Womble Bond Dickinson UK LLP

Litigation Department

The South
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What the team is known for Market-leading litigation practice regularly engaged in complex and high-value commercial disputes on behalf of an impressive roster of local, national and international clients. Notable experience of handling contractual litigation in a range of sectors including retail, transport, energy and natural resources. Also able to assist clients with resolving matters through international arbitration where necessary.

Strengths A client says that the firm can provide "a City service from a regional base," and notes that "the team is really responsive and really good with tight deadlines, which don't affect the quality of the work."

Another reports that they are happy with the team's "attention to detail and client care," adding: "We see them as a partner to whom we would always go with any disputes."

Work highlights Advised Old Mutual International Isle of Man (OMI) on the recovery of a loan of over £1 million made to International Financial Services, an independent financial adviser operating in Singapore, Hong Kong and Qatar, and its controller Thomas Fewtrell. In addition to the English recovery action, also assisted lawyers in Singapore with a counterclaim by the defendants for breach of confidence and conspiracy against OMI.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Parsons is an experienced litigator who often handles disputes concerning IT and data protection issues. Sources praise his "terrific judgement" and say: "He is really up there in terms of his dedication and ability to manage very complex litigation."

Head of retail Gavin Matthews frequently acts for clients in this sector on high-value disputes relating to breaches of supply contracts and other commercial agreements. He also advises on consumer finance litigation. According to a client, "Gavin is easy to communicate with and always provides practical, straightforward and commercial advice."

Ian Newcombe advises client in the energy and utilities sectors on a range of complex contentious matters, including contractual and payment disputes. Sources consider him to be "a good lawyer and a good litigator," with one client adding: "He did a fantastic job to some tight deadlines and gave us crystal-clear advice."

Tom Beezer regularly advises on contract disputes and other litigation, with a particular focus on the oil and gas industry. A source describes him as "very sensible, commercial and down to earth," while another notes that "he is extremely capable and makes complex disputes sound simple."