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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

BALLARD HOUSE, WEST HOE ROAD, PLYMOUTH, PL1 3AE, ENGLAND
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Work 0345 415 0000
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Fax 0345 415 7900
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8251 PLYMOUTH
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www.womblebonddickinson.com

South West: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Bristol
Corporate and commercial: Bristol - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a particularly strong profile in the energy sector, particularly in the oil and gas space, where it undertakes domestic and cross-border corporate transactions.  In addition, the team attracts a steady flow of private equity mandates, and also handles corporate deals in areas such as real estate and insurance. Simon Hewes leads the team.

Practice head(s):Simon Hewes

Other key lawyers:Tom Fitzpatrick

Testimonials

'Always there when you need them, and top quality advice through complex transactions'

'Personable team who are open to thinking differently'

'Knowledgeable, client-focused, approachable, can-do attitude'

'Simon Hewes is very experienced, and no problem is too big or too small'

Key Clients

Vitol Group (Vitol SA)

Cuadrilla Resources Holdings Limited

Third Energy Holdings Limited

OVO Energy Limited

RWE Npower

Piper PE LLP

Hilco Capital

Rockpool Investments LLP

Puma Investments

Moorfield Real Estate

Willis Towers Watson plc

Arch Insurance

Canopius Managing Agents Limited

Kingsbridge Risk Solutions Limited

Airsprung Group plc

Banner Limited

Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Countrywide Farmers Plc on the sale of its LPG distribution business to Flogas.
  • Advised the management team of Martin Audio on its MBO from Loud Audio and £12m investment by Lloyds Development Capital.
  • Acted for Banner Limited on its acquisition of F.R. Monkhouse Limited, including its retail stores.
  • Advised Third Energy Holdings Limited on the sale of its subsidiary company to Anglo-Dutch Hague and London Oil Plc.
  • Acted for Rockpool Investments Limited on its investment into TrustedHousesitters, and acquisition of a minority stake in the business.
Leading individuals

Simon Hewes - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The corporate tax practice of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has notable expertise in the energy, finance and private equity sectors, and regularly handles cross-border matters relating to UK investment by foreign clients. Within the aforementioned sectors, the team, led by managing associate Ronan Lowney, advises on restructuring, reorganisation of share capital and tax incentives.

Practice head(s):Ronan Lowney

Key Clients

Piper Private Equity

RES UK & Ireland

DREAM

Rockpool

B&Q

REG

Sojitz

Comexposium

Transdev

Work highlights

  • The team advised Sojitz Corporation on tax issues relating to the sale of Sojitz Energy Project Limited, including streaming losses associated with the different assets and ensuring mutual recovery from each party.
  • Advised Sojitz Energy Project Limited on VAT issues and capital allowances related to the sale of the client's LPG distribution business to Flogas.
  • Advised Transdev Plc on tax issues arising from a strategic transaction, including analysis of chargeable gains and VAT position on pre-acquisition restructuring.
  • Provided tax advice to Piper Private Equity on investment structures and negotiated tax issues in the deal documentation related to a growth capital investment.
  • Advised LDC on tax issues related to an investment, including negotiations with HMRC and transaction documents.

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EU and competition
EU and competition - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's competition practice is led by Andrij Jurkiw, who was recently hired from Mishcon de Reya LLP. The team advises clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, with a primary focus on the transport, retail, financial services, energy and chemicals sectors. Its areas of expertise include competition investigations, merger clearances, procurement challenges and state aid issues.

Practice head(s):Andrij Jurkiw

Key Clients

Network Rail

Govia

Huntsman

Venator

Bridon

Sky UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing an individual facing a Competition Disqualification Order.
  • Advised Govia on merger control issues associated with its bid for the South Eastern Passenger Rail Franchise.
  • Provided advice in relation to competition damages claims arising from the Trucks cartel and tactics for seeking to achieve an early negotiated settlement.
  • Advised Network Rail on a number of proposed restrictions contained in land agreements and their compatibility with UK Competition Law.

