UK Chair: Simon Richardson
UK Managing Partner: Jonathan Blair
Number of UK partners: 121
UK Offices: Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, Southampton
International Offices: California, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington D.C.
Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm with a proud tradition of providing outstanding personal service to HNW clients, their families and their businesses in the UK, the US and beyond. A Top 20 UK law firm with strong regional heritage and local knowledge, but with teams located on both sides of the Atlantic benefiting from networks and relationships around the world. This blend brings an international perspective and extended jurisdictional reach to protect and serve clients’ interests. The team comprises hands-on, switched-on lawyers and professionals with the ability to deliver intelligent, grounded and pragmatic advice helping clients to succeed in all aspects of their personal and business lives.
Main Areas of Practice:
Private Capital & Tax, Contentious Trusts & Probate:
The private wealth practice is well-known for looking after clients with substantial assets and complicated family relationships, using appropriate structures to pass wealth down the generations in a tax efficient manner whilst also protecting and growing clients’ wealth. The integration of contentious and noncontentious teams enhances the firm’s strong reputation for balancing technical expertise with the negotiation skills necessary to deal with difficult family situations and the firm often acts as Executor or Trustee, providing an objective view on sensitive issues and remaining mindful of confidential nature of clients’ affairs.
Agriculture, Farms & Estates:
Womble Bond Dickinson’s rural team is one of the largest specialist teams in the UK. Owners of rural property have a wide range of legal requirements and the team’s specialists have a thorough understanding of the issues faced by those operating in the rural sector to provide seamless advice in relation to all aspects of business and rural assets. The team acts for a wide range of rural landowners including over 100 significant landed estates, private landowners, major landowning charities, PLCs and other bodies. Corporate clients include National Trust, Grainger PLC, Church Commissioners, English Heritage, The Society of Merchant Venturers, St Monica Trust, National Farmers Union, The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation PLC and RWE.
Charities & Philanthropy:
Womble Bond Dickinson has a national footprint of charity specialists across the country supported by lawyers in other disciplines who understand the special requirements of charity clients. Clients include service providers, NDPBs, corporate and family foundations, grant makers, professional societies, membership organisations, government departments and those that work with charities as well as a number of household name charities. Key strengths include strategic advice on mergers, hive-offs, collaborative working, group structures, projects and partnerships, governance advice on constitutional matters and regulatory compliance, and operational advice on fundraising, trading and complex charitable trust issues. The team also advises its many HNWs on their philanthropic giving and ventures.
Womble Bond Dickinson’s private client team provides a full and trusted service in relation to every aspect of buying, selling and financing high value residential properties – whether rural or urban. The firm’s specialist residential conveyancing lawyers are vastly experienced, and if a transaction requires it they use the knowledge of the firm’s wide range of experts in areas such as planning, tax and banking. Lawyers advise both domestic and international clients on buying and selling residential real estate in the UK and provide a full range of services in relation to the acquisition and holding of real estate assets.
Womble Bond Dickinson’s employment practice acts for SMEs, PLC employers, senior executives at boardroom level, celebrities and those in the media regarding complex and sensitive employment and partnership matters, which often involve discrimination and where the states in terms of monetary value and reputational risk are high. The practice focuses on high-end City work providing specialist expertise in class action discrimination claims relating to the provision of goods and services, restrictive covenants and injunctive relief, sexual harassment, whistle-blowing, employment-related FC matters, international investigations, employee shareholder status and bonus disputes.
Corporate & Commercial:
The firm has large dedicated corporate and commercial teams who act for a wide range of clients including entrepreneurs, second and third generation family businesses and wealth institutions. Representing clients on a full-range of transactions, business-critical mandates, regulatory matters and governance, their experience helps remove obstacles to growth and success. Clients’ business needs span industries, sectors, continents and time zones, and the transatlantic offering provides access to significant strength and expertise.