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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Stephen Dilley

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Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

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Dispute resolution.


Stephen is a partner specialising in commercial litigation. He leads the commercial litigation team in the South West.

Stephen deals with complex, heavyweight disputes, based on giving clear, concise and commercial advice to our clients that adds real value to their businesses. He makes extensive use of ADR, mediation and creative fee structures (including the use of litigation funding, discounted Conditional Fee Agreements, ATE insurance and fixed fees) and sharing the litigation risk with our clients to set us apart from our competitors both nationally and in the City.

His experience includes supply chain disputes, IT disputes, breach of contract, stock and asset recovery, guarantee claims, fraud, misrepresentation, advice on directors duties, insolvency disputes, banking and FI litigation and shareholder claims.


Qualified with Salans in 2001; solicitor, Bond Pearce in 2004; senior associate, Bond Pearce 2008, partner, Bond Pearce 2011; partner, Bond Dickinson on merger 2013; partner, Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP on combination 2017.

North: Dispute resolution

Debt recovery

Within: Debt recovery

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP covers the gamut of debt recovery from asset investigation and reporting, tracing absconder debtors, drafting and issuing claims and enforcement as well as corporate insolvency matters. The team is led by Bristol-based Stephen Dilley and includes senior debt manager Sue Pattie and legal executive Helen Vaughan, who are both key figures in the Newcastle office. Vaughan is well versed in guiding clients through mediation and negotiation proceedings, summary judgment applications and enforcement procedures. Clients include Tyneside Foodservice, A-One+ Integrated Highway Services, the Insolvency Service and British Gas Trading.

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South West: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Bristol

Within: Leading individuals

Stephen Dilley - Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP

Within: Commercial litigation: Bristol

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†‚Äôs ‚Äėsuperbly professional‚Äô disputes group is rated by clients for its work in the energy, financial services and insurance, manufacturing, retail and transport sectors. Having moved to Bristol from the firm‚Äôs West Country offices, Stephen Dilley¬†heads the practice group and is noted for his ‚Äėcommercialism and even-headedness‚Äô. Dilley was instructed by ES Pipelines to handle a test case, which would determine liability for the costs of stranded assets following the energy market‚Äôs transition from traditional in-home dumb-meters to the use of smart-meters. Additionally, Victoria Brooks¬†is on a team that is acting for the liquidator of a real estate sub contractor in relation to multiple tax evasion schemes entered into by a former director at the insolvent company. The department has also handled cases involving fraud and questions of information rights, procurement challenges and major regulatory litigation.

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South West: Projects, energy and natural resources


Within: Energy

Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP¬†provides ‚Äėexcellent commercial advice‚Äô to developers and power companies, with particular strength in¬†major national and international development projects in the renewables and oil and gas sectors. In a standout matter, Simon Hughes¬†advised Dudgeon Offshore Wind on the completion of its ¬£1.5bn wind farm development in the North Sea. In a cross-border highlight¬†Simon Hewes¬†advised corporate joint ventures in the conventional energy sector on transactions in Africa and the Middle East. In the regulatory space, department head Chris Towner¬†advised Ofgem on the development of a regime to competitively tender new separable transmission assets valued at over ¬£100m. Towner also advised RES on its sale of the Port of Tyne battery storage project. Moreover, Stephen Dilley¬†has experience in energy-sector disputes. Additional clients include Vattenfall, ES Pipelines and Beaufort Wind.

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