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South West: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP assists with the acquisition of licences in the construction, real estate and hospitality sectors as well as in the gambling and alcohol industries. The firm also provides day-to-day licence advice and undertakes due diligence work regarding the acquisition and disposal of licensed estates in connection with investigations and prosecutions arising from unlawful and underage sales of restricted products.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol
Commercial litigation: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's multidisciplinary practice has seen continued growth since practice head Stephen Dilley joined the firm in 2016. Commercial disputes and regulatory matters comprise the bulk of the team's work, although the firm is also seeing a notable growth in contentious renewable energy work. In addition, the firm demonstrates strong capabilities in other sectors, such as manufacturing, retail, financial institutions and insurance.

Practice head(s):Stephen Dilley

Work highlights

  • Defending Post Office Limited against a group action claim relating to the alleged defectiveness of the client's IT accounting system.
  • Acted for a client in a retailing dispute concerning withheld goods.
  • Representing a client in claims of breach of directorial duties and payment of unlawful dividends.
  • Advising a client on recovery of assets following fraud committed by an employee.
Leading individuals

Stephen Dilley - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Commercial litigation: The West Country
Commercial litigation: The West Country - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's Plymouth team acts for multinational blue-chip clients, local SMEs and owner-managed businesses in disputes across a number of sectors. Key areas of strength include energy, insurance, financial services, transport and retail. Practice head Gareth Kagan has notable experience of cross-border fraud cases and anti-avoidance transactions in the Court of Appeal. Luke Holmes was recently promoted to managing associate.

Practice head(s):Gareth Kagan

Other key lawyers:Luke Holmes

Key Clients

Post Office Limited

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

British Gas Trading Limited

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Renewable Energy Assurance Limited

AIG

Plymouth University

Plymouth Community Homes

Liverpool Victoria (LV=)

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides debt recovery advice to national and FTSE corporate clients, with the work ranging from pre-action claims to enforcement. Stephen Dilley is a key figure.

Practice head(s):Stephen Dilley

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South West: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's ability to leverage its presence in the UK and US makes it a strong choice for advice on transactions with a transatlantic component, particularly in the areas of real estate finance, fintech and energy finance. On a UK national and regional basis, the group acts for institutional clients, and lenders and borrowers, on restructuring and refinancing matters. ‚ÄėVery helpful‚Äô department head Julian Kinsey¬†undertakes all aspects of debt finance work and is knowledgeable about all types of borrower issues. The 'approachable and competent'¬†Philip Withey¬†excels in handling transactions for energy sector clients and financial institutions.

Practice head(s):Julian Kinsey

Other key lawyers:Philip Withey

Testimonials

The team is very approachable, with excellent knowledge and straightforward commercial approach

All lawyers on the team seem to go the extra mile to assist clients where possible

Key Clients

HSBC UK Bank

Lloyds Bank

Piper Private Equity

Svenska Handelsbanken

Santander UK

Lloyds Bank Commercial Finance

Union Bancaire Privée

Agricultural Mortgage Corporation

Hilco Capital

Work highlights

  • Acting for a South West-based borrower on matters regarding equity and debt restructuring.
  • Advised Piper Private Equity on its growth capital investment in beauty and wellbeing brand Neom Organics.
  • Acting for Lloyds Bank as agent, arranger, security agent and original lender on the provision of a substantial term loan and revolving credit facilities to a substantial real estate investment business in the South of England.
Leading individuals

Julian Kinsey - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South West: Human resources

Employment: Bristol
Employment: Bristol - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment team is highly reputed in the retail, financial services and public services sectors. It primarily acts for large blue-chip organisations from across the UK, including banks and national supermarkets. It also acts for international corporates in contentious and non-contentious matters. In a notable development, in 2018, the firm was appointed to provide Employment Tribunal litigation support to the Government Legal Department; practice head Tim Woodward is the employment lead to this client, as well as other key clients.

