In the latest announcement of formal links between UK and US law firms, commercial firm Bond Dickinson today announced a 'strategic alliance' with full-service US firm Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP.

The deal involves reciprocal referrals and collaboration in matters ranging from marketing to diversity.  

Announcing the deal, the two firms stressed their common culture. Bond Dickinson has 130 partners and 650 legal professionals based in six English cities and Aberdeen. Womble Carlyle, established in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1876, has 550 lawyers in 15 offices.

Jonathan Blair (pictured), managing partner at Bond Dickinson, said the agreement will enable the firm 'to introduce our clients to a law firm that mirrors our culture. It provides our clients with support into the United States, just as it gives Womble Carlyle’s clients support into the UK market'.

A statement said the alliance, signed today in London, paves the way for a visitation programme and office-hosting in each country, a reciprocal referral program, cooperation among practice groups and teams, sharing of best practices, and collaboration on marketing, business development, diversity and pro bono initiatives.

'The alliance will increase the already established synergies between our two firms and serve as a catalyst to grow our global skillset and opportunities,' said Betty Temple (pictured) chief executive of Womble Carlyle.

'Bond Dickinson boasts a client base and national presence that is unique in the UK and mirrors the capabilities and culture of Womble Carlyle in the US.'

Temple noted that the UK is the single largest investor in the US, its sixth largest trading partner, and its largest trading partner from the EU. 

'In every way, Bond Dickinson is a perfect fit with our culture, goals and client needs,' Temple said.