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South East: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire
Corporate and Commercial: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has experience of matters with a nexus to the energy, retail and financial services sectors. A significant portion of its work has a cross-border aspect, and the firm has a strong profile among international clients. On the domestic front, the team acts for several large entities, which are headquartered in Hampshire.  Sebastian Briggs often leads on energy sector transactions. Ian Holden's varied practice includes corporate finance, acquisitions and disposals, and shareholder and joint venture agreements.

Practice head(s):Ian Holden

Other key lawyers:Sebastian Briggs; Stephen Pierce; Carly Holt


'Excellent service and high level of responsiveness'.

'Incredibly thorough approach to transactions'.

'Highly accomplished lawyers'.

'London-quality service out of a regional office'.

'Sebastian Briggs and Anthony Alderman combine legal expertise with business acumen'.

'Stephen Pierce is a pleasure to work with; he is incredibly experienced with an excellent understanding of the market and a pragmatic approach'.

Key Clients

Chemring Group

Renewable Energy Systems


REG Power Management

Ordnance Survey

The Renewables Infrastructure Group


New Look


Comexposium Group

Imerys SA

Immediate Media

NICE Systems

Work highlights

  • Advised the shareholders of Dutch startup Lean Library BV on the sale of the company to UK-based Sage Publications.
  • Advised The Renewables Infrastructure Group on the £195m refinancing of seven UK onshore wind farms.
  • Advised Transdev on the sale of its subsidiary Cabfind, an on-demand taxi service.
  • Assisted RES Group with the £82m sale of its 30MW Solwaybank wind farm project to The Renewables Infrastructure Group.
  • Advised Comexposium UK on its sale of business and assets connected to its right to operate the Ad Tech exhibition in the UK to CloserStill E-Commerce.

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South East: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Hampshire
Commercial litigation: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's commercial dispute resolution practice takes a 'no-nonsense and hands-on approach'. In addition to having a full-service litigation offering, the firm has a specialist arbitration arm, which features in high-value international arbitrations. The retail industry is an area of activity for the team, as are the media, technology and manufacturing sectors. Ian Newcombe is a specialist in the energy sector. Gavin Matthews leads the firm's retail focus group and is recommended for trading disputes. Andrew Parsons is an expert in data protection and IT issues.

Practice head(s):Tom Beezer

Other key lawyers:Ian Newcombe; Andrew Parsons; Gavin Matthews; Rosie Gaisford


'The team's knowledgeable lawyers offer pragmatic advice and understand in-house dynamics and requirements'

'A no-nonsense and hands-on approach is accompanied by a strong eye for detail'

'Truly understand the client's business needs'

'Ian Newcombe offers a pragmatic perspective on a variety of commercial issues; his advice is never purely theoretical and is risk-sensitive'

'Ian Newcombe and Andy Parsons are very impressive'

Key Clients


British Gas

Post Office

New Look

B&Q and the wider Kingfisher Group


DS Smith




Old Mutual

Work highlights

  • Defending Post Office against a group action brought by over 500 claimants alleging that the client's IT accounting system, Horizon, is defective.  
  • Acting for Endeavour Energy in a £9m dispute with its joint venture partner Hess concerning which company is liable for paying the costs of a rig undertaking decommissioning works in the North Sea.
  • Acting for Old Mutual International in the recovery of a loan of over £1m lent to Thomas Fewtrell and International Financial Services.
Leading individuals

Gavin Matthews - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Ian Newcombe - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Andrew Parsons - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP’s Southampton banking and finance team has a strong reputation for its borrower and project finance work, while also acting for regional and national lenders and for a strong body of regional corporates. The practice specialises in the retail and manufacturing, energy and real estate sectors. Graham Jeffries heads the practice. Managing associate Cole Stacey is another key contact. Emma Earp left for Trethowans LLP in January 2019.

Practice head(s):Graham Jeffries

Other key lawyers:Cole Stacey


'An excellent team with wide ranging complementary skills across a number of sectors. A new international reach that has added significantly to the firm's offering.'

'Great knowledge of the current market practices and timely responses. Good working relationship with the team.'

'Great knowledge, practical advice and good common sense.'

'Graham Jeffries' team are first class delivering a highly professional, commercial and helpful service in a friendly and courteous manner. Cost information is clearly explained and accurate.'

'Graham Jeffries is an exceptional lawyer who not only covers the insolvency discipline with a wide and in-depth knowledge but also in the financial services and motor industry is able to provide an encyclopaedic knowledge. He is able to get that across in an understandable and clear way very quickly. He can make complex issues seem much simpler.'

'Graham Jeffries is head and shoulders above any other banking lawyer with whom I and my colleagues have dealt. He has the ability to combine attention to detail with clear and straightforward commercial advice. He does not try to score points with the other side but argues the points which are important with conviction.'

