth knowledge and understanding of their clients. They are extremely sensitive to family circumstances. They work in a transparent, empathetic way to deliver well informed and individually focussed services and solutions.’

          ‘Good range of skills across the team with good internal administrative support. my wife and i like the ability to have a highly skilled and capable team with support in wealth management as well as probate practice; we are pleased with fund performance and confident that they can support our family in the long term’

          ‘The team involved have been working with this family for 25 years. Their prime focus is understanding and responding to our changing needs. They are aware and responsive to new and proposed legislation and are always focused on the long term – as we ask them to be. Limited experience with other firms has felt “boom or bust” Despite being naturally skeptical we keep continue to trust and respect their always carefully considered advise.’

          ‘Main contact / partner is Helen Tavroges. We meet every 6 months and she continues to keep up to date with all the family members and issues. Her daughter is of similar age to our children and is empathetic to our issues she is always easy to reach. Her support team is excellent.’

          ‘The Northern powerhouse. Their size and experience makes them a match for any firm in the country.’

           

          Public sector > Education Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s leading northern education team is noted for its ‘clarity, professionalism and integrity’ as it supports clients with a range of governance commercial and property matters. The Newcastle-based practice is particularly notable for its activity in the academy conversion market and its continued advisory work for the Department of Education. Kevin Robertson  leads the practice, he has a broad client list that includes local and central government bodies, universities, academy trusts and Diocesian bodies. Charities expert Emma Moody  is also active in the education space. Associate Peter Cantwell has expertise on the property side of public sector projects.

          Practice head(s):

          Kevin Robertson

          Other key lawyers:

          Emma Moody; Peter Cantwell

          Testimonials

          ‘The team inspire confidence, listen to our needs and respond with clarity, professionalism and integrity.’

          ‘The team lead by Kevin Robertson are exceptional in every way.’

          ‘High quality service and attention to detail. The work of WBD is always first class.’

          ‘The team are very hands on and always respond in a timely manner. They are able to cover all areas of the law and able to provide expertise both in the UK and abroad.’

          ‘The Team at WBD is extremely knowledgeable regarding education and the needs of a Trust when converting or sponsoring additional schools. Process is well supported and timely advise received. WBD is extremely responsive to the needs of their clients.’

          ‘The whole team at WBD is personable and approachable. They are able to support and guide clients to ensure risks are highlighted and mitigated.’

          Key clients

          Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)

          Department for Education (DfE)

          LocatEd

          Oak Learning Trust

          Bishop Chadwick Catholic Education Trust

          Bishop Bewick Catholic Academy Trust

          Catcote Academy

          Eden Learning Trust

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

          Bishop Hogarth Catholic Education Trust

          Waterton Academy Trust, Wakefield

          Sewell Education York Limited

          Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust

          Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

          Pocklington School

          Vision Academy Learning Trust

          Skills for Life Trust, Kent

          The Constellation Trust

          Horizons Specialist Academy Trust

          Nicholas Postgate Catholic Academy Trust

          East Durham College

          Gateshead College

          Durham University

          NCFE

          Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 1

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

          Practice head(s):

          Nigel Emmerson; John Ralph

          Testimonials

          ‘Good and approachable people who are good to work with and are dependable. Their ability is taken as a given.’

          ‘John Ralph is the stand-out partner who delivers the goods in a pragmatic, hands-on way to get work done.’

          ‘Response time and efficiency, going above and beyond.’

          ‘A wide range of fee earners with expertise across different fields.’

          ‘Always available to give high-quality advice which understands the commercial considerations that underpin our work.’

          ‘The team at WBD provide a friendly, efficient service. They are quick to respond and always willing to help.’

          ‘Nigel Emmerson has developed a deep understanding of our business over the years, and takes time to understand our needs. Where necessary, he is able to bring in subject-matter experts and ensures matters are dealt with in a timely manner.’

          Key clients

          Grainger plc

          Bellway Homes plc

          South Tees Development Corporation

          The Vista PRS Fund

          Arriva

          Aberdeen Standard

          Duchy Homes

          Southern Railways

          Hansteen Holdings plc

          Vertu Motors plc

          Work highlights

          • Instructed on numerous ongoing projects for South Tees Development Corporation/Teesworks Limited.
          • Acted for a key energy supplier on over 100 individual instructions for Northern Powergrid (Northeast) Plc & Northern Powergrid (Yorkshire) Plc.
          • Advised housebuilder Duchy Homes on acquiring a 16-acre site at the Potters Hill development near Chapelgarth.

          Real estate > Construction Tier 1

          Praised for its ‘unrivalled knowledge and experience’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP handles a broad spectrum of projects and disputes at a national level, acting for key clients across the construction, real estate, chemical, energy and public sectors including the Department for Education, B&Q, Bellway and the Department for Transport. Simon Lewis is also recognised for his expertise in modern methods of construction and building information modelling (BIM) work. Other key names include practice head Simon Rowland, who handles transactional issues; Ian Atkinson, who focuses on infrastructure projects; and associate Helen Coxon, who supports on non-contentious mandates.

          Practice head(s):

          Simon Rowland

          Testimonials

          ‘The legal team is very personable and works well in collaboration with other project team members.’

          ‘Simon Rowland specifically stands out and is an excellent team player, prepared to innovate and be involved in the whole project from inception to completion.’

          ‘Good knowledge of sector, responsive to our needs.’

          ‘Simon Lewis has been knowledgeable, responsive, able to explain legal issues concisely and in language understood by non legal people.’

          ‘The overall knowledge and experience of the team is unrivalled in my experience.’

          ‘Ian Atkinson has lead on the relationship for many years – he took the time to understand the business, the individuals and the approach to risk to ensure he was always able to offer appropriate advice at all times.’

          Key clients

          Department for Education/Education and Skills Funding Agency/LocatED

          B&Q/Kingfisher

          SABIC Petrochemicals UK Limited

          Hargreaves Services plc

          Sunderland City Council

          Robertson Group

          Bellway Plc

          Grainger plc

          IKEA Properties Investments Ltd

          University of Durham

          Department for Transport

          Northumbrian Water Group

          Northern Powergrid

          SMD

          DEFRA

          Bouygues

          Ministry of Justice

          Department of Health

          HM Court and Tribunal Service

          Venator

          Work highlights

          • Instructed to advise the Department for Transport on the design and construction of a multi-functional inland border facility at Sevington, Kent.
          • Advising Durham County Council on the procurement of its new Civic Headquarters project.

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

          The property disputes team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is led by senior counsel Jen Smurthwaite, who clients praise as ‘simply outstanding’ and divides her time between Leeds and Newcastle. The group’s client base encompasses commercial landlords and tenants, developers, social landlords, investors and government departments, which the group advises on the full range of contentious property issues. Among the associates, Elizabeth Allen has notable experience in residential property litigation, and Elspeth Moncrieff handles lease renewals and break notices.

          Practice head(s):

          Jen Smurthwaite

          Testimonials

          ‘WBD is a great firm with enormous strength in depth, able to provide the client with a complete service combining technical legal knowledge with tactical ability and exceptional service.’

          Jen Smurthwaite is simply outstanding: very impressive both technically and tactically.’

          ‘A good mix of fee earners that are able to provide focused advice.’

          ‘They are always available to provide high-quality advice.’

