Nov 01 2017

New 24-Office, 1,000-Lawyer Firm Created by Combination of Bond Dickinson and Womble Carlyle to Serve Clients in UK and US

Effective today, UK-based Bond Dickinson LLP and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP have combined to create Womble Bond Dickinson.

The combined platform includes:

  • 24 offices in key commercial and financial markets across the US and UK, including the firm’s newest offices in Boston and Edinburgh as well as access to Europe through existing relationships;
  • The bench strength of 1,000 lawyers. By size, the combined firm is a Top 20 firm in the UK, Top 80 firm in the US, as well as a Global Top 100 firm by annual revenue ($410 million/£340million);
  • A client base that includes more than 250 publicly traded companies.

The combined firm will have eleven key sectors: Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Communications & Technology and Private Wealth. Womble Bond Dickinson will use its global strengths in these areas to advance and protect clients’ interests; provide hands-on, switched-on legal advice; give outstanding personal service, and offer exceptional value.

Womble Bond Dickinson Co-Chair Betty Temple commented “This isn’t just the combination of a big US firm and a big UK firm. It’s the combination of a law office in Newcastle with one in Charlotte, an office in Baltimore with an office in Bristol and so on. This entire development was borne out of a desire to better serve the business communities in which Womble Bond Dickinson is rooted.” 

The Womble Bond Dickinson combination was announced on June 1, 2017, and builds on the successful strategic alliance announced by the two firms in June 2016. Integration is well underway, and both firms are immersing themselves in the additional capability that the combination provides and working through the opportunities that this new proposition brings.

The new entity is a company limited by guarantee in which Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP operate as separate non-profit-sharing partnerships with their own independent Boards. Four members of each Board have been appointed to the board of the new entity. That Board is co-chaired by Jonathan Blair and Betty Temple.

For more information, please go to http://www.womblebonddickinson.com.

About Womble Bond Dickinson

Womble Bond Dickinson is a transatlantic law firm with more than 1,000 lawyers based in 24 UK and US office locations. The firm provides core legal services including Commercial, Corporate, Employment, Pensions, Dispute Resolution, Litigation, Finance, Banking, Restructuring, Insolvency, IP, Technology and Data, Private Wealth, Projects, Construction and Infrastructure, Real Estate and Regulatory Law.

Womble Bond Dickinson has a particular focus on eleven key sectors: Energy & Natural Resources, Financial Institutions, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Retail & Consumer, Transport, Logistics & Infrastructure, Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology & Life Sciences, Technology and Private Wealth.

The firm’s UK offices are in Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, and Southampton. The US offices are in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Silicon Valley - Calif, Wilmington - Del, Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, Winston-Salem - N.C., Charleston, Columbia, Greenville - S.C., Charlottesville, Tysons Corner - Va. and Washington D.C.

The firm's reach also extends to Europe where it has strategic partnerships with other law firms in Germany and France. Besides, through the firm’s association with Lex Mundi, the world’s largest association of independent law firms, Womble Bond Dickinson also can offer clients access to quality-tested local counsel in more than 120 countries.

Bond Dickinson,” the “law firm” or the “firm” refers to the network of member firms of Womble Bond Dickinson (International) Limited, consisting of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. Each of Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP is a separate legal entity operating as an independent law firm. Womble Bond Dickinson (International) Limited does not practice law. Please see www.womblebonddickinson.com/us/legal-notice for further details.