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Bond Dickinson employees in front of the ss Great Britain

The ss Great Britain Trust welcomes national law firm Bond Dickinson as its latest Being Brunel Corporate Club member. 

By pledging at the highest ‘founder’ level, Bond Dickinson is supporting the Trust’s Being Brunel project which will see the opening of a new national museum alongside the existing attraction in February 2018. Bond Dickinson is on board as the final Corporate Club member, contributing to this important national project that is now fully funded.

With an office in Bristol housing more than 240 people, Bond Dickinson is proudly connected to the city, representing clients across a number of sectors including private wealth, real estate, transport and infrastructure, manufacturing, retail, finance, insurance and energy.

The importance of legal expertise was equally significant for Brunel and the companies he worked with back in the 1840s, including the Great Western Steamship Company and the Great Western Railway. The National Brunel Collection contains over 14,000 items, many of which are letters and documents dating back to the 1830s and 40s.

To mark Bond Dickinson coming on board, curators at Brunel’s ss Great Britain will be displaying and talking about a selection of items from the Archive Vault on Tuesday 24 May during a special Archive in Five session from 12.30pm to 1.30pm. Visitors will learn about the legal battles that the Brunels faced as they led ground-breaking engineering projects. A group of Bond Dickinson’s Bristol partners and staff had an advance preview of the items, with curators opening cases from the archive vault to show them a range of historic documents so they could contrast 1840s legal matters with their current client portfolio.

Julian Kinsey, Bristol Office Head at Bond Dickinson said: "Bond Dickinson is delighted to offer its support for the ss Great Britain Trust and Being Brunel. This is a huge and exciting project for the region and we're looking forward to being part of it. We are particularly interested in the historic links between Brunel's work and what we are doing today – for example our significant involvement in the electrification of the mainline to Paddington as part of our reappointment to Network Rail's panel.  We are also acting on the MetroWest Phase 1 project to re-open the railway to Portishead.  The decisions taken by Brunel and his contemporaries 150 years ago continue to shape the projects we work on today. Our firm has strong roots in the South West and our Bristol office has grown substantially since opening in 1998 though our commitment to the local market."

Matthew Tanner, Chief Executive of the ss Great Britain Trust, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Bond Dickinson as a Being Brunel Corporate Founder. Bond Dickinson’s generous support for the project will not only help us to inspire future generations of engineers and innovators, but also to explore Brunel’s persona and legacy in the new museum.”



For more information and images, please contact:

Dominic Rowe, Communications Officer, tel. 0117 926 0680 ext 219; email

Paul Chibeba, Head of Marketing, tel. 0117 926 0680 ext 309; email

Jenny Hayden, PR Executive at Bond Dickinson, tel 0117 989 6618; email


High resolution photos are available on request.


Editor’s notes

About Brunel’s ss Great Britain:

  1. Brunel’s ss Great Britain is the world’s first great ocean liner and the most innovative steam ship of her time. Launched in 1843, this iron-hulled steamship revolutionised travel and set new standards in engineering, reliability and speed. Today, Brunel’s ss Great Britain is Bristol’s no.1 visitor attraction (as voted by the public on Trip Advisor) and home to the Brunel Institute, housing one of the world’s finest maritime and Brunel collections.
  2. Please note, the attraction is ‘Brunel’s ss Great Britain’, the ship herself is the ‘ss Great Britain’, the charity which manages and maintains the ship is the ‘ss Great Britain Trust’ and the trading branch of the charity is ‘ss Great Britain Trading Ltd.’. The ‘ss’ is always written in lower case or small caps; or in a smaller font size when only capitalisation is available.
  3. Brunel’s ss Great Britain has won over 30 major awards covering heritage, tourism, conservation, access, education, venue hire and customer service; including:
  • 3* in Michelin Guide to Great Britain, 2012
  • Rough Guide to Accessible Britain, 2010
  • England’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, 2007
  • UK Museum of the Year 2006


About Bond Dickinson

Bond Dickinson is a leading UK law firm providing a comprehensive legal service to clients across a wide range of sectors, from seven cities across the UK including London.

Our clients range from FTSE 100 businesses to governmental organisations, privately managed businesses and wealthy individuals. We currently have offices in London, Aberdeen, Bristol, Leeds, Newcastle, Plymouth, and Southampton. We also have a strategic partnership with a German firm, Redeker Sellner Dahs, with five offices across Germany and Belgium.

We have teams of expert lawyers with specialisms across many sectors including chemicals & manufacturing; energy & natural resources; financial institutions; insurance; real estate; retail & consumer goods; transport & infrastructure; and private wealth.