          ‘Specialist litigators who are approachable, good value for money and attentive to client needs.’

          ‘Elspeth Moncrieff is excellent. She is attentive to detail and very commercially minded.’

          Key clients

          Airwave Solutions Limited

          Bernicia Group

          Akelius

          Standard Life Trustee Company Ltd

          Places for People Homes Limited

          Karbon Homes

          Work highlights

          • Dealing with all contentious matters for Airwave Solutions Limited including site terminations, lease renewals, and disputes regarding rent reviews among others.
          • Acting for Bernicia Group on a range of tenancy management issues including claims to possession, injunctions to tackle anti-social behaviour, committals for breach and defending housing disrepair claims.
          • Advising Swedish-owned residential property investor Akelius in relation to all aspects of tenancy management across its stock.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

          The digital team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP places a focus on digitalization projects, supporting clients from various sectors in which the firm has sector strengths, be it transport, financial services and insurance or the public sector. Together with Alastair Mitton, who leads the national team, Caroline Churchill heads up the team, with deep experience in technology solutions and data protection. Sarah Daun is able to advice on e-commerce requirements while associate James Cooper plays a key supporting role.

          Practice head(s):

          Alastair Mitton; Caroline Churchill

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Caroline Churchill – strongly recommended for tech contracts. Excellent subject matter knowledge.’

          Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Hampshire Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s Southampton-based corporate and commercial offering is jointly headed by Ian Holden, who leads the corporate group, and Paula Bartlett, who heads the commercial group. Holden also heads the firm’s French desk, and has particular expertise in M&As, joint venture agreements, and corporate finance. Bartlett, meanwhile, is well known for her work for clients in the technology sector and on issues relating to data protection. Stephen Pierce heads the corporate offering at the national level. The corporate and commercial team boasts significant strength in depth, while its structure, split into four subteams, allows it to offer specialist, focused advice in commercial contracts and outsourcing, data and privacy, IP, and technology. Sebastian Briggs acts for clients in the marine and technology sectors, and is well known for his work on renewable energy transactions. Legal director Carly Holt is recommended for her experience in the financial industry.

          Practice head(s):

          Ian Holden; Paula Bartlett

          Testimonials

          ‘This team is our go-to for corporate M&A and restructuring. They’re pragmatic, thoughtful, commercial and competitive on fees.’

          ‘Stephen Pierce is pragmatic, commercial and always accessible.’

          ‘Commercial solutions at a reasonable cost.’

          ‘We work particularly closely with Sebastian Briggs who has become a trusted friend to my business and has the absolute confidence of my CEO and board. He is expert, unflappable and very effective.’

          Key clients

          Chemring Group Plc

          Renewable Energy Systems

          Transdev plc

          REG Power Management

          Ordnance Survey

          The Renewables Infrastructure Group Limited

          Quilter Plc (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

          New Look

          LV=

          Comexposium Group

          Imerys SA

          Immediate Media

          NICE Systems

          Lewmar Marine

          Monnoyeur SAS

          Neidax GmbH & Co. KG

          Hartwell plc/Ebbon-Dacs Limited

          Post Office Limited

          Sterling Pharma Solutions

          TSB Bank

          ITV

          AIG

          PD Ports

          Brittany Ferries

          Department for Transport

          Work highlights

          • Advised on the disposal by FTSE 250 listed Quilter plc of Quilter International to Utmost Group plc.    
          • Continued to support LV= throughout 2021 in connection with the high-profile proposed £530m sale of LV= to Bain Capital.
          • Advised an international DIY retailer on various business-critical supply chain and logistics contracts during 2021 and 2022 to support the rapid growth (particularly due to COVID-19) of their online and store offering.

          Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for a wide range of high-profile clients across the region and beyond, and provides the full spectrum of commercial litigation and dispute resolution advice, with specialisms in the retail and energy sectors and growing expertise in technology and data protection matters. Team head Tom Beezer handles complex and high-value matters, and is especially experienced in the energy sector and upstream project cycle work. Ian Newcombe is also highly regarded for his work with energy clients, with a growing interest in matters relating to climate change. Gavin Matthews leads on litigation relating to the retail sector, and Andrew Parsons has a notable focus on technology mandates. Associate Amy Prime advises on a range of work, and is developing a niche practice concerning electronic disclosure and discovery. All named lawyers are based in Southampton.

          Practice head(s):

          Tom Beezer

          Testimonials

          ‘An excellent and well-rounded practice with very approachable and helpful team members.’

          ‘The team are great, they conduct work within the team at the right level to minimise costs where possible, there is a good level of oversight to ensure that this does not negatively impact the quality of the output. They keep in good contact, firstly to ensure that they obtain sufficiently detailed instructions at every stage of the process, but also to ensure that the client isn’t left second guessing as to what the current position is.’

          ‘Availability is the key one for me here. On several occasions I have had to request urgent calls with the partner who has overall supervision of the relevant matter. This always takes place quickly, sometimes within minutes, but certainly the same day.’

          ‘I have been working with the energy disputes team, who are a particularly user-friendly team with a degree of focus on the detail that is unusually strong. They are good at managing work streams, using counsel judiciously, and managing client expectations. I would consider them to be a highly attractive group for major corporates in particular in the energy sector to work with.’

          ‘Amy Prime was a real asset whilst working on this project; she was able to help on short notice and her patience was much appreciated. The support from the entire team was great; they got everything organised for us on very short notice and maintained contact throughout.’

          Key clients

          Centrica

          British Gas

          Blackbaud

          B&Q

          Sunseeker

          DS Smith

          Carnival

          Babcock

          AIG

          Quilter

          Post Office

          Screwfix

          Work highlights

          • Advising Blackbaud on its response to a data breach involving the hacking of its customer databases, where the records of individuals globally were accessed.
          • Acted for an individual who was the defendant in injunctive and civil proceedings brought by a sports analytics company.

          Employment > Employment: Hampshire Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s employment team provides the full range of support to a broad range of household names and high-value businesses, with particular experience acting for clients in the retail, education and financial sectors. Practice co-lead Christina Tolvas-Vincent is especially experienced in discrimination issues, reorganisations, and change management, and has a strong track record in advising clients in the retail sector. Fellow team head Jon Hales, meanwhile, is strong in complex transactional work, where legal director Charlotte Bloomfield is also prominent. Daniel Fawcett was promoted to legal director in July 2021, and has expertise in corporate work and litigation, with a developing focus on equality law. Managing associate Ben Duxbury is also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Christina Tolvas-Vincent; Jon Hales

          Testimonials

          ‘The team is well resourced and placed to manage large clients, particularly in the retail sector – it has long experience with national companies with workforces measured in tens of thousands.’

          ‘The WBD Employment team in Hampshire provide an excellent, very timely and highly knowledgeable service.’

          ‘My main point of contact is Christina Tolvas-Vincent who is highly skilled, very personable, extremely efficient and responsive, but with the appropriate level of gravitas for the level she works at. Christina’s attention to detail is second to none, as is the level of interest she takes in our organisation. She is highly reliable and effective and her knowledge of employment law is exceptional.’

          ‘Dan Fawcett provided unique support insight – evidential and legal – during a long worker status case just successfully concluded in which he was a leading member of the instructing team.’

