Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has advised Bristol-based OVO Energy, one of the UK’s largest independent energy suppliers, on its acquisition of Selkirk-based Spark Energy, taking over its 290,000 domestic customer accounts.

Energy industry regulator Ofgem chose OVO through its "supplier of last resort" process. OVO will ensure that Spark Energy will continue to serve customers through its existing team, with minimal disruption to the service.

The WBD team was led by Bristol-based Partners Chris Towner and Tom Fitzpatrick who provided energy and corporate advice respectively. 

Ranking in the UK's top 20 law firms, WBD provides comprehensive legal service to clients across a wide range of sectors, from eight cities across the UK and 18 offices in the US. Since the earliest renewables projects over 25 years ago, the firm has advised key energy sector clients including RES, Scottish Power Renewables, EDF Energy Renewables, Centrica and RWE Npower, as well as other major utilities and leading independents. Bristol is the firm's second largest UK office where it employs more than 230 staff.