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Womble Carlyle partnering with UK-based law firm

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Womble Carlyle, a Winston-Salem, N.C.-based law firm with offices in Columbia, Charleston and Greenville, and London-based Bond Dickinson are consolidating into a trans-Atlantic firm to be called Womble Bond Dickinson.

According to a news release, the group will represent domestic and international clients with an emphasis on local, regional and national legal services.

“This exciting combination elevates our offering and proposition in the U.S. to ensure we are consistently in tune with the evolving ambitions and needs of all our clients and that we can successfully execute on our growth strategy,” said Womble Carlyle CEO and Chairwoman Betty Temple. “While we maintain our steadfast commitment to local clients in all of our markets, the trans-Atlantic foundation will create particular opportunities for further development and expansion in key hubs, such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, Washington, D.C., and Silicon Valley, along with other U.S. markets where we are building our footprint.”

Beginning in October, Womble Bond Dickinson will have more than 420 partners and more than 1,000 lawyers across eight offices in the United Kingdom and 15 offices in the United States. The consolidated firm will be among the top 80 firms in U.S. listings with combined revenues in excess of $410 million.

“Womble Bond Dickinson will be created right around the first anniversary of our strategic alliance with Bond Dickinson, which is testament to the dedication and hard work of our teams, and to the significant benefits yielded in a relatively short period of time. What was an innovative strategic alliance will now be a trans-Atlantic challenger model focused on our key markets in the U.S. and the U.K.,” Temple said.

Each firm will continue to operate as a separate and autonomous law firm, with its own independent management. Four members of each firm will be appointed to the board of the new entity. That board will be co-chaired by Temple and Jonathan Blair, managing partner of Bond Dickinson. 

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