          ‘Christina Tolvas-Vincent is a calming and reassuring influence in particularly challenging or emotionally charged cases. Ben Duxbury has risen from his associate position to a deserved role as managing associate. Dan Fawcett has an encyclopaedic knowledge of all areas of statute and practice.’

          ‘Dan Fawcett, associate, would provide thoughtful, knowledgeable and deeply researched contributions on evidential and legal issues on demand at all hours. He showed extraordinary industry and excellent judgment (tactically and in every way) and worked superbly well with everyone in the team.’

          ‘Christina Tolvas-Vincent is able to offer expert advice and solutions for us and to hold our hands through the sometimes difficult process involved in dealing with employee issues.’

          ‘Charlotte Bloomfield is an excellent and very talented lawyer with impressive knowledge of trade union law.’

          Key clients

          B&Q Plc

          Post Office Ltd

          Signet Trading Ltd (H. Samuel and Ernest Jones)

          Ordnance Survey Ltd

          Associated British Ports

          Colgate-Palmolive Group

          Quilter Plc

          Faststream Recruitment Ltd

          Arts University Bournemouth

          NICE Systems UK Ltd

          LV=

          Sunseeker International Ltd

          Southampton City College

          Transdev Plc

          National Farmers Union

          The Royal College of Pathologists

          Immediate Media

          Work highlights

          • Advising Colgate’s in-house legal and human resources teams on a variety of people projects, including new ways of working during the coronavirus pandemic, updates to employment contracts and policies, restructurings, consultancy arrangements, employee relations issues, data protection work and contractual matters.
          • Advised LV= on all internal HR processes relating to the proposed sale of the business to Bain Capital Credit, including advising on communications to employees, the TUPE information and consultation process for the transfer of around 1,400 staff, service agreements for senior hires deemed important to the future success of the business and interim recruitment arrangements.
          • Worked as a trusted adviser to the Head of HR of the NFU and her team on all matters requiring employment legal support.

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

          The banking and finance team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP principally covers real estate finance, asset finance and project finance in addition to some borrower-based work. The firm acts for a range of lenders from high street banks, debt funds and private equity investors to local and national government bodies. Practice head Graham Jeffries specialises in complex financing structures with a focus in sectors such as renewable energy, retail and the motor industry. Cole Stacey is experienced in acting for clearing banks and institutional borrowers primarily in real estate finance.

          Practice head(s):

          Graham Jeffries

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Very interested to understand what we do and to suggest solutions. Very responsive and diligent.’

          ‘Graham Jeffries is a trusted adviser. His team is also very joined up, committed and responsive.’

          ‘Innovative and experienced finance team who really take the time to understand the client’s requirements and work with them, not in silos, to create a bespoke solution.’

          ‘Graham Jeffries continues to skillfully advise on the asset finance market, and really is a superb contact who masterfully and quickly penetrates tricky and cumbersome issues as our partner, not teacher.’

          ‘The strength of this team is the consistently high standards which are maintained over a prolonged period irrespective of the make up of the team under the leadership of graham Jeffries.’

          ‘I have nearly 40 years experience of the legal profession and Graham Jeffries epitomises everything a great lawyer should be, namely technically excellent, commercially astute, personable and a good team leader. Historically Cole Stacey has been a great assistant but on this occasion Emilie Gas worked with us and as ever with this team delivered a seamless service.’

          Key clients

          Chemring Group PLC

          Adventure Forest Limited

          Renewable Energy Systems Limited

          Invest and Fund Limited

          First Alliance Properties Limited

          VFS Legal Limited

          Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP

          Santander UK PLC

          Lloyds Bank PLC

          Work highlights

          • Advised in relation to Chemring’s refinancing.
          • Advised RES it in relation to a new £25,000,000 bonding and guarantee facility provided by Santander UK PLC.
          • Supported Adventure Forest in negotiating the amendment and restatement of its core working capital facilities as provided by Clydesdale Bank.

          Insurance > Professional negligence Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP can draw on resources from its wide network of offices across the UK, with lawyers in different regions co-operating on complex matters. As a full-service law firm, it has a wide range of expertise to draw on in areas such as real estate, tax and construction. The South East team is based in Southampton, headed by James Robins, whose work includes group litigation and tax disputes. He is supported in much of this work by Ivan Roots, Sarah Tivey and Helen Creech.

          Practice head(s):

          James Robins

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Excellent service received from James Robins and Sarah Tivey. Their advice was measured, considered and pragmatic and resulted in the appropriate strategy being adopted and the right result achieved. They were also extremely supportive to their client throughout. An object lesson in the provision of dispassionate, expert and practical advice to guide their client through an unfamiliar and stressful process.’

          ‘Womble Bond Dickinson have a pragmatic and sensible approach to dealing with professional negligence matters. The team have the necessary technical expertise together with the relevant commercial acumen required to obtain great results for its clients. The team are friendly, approachable and a pleasure to deal with all the while maintaining high professional standards.’

          ‘James Robins in the Southampton office has an incredibly personable approach. He is friendly, calm under pressure and precise and his technical expertise really shines through.’

          ‘The people we have dealt with are genuinely bothered about the case progress and working with the insured for the best outcomes.’

          ‘The team works so well that individuals are not what counts, instead a collaborative approach is shown.’

          ‘They conducted my case entirely remotely and were flexible around my working hours. I had two named people to refer to, and there was a genuinely open discussion following their advice between both of my solicitors and me. It made the whole process feel inclusive and stronger than I had anticipated.’

          ‘Sarah Tivey and James Robins helped me through an extremely difficult and worrying period. They did it with great care and total professionalism. I felt fully involved at all times. and there was a free-flowing discussion with them at the appropriate times when considering my case.’

          ‘Very helpful and competent’

          Key clients

          AIG Europe (UK) Limited

          Bar Mutual Indemnity Fund

          Solicitors Indemnity Fund

          Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP fields a significant commercial property team from its office in Southampton, with experience handling the full range of real estate work for a diverse client base. Tim Burbridge heads the team, and acts primarily on development matters including option agreements, conditional contracts, overage payments, site assembly, and profit participation. Jonathan Hobbs advises investors on disposals and acquisitions across all asset classes, and Alistair Walton acts for corporate occupiers undertaking strategic acquisitions, retail chains doing acquisitions and disposals, and clients dealing with significant property portfolios. William Akerman handles investment and development work, and Adam Taylor-Smith is strong on clients in the logistics and hotels sector. Nikki Powell was promoted to partner in July 2021, and is developing a niche practice assisting clients with large-scale property maximisation programmes. Particular focuses in recent years has been the renewable energy sector, where Anthony Alderman is a key contact, and maritime estate management, where legal director Joanna Beattie-Edwards shines. Stephen Baker is well regarded for his broad commercial property experience, and managing associate Georgina Hook provides strong support. Associate Brittany Beaumont, who joined in May 2021 from Clyde & Co, is also recommended.

          Practice head(s):

          Tim Burbidge

          Other key lawyers:

          Jonathan Hobbs; Alistair Walton; William Akerman; Adam Taylor-Smith; Nikki Powell; Anthony Alderman; Joanna Beattie-Edwards; Stephen Baker; Georgina Hook; Brittany Beaumont

          Testimonials

          ‘The team at WBD has a particularly strong commercial focus and at all stages seeks to understand the client’s key goals to achieve results-focused solutions. The team works collaboratively with others in the firm to deliver a seamless ‘full package’ service. WBD has real depth in the real estate sector with specialisms across all areas.’

