UK Managing Partner: Jonathan Blair
UK Chairman: Simon Richardson
Number of partners: 121
Number of fee-earners: 551
Total staff: 1193
Agriculture, Farms & Estates: Simon Kirkup
Banking & Finance: Julian Kinsey
Charities: Emma Moody
Chemicals & Manufacturing: Peter Snaith
Commercial: Paula Bartlett
Commercial Disputes: Paul Stewart
Construction & Engineering: Simon Lewis
Corporate & Commercial: Stephen Pierce
Corporate (inc Company Secretarial): Stephen Pierce
Developers & Investors: Mark Owen
Dispute Resolution: Tom Beezer
Employment: Jon Hales
Energy & Natural Resources: Simon Hughes
Finance & Investment: Barbara Painter
Financial Institutions: Simon Richardson
Insurance Claims: Sushma MacGeoch
Investment & Pensions: David Dale
Oil & Gas: Paul Stockley
Onshore: Andy Layton
Operational Property (& Retail): Katherine Douglas
Pensions: Martin Poore
Planning & Infrastructure: Claire Brook
Private Capital: Helen Tavroges
Private Wealth: David Dale
Projects & Procurement: Kevin Robertson
Property Litigation: Jen Smurthwaite
Real Estate: Fiona O’Kane
Regulatory & Environment: Stuart Wardlaw
Residential: Nigel Emmerson
Restructuring & Insolvency: Andy Stirk
Retail: Gavin Matthews
Scotland: Richard Cockburn
Tax & Trust Accounting: Jeremy Smith
Technology, Media & Communications: Julian Hamblin
Transport & Infrastructure: David Rewcastle
THE FIRM Womble Bond Dickinson is a full-service transatlantic law firm, created on 1st November 2017 through the combination of UK firm Bond Dickinson and US firm Womble Carlyle. A Top 100 law firm globally and Top 20 law firm in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 420 partners and 1,000 lawyers based across 19 US cities and eight UK cities including London. The firm’s reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with law firms in Germany and France.
In the UK, the firm advises in excess of 40 FTSE 350 companies, many of the largest businesses in the country, government organisations and wealthy individuals. With a focus on eleven key sectors (energy and natural resources, financial institutions, healthcare, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, retail and consumer, transport, logistics and infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and life sciences, technology and private wealth) the firm’s expertise allows it to build strong relationships and deliver an excellent service to clients.
This thorough understanding of its clients and their goals means Womble Bond Dickinson can anticipate and deliver the right expertise through innovative solutions. The firm was ranked 14th in the FT’s latest Top 50 Innovative Law Firms report.
Womble Bond Dickinson recognises the importance of supporting projects in its local communities, having an effective environmental policy as a founding member of the Legal Sector Alliance and providing its employees with an excellent place to work.
PRINCIPAL AREAS OF WORK Womble Bond Dickinson provides all the services listed here on a national basis across four business groups: corporate, dispute resolution, real estate and private wealth.
Corporate & Commercial:
Womble Bond Dickinson offers a substantial national corporate law service. The size, strength and geographical spread of the firm’s resources, enables it to make leading lawyers available to clients both nationally and internationally. This is a full service offering where corporate lawyers work alongside specialists in competition law, banking, insolvency, tax, pensions, or other areas relevant to the transaction, to address a full range of issues. Womble Bond Dickinson’s teams are capable of handling very large and complex transactions, as well as more routine transactions. The corporate and commercial group’s work includes; corporate tax and company secretarial, pensions, banking and financial services, projects and procurement, technology, media and communications, restructuring and insolvency, and oil and gas.
As one of the leading dispute resolution teams in the UK, Womble Bond Dickinson has hundreds of specialist dispute lawyers who can respond quickly, proactively and appropriately to disputes when they arise. As a result of this strength, they are always able to take the right approach to their clients’ specific situations, ranging from obtaining an emergency injunction to resolving day-to-day contractual issues. The work of the dispute resolution group includes; employment, insurance claims, property litigation, commercial disputes, construction and engineering, regulatory, and environment.
The firm’s real estate group comprises over 200 lawyers across the firm’s nationally respected teams who provide their clients with integrated advice combining property, development, planning, regeneration, investment, environmental and construction expertise, energy and natural resources. The firm has specialist lawyers so they can best serve the complex matrix of relationships between landlords and tenants, agents, lenders, borrowers, developers and investors that makes up the real estate sector. Womble Bond Dickinson also has a Scottish qualified team and so offers cross border support.
The firm has one of the largest private wealth practices in the UK and is unique in the breadth of services that it is able to provide under one roof. With over 100 team members, it is unrivalled in its size and experience. The practice is divided into specialist teams of lawyers, independent financial advisers, tax experts and accountants who work closely together, covering all aspects of legal and financial issues that may be faced by individuals, trustees, charities and businesses. The group’s work includes; agriculture, farms and estates, private capital, charities, tax and trusts, and investment and pensions.