William Akerman > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Southampton, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP
OCEANA HOUSE
39-49 COMMERICAL ROAD
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1GA
England

Work Department

Real estate: developers and investors.

Position

William is a partner and real estate specialist. He acts for investor clients (including the Church Commissioners for England, TR Property Investment Trust plc, F&C, First Alliance Properties and Rockspring) on direct investment acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management. He is also real estate partner for several key clients of the firm, including Associated British Ports, Historic England and Go Ape.

Career

Qualified 1997 with Freshfields; joined Bond Pearce 2002; partner Bond Pearce 2006; partner Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Memberships

Investment Property Forum.

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.