          ‘Georgina Hook is highly proactive, pragmatic and consistently delivers. She is extremely client-focused and great at getting the deal done. Always a pleasure to deal with.’

          ‘Brittany Beaumont has a refreshingly direct communication style, free of legalese, and adopts a calm and flexible approach to deliver results under tight deadlines. She has been particularly effective in dealing with overage and other complex arrangements.’

          Key clients

          The Crown Estate

          New Look Retailers

          Babcock International Group Plc

          Associated British Ports

          Havant Borough Council

          Moorfield Group

          Rockspring UK Value 2 Fund (Patrizia Asset Managers)

          Akelius

          Tristan Capital/Addington Capital

          Historic England

          CooperVision

          CareerBuilder LLC

          Go Ape!

          Quilter

          London Borough of Sutton

          Carpetright

          Church Commissioners for England

          BMO Property Growth and Income Fund

          The Bournemouth Development Company LLP

          Transdev

          RATP Dev UK (London United)

          Quidnet Capital Partners

          Footlocker

          AIG

          Ann Summers

          Equinor

          Scottish Power

          UKRI

          HBOS Final Salary Pension Scheme / CBRE Investment Management

          London Theatre Company

          First Alliance

          D&D London

          Decathlon

          Sofa Brand International Limited

          Work highlights

          • Acted for the Crown Estate on the coastal infrastructure relating to the proposed Sizewell C power station.
          • Acted on all aspects of the £102m acquisition and asset management of 11 distribution logistics assets totalling c. 1m sq. ft, culminating in the disposal of the holding SPV for Moorfield Group (MREF IV).
          • Advised Helical plc on the sale of the Powerhouse Portfolio, comprising three Manchester office assets, to real estate funds managed by Pictet Alternative Advisors, S.A. and XLB Property Limited, for a gross sale price of £119m.

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

          Led out of Bristol by Alastair Mitton, the team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is ‘experienced, capable, and proactive and a delight to work with‘ and employs its expertise in digitization projects, setting up e-commerce platforms, and handling issues arising out of the use of AI. Andrew Parsons handles contentious matters pertaining to software and IT services, whereas Andrew Kimble advises on projects, including outsourcing, e-commerce, and adjacent consumer protection laws. Highly active with a focus on the financial sector, Howard Duckworth counsels clients on projects pertaining to outsourcing, fintech, data protection, and cybersecurity.

          Practice head(s):

          Alastair Mitton

          Other key lawyers:

          Andrew Parsons; Andrew Kimble; Sheilah Mackie; Howard Duckworth; Emma Luscombe

          Testimonials

          ‘Sheilah Mackie is tenacious, technically knowledgeable, and thorough.’

          ‘At every opportunity, I have found the WBD team to be experienced, capable, proactive and a delight to work with. Their collaborative approach to looking after our needs, whilst managing difficult and complex opportunities, complimented with their strong technical knowledge, and understanding of mutual outcomes really does differentiate the practice.’

          ‘No matter the sector, in my experience it is always people that make the difference and Howard Duckworth and Alastair Mitton are simply a joy to work with. Their easy, approachable style is reassuring, as is their knowledge of the law, and ability to offer practical, outcome-based advice is somewhat unique.’

          ‘Howard Duckworth has taken the time to understand what is important to us and what we are trying to achieve in IT contracts.’

          ‘I have found the team quick to understand the issues relevant to us and to steer us away from difficulties.’

          ‘Alistair Mitton has provided excellent support. Andrew Kimble has been very supportive on some complex data issues and has been very helpful during a difficult year. Emma Luscombe is worthy of special mention for her excellent, knowledgeable and very practical support during a difficult year.’

          ‘Alastair Mitton provides efficient, effective, and high-quality legal advice in a commercially-focused way. He is solutions-driven and always finds the time to brainstorm tricky or complex matters in a highly logical and articulate way. I find that Howard Duckworth demonstrates similar qualities to Alastair and they are an absolute pleasure to work with.’

          Key clients

          AIG / American Insurance Group

          Ann Summers

          B&Q

          Carnival Corporation plc

          Carpetright

          Chemring

          END. Clothing

          Go Ahead Group plc

          Historic England (formerly known as English Heritage)

          Kingfisher plc / Kingfisher Information Technology Services

          Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society / LV

          London South Eastern Railway (trading as Southeastern)

          Ministry of Justice

          National Farmers’ Union

          NCR Corporation

          NHS Digital

          Post Office Limited

          Ordnance Survey

          Quilter Cheviot

          Quilter Financial Services (formerly known as Intrinsic)

          Quilter Investors

          Quilter plc (formerly known as Old Mutual Wealth / Skandia)

          Hurst Point Group

          ScienceLogic

          Scottish Power

          The Modular Analytics Company (TMAC)

          Unicard

          Vizion Network Limited

          Corporate and commercial > EU and competition Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP‘s varied competition law practice offers ‘City experience in the South West’, providing advice on state aid and merger control issues as well as representing clients in dealings with the CMA. Competition litigation is another area of focus for the team, which represents both defendants and claimants before the competition appeal tribunal in standalone and follow-on claims. Andrij Jurkiw leads the team and offers clients considerable experience across contentious and non-contentious competition law.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrij Jurkiw

          Testimonials

          ‘Punching above their weight – City experience in the south-west.’

          ‘Andre Jurkiw is highly experienced, knowledgeable about the law but client-focused and commercial.’

          Key clients

          George Rye & Sons Limited

          D J Squire & Co Limited

          Monnoyeur SAS

          Piper PE

          Work highlights

          • Acting for George Rye & Sons Ltd in a standalone competition damages claim before the Competition Appeal Tribunal.
          • Advising one of the parties involved in the CMA’s current enforcement action in its investigation into residential leaseholds.
          • Advising a charity which has been threatened with a complaint to the CMA for alleged breaches of the UK Competition Rules and the Consumer Protection Rules.

          Employment > Employment: Bristol Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has particular specialisms in the sectors of retail, central government, financial services, insurance, energy and consumer goods, as well as in the public sector. Tim Woodward heads the practice; he has strong experience in HR support, commercial employment matters and redundancy projects. Emma Doble  is noted for her representation before the Employment Tribunal and advice to employers in both the public and private sectors.

          Practice head(s):

          Tim Woodward

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Professional service by highly qualified solicitors.’

          ‘Emma Doble was a great help during the whole process of our case. I found her to be extremely professional, understanding and supportive throughout the procedure.’

          ‘I could always count on thorough analysis and the advice that will suit my business.’

          Key clients

          AIG

          Government Legal Department

          National Grid

          Post Office NTSB

          B&Q

          Plymouth Community Homes

          Corbin & King Restaurant Group Limited

          Security Industry Authority

          Trade Remedies Authority

          The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

          Department of Health and Social Care

          Department for Education

          Work highlights

          • Advised TSB on employment litigation and HR matters.
          • Advised Corbin & King restaurant and hotel on employment related matters.