'I single out Graham Jeffries - quietly spoken, thoughtful but with a complete grasp of the issues which matter to you as a client. Unflappable even under extreme provocation. The consummate banking lawyer. I am privileged to have been able to work with him on numerous occasions.'


Key Clients

Chemring Group PLC

VFS Legal Limited

Renewable Energy Systems Limited

Rockspring Property Investment Managers LLP

Santander UK PLC

Capital Industrial

Invest and Fund

Paragon Asset Finance

Work highlights

  • Provision of ongoing advice and support in relation to a variety of Chemring's financing requirements in the UK and the US, including in relation to its bilateral bonding and working capital lines, hedging and covenant re-sets with its banks and US noteholders.
  • Advising on the standard documentation used by Invest and Fund and providing regulatory advice in conjunction with the financial services team.
  • Provided The Renewable Infrastructure Group with support on all aspects of seeking bids from banks active in renewable financings to refinance £200m of existing project finance-based facilities provided by a variety of banks.
Leading individuals

Graham Jeffries - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Human resources

Employment: Hampshire
Employment: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP's employment department has key  specialisms in the retail, education and financial services sectors. Its strength in business-critical matters was recently evidenced by it representing clients in multiple sensitive tribunal claims, and also the provision of assistance with the employment aspects of large-scale corporate transactions. Practice head Christina Tolvas-Vincent has extensive expertise in the full range of employment issues. Daniel Fawcett is the name to note for high-value employment tribunal litigation. Jon Hales provides 'excellent advice'.

Practice head(s):Christina Tolvas-Vincent; Jon Hales


'The team is pragmatic'.

'Christina Tolvas-Vincent is experienced and provides clear advice'.

'The Womble Bond Dickinson team have a strong understanding of our sector and have developed an excellent understanding of our business over the last fifteen years'.

'Jon Hales gives a commercial take on issues as well as strictly legal counsel. This is of particular value with regards to specific issues, such as restrictive covenants, that often arise in our sector'.

Key Clients


Post Office Ltd

H Samuel and Ernest Jones


Ordnance Survey

Associated British Ports

Colgate-Palmolive Group


Arts University Bournemouth

NICE Systems UK


Sunseeker International

Southampton City College


National Farmers Union

Work highlights

  • Assisting Colgate's in-house legal and HR teams on a variety of people projects.
  • Advised Quilter on the employment aspects of a number of acquisitions in which it was involved.
  • Advising a number of Transdev's subsidiaries on the employment law implications of proposed internal re-organisations.
  • Assisting Arts University Bournemouth's HR department with a variety of employee relations, policy and legal compliance issues, including updating contractual arrangements for the engagement of external consultants.
  • Assisting NICE System Technologies with a number of claims from a serial litigant who was absent but in receipt of PHI benefits for over 14 years.
Leading individuals

Christina Tolvas-Vincent - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Next Generation Partners

Daniel Fawcett - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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South East: Insurance

Professional negligence
Professional negligence - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The team at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP has over four decades of experience in handling professional negligence claims exclusively for defendants, which primarily include market-leading insurers and financial institutions. Led by James Robins, the practice group has expertise in claims against residential and commercial property professionals, and also has a variety of experience in the technology sector. Justin Tivey is a key contact for policy coverage disputes.

Practice head(s):James Robins

Other key lawyers:Justin Tivey,


'They are all excellent lawyers that are good with clients; they're approachable, but fight hard with the other side.'

'They are a competent team with a professional approach.'

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South East: Real estate

Commercial property: Hampshire
Commercial property: Hampshire - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

The real estate group at Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, which includes five partners, was strengthened by the arrival of managing associate Stephen Baker from CMS in June 2018. In addition, five other solicitors have joined the team. The diverse client roster includes London-based real estate investment funds, international corporate entities, national high street retailers and SMEs. Anthony Alderman is experienced in marine and energy sector transactions, and is also active in port developments. 'Formidable' practice head Tim Burbidge focuses on real estate investment and development.

Practice head(s):Tim Burbidge

Other key lawyers:Alistair Walton; William Akerman; Stephen Baker; Anthony Alderman; Jon Hobbs; Nikki Powell; Joanna Beattie-Edwards


'In addition to undertaking consistently high-quality work, the team is always quick to respond and provides informed guidance'.

'Very responsive and personable with a real strength in communication'.

'Alistair Walton is easy to work with and clear in his approach to complex issues. Tim Burbidge is a heavyweight in this practice area'.

Key Clients

The Crown Estate

New Look

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports

Ladbrokes Coral


Moorfield Group

Rockspring UK Value 2 Fund


Tristan Capital

Historic England

Capital Industrial



Go Ape!

