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Ward Hadaway

5 WELLINGTON PLACE, LEEDS, LS1 4AP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 205 6600
Fax:
Fax 0113 205 6700
DX:
14087 LEEDS PARK SQUARE
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Web:
www.wardhadaway.com

Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

Philip Jordan leads Ward Hadaway’s commercial practice, which also includes competition specialist Andrew Finfer and IT sector expert Gareth Yates, while key corporate individuals in the Leeds office include corporate finance-focused Gavin Maddison, banking expert Mark Smith and James Nightingale, who is active in the healthcare, energy and infrastructure sectors. The team’s work often has an international element with notable experience in private equity investments and acting for owner-managed businesses. Highlights included advising Lexwall on its acquisition of the Cidon Group, handling Trekksoft’s acquisition of Digital Ticketing Systems, and assisting Livingstone Financial Services and The Informed Partnership with a group restructuring following the retirement of a major shareholder.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

The ‚Äėresponsive and knowledgeable‚Äô practice at Ward Hadaway¬†has particular expertise in real estate and development finance; it recently advised a major clearing bank on the provision of a development facility to a housebuilding group, acted for Assets Development Capital on the funding of a residential development in Manchester, and acted for a Yorkshire-based development company on acquiring senior and mezzanine funding for the redevelopment of a former hotel into apartments in Harrogate. Santander, Oakapple Group and Abbey National Treasure Services are also clients. The ‚Äėincredibly positive‚Äô Mark Smith¬†is the key name in the firm‚Äôs Leeds office and is highly regarded for his expertise advising peer-to-peer lenders; he recently assisted a peer-to-peer lending platform with the provision of development funding for a care home in Preston. Real estate finance expert Lucinda Peters¬†joined from DWF¬†in 2018.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

The employment team at¬†Ward Hadaway¬†'goes the extra mile for its clients', which include both companies and¬†senior executives, and has a particular strength and experience in the transport and healthcare sectors.¬†It handles all HR and employment issues for Stagecoach North East and is currently¬†defending a claim from a former employee who was dismissed following false allegations that he had injured himself at work. The practice has also acted for FirstGroup and RATP Dev London in several tribunal proceedings.¬†¬†In the healthcare sector, the team is advising the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust on TUPE implications in a multi-site reorganisation, concerning approximately ¬£2m of employee liabilities. In another work highlight, the 'highly technically competent'¬†practice head Harmajinder Hayre¬†successfully represented FedEx UK in achieving a low value settlement in a complex claim which spanned issues of¬†unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, harassment, victimisation, breach of contract and breach of the working time regulations. Another key name to note, is the 'very¬†able and knowledgeable' Edward Nuttman, who 'takes an intelligent, proactive approach' and is 'prepared to "think outside the box‚ÄĚ to obtain the best outcome'. Richard Port left the team in 2017 to establish a specialist employment law firm.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

The healthcare team at Ward Hadaway is experienced in defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of NHS resolution and several NHS trusts. The team also have significant experience in advising clients on managing risk.  Newcastle-based  Jeffrey Keeble heads the team which also includes Liz Hackett in the Leeds office.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

The charities and social enterprise team at Ward Hadaway frequently acts for trusts, charities and not-for-profit organisations in the real estate and property sectors. Jonathan Dickson acted for the Canal & River Trust on a bridge crossing agreement and major sewer agreement for a development including a major highways bridge, two private bridges, 2500 homes and two schools. The Leeds-based team also benefits from being able to leverage the firm's Newcastle-based charities group.

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Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway's 'highly capable' family team is led by Newcastle-based Jonathan Flower and includes the well-regarded Andrea Dyer in Leeds. Dyer 'fights her corner most effectively and with realism' and handles a full spectrum of matters from complex financial settlements and post-nuptial agreements to cohabitation disputes and children issues. Nicola Hunter is another key name to note in this area.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

The 'substantial and well-resourced' wills and trusts practice at Ward Hadaway attracts praise for its 'professionalism, openness and integrity'. Andrew Facer heads up the practice and regularly acts for entrepreneurial and landed clients, advising particularly on succession planning through trusts and wills. The 'client-focused' Andrew Evans is instructed by high net worth individuals and family business clients, sports players in a variety of matters.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

Recent highlights for Ward Hadaway‚Äôs ‚Äėbrilliant‚Äô department include advising the Land Trust on a collaboration agreement and a property structure for a site in Leicester, assisting the Canal & River Trust with a bridge crossing agreement and sewer agreement for the Branston Lock development, and acting for a Welsh university on its adoption of the German incubator model. Further clients include Allied London, Barratt Homes, Lloyds Bank, The Scotfield Group and Frozen Value. Department head Kevin Weston¬†is recommended for transactions involving property joint ventures and landowner collaborations, Jonathan Dickson¬†acts for landowners, investors and charities on landlord and tenant work, acquisitions, disposals and portfolio management issues; and Andrew Pliener¬†focuses on residential development work. David Pridmore¬†and Simon Hellewell¬†are also names to note.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway‚Äôs practice, which ‚Äėprovides accurate and realistic advice‚Äô, is led by Sharon Mathieson, who splits her time between Leeds, Newcastle and Manchester and focuses on dilapidation claims, service charge issues, break notices, lease renewals forfeitures and possession proceedings. Mathieson‚Äôs recent highlights include representing a local authority in proceedings related to limiting the use of land designated as a village green, acting for an occupier in a contentious lease renewal and handling a boundary issues for a landowner. Associate Simon Thirtle¬†is also a name to note and advises commercial landlords, tenant, private individuals and public sector clients.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway’s registered provider client base includes Inclusion Housing, which it advised on five projects with Civitas Social Housing; Livin Housing, which it assisted with an option agreement relating to a development; and Isos Homes, which is acted for on its merger with Derwentside Housing. Bernicia, Byker Community Trust, Home Group, Thirteen Group and Mosscare St Vincent’s are also clients. Key practitioners include department head John Murray, who specialises in housing management issues and has experience in anti-social behaviour, disrepair and leasehold disputes; and associate Simon Thirtle, who handles housing litigation. The practice works closely with the firm’s Newcastle office.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

At Ward Hadaway, practice head Gareth Yates¬†‚Äėgives very commercially aware advice with an excellent grasp of the clients and the fields in which they operate‚Äô; his expertise encompasses software licensing and development contracts, service agreements, IT disputes and channel sales strategies. Other noteworthy individuals include Bill Goodwin, who advises customers and suppliers on the development, licensing and implementation of IT systems; education tech specialist Frank Suttie¬†and associate Nathan Bilton. Clients include Animalcare, Communisis, For Fusion, Hisense and Technology Services Group.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Ward Hadaway

Recent mandates for Ward Hadaway’s group include assisting Eurocamp with its global trade mark portfolio including monitoring infringements and handling trade mark licensing issues, advising SAP on the protection of its IP rights relating to its software products and acting for Brainwave Drinks on the protection of its drinks brands internationally. Communisis, Hisense and Sage are also clients. Bill Goodwin leads the team and has notable expertise in trade mark and design work and assists clients in the manufacturing and technology sectors. Other key individuals include Gareth Yates, who advises on software licensing issues, development contracts and IT disputes; and Newcastle-based Alex Shiel, