WBD appoints Fiona O’Kane as new Bristol office head

Transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has appointed partner Fiona O’Kane as its new head of the Bristol office.

Fiona joined the firm in 2001 and is an experienced real estate lawyer, with an expertise in rail and acting for large corporates and their property requirements. Fiona has lived and practiced in Bristol since 1996 and for six years, between 2013 to 2019, she was the national head of WBD’s real estate group and served on Management Board. In that capacity, she dealt with operational matters and helped direct the firm’s strategy including its international alliance and subsequent collaboration with US firm Womble Carlyle in 2017. She takes over the role of office head from banking partner Julian Kinsey who held the position for four years.

Fiona commented: “I’m delighted to take on this important role within the firm and look forward to working with my colleagues to continue building the strong regional profile we have in the market. The South West is central to the WBD story, we have a fantastic client base in the region and recently celebrated our 22nd anniversary in Bristol, opening our first office here in 1998 with a then team of five. Fast forward to 2020, we’re now one of the largest law firms in the city where we employ more than 230 people.

“In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, WBD is committed to playing its part in the economic recovery of the South West by using our international and national reach and expertise to benefit the region. Through the work we do for our clients, particularly on transport, infrastructure, energy, real estate and public sector projects, as well as on a range of high profile corporate and commercial transactions, we’re committed to supporting Bristol’s vision as a dynamic, innovative and nimble city and the place of choice to live, work and do business.”