Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

Corporate/M&A Department

North East
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What the team is known for Prominent international firm with notable corporate presence in the region. Can provide sophisticated advice to multinational clients on complex matters and regularly advises global corporates and large private equity houses. Also offers expertise in equity capital market issues and company listings on the stock market. Able to advise on related corporate tax aspects arising from transactional activity.

Strengths Sources say: "They are well run, highly commercial and focused on providing excellent service to their clients."

"Locally and nationally, they have a strong reputation and a wealth of experience – we’re confident that they can offer the advice we need on any matter affecting our business," says an interviewee.

Work highlights Advised Mpac Group on the acquisition of the entire issued share capital of Lambert Automation, worth £15 million.

Notable practitioners


Ben Butler
is head of the corporate team in Newcastle, advising on transactions across a wide range of sectors. He is experienced across local, national and international acquisitions, investments and fundraisings.
"He is very competent and very clear in his advice and recommendations."


Iain Pritty
handles corporate real estate work as part of a broad transactional practice which also incorporates private equity and venture capital work.
"He is always straight to the point, on time and very good with people."


Jamie Pass
is noted for his broad transactional practice, particularly acting on sophisticated public company matters. He advises on a wide range of private equity and ECM work as well as M&A.
"He is very good, well respected and acknowledged in the market as a good corporate lawyer." "Very technically able and a good operator who has been involved in a number of significant transactions."


Robert Phillips
works with public and private companies on M&A deals, joint ventures and IPOs. His practice places strong focus on the representation of owner-managers and shareholders.
"Robert is highly experienced, reassuringly calm and pragmatic in his approach. He always considers the bigger picture and will balance his advice to weigh up not only the legal risks, but also the wider commercial considerations."