The Legal 500

Twitter Logo Youtube Circle Icon LinkedIn Icon

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work 0345 415 0000

Neil Long

Work 0207 788 2414
Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Work Department

Private wealth.


Neil is an experienced private client lawyer, with a particular specialism in trust and estate disputes. Neil advises individuals, families, charities and trustees on the validity of wills and trusts; the conduct of executors and trustees; the rights of beneficiaries; and all related issues such as mental capacity, undue influence, construction and interpretation of wills and trusts; and claims for financial provision under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. He has extensive experience of negotiation, mediation and litigation, having conducted cases in the Family and Chancery Divisions of the High Court, the Court of Appeal and the Court of Protection. Neil also has a strong non-contentious practice advising clients on wills and inheritance tax. Neil regularly acts as executor, trustee and deputy (particularly as an independent professional in disputed cases).


Qualified Legal Executive (TLT, Bristol) 2002; qualitied solicitor (GRM Law, London) 2006; joined Finers Stephens Innocent, London 2007; partner, Finers Stephens Innocent/Howard Kennedy 2013; partner, Bond Dickinson, London 2015; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.


Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists (ACTAPS); Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), President of The Association of Corporate Trustees (TACT) and Chair of TACT's Private Trusts Committee.

London: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Leading individuals

Neil Long - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has ‘offices nationwide and provides a top-rate service to clients big and small’.Neil Long is ‘an excellent and charming lawyer who quickly wins the trust of his clients’. Long advises individuals, families, charities and trustees about the validity of wills and trust documents, undue influence, financial provision and other issues such as mental capacity. Managing associateRichard Pike  is ‘pragmatic, efficient and very personable – he is a tough and determined litigator’.

[back to top]

Personal tax, trusts and probate

Within: Personal tax, trusts and probate

Neil Long  and the ‘pragmaticAlexander Dickinson  are the principal contacts at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP . Long advises high-net-worth clients and trustees on estate planning and capital tax issues. His clients are mostly entrepreneurs with complex business and financial interests. Dickinson specialises in succession, asset protection and estate planning matters for landowners, entrepreneurs and high-net-worth individuals. He acts for a large number of landed estates across the country, in many cases he acts as a trustee and sits on the board of several family offices. Recent highlights include advising on the administration of a major landowner's estate, with a value in excess of £200m. In another significant matter the team advised on the reorganisation of a number of substantial trusts including the restructuring of their investment and trading structures.

[back to top]

North: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

Considered by many as the ‘clear market leader in the North East’, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has ‘considerable expertise and experience in trusts and probate matters’ which makes the team of ‘effective litigators’ a ‘safe pair of hands’. It is regularly called on by individuals and trustees as well as landowners and landed estate clients. The ‘clever, hardworking and empatheticNeil Long heads the team from London and is also noted as being ‘imaginative, innovative and determined’. In Newcastle, ‘excellent litigator’ and managing associate Richard Pike is ‘very strategic in litigation’ and ‘fights hard for his clients’. Clients also benefit from his ‘very realistic assessments’ and regard him as being ‘unfailingly courteous while at the same time maintaining a firm stance for his client’; attributes which make him ‘extraordinarily adept at handling substantial cases without losing the personal touch’.

[back to top]

Back to index

Legal Developments in London

Legal Developments and updates from the leading lawyers in each jurisdiction. To contribute, send an email request to
  • The legal difference between a consultant and an employee according to Nicaraguan Law

    Knowing the legal difference between a consultant and an employee is important for a company that needs to hire someone in Nicaragua or for a person interested in rendering services for a company or another person, due to the fact that the nature of the contractual relationship will determine many factors that both parties must be aware of before executing the contracting modality that will govern the relationship between them - the nature of the contractual relationship impacts on the employment benefits, tax implications and liabilities that the parties must comply with according to the law.  labor_law_in_nicaragua
  • Single director - shareholder Companies according to the Nicaraguan legal system

    What is a Single Shareholder and Director legal entity?
  • Business in Nicaragua- The Most Important Changes in the Recent Tax Reform

    In recent years, the country ́s the government has been committed to improving Taxation in Nicaragua and attempting to follow the legislative model used by some of the other countries in the region. Starting January 1st, 2013, a new tax law (Law No. 822, Tax Concertation Law) came into force in and completely changed the taxation system in Nicaragua. Two years later a new law was issued by the National Assembly containing more than 80 amendments, additions and repeals (Law No 891) which came into force December 18th, 2014.