Jonathan Blair and Betty Temple
National law firm Bond Dickinson LLP and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP have combined to create Womble Bond Dickinson.
Announced earlier this year, the two companies have joined forces to build on their successful strategic alliance. The merger will create a Global Top 100 firm by annual revenue ($410m/£340m) and a Top 20 UK law firm.
The new transatlantic platform offers clients access to 24 offices in locations across the US and UK, including the firm’s newest offices in Boston and Edinburgh
Clients will also access European market coverage through relationships in Germany and France, and a team of more than 1,000 lawyers serving more than 250 publicly traded companies.
Kevin Robertson, partner and head of the Newcastle office at Womble Bond Dickinson said: "This is a combination of two firms with a common culture and a shared commitment to client service. A growing number of our North East clients have business interests on both sides of the Atlantic. The combination enhances our ability to service those clients, and to help them to meet the challenges of today's business world.
"The combination increases our intellectual capital, allows us to innovate more readily and helps us to attract and retain the very best talent in our local market – this is good news not only for our clients who require transatlantic support but also those we work closely with on purely domestic matters.
"We are proud of our heritage in the North East and we as a business will continue to invest in Newcastle as we grow. We are confident that with our success and depth of expertise, we can support our clients to thrive and prosper in a rapidly changing world. Becoming Womble Bond Dickinson ensures our continued commitment to our regions whilst bringing greater market insight and international experience."
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 from each partnership have been appointed to the board of the new entity.