Practice head(s):Tim Woodward

Other key lawyers:Jo Martin; Heather Stickland

Key Clients

AIG

B&Q

Historic England

Post Office

TSB

Government Legal Department

Network Rail

Plymouth Community Homes

Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Oak Furniture Land (T/a JB Global)

Corbin & King Restaurant Group Limited

kgb group (including 118 118 Money, The Number UK and Conduit Global)

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

Countrywide Farmers plc

Work highlights

  • Continue to be a part of the AIG panel providing employment and litigation support for insured businesses under the client's PrivateEdge policy.
  • Sole adviser to TSB on employment matters and employment litigation; recently advised the client on grievances, exits, settlement, tribunal and TUPE matters.
  • Advised Countrywide Farmers Plc on TYPE aspects relating to the sale of the liquid petroleum gas business, to DCC plc.
  • Advised Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board on a range of employment and pensions issues, including some very challenging grievances, TUPE issues, litigation and transactional work.
  • Appointed to provide sole legal advice to the client, handling a number of employment claims through different government departments.
Leading individuals

Tim Woodward - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP acts for major commercial clients in Health and Safety Executive (HSE) cases, as well as advising the HSE itself in investigations. The firm has a strong track record in crisis management in the context of particularly high-profile health and safety incidents. The team also plays a key role in strategic board-level decisions, advising key clients on project planning and the identification of risks, international operations and supply chain management risks. Practice head Jon Cooper's experience encompasses the full range of health and safety work, and he offers strategic and governance advice, in addition to representing clients in the prosecution and defence of high-profile claims.

Practice head(s):Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Stephen Covell; Stephen Panton

Testimonials

'Womble Bond Dickinson have vast experience and knowledge, and are incredibly responsive, practical, and understand corporate sensitivities. They are capable of engaging at any level of company with any discipline, approachable and friendly. We would not hesitate to recommend them'

'Womble Bond Dickinson provide excellent advice in health and safety matters. They have very good strength in depth and provide thorough, detailed and thoughtful advice. Their lawyers are able to distill complicated and voluminous material in a way that is helpful and practical. They are a first-rate firm who are instructed in serious and complex cases'

'In addition to being a highly competent advocates in matters relating to health, safety and environmental law, the team are also excellent partners in crisis management. The team can be trusted to deal respectfully with my internal clients, which makes my job much easier, while making me look good. They are also able to simplify complex legal issues and put clients at ease, which is uncommon in our profession'

'Jon Cooper simply gets it. He knows and can anticipate your specific requirements and provide the exacting advice without any fuss or fanfare'

'Jon Cooper is arguably the best in the business; he knows not just the law but predicts the application of it accurately'

'Steve Panton is a completely safe pair of hands, very knowledgeable, responsive, practical'

'Jon Cooper is an expert in his field and great to work with. He is an excellent tactician, who is able to look at a case from all angles, and very knowledgeable. His ability to communicate complex and technical matters in a clear, concise and practical way is a real skill and makes him popular with clients'

'Ashley Borthwick has a keen eye for detail, is thoughtful, and provides prompt and thorough advice. He is very responsive, diligent and collaborative in his approach'

'The depth of expertise that Jon Cooper brings to his health and safety practice is invaluable. Most importantly, Jon uses his expertise to provide clients with thoughtful, efficient and practical advice'

'Jon's ability to provide bespoke advice on urgent matters in a timely way sets him apart from his peers'

Key Clients

Babcock International Group (including Babcock Networks, Babcock Rail and Babcock Marine (DRDL))

Sainsbury's Supermarkets Limited

B&Q Plc

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Post Office Limited

RWE Innogy

Northern Powergrid

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

General Motors

Calderys UK Limited

Carlsberg UK

Senvion UK Limited

Work highlights

  • Continue to represent the HSE in the ongoing investigation and prosecution arising from the explosions at Pembroke Oil Refinery in June 2011, which resulted in multiple deaths.
  • Advising Carlsberg on an ongoing Police and Health and Safety Executive investigation into an ammonia gas leak incident at a brewery in Northampton, which resulted in a fatality and numerous injuries.
  • Represented Calderys UK Limited in an investigation and prosecution by the HSE relating to alleged breaches of health and safety legislation concerning its refractory lining operations.
  • Represent a client in an investigation and prosecution brought by a district council arising from an incident at one of the client's stores.
Leading individuals