University of Southampton


London Borough of Sutton


Church Commissioners

F&C Property Growth and Income Fund

The Bournemouth Development Company



Quidnet Capital Partners

Work highlights

  • Assisting Rampion Offshore Wind with all commercial property aspects of the £1.3bn construction of the 400MW Rampion Offshore Windfarm including the offshore rights to the windfarm site, offshore sub-station and cable and onshore transmission assets.
  • Assisting Capital Industrial with the refinancing of the £200m Capital Industrial One portfolio with the Prudential Insurance Company of America.
  • Assisted Boxpark with completing headleases, letting agreements with tenants and various other commercial property aspects of the completion of its new bespoke layout market at Wembley.
  • Advising a leading Hong Kong private investor on their £49m acquisition of a six-storey mixed-use building in Wardour Street from Thor Equities.
  • Advised New Look on the real estate aspects of its CVA roll out and any property arrangements arising as a consequence of the CVA being successfully agreed to by creditors.
Leading individuals

Stephen Baker - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Construction - ranked: tier 4

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

At Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP, Southampton-based associate Amy Hodge undertakes non-contentious construction matters for employers, funders and main contractors from the public and private sector. Her work includes reviewing and advising on different forms of building contracts, drafting amendments to construction documentation, and drafting consultant's appointments, warranties and assignments. Simon Lewis in Newcastle is the head of the team nationally.

Practice head(s):Simon Lewis

Other key lawyers:Amy Hodge

Key Clients

GLH Hotels Limited

Immediate Media Company London Limited

Old Mutual Wealth Business Services Limited

Ashfield Retail Developments Limited

Church Commissioners for England

B&Q plc

New Look Retailers Limited

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society Limited

University of Portsmouth

The Original Bowling Company Limited

Work highlights

  • Instructed by Immediate Media Company to draft and negotiate the full suite of construction agreements in relation to a comprehensive refurbishment to provide high quality space with potential for a further 3,600 sq ft penthouse suite to be added with a new fifth floor.
  • Instructed by GLH Hotels Limited on various matters including the updating of their suite of JCT building contracts and standard form of consultant appointment and collateral warranty.
  • Instructed by the University of Portsmouth to draft and negotiate the suite of construction agreements for the design and construction of a new sports hall.
  • Advise Freedom Sportsline Limited on the construction agreements relating to schemes where it is taking on long term leases following extensive construction and/or refurbishment works carried out by the landlord or Freedom Sportsline Limited as the tenant to the property.
  • Appointed by New Look Retailers Limited to draft and negotiate the full suite of construction agreements required for the extension of their existing distribution centre at Lymedale Business Park in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 2

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP provides a dedicated property portfolio management service for a number of major retail clients. It also has strong relationships with clients in the financial services, transport and infrastructure industries. Mark Barley, who heads up the group, undertakes a broad range of matters, from portfolio management for institutional landlords to cases involving foreshore and mooring issues.

Practice head(s):Mark Barley


'Mark Barley is very strong on the dispute resolution front'.

Key Clients

The Crown Estate


Addington Capital

Babcock International Group

Associated British Ports


Ann Summers


Post Office

Historic England

Work highlights

  • Assist Specsavers with strategic management of its property portfolio. The firm is acting for the client in various lease renewal cases across the country - in a number of different county courts - so as to protect the right to lease renewal in a number of locations.
  • Assist Post Office with strategic management of its property portfolio, which is critical to the continuity of Post office services across the country.

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South East: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP is notable for its expertise with clients in the financial services industries, acting on technology licensing and fintech-related matters. The firm handles commercial and contentious work including  large IT-related litigation as well as outsourcing and procurement work.

Practice head(s):Alastair Mitton


'Superb attention to detail and approachability.'

Key Clients

Historic England/English Heritage

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society

Quilter plc (formerly Old Mutual Wealth)

Kingfisher plc/Kingfisher Information Technology Services (UK) Ltd

NHS Digital

G Forces Web Management Limited

Ministry of Justice

B&Q Plc


Intrinsic Financial Services Limited

Vizion Network Limited

Work highlights

  • Advised Quilter on a number of transitional service agreements to enable phased migration of IT services and infrastructure, following the separation of the group company into four separate parts.
  • Advising Scottish Power on a series of agreements relating to the development and implementation of IT systems supporting its smart metering programme.
  • Advising LV= on the re-platforming of an equity release business from an on-premises system to a cloud-based one.
  • Advised Intrinsic Financial Services on a major IT services outsourcing contract relating to a business-critical SaaS platform.
  • Negotiating bespoke terms with SAP for delivery of cloud-based software services, on behalf of Kingfisher Information Technology Services.
Leading individuals

Julian Hamblin - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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