Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) has been named as a partner of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Group, entering into a four-year partnership to support growth in the Tees Valley region.
In the new partnership, WBD will provide services and support for organisations and projects across the region as part of a new legal framework. This includes the development of the Teesworks site, the UK’s largest freeport, and the Teesside International Airport.
Additionally, the firm will work alongside other panel firms offering a range of CSR initiatives to support the Tees Valley to “thrive and grow”.
These include running mentoring programmes, volunteering their services on a pro bono basis, offering careers advice and engaging with schools to benefit young people, businesses and charities across the region.
Peter Snaith, partner, sector head of manufacturing for WBD and head of the firm’s Teesside practice, said: “I am delighted that WBD has been named one of the partners on the legal framework of the Tees Valley Combined Authority Group.
“With our sector expertise we can also help the Combined Authority and other stakeholders to deliver the Tees Valley Industrial Decarbonisation Cluster Plan project to develop the roadmap to decarbonise the Tees Valley industrial cluster by 2040.”
Ben Houchen, Tees Valley mayor, added: “We’re delighted to have signed WBD as part of our new legal framework to support the game-changing projects we’re delivering across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool, including Teesworks, the Teesside Freeport, our airport and much more.
“They’re going further to make sure local people across our region feel the benefit, by offering things such as local business support, skills workshops and interview training, and careers guidance, as well as committing to traineeships and apprenticeships and work experience to help inspire the next generation of would-be lawyers.”