Jon Cooper - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South West: Insurance

Personal injury: defendant
Personal injury: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP specialises in advising on casualty claims for insurers, self-insured entities and private commercial organisations. 'The approachable and creative' David Brown heads the team and has particular expertise in dealing with employers' and public liability as well as, road traffic and travel accident claims. The practice regularly advises on hearing loss, chronic pain and workplace stress claims as well as on asbestos-related diseases.

Practice head(s):David Brown

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Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Acting primarily on the defendant side, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has a particular expertise in handling claims against lawyers, insurance brokers, accountants and financial advisers. James Robins leads the practice, which also defends companies of surveyors and property professionals on claims made by commercial property investment funds in relation to alleged mismanagement of property portfolios. The firm also defends directors and trustees against claims in the charity and education sectors.

Practice head(s):James Robins

Testimonials

Very experienced team with particular expertise in surveyor's negligence claims

James Robins has cases with very interesting points of law, and never loses sight of the commercial realities

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South West: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s practice has experience in advising on the sale and purchase of agricultural land and properties, the negotiation and protection of agricultural tenancies, and land development as well as on leases and easements. Other key areas of expertise involve residential conveyancing and the negotiation of lending arrangements. The firm acts for public institutions, banks, charities, and high-net-worth individuals and families.

Practice head(s):Robert Drewett

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP advises religious, environmental, educational, healthcare and sheltered accommodation charities as well as trustees on governance restructuring, charity mergers, collaborations and partnerships, as well as on fundraising and tax planning, compliance issues and charity commission requirements. Other significant areas of expertise include the provision of advice on property investment portfolios and endowments. The firm also assists with the implementation of joint venture projects involving multiple charities.

Practice head(s):Emma Moody

Other key lawyers:Robert Drewett

Testimonials

This practice had first-hand knowledge of grant-making, endowed and land-holding charities

The able approach of the lead partners is supported by a strong team of specialists in various sectors

Robert Drewett has vast experience across a wide range of areas of concern to trust. His advice on legal matters is of very high quality and is accompanied by very useful insights into the issue at hand and the environment in which trusts operate

Key Clients

St Monica Trust

Bristol Charities

Chippenham Borough Lands Charity

Crisis UK

Newcastle City Council

British Mountaineering Council

Ampleforth Abbey and St Laurence Education Trust

Gateshead College

Charity Commission – Cardiff Sixth Form College (now Cardiff Educational Endowment Fund)

East Durham College

Bauer Radio Cash for Kids Charities

Zedra Trust Company

Durham University Students' Union

Northumberland County Council

Leeman Road Millenium Green Trust

Wakefield Grammar School Foundation

Percy Hedley Foundation

Humankind

Mental Health Matters

Newcastle upon Tyne Royal Grammar School

St John of God Hospitaller Services

William Leech Foundation

Church Marketplace for Roman Catholic Dioceses

Work highlights

  • Advised St Monica Trust on the structuring of its public-facing facilities.
  • Advised on a review of Crisis UK's governance arrangements.
  • Advised British Mountaineering Council's specialist governance committee on a constitutional review to address structural issues.
  • Advised the Charity Commission on the securing of Cardiff Sixth Form College's assets and reviewing its financial procedures.
  • Advising St. John of God Hospitaller Services on business transformation planning to strengthen its financial resilience and sustainability.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP assists executors with inheritance tax matters and provides regulatory advice to trustees on the establishment and running of trusts. Legal director Christopher Kerr-Smiley is especially active with regards to the restructuring and taxation of domestic and offshore charitable, lifetime and corporate trusts. The practice’s client base includes landowners, businessmen, high-network individuals as well as wealthy families.

