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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

ST ANN'S WHARF, 112 QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0345 415 0000
Fax:
Fax 0344 984 1501
DX:
61191 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
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Web:
www.womblebonddickinson.com

Ian Atkinson

Tel:
Work 0191 279 9338
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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Construction

Position

Partner specialising in transactional construction and engineering matters. Experience includes real estate development, site remediation, social housing, energy and infrastructure but primary focus on education, health and local government regeneration projects. Considerable experience of major capital projects such as PFI/PPP, Building Schools for the Future/Priority Schools Building Programme and NHS LIFT schemes.

Career

Trained Dickinson Dees 2000-2002; solicitor Dickinson Dees (and Bond Dickinson on merger) 2002-16; partner Bond Dickinson 2016; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

Member

Law Society


North: Public sector

Education

Within: Education

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides a ‘very good service’ to a broad education sector client base including schools, school governing bodies, academy trusts and local authorities. Its offering is equally wide-ranging and spans contentious and non-contentious governance, health and safety and academy conversion matters alongside employment, construction and procurement issues. Team head Kevin Robertson is ‘first class’; he continues to advise the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and the Department for Education on its free school programme which includes university technical colleges and studio schools. He also advised multiple governing bodies on their conversion to academy status, and assisted 12 schools with handover arrangements and other matters pertaining to the North East PF2 programme. Together with Iain Greenshields, he assisted Academy 360 with its change of sponsor. In another highlight, Greenshields advised Durham University on all aspects of the delivery of two new colleges at Mount Oswald via a long-term public private partnership. Other key individuals include the ‘outstandingEmma Moody, who is ‘always prepared to go the extra mile for the client’, Simon Rowland and Ian Atkinson. Associate Peter Cantwell is also recommended and rated for his ‘practical and timely advice’.

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North: Real estate

Construction

Within: Construction

Assisting public and private sector clients with contentious and non-contentious construction matters, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP ‘provides solutions and does not just explain the law’. The ‘knowledgeable and prompt’ practice is a regular fixture on key projects and has particular expertise in the educational, chemicals and energy sectors, while also being ‘a pleasure to work with’. Team head and litigation expert Simon Lewis and ‘superb’ project specialist Ian Atkinson continue to advise the Education and Skills Funding Agency on its £10bn refurbishment programme concerning the delivery of new and refurbished schools across the country. Atkinson, who is also noted as being ‘incredibly knowledgeable and pragmatic’, is advising Newcastle City Council on the refurbishment of a prominent city centre building, which included various construction and procurement matters, while Simon Rowland continues to assist the Beamish Museum with the delivery of a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) funded construction programme for its ongoing Remaking Beamish project. Rowland is also advising the Cleveland Fire Authority on its £20m Capital Build Programme to deliver a new HQ and four fire stations. Recommended managing associate Andrew Clough has a focus on contentious work.

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