Bond Dickinson to merge with US firm Womble Carlyle

updated on 05 June 2017

Top UK firm Bond Dickinson is set to merge with Washington DC-based Womble Carlyle.

The two firms formed a ‘strategic alliance’ in 2015 and are now gearing up to become even more closely integrated following a partner vote last week. As The Lawyer reports, the new firm will be known as Womble Bond Dickinson, but will be structured as a company limited by guarantee, which will enable both sides of the partnership to function as separate law firms. The merger will take effect on 1 October 2017, with the combined firms’ turnover of $437 million set to launch Bond Dickinson into the top 100 firms in the world by revenue for the first time.

Jonathan Blair, Bond Dickinson’s managing partner, said: “This is a revenue play, this is about enhancing our business, building our brand, being able to compete.”