Womble Bond Dickinson has become a member of the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme.
The appointment is recognition of the contribution that Womble Bond Dickinson has made to the Northern Powerhouse project, including its work with clients on a number of significant projects in the North.
Mark Owen, head of the Leeds office at Womble Bond Dickinson, said the firm will continue to work in partnership with government, businesses and other stakeholders to ensure Yorkshire and the Northern cities can secure investment, improve employment and training opportunities, transport and infrastructure links, and deliver economic growth.
Owen added: “Our recent US combination also provides us with opportunities to showcase the Northern Powerhouse to US investors and clients and to help facilitate US inward investment to the region.”
Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry also stressed the importance of Womble Bond Dickinson’s US links.
He said: “As a transatlantic firm with offices throughout the UK and US as well as partnerships across Europe, we have in Womble Bond Dickinson a Northern Powerhouse Partner with a global reach.”
“I’m thrilled to have Womble Bond Dickinson as our newest Northern Powerhouse Partner and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together from promoting the Great Exhibition of the North to furthering the global connections of the Northern Powerhouse.”
Among Womble Bond Dickinson’s contributions to the Northern Powerhouse are its work with Commercial Estate Estates Group on the infrastructure and rail halt works for its £400 million Kirkstall forge development in Leeds.
Womble Bond Dickinson also advised Doncaster Council on the Unity Project, a scheme that includes the construction of a new road linking Junction 5 of the M18 with the former Hatfield Colliery.
The Unity Project will provide approximately 3,100 new homes over a period of 20 to 30 years. It’s expected to generate up to 9,000 jobs and in excess of £400 million of investment over its first 12 years.