          Employment > Health and safety Tier 1

          The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides advice across three areas: strategic, compliance and enforcement related. Its strategic advice includes overseeing projects and identifying risks and reputational issues. Its enforcement advice pertains to HSE prosecutions and investigations as well as inquests, whilst they provide compliance advice on legislative changes. The team is lead by Jon Cooper who has longstanding experience representing clients before Courts and the Employment Tribunal. Kevin Elliott joined the practice from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP in January 2022.

          Practice head(s):

          Jon Cooper

          Other key lawyers:

          Stephen Panton; Ashley Borthwick; Steven Covell

          Testimonials

          ‘The WBD team are our go to firm for all H&S matters. They are responsive, pragmatic and always available. Above all we value the team’s judgement and down-to-earth approach.’

          ‘We would give a special mention to Jon Cooper and Ashley Borthwick who have an excellent track record and unrivalled knowledge in this area of law. They always deliver clear and actionable advice in a cost effective and prompt manner. They are our go to lawyers in this space.’

          ‘Jon Cooper remains the guru regulatory lawyer, in particular in health and safety Law. He has recruited an exceptional team.’

          ‘Jon Cooper and Steve Panton’s ability to align legal advice to commercial operation of the business is unrivalled.’

          ‘Stephen Panton – excellent case knowledge with proactive approach to client management.’

          ‘One of the most experiences Health and Safety/Regulatory crime teams in the country. Would be one of my “go to” firms.’

          ‘Jon Cooper is undoubtedly one of the stars in this area of law. Hugely knowledgably and unrivalled experience.’

          Key clients

          Babcock International Group

          B&Q Plc

          Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

          Post Office Limited

          RWE Innogy

          Southern Co-operative Limited

          Northern Powergrid

          Nissan UK Limited Carlsberg UK

          Princess Yachts Limited

          AIG

          IBI Group (UK) Limited

          Work highlights

          • Advised Carlsberg in relation to the Police and HSE investigation and prosecution pertaining to an incident which occurred at the Company’s brewery.
          • Advised Local Authority Building Control in the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.
          • Represented Princess Yachts in an investigation and prosecution by the HSE arising from a serious accident.

          Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

          Real estate finance, corporate finance, structured finance, as well as third sector finance constitute the main areas of focus for Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's banking and financial services practice group. The firm is mostly involved on the lender side of transactions, although it also acts for borrowers, and frequently handles cross-border matters. Philip Withey leads the Bristol team and advises on security and collateral issues, risk allocation, and structuring, amongst others. Tom Caplen is well versed in real estate finance, often in regard to renewable projects such as onshore wind and waste-to-energy projects. Julian Kinsey retired in April 2021.

          Practice head(s):

          Philip Withey

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Tom Caplen – stand-out partner. Client focused, dedicated to excellence and delivers succinct legal advice in plain English.’

          ‘Very commercial and understand our business drivers, easy to deal with and able to get to the root of the issue in very straightforward terms.’

          Key clients

          HSBC UK Bank plc

          Lloyds Bank plc

          Piper Private Equity

          Quilter plc

          AgFe

          Eagle One Group

          LV=

          Union Bancaire Privee, UBP SA

          The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation PLC

          The Royal Bank of Scotland

          Work highlights

          • Advising Piper Private Equity LLP on a £33m investment in Omlet Group.
          • Advising British Business Investments Limited in the provision of a £15m block discounting funding line to Liberty Leasing, the Southampton-based specialist asset finance company.
          • Advising Lloyds Bank plc in relation to the provision of funding to Gregory Distribution (Holdings) Limited in connection with the acquisition of Pollock Holdings Limited, Pollock (Scotrans) Limited and Pollock Express Limited.

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 1

          Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, whether arising domestically or internationally. The teams’ expertise lies within landed estates, onshore and offshore trusts, philanthropy and estate administration. Mark Woodward heads the practice. He has vast experience handling matters involving trusts and trustees’ powers and duties. Christopher Kerr-Smiley‘s specialisms include trust restructuring and trust taxation. James Radcliffe is well regarded for his estate planning advice to UK domiciled and non-UK domiciled individuals.

          Practice head(s):

          Mark Woodward

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘The firm structure, which includes a number of US offices, enables the firm to provide a breadth of knowledge and experience. Domestically, the team is first class and is my first port-of-call for any of my HNW clients.’

          ‘The team at WBD were simply impressive. Right from the start the service felt personal and the team were always on top of the brief.’

          ‘Suzy Pawsey was outstanding. A sharp mind, great attention to detail and a very personable style. A real pleasure to work with.’

          ‘Christopher Kerr-Smiley’s tax knowledge is formidable.’

          Work highlights

            Public sector > Local government Tier 1

            Public bodies seek out Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP for its experience in regulatory work, litigation and procurement. The local authority, leisure, as well as the energy sector are further strengths of the Bristol-based team, led by Newcastle partner Iain Greenshields. Infrastructure projects are handled by Jonathan Bower and Charles Robson, while Victoria Redman is well versed in advising on planning and environment matters. Compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), highways, and town and country planning form part of Richard Guyatt‘s portfolio.

            Practice head(s):

            Iain Greenshields

            Testimonials

            ‘WBD have a very skilled and experienced team who have guided us every step of the way and have gone above and beyond the call of duty many times.’

            ‘WBD’s partners are highly experienced and have provided excellent leadership in their respective fields.’

            Key clients

            Hampshire County Council

            City of York Council

            Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

            South Tees Development Corporation

            North Somerset Council & West of England Combined Authority

            Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership

            Lee Valley Regional Park Authority

            Durham County Council

            Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, North Somerset Council & Somerset County Council

            Fareham Borough Council

            London Borough of Sutton

            Tees Valley Combined Authority

            Northumberland County Council

            Newcastle City Council

            Cleveland City Council

            Hartlepool Borough Council

            Sunderland City Council

            Darlington Borough Council

            Middlesbrough Council

            Bristol City Council

            Greater London Authority

            South Gloucestershire Council

            Kirklees Council

            Portsmouth City Council

            Broxbourne Borough Council

            Hertfordshire County Council

            London Borough of Lewisham

            West Yorkshire Combined Authority

            Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council

            Dover District Council

            Folkestone and Hythe District Council

            Somerset West and Taunton Council

            Work highlights

            • Advising on the procurement of a heat network project in Solihull town centre in order to help it achieve its net-zero carbon targets.
            • Advising Kirklees Council on the Transpennine route upgrade with an estimated project cost of £1.5 billion.
            • Advising South Tees Development Corporation (STDC) in relation to all aspects of a joint venture for the ownership, operation, upgrade and expansion of the electricity distribution infrastructure of the 4,500 acre Teesworks site.

            Real estate > Commercial property: Dorset, Devon and Cornwall Tier 1

            With offices across the nation, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP offers clients seamless advice on real estate matters in and outside the Dorset, Devon and Cornwall region. Real estate finance, landlord and tenant, and public sector are amongst the key sectors of the firm’s real estate practice in Plymouth, which has also recently seen increased activity in regard to its residential development practice. Practice head Craig Moore handles all aspects of commercial property matters with a focus on property finance. Commercial property specialist Nicola Jonas joined the firm at the end of 2021 from Foot Anstey together with managing associate James Clarke, who fields expertise in planning and infrastructure work. The ‘commercially aware’ legal director Samantha Orluta specialises in residential housing developments, regularly acting for developers and housing associations.

