Nikki Powell > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
SO15 1GA

Work Department

Operational property


Nikki acts for a range of business clients, institutions and public sector occupiers in relation to their property requirements including acquisitions, lease renewals and disposals relating to trading premises, warehouses, industrial units and other properties. She guides clients through strategic projects (including corporate acquisitions and divestments, insolvency processes, re-organisations and Head Office relocations. She specialises in managing large and diverse property portfolios.

Her work is predominantly retail focused and she acts for a number of national and international retailers including:

  • Ann Summers
  • Footlocker
  • New Look
  • Specsavers
  • Post Office

Nikki works with retailers managing their store portfolios across outlet, shopping centre and high street locations as well as on out of town retail parks and franchises. Over the last few years, Nikki has also assisted many of our retail clients with aggressive property maximisation programmes including pulling together strategies for expansions, rationalisations and re-gears.

Nikki also works with a number of international manufacturers assisting them with their UK property requirements including managing their existing premises and also acquiring critical additional manufacturing and distribution facilities.


Qualified 2007; solicitor Bond Peace; associate, Bond Pearce 2010; associate, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; managing associate, Bond Dickinson 2014; managing associate Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP (on combination) 2017; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP 2021.



Lawyer Rankings

South East > Real estate > Commercial property: Hampshire

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.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

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.