Gavin Matthews > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
SO15 1GA

Work Department

Commercial disputes.


Gavin is a partner specialising in work for national retailers with particular specialism in all areas of trading standards, health and safety and other regulatory issues. He advises clients in relation to advertising and publicity law and also deals with heavy commercial disputes for retailers, including supplier disputes, security matters and actions against suppliers of professional services. Gavin was commissioned by the BRC to write ‘Age Restricted Sales, Due Diligence and Best Practice’, a guide for retailers and employees and ‘A Retailer’s Guide to Legal Compliance’ which provides clear, practical advice for store managers in areas including health and safety, Sunday trading, environmental issues and employment.


Solicitor, Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh 1987; partner, Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh 1992; partner, Bond Pearce on merger 1998; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Hampshire

(Hall of Fame)

Gavin MatthewsWomble Bond Dickinson

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.

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.