            Practice head(s):

            Craig Moore

            Other key lawyers:

            Nicola Jones; James Clarke; Samantha Orluta; Jackie Gale

            Testimonials

            ‘Responsive and knowledgeable.’

            ‘WBD have a depth of knowledge and expertise that has proved useful to our firm time and again.’

            ‘Samantha Orluta: commercially aware, prompt service and advice.

            ‘Jackie Gale: Thorough and efficiently gets residential sales across the line.’

            Key clients

            Babcock

            West Devon District Council

            Plymouth University

            Accor UK

            Ministry of Justice

            Eagle One

            Ministry of Defence

            GLH Hotels Limited

            University of St Mark & St John

            Brittany Ferries

            West Berkshire District Council

            Scottish Power Renewables

            Countrywide

            Innogy Renewables UK Limited

            Lloyds Bank Plc

            Wales & West Utilities

            Nuon Renewables

            James Walker Group

            Teignbridge District Council

            Taylor Wimpey

            English Cities Fund

            Plymouth Community Homes

            NatWest

            HSBC

            UBP

            Rentplus

            Barden Corporation

            Rittal

            Hertford Investors

            Cornwall Housing Limited

            Plymouth City Council

            Capital Home Loans

            Cornwall College

            Work highlights

            • Acting as sole advisor to Rentplus UK Limited with their acquisition of properties from developers and subsequent placing of the properties into charge.
            • Acting for Succession Group in respect of all of its real estate work including leases of office accommodation all over the UK, licences, deeds of variation and surrender and all other property management issues.

            Real estate > Environment Tier 1

            The regulatory and environment practice at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is known for its work in investigations, prosecutions and regulatory matters. Species protection, biodiversity net gain as well as transactional support also form part of the firm’s portfolio. Jon Cooper leads the practice from Bristol and is regularly involved in environmental, health and safety issues in both contentious and non-contentious matters. In Plymouth, Sarah Holmes specialises in sustainability and governance as well as the environmental and planning aspects of projects, compliance, real estate and transactions. Stephen Panton, also based in the Plymouth office, is ‘very technically strong on litigation process, project management and technical issues’.

            Practice head(s):

            Jon Cooper

            Other key lawyers:

            Testimonials

            ‘They have a growing reputation in this field, dealing with some major and high profile environmental disputes for large companies. Practical and with good strength in depth.’

            ‘Stephen Panton: great technical knowledge, pragmatic and excellent with clients.’

            ‘Jon Cooper: enormous experience and gravitas.’

            ‘WBD managed sensitive negotiations, navigating a complicated legal process and developing a detailed understanding of the very technical issue under discussion.’

            ‘Stephen Panton – very technically strong on litigation process, project management and technical issues.’

            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 Commissioners

            Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership

            Yennadon Stone Limited

            Work highlights

            • Advising on the environmental impact assessment and Habitats Regulations aspects of MetroWest Phase 1, the reopening of the railway between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.
            • Advised The Crown Estate, manager of the seabed and much of the foreshore around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, on its latest Minerals Licensing Round.
            • Advised the Greater Cambridgeshire Partnersip (GCP) in support of the planning and infrastructure work running in parallel to the preparation of Transport and Works Act Orders on two rapid transit schemes.

            Real estate > Planning Tier 1

            With specialisations in the energy, transport, housing, regeneration and public sector, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises clients across the full range of planning matters. It is often involved in major infrastructure developments and nationally significant infrastructure projects, and can draw on the firm’s wider international network when necessary. Jonathan Bower leads the Bristol practice and is praised as a ‘team player’ and ‘brilliant to work with'. ‘Star individual’  Victoria Redman and Kevin Gibbs, who frequently handles regeneration and infrastructure schemes, are further key members of the team. Managing associate Charlotte Coulson specialises in compulsory acquisition for both the public and private sector.

            Practice head(s):

            Jonathan Bower

            Testimonials

            ‘Brilliant diverse team doing a range of work across planning and infrastructure projects.’

            ‘Jonathan Bower is brilliant to work with. Clearly a team player who is good at encouraging all members of the team.’

            ‘Womble Bond Dickinson has a very very strong planning practice and enormous strength in depth. The team is enormously focussed on delivering for the client and the size of the team means that no case is too big or too small. Certainly one of my favourite firms to work with.’

            ‘Victoria Redman – Hugely compentent and experienced, Victoria is a great team player and also a star individual.’

            ‘Richard Guyatt – A top planning partner who is very well respected throughout the profession.’

            ‘The WBD practice is uniquely placed due to its collaborative approach with clients.’

            ‘Kevin Gibbs and his team have been committed and responsive. Liaising with the client out of hours, and being highly responsive to acute deadlines. Their ability to work with the wider multi disciplinary team and with the associated council team is important to overall success.’

            ‘Jonathan Bower – One of the very leading lights in compulsory purchase and compensation law. Jonathan is vastly experienced and there is nothing on importance in this area of law that he doesn’t know.’

            Key clients

            Bristol Airport Limited

            Watford Borough Council

            Fareham Borough Council

            Sedgemoor District, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council

            London Borough of Sutton

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

            North Somerset Council

            Greater Cambridgeshire Partnership

            Ambition Lawrence Weston Community Energy

            Copeland Borough Council

            Maldon District Council

            This is Gravity Limited

            Yennadon Quarry Limited

            Kirklees Council

            Work highlights

            • Advising Bristol Airport in their appeal against refusal of planning consent to expand from 10 million passengers per annum (mppa) to 12 mppa.
            • Advised Fareham Borough Council on the drafting and negotiation of a Section 106 Agreement (‘planning obligation’), together with related planning and highways matters, linked to the development of a 6,000-dwelling new settlement to be known as Welborne Garden Village.
            • Acting for Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Somerset County Council and North Somerset Council (the local authorities) jointly in relation to the implementation of the Hinkley Point C (“HPC”) Development Consent Order.

            Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

            With a ‘strong team of partners and associates who bring different skill-sets to bear in a property-related dispute’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP covers commercial, residential and agricultural matters with its Bristol-based team. Dilapidations, contested rating appeals and restrictive covenants form part of practice head James Rees‘ advisory offering. Sasha Hinton specialises in general commercial disputes and is ‘commercial, assured and has great tactical acuity’. Managing associate Naomi Cunningham left the firm in June 2022.

            Practice head(s):

            James Rees

            Other key lawyers:

            Sasha Hinton

            Testimonials

            ‘Sasha Hinton: is commercial, assured and has great tactical acuity. She is meticulous in the way she prepares cases and is rightly well thought of in the field of dilapidations.’

            ‘Very strong property litigation team with a lot of experience of infrastructure related disputes.’

            ‘James Rees is a very experienced and knowledgable solicitor.’

            ‘The team work well together, using counsel when and where appropriate.’

            James Rees – knows how to direct his legal team, to ensure efficiency in terms of expenditure for the client.’

            ‘A strong team of partners and associates who bring different skill-sets to bear in a property-related dispute.’

            ‘Sasha Hinton – ready to think outside of the box. Works hard for her clients. James Rees – strong oversight of the property litigation department. Thinks strategically for his clients.’

            ‘The team brings a great depth of experience to bear across the property litigation spectrum. The telecoms team in particular is strong.’

