Jonathan Bower > Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP > Bristol, England > Lawyer Profile

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Real estate: planning and infrastructure.


Jonathan is a partner and head of the planning and Infrastructure team. His expertise includes major infrastructure, compulsory purchase orders (CPOs), highways, town and country planning and compensation. Jonathan acts for several local authorities and commercial clients both promoting and opposing schemes including a retail and highway schemes for local authorities and a gas storage scheme requiring CPO powers. He has promoted a CCGT power station and offshore wind farms requiring Development Consent Orders and has acted for statutory undertakers making representations in connection with other schemes.  He appeared as a Parliamentary Agent for a number of petitioners in the House of Commons on HS2 and represented some petitioners in the House of Lords.  Jonathan acts on a number of Lands Tribunal compensation claims for both claimants and acquiring authorities. He also lectures regularly on CPOs & development and has written articles on both policy and legal issues.  He is a council member of the National Infrastructure Planning Association.   – See more at:


Qualified 2001; solicitor, Bond Pearce 2001; associate, Bond Pearce 2006; senior associate, Bond Pearce 2008; partner, Bond Pearce 2009; partner Bond Dickinson on merger 2013 ; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


Law Society, Compulsory Purchase Association, National Infrastructure Planning Association.

Lawyer Rankings

South West > Public sector > Local government

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.

South West > Real estate > Planning

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.

London > Public sector > Local government

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.