Other key lawyers:Christopher Kerr-Smiley

Next Generation Partners

Christopher Kerr-Smiley - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s specialist energy and natural resources team covers energy matters relating to energy regulation and disputes, as well as corporate and commercial transactions. Practice head Chris Towner focuses on the commercial aspects of energy projects. Also notable is that the firm fields a sizeable oil and gas team, which boosts its international presence; Simon Hewes  is a key contact for transactional advice in this space. Stephen Dilley represents clients in energy-related disputes.

Practice head(s):Chris Towner

Other key lawyers:Simon Hewes; Stephen Dilley 

Key Clients

Centrica

Chariot Oil & Gas

Chrysaor

Dudgeon Offshore Wind

Noble Energy

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)

OMV

Renewable Energy Generation

Renewable Energy Systems

Shell

Renewables Infrastructure Group

OVO Energy

Work highlights

  • Advising Dudgeon Offshore Wind on multiple matters regarding the development of Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm.
  • Advised Ofgem on the implications of developing a new regime to competitively tender new, separable and high-value transmission assets.
  • Advising Vattenfall on a 1.8GW offshore wind proposal located off the coast of Norfolk.
  • Advising Cuadrilla Resources on a wide range of oil and gas and associated issues relating to its onshore shale gas operations, including development work for its Preston New Road site.
  • Advised Ovo Energy Limited on all aspects of the acquisition of Spark Energy.

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South West: Public sector

Local government
Local government - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's local government team has a particularly strong capability in complex and innovative regeneration schemes and development projects. It also has a standout offering in the heat networks and leisure sectors. In addition, the firm has a national reputation in contentious and non-contentious procurement mandates. Elsewhere, the firm is becoming increasingly well-known for its expertise in the state aid space. Infrastructure planning expert Jonathan Bower has a wealth of experience acting for clients on town centre and highways schemes.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bower

Key Clients

Tees Valley Combined Authority

Newcastle City Council

London Borough of Lewisham

West Berkshire Council

Three Rivers District Council

Leeds City Council

Doncaster Borough Council

Three Rivers District Council

Newcastle City Council

Middlesbrough Council

Work highlights

  • Advised Bristol and Bath Regional Capital CIC on its plans to create an inclusive housing scheme with the acquisition of 61 homes in the South West.
  • Advised Tees Valley Combined Authority on the scoping and review of three potential district heating schemes.
  • Advising Newcastle City Council on the procurement of a long-term energy partner to deliver current and future district energy projects in Newcastle.
  • Advising West Berkshire District Council on a number of regeneration projects in Newbury.

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South West: Real estate

Commercial property: Bristol
Commercial property: Bristol - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's real estate practice has a strong focus on energy-related matters, rail infrastructure, institutional investment, public sector development and secured lending property finance. The firm acts for both local and national clients, including numerous local authorities, developers, landlords and corporate occupier tenants. The team has secured multiple panel wins recently, with Homes England being one notable example. The 'fantastic’ Andrew Harding specialises in institutional investment, leisure and development projects. Simon Hughes, who heads up the energy and natural resources real estate team, is also highly recommended. Leading the operational property group, Katherine Douglas handles acquisitions, disposals, regeneration schemes and development projects.

Practice head(s):Fiona O'Kane; Simon Hughes; Katherine Douglas

Other key lawyers:Andrew Harding

Testimonials

A true can-do culture

Rather than simply restating the law, the team provides practical commercial solutions quickly

There is no difference in the high quality of the services provided, whether dealing with a senior partner or someone more junior

The greatest compliment I could pay is that it is similar to having our own internal legal team