            Key clients

            Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

            Ministry of Justice (Estates Directorate)

            National Grid

            New Look Retailers Limited

            River Island Clothing Co. Limited

            NPower

            RO Group

            Majestic Wines

            National Trust

            AA

            Work highlights

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

              Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP continues to handle a high volume of instructions involving IT outsourcing transactions. The practice’s ability to act for clients in highly regulated sectors on outsourcing deals is demonstrated by its work for financial services and public sector clients, advising them on transactions involving data centres, transitions to the cloud, application maintenance and development, and cyber security services. Elsewhere, the team is engaged by clients to provide assistance on the launch of new technology products and e-commerce platforms, as well as to provide input on data sharing agreements and M&A deals involving technology companies. Alastair Mitton leads the team and has broad expertise across all these areas of IT. Gareth Jones and associate Georgie Morgan-Giles are also key names in technology procurement.

              Practice head(s):

              Alastair Mitton

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Alastair Mitton runs a strong IT practice assisted by managing associate Georgie Morgan-Giles. Excellent client service.’

              ‘Managing associate Georgie Morgan-Giles has excellent technical knowledge, understood our queries and worked diligently and efficiently to turn around a large suite of MSA and SOW documents in good time. Georgie led calls on our behalf, challenging other party to ensure the best outcome. I highly recommend.’

              ‘WBD’s level of responsiveness is what sets them apart from other law firms. When a matter is urgent to the business, part of our role as in-house lawyers is expectation management. WBD are exemplary at acknowledging receipt of emails instantly (in the majority of instances) with the advice following in short order. WBD are great at scoping out the instructions so the client is completely clear on the output.’

              ‘Alastair Mitton provides efficient, effective and high-quality legal advice in a commercially-focused way. He is solutions-driven and always finds the time to brainstorm tricky or complex matters in a highly logical and articulate way.’

              ‘Alistair Mitton has provided excellent support and assistance.’

              ‘The team has fantastic expertise and understand technical concepts easily, which makes instructing them simple and means the outputs are exactly what we need. The team also has an in-depth knowledge of the business and this means we receive advice that’s been thought through and has been tailored to our specific needs. This is invaluable for an inhouse team and takes away a lot of the burden, which is key when outsourcing work.’

              ‘Alastair Mitton provides us with an excellent service and makes sure his team are on hand whenever needed. His technical expertise on IT related matters makes him stand out. He also takes the time to understand the business to make sure his advice is bespoke and practical. This makes life so much easier for a busy inhouse team and makes Alastair invaluable.’

              ‘The team advising us provide extremely commercial advice on our supplier contracts. They are able to explain complex legal issues in straightforward terms for the benefit of our operational managers. They are incredibly responsive, pragmatic and, overall, a pleasure to work with.’

              Key clients

              NHS Digital

              Post Office Limited

              AIG

              Coverys

              Quilter (previously Old Mutual Wealth)

              Ministry of Justice N

              NCR Corporation

              END. Clothing

              LV

              Highways Agency

              FACTON GmbH

              Parkdean Resorts

              ScienceLogic

              Unicard

              Digital Giant

              The Modular Analytics Company (TMAC)

              Work highlights

              • Working with NHS Digital on an ongoing basis in respect of the terms on which it makes digital tools available to research organisations as part of online research environments hosted by NHS Digital.

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

              Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has demonstrable experience across the full range of national and cross-border IP mandates, from patent litigation and design prosecutions to trade mark protection and portfolio management. The team, which is led by ‘approachable, practical and insightfulJames Love, is noted for its expertise in the retail, oil and gas, manufacturing and healthcare technology sectors. The practice also has a strong bench of managing associates with Rose Smalley-Gordon assisting clients in IP disputes. Patrick Cantrill  departed the firm in May 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              James Love

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘Great people, offering clear and practical advice. They are responsive to my needs as a client, are easy to deal with and collaborate well with counsel and other professionals as circumstances require.’

              ‘We like and appreciate their attentiveness and business-oriented approach.’

              ‘Reliable and pragmatic advice.’

              ‘James Love is approachable, practical and insightful. A pleasure to work with.’

              Key clients

              Geofabrics Limited

              Vetements Group AG

              Wizz Air

              Decathlon

              English Heritage / Historic England

              TomTom International

              University of Leeds

              Drax Plc

              North of England / Sunderland Marine

              Carpetright

              Work highlights

              • Acted for Geofabrics in a High Court patent trial, in which Geofabrics’ patent, for an anti-pumping geocomposite railway trackbed liner, was held to be valid and infringed by Fiberweb’s competing product.
              • Assisting Vetements Group AG in various trade mark opposition and invalidation actions, in the UK, against a third party copycat using the client’s brand.
              • Managing Bellway Plc’s trade mark portfolio (held by Bellway Homes Limited) and advising on clearance searches, alongside the prosecution of trade mark registrations, and on contentious intellectual property matters, in particular the enforcement of its trade marks.

              TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

              Private client > Charities and not-for-profit

              North > Private client > Contentious trusts and probate

              Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s team of dedicated practitioners draws on a wealth of experience at all levels of the court system as well as in negotiation and mediation approaches. It cooperates closely with the firm’s affiliated trust company, which is frequently appointed as independent trustee for estates and trusts involved in disputes. Practice head Neil Long  is based in London, he has represented clients in the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Protection. Richard Pike, who is praised for his ‘sharp strategic instinct’ is based in Edinburgh but has been involved in trust litigation across the UK. The team gained associate Joe Kelley from Ward Hadaway LLP in May 2022.

              Practice head(s):

              Neil Long

              Other key lawyers:

              Testimonials

              ‘The team has a great range of experience throughout its members. They are familiar with dealing with issues arising in larger and complex estates. The contentious team appears relatively small in comparison to their non-contentious practice and other competitor firms.’

              ‘They are real market leaders. I cannot think of another firm in the North with as good a team, as good a set of clients, and as thorough a knowledge and understanding of the law. They get excellent cases, and they deliver excellent service. The cream of the crop.’

              ‘Richard Pike. He is approachable, down-to-earth, very clever, and knows a awful lot. Superb.’

              ‘Lovely responsive team.’

              Key clients

              Womble Bond Dickinson (Trust Corporation) Limited as Trustee of the G W Procter 1975 Settlement

              Sarah Glenn & others

              Work highlights

              • The firm’s trust company was appointed as a neutral independent trustee of a number of family trusts which together own an £8m agricultural holding in Yorkshire. The trust structure is subject to complex and ongoing High Court litigation between the beneficiaries, former trustees and the firm’s trust company (as incumbent trustee).

              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 seven major cities across the country including in London, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. In the US the firm has 480 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 private clients. The firm advises clients across eleven key sectors including: energy; financial institutions; healthcare; insurance; manufacturing; real estate; retail and consumer; transport, logistics and infrastructure; pharmaceuticals and life sciences; technology; and private wealth.

              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 WBD can anticipate and deliver the right expertise through innovative solutions.

              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 Legal Department, providing a full-service of legal expertise across a range of disciplines, including general commercial, litigation and employment advice. WBD was appointed in Spring 2017 as a Tier 1 firm on the Crown Commercial Service Framework (CCS) for Central Government Departments, Agencies and Arms’ Length Bodies; the firm was also appointed to the CCS Framework for the wider public sector in the Autumn 2018.

              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.

