Law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has appointed Stephen Hands as Senior Counsel.

Stephen joins the firm’s commercial team, bringing with him more than 25 years of legal and energy and industrial sector expertise.

Beginning his career in 1990, Stephen has worked for a wide range of businesses including Rolls Royce and Enron Europe. Most recently, he was Head of Legal & Compliance at SembCorp. Stephen brings with him a unique blend of experience in relation to developing and running industrial sites and capital projects associated with the generation, purchase and supply of power and utilities and providing site services.

Commenting on his appointment, Stephen added:

“It is a pleasure to join the team at Womble Bond Dickinson. I look forward to drawing on my experience in both the legal and energy sectors to further bolster the firm’s commercial offering and support its clients to enhance their sustainability strategies.”

Stephen will work closely with Peter Snaith, WBD Partner and fellow Teesside industry expert, who also spent time in the region in his early career, working at ICI and latterly INEOS. Between them, the two have 50 years of combined experience of working across Teesside’s industrial sectors.

Peter commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Stephen to the WBD team. I know that Stephen will fit in very well working with our commercial and construction teams, energy regulatory team and other specialists. Stephen will be uniquely placed to support our clients as they look to decarbonise and tackle the energy transition.

“Stephen’s appointment will help to further strengthen our offering in the North East and Yorkshire, particularly our work in Teesside supporting local businesses and inward investors and also following our appointment as an official legal partner to Tees Valley Combined Authority.”