Key Clients

Bristol City Council

Network Rail Infrastructure

Renewable Energy Systems

Post Office

Babcock

Ashfield Land

Clarks Shoes

Scottish Power

University of Plymouth

Carlsberg UK

South Gloucestershire District Council

University of Bath

West Devon Borough Council

Gilletts Callington

REG WindPower

The Board of the Pension Protection Fund

Eagle One

Freightliner Group

Local World

Centrica

GLH Hotels

University of St Mark & St John

Banks Renewables

Brittany Ferries

Knottingley Power

ScottishPower Renewables

Work highlights

  • Advising Ministry of Defence on the grant and acquisition of leases for offices, nurseries, land for military exercises, strategic land disposal, etc.
  • Advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind Farm on the completion of the lease and associated rights for the development of the shore base at Great Yarmouth.
  • Acting on behalf of Three Rivers District Council on the South Oxhey Initiative, a £172m mixed-use regeneration project.
  • Advised Bristol & Bath Regional Capital on the prospect of creating an inclusive housing scheme with the acquisition of 61 homes in the region.
  • Advising Del Piero Limited on the acquisition of a former hospital site at Barrow Gurney.
Next Generation Partners

Andrew Harding - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Commercial property: The West Country
Commercial property: The West Country - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's work spans areas such as energy, rail infrastructure, institutional investment, public sector development and secured lending property finance. Practice head Craig Moore is experienced in all areas of commercial property, but is particularly active in property finance matters. In the housing development space, legal director Samantha Orluta is experienced in advising developers and housing associations on site acquisitions and all types of related agreements. Managing associate Christopher Stephens specialises in strategic development and land assembly work.

Practice head(s):Craig Moore

Other key lawyers:Samantha Orluta; Christopher Stephens

Testimonials

Team members provide helpful updates regarding developments in property law and other issues affecting the client’s business

The team goes above and beyond for its clients in getting the work done

The associates are very good but the partners keep a watchful oversight

Key Clients

English Cities Fund

Mount Wise

Brittany Ferries

West Devon Borough Council

Bristol & Bath Regional Capital

Network Rail Infrastructure

Renewable Energy Systems

University of Plymouth

Work highlights

  • Advising English Cities Fund on the £30m acquisition of residential development site Quadrant Wharf in Plymouth.
  • Advised Mount Wise on the sale of 59 luxury apartments in one of Plymouth's finest waterfront developments.
  • Advised Brittany Ferries on the completion of the client's complex building agreement for lease relating to the construction and leasing of its new operations and freight office in Plymouth.
  • Assisted a client with the acquisition of an investment portfolio, including a significant retail park.
  • Assisted a council with the acquisition of an investment portfolio including industrial units.
Leading individuals

Craig Moore - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Led by Jon Cooper, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s environmental practice is regularly sought out by clients in investigations and prosecutions brought by the Environment Agency and other authorities. The team also provides advice on corporate strategies at board level, real estate transactions, environmental impact assessments and Habitat Regulations assessments. Its key areas of activity include waste, retail, transport, minerals, oil, gas and renewable energy. Legal director Sarah Holmes has expertise in environmental permitting and the environmental aspects of major infrastructure projects, as well as waste issues (with a particular emphasis on trans-frontier waste). Managing associate Stephen Panton represents clients in contentious matters involving waste crimes and permitting breaches.

Practice head(s):Jon Cooper

Other key lawyers:Sarah Holmes; Sarah Holmes

Key Clients

North Somerset Council

The Crown Estate

Network Rail Infrastructure

Post Office

Shell UK

Carlsberg UK

Babcock International Group

Work highlights

  • Advised North Somerset Council on the environmental aspects of the reopening of the railway between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's¬†'unique' planning and infrastructure team focuses on undertaking work for clients active in the energy, transport, waste, and housing industries. Work for public sector entities is another pillar of the practice, with the firm acting for local authorities and public sector organisations. In addition to handling a wide ambit of non-contentious planning matters, the group demonstrates strong capabilities in judicial reviews, planning litigation and planning inquiries. The ‚Äėvery knowledgeable‚Äô department head¬†Jonathan Bower¬†focuses on regeneration projects. Richard Guyatt, who is ‚Äėa brilliant and imaginative thinker‚Äô, has recently advised clients on development consent orders for large infrastructure schemes.

