updated on 03 November 2017
The national firm formerly known as Bond Dickinson has become Womble Bond Dickinson after a high-profile merger – not with the venerable family-run operation of the Wimbledon-based eco rodents, but with US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice.
The merger creates a global top 100 firm by annual revenue, spanning 24 offices across the United Kingdom and United States. The move reflects a growing trend among the two firms’ clients of running operations which span both sides of the Atlantic, with the merged firm well-placed to offer clients the seamless consistency their businesses need. However, the new entity will still operate with two distinct UK-based and US-based non-profit sharing partnerships, each of which will have its own independent board.
Betty Temple, Womble Bond Dickinson co-chair, said: “This isn’t just the combination of a big US firm and a big UK firm. It’s the alignment of an office in Newcastle with one in Charlotte, an office in Baltimore with an office in Bristol and so on. This combination was borne out of a desire to better serve the business communities in which Womble Bond Dickinson is rooted.”