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Richard Collins

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Commercial disputes


Richard is a partner in the commercial disputes team. He specialises in high-value commercial litigation. Richard has experience of a broad range of commercial and contentious matters including disputes arising out of complex financial products, pensions disputes, professional negligence matters, shareholder disputes and substantial multi-jurisdictional contractual claims. He also specialises in contentious procurement matters and has a particular focus on the financial services, transport and public sectors.


Trained Slaughter and May 2004-2006; solicitor, Slaughter and May 2006-2008; solicitor, Dickinson Dees 2009; director, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Bond Dickinson 2016; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


The Law Society, Association of Pension Lawyers.


Portsmouth Grammar School; Balliol College, Oxford

London: Corporate and commercial


Within: Partnership

In October 2017 Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP was formed through a combination of US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice and the UK-based Bond Dickinson, greatly enhancing the firm’s ability to handle transatlantic partnership matters; a matter that was coordinated within the UK firm by ‘very capable’ practice head Barry Stimpson. The group’s primary clients are law firms, accountants and fund managers, for which the team advises on LLP arrangements, merger projects and a range of fund-related partnership vehicles. Michelle Chance specialises in representation for partnership dispute resolution, where she is ‘especially good at representing individuals’, although she also has significant expertise in advising partnerships and LLPs. Jamie Pass and Richard Collins are also recommended on the contentious side.

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North: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Newcastle

Within: Next generation lawyers

Richard Collins - Womble Bond Dickinson

Within: Commercial litigation: Newcastle

Commended for its wide-ranging expertise, Womble Bond Dickinson’s ‘highly experienced and knowledgeable team’ ‘stands out from the crowd’. It acts for various corporate and commercial clients in matters related to the transport, chemicals, pensions, procurement, financial services, retail and oil and gas sectors. Team head Paul Stewart attracts praise for his ‘forensic attention to detail’ and the ‘ability to explain complex legal issues in straightforward terms’; according to clients, he is ‘the man for a crisis’ and has ‘a tenacious litigation style that makes the stress of litigation more bearable’. Stewart continues to act for IBM in a pensions-related Court of Appeal case involving employer’s duty of good faith, while the ‘clever, hardworking and immensely practicalRichard Collins - who heads the procurement and public sector disputes group and ‘is exactly the partner you would want to have on your side in a tough case’ - advised West Berkshire District Council on its successful defence of a judicial review and procurement challenge brought by Faraday Development, an unsuccessful bidder for a redevelopment opportunity valued at £125m. ‘Very organised’ managing associate Joanna Bromhead heads the pensions litigation team.

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