Practice head(s):Jonathan Bower

Other key lawyers:Richard Guyatt

Testimonials

A very well-known team nationally, with acknowledged leading expertise in Jonathan Bower and Richard Guyatt — it is rare to have two heavy hitters working together in one team

The team is great at handling CPO and compensation work

Jonathan Bower is a highly respected lawyer and has a wide range of contacts

Key Clients

Bristol Airport

Reading Borough Council

Watford Borough Council

Linden Homes (part of the Galliford Try group)

Taylor Wimpey

ESBi (Irish State Energy Company)

Vattenfall

Sedgemoor District Council

North Somerset District Council

West Berkshire District Council

Ashfield Land and Gazeley GLP (jointly)

Work highlights

  • Advising multiple local councils on the £100m reopening of the railway between Bristol and Portishead for passenger train services.
  • Advised Linden Homes on a residential scheme at Post Farm; planning permission was secured for development of 125 dwellings in Thornbury, South Gloucestershire. Also, secured consent for a 550 dwelling scheme in Bideford.
  • Advising Three Rivers District Council on the South Oxhey Regeneration scheme.
  • Acting for West Berkshire District Council on a number of regeneration projects in Newbury.
  • Advising Fareham Borough Council on planning procurement and compulsory acquisition for a new 6,000 dwelling settlement.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's transatlantic presence makes it well-placed to generate work from US-based clients with interests in the UK, as well as UK-based entities. Its excellent credentials in dispute resolution are evidenced by the fact that its team is equally strong in litigation, mediation and arbitration. James Rees leads the team in Bristol, which covers all types of commercial property disputes and property management work for public and private sector clients. Managing associate Sasha Hinton is also recommended.

Practice head(s):James Rees (Bristol); Jen Smurthwaite (head of team firmwide, Newcastle)

Other key lawyers:Sasha Hinton (Bristol)

Testimonials

'The team is strong in property disputes'

'Due to its depth and the presence of specialists nationwide, the team is able to offer first-class services at all levels'

'Sasha Hinton protects her clients' interests with skill and enthusiasm'

Key Clients

Network Rail Infrastructure Limited

Ministry of Justice (Estates Directorate)

Ladbrokes Coral

New Look Retailers Limited

River Island Clothing Co.

Scottish Power

RO Group

Freightliner Group

National Trust

National Farmers' Union (NFU)

Work highlights

  • Advising a large international offshore wind farm operator on a number of issues and disputes with landowners concerning the route of an electricity cable coming from an offshore wind farm.
  • Advising Three Rivers District Council on all contentious aspects arising out of the South Oxhey regeneration in North London; work includes handling numerous commercial landlord and tenant issues.
  • Acting for Alder King in its capacity as LPA receivers for a tenant of premises, which cannot be sold due to an incomplete rent review clause.

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South West: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's team has key capabilities in the financial services, retail and public services sectors; it is on a number of technology panels for clients in these areas. Its recent work included a number of high-profile procurement matters, as well as the negotiation of a high volume of telecoms licenses and authorisations. Alastair Mitton heads up the practice from the Bristol office, and is particularly renowned for large-scale technology implementation and outsourcing projects.

Practice head(s):Alastair Mitton

Other key lawyers:Gareth Jones; Laura Coombes

Testimonials

'Alastair Mitton is held in high regard, he really knows what he's doing'

'Womble Bond Dickinson are particularly good in this space and stand out from the competition'

Key Clients

BT

Post Office Limited

AIG

TSB Bank

Quilter (previously Old Mutual Wealth)

Ministry of Justice

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

Highways Agency

FACTON GmbH

Transport System Catapult

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services

Work highlights

  • Advised Network Rail on a strategic procurement exercise for WiFi provision at rail stations nationwide.
  • Acted for the Post Office on the procurement of a prime contractor for systems integration and a further subcontractor for banking services.
  • Advising the Ministry of Justice on the Criminal Justice System Common Platform project, a collaborative initative between the MoJ and CPS to establish a platform and database for the administration of the criminal justice system.

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