Womble Bond Dickinson launches combined retail and hospitality offering

Womble Bond Dickinson launches combined retail and hospitality offering

Womble Bond Dickinson is refreshing its sector offering with the launch of a combined retail and hospitality team and the appointment of a new head to lead it.

Leeds-based partner Claire Wilkinson (pictured) has been appointed to the role and is bringing together its longstanding retail and hospitality teams, in response to increasing connectivity between the sectors and to ensure high standards of client service.

Wilkinson explained: “For some time we’ve noticed our retail clients taking inspiration and advice from our hospitality clients and vice versa. The more Womble Bond Dickinson can look at and understand our clients as a whole, the better we can anticipate their needs.”

“As an innovative business we’re keen to ‘horizon spot’, to look beyond traditional ‘silos’ and to flex our offering in response to market trends. We’re confident both our lawyers and our clients will benefit from improved connectivity and pooling our retail and hospitality expertise.”

Wilkinson, who is a commercial real estate specialist, has extensive experience in the retail and hospitality sectors. For more than 20 years, she has advised investors, occupiers, landlords and developers on all aspects of transactions.

A partner at Womble Bond Dickinson for more than four years, Wilkinson routinely leads multi-disciplinary and multi-locational teams.

Commenting on her appointment, Wilkinson said: “I’m delighted to be appointed as retail and hospitality sector head. To properly service our clients, we need to understand their businesses inside out. Our sectors cut across practice areas meaning our lawyers go out of their way to learn the nature of our clients’ businesses and Womble Bond Dickinson is a ‘one stop shop’ for all their legal needs.”

She added: “The pandemic had a profound effect on retail and hospitality. Businesses in the sector were hit particularly hard by restrictions, they had to pivot and innovate at an unprecedented speed. Womble Bond Dickinson’s dedication to retail and hospitality allowed us to support our clients through their toughest challenge, it’s great to see them bouncing back and to help them seize post pandemic opportunities.”

“I look forward to further developing our sector offering to provide innovative solutions which support our client’s specific and increasingly complicated circumstances and issues.”

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