Womble Bond Dickinson

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Womble Bond Dickinson, was established in 2017 when UK-based Bond Dickinson LLP and US-based Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP combined to create a new transatlantic platform. The combination built on the success of the two firms strategic alliance announced in 2016.

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. That Board is co-chaired by Jonathan Blair and Betty Temple.

Womble Bond Dickinson is based in 26 locations across the UK and North America. In the UK there are offices in Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Plymouth, and Southampton. In the US, Womble Bond Dickinson is based in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Colombia, Greensboro; Greenville, Los Angeles, Orange County, Raleigh, Research Triangle Park, Silicon Valley; Tyson's Corner, Washington DC, Wilmington and Winston-Salem.

History[edit]

Although Womble Bond Dickinson was established in 2017, its history is rich.

In the US, Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP traces its history to back 1876, when Cyrus Watson and W.B. Glenn formed a partnership in Winston, North Carolina, under the name Watson & Glenn.[3]

·        1885   firm name changed to Glenn & Glenn

·        1891   firm name changed to Glenn & Manley

·        1898   firm name changed to Glenn, Manley & Hendren

·        1905   firm name changed to Manly & Hendren

·        1911   firm name changed to Manly, Hendren & Womble

·        1942   firm name changed to Womble, Carlyle, Martin & Sandridge

·        1954   firm name changed to Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

·        2018   firm name changed to Womble Bond Dickinson

Prior to becoming Womble Bond Dickinson, in the UK the firm was known as Bond Dickinson LLP, which commenced trading on 1 May 2013. This was a result of a merger between Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce. Prior to the merger Dickinson Dees' history dated back to 1786, becoming an LLP in 2006 and Bond Pearce was founded in 1887, becoming an LLP in 2005.

Bond Pearce

·        1887    Bond Pearce founded in Plymouth

·        1985    Exeter office opened

·        1995    Southampton office opened

·        1995    Took over the Southampton branch of Boodle Hatfield

·        1998    Merged with Southampton-based Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh

·        1998    Bristol office opened

·        2001    Merged with Bristol-based Cartwrights

·        2003    London office opened in Gracechurch Street

·        2005    Converted to Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) status

·        2006    Bristol staff moved to new offices at Temple Quay

·        2007    Aberdeen office opened

·        2008    London office moved to New London House, 6 London Street

·        2008    Consolidation of Exeter and Plymouth offices in Plymouth

·        2013    Merger with Dickinson Dees

Dickinson Dees

·        1887    Bond Pearce founded in Plymouth

·        1985    Exeter office opened

·        1995    Southampton office opened

·        1995    Took over the Southampton branch of Boodle Hatfield

·        1998    Merged with Southampton-based Hepherd Winstanley & Pugh

·        1998    Bristol office opened

·        2001    Merged with Bristol-based Cartwrights

·        2003    London office opened in Gracechurch Street

·        2005    Converted to Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) status

·        2006    Bristol staff moved to new offices at Temple Quay

·        2007    Aberdeen office opened

·        2008    London office moved to New London House, 6 London Street

·        2008    Consolidation of Exeter and Plymouth offices in Plymouth

·        2013    Merger with Dickinson Dees.

Current Size of Firm/Recent Changes[edit]

Womble Bond Dickinson has more than 1000 lawyers located in 26 offices in the UK and US. Its attorneys and professionals provide a full range of legal services to regional, national and international businesses and other clients in a wide range of industries.

Womble Bond Dickinson is a member of Lex Mundi, a global organization of independent law firms.


In January 2016, Betty Temple became the firm's Chair and CEO, one of a handful of women at the helm of a large, national law firm. [1] Temple’s appointment represented a number of milestones for Womble Carlyle: She became the youngest Chair in the firm’s 140-year history, the first Chair to be located outside of the firm’s original Winston-Salem office, and the first woman to lead the firm.[2]

In summer of 2017, the firm combined with Bond Dickinson (formerly Dickinson Dees and Bond Pearce) voted to approve a transatlantic combination with strategic UK partner, Bond Dickinson LLP, effective November 1st, 2017. The firm is now known as Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP.

Honors and awards[edit]

In 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 the Human Rights Campaign designated Womble Bond Dickinson a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.[3]

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