              WBD has a strong focus on innovation and was ranked in the Top 30 most innovative law firms in Europe by the Financial Times. It 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 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 has an effective environmental policy in place and has received The Planet Mark certification for four years running based on its CO2 emissions reporting. It is also a founding member of the UK’s Legal Sector Alliance. 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’.

              WBD provides its employees with an excellent place to work and recently unveiled its post pandemic working policy, adopting a hybrid working model. Its people have the flexibility to combine home and office working, blending personal preferences with business and clients’ needs.

              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. It is considered a pioneer in the introduction of legal apprenticeships and was amongst the first to launch a solicitor apprenticeship programme. It currently employs a total of 23 apprentices.

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

              DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
              Managing partner Paul Stewart
              UK Chairman Nick Barwood
              Agriculture, farms and estates Simon Kirkup
              Banking and financial services Julian Kinsey
              Charities Emma Moody
              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 Richard Cockburn
              Finance and investment John Ralph
              Financial institutions Jonny Williams
              Insurance claims Sushma MacGeoch
              Investment and pensions David Dale
              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 Jon Cooper
              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
              PhotoNamePositionProfile
              Tim Barr photo Tim BarrHaving previously headed up the London office of a specialist professional indemnity…
              Jonathan Blair photo Jonathan BlairJonathan is a former Managing Partner of many years’ experience, leading the…
              Hannah Cane photo Hannah CaneHannah is a partner in the insurance group. She is a professional…
              Jo Coleman photo Jo ColemanJo specialises in advising charities and those who work with charities on…
              Alexander Dickinson photo Alexander DickinsonAlexander is a partner in Private Wealth Department advising wealthy individuals and…
              Jonathan Dunkley photo Jonathan DunkleyJonathan leads the London Restructuring and Insolvency Team of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK)…
              Will Ford photo Will FordWill is a partner in the Private Wealth Department. He advises UK…
              Will Fraser photo Will FraserWill specialises in commercial real estate finance and investment and acts for…
              Nicola Giddens photo Nicola GiddensNicola is a partner in the Real Estate team based in London…
              Claire Kistner photo Claire KistnerClaire is a partner specialising in corporate and acquisition/leveraged finance transactions across…
              Matt Lewy photo Matt LewyMatt is a partner in the firm’s London corporate team with a…
              Neil Long photo Neil LongNeil is an experienced private client lawyer, with a particular specialism in…
              Sushma MacGeoch photo Sushma MacGeochSushma MacGeoch is Head of Insurance Disputes at Womble Bond Dickinson, leading…
              Leon Miller photo Leon MillerLeon is a partner in the corporate team based in London. Leon…
              Lucy Pringle photo Lucy PringleLucy is a specialist in Commercial Law and head of WBD’s Commercial…
              Charlie Reid photo Charlie ReidCharlie is a finance lawyer based in London. He has extensive experience…
              Martin Stacey photo Martin StaceyMartin specialises in commercial real estate developments/regeneration and investment sales and purchases,…
              Number of UK partners : 128
              Number of other UK fee-earners : 648
              English

              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 which 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 openly 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.

              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 with the leaders of our networks. The Board is committed to evolving our strategy and to “mainstreaming” the infrastructural changes necessary or potentially useful to achieve our goals.

              In addition to continuing with our #BeYourself initiative, we have continued focussing on making more progress on our gender balance at senior levels, and on LGBTQ+, BAME and disability inclusion. We have maintained our Women in Law Empowerment Forum Gold Standard in June 2021. Our LGBTQ+ and our BAME networks have gone from strength to strength creating channels for feedback and input from colleagues in these under-represented groups, this year we are launching a disability forum and all of these networks have been consulted on key projects to make sure our communication and implementation is as inclusive as is can be.

              We continue our progress using an infrastructural audit, designed to identify areas for improvement in various systems, from our recruitment processes, to our communications, to our bid and tender processes, among others and have been able to make significant improvement including linking our recruitment processes with our minority networks to ensure we manage our processes as inclusively as possible to ensure we continue to attract as diverse a pipeline of talent as possible.

              A really fundamental piece of work to collect attributable diversity information under the umbrella of our “Count Me In” survey has been an Important part of the communication of our D&I strategy with board level support and a number of communications to the business from our board sponsor. This has resulted in a 70%

              contribution of information from our people, we continue to encourage participation. By showing that the data can drive specific changes to the way we do things at Womble Bond Dickinson we can show our people that we can make improvements within our business using this important information, whilst also providing a safe space for people to provide it. We have also introduced a pulse survey approach this year focussed on important topics such as health and wellbeing and reporting processes – our aim has been to have a rapid response, “you said, we did” approach to demonstrate the feedback we get drives the changes our people want to see within our business.

              Our D&I journey continues with zest.


              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, colleagues and communities.

              We recently achieved Silver Sustainability Rating from EcoVadis which assesses our environmental, social and ethical performance. We are now in the top 4% of companies reporting in our industry.

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

              • Environmental – our aim is to minimise the impact we have on the environment by closely managing and measuring our environmental performance, building sustainable practices for the future and engaging with stakeholders.
              • Community support – partnering with our chosen charity partners and supporting community projects. We make financial donations via our Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).
              • Volunteering – each colleague is entitled to 2 days volunteering per year.
              • Pro bono – we support organisations whose objectives are about promoting access to justice and economies by supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.
              • 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.
              • Governance – we apply the highest standards of professionalism, business ethics and risk management, building sustainable practices for the benefit of our clients.

              Environmental activity is central to the firm and since 2013 we have reduced our total carbon footprint by 70%. We recently achieved ISO 14001 re-accreditation, recognising an effective Environmental Management System is in place that provides a framework for continuous improvement in our environmental performance. We annually complete business carbon reporting and certification with The Planet Mark which recognises continuous improvement, encourages action and aims to build an empowered community of like-minded individuals. In our latest report, we hit a new milestone with our carbon emissions now below 1 tonne of CO2e per employee.

              With our community support, we feel that as lawyers and business professionals we can maximise our core business skill set and make the most significant impact by focusing our efforts on social inclusion. We support charities through fundraising, donations of items, carrying out pro bono advice and volunteering such as through food warehouse projects, gardening and mentoring and reading schemes. Our offices support a range of charities and projects local to their communities all focused on social inclusion. Each office has 2-3 charity partners that they partner with to have the greatest impact in the local community.

              We concentrate our pro bono offering on supporting Access to Justice partners, student law clinics, our chosen charity partners and small charities with no legal budget. One example is our partnership 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.

              We believe that every business has a role to play in inspiring and preparing young people for the ever changing world of work; to highlight the opportunities available to them, help them unlock their potential and ultimately contribute to a thriving economy. Since 2015 we’ve provided approximately 600 opportunities for students to come into the business and experience working life in a law firm. We offer a range of programmes including; skills workshops, insight days, work experience placements, career talks and career fairs, as well as our apprenticeship programme.

              Our first apprenticeship programme was launched in 2014 and since then we’ve gone from strength to strength. Our proudest moment came in January 2017 when we won Best Large Newcomer at the National Apprenticeship Awards – fantastic recognition of the investment we’ve put into our Paralegal Apprenticeship. We’re continuing to build on our successes by rolling out apprenticeship programmes in many areas of our business.


              Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is a recommended firm in the Green Guide UK 2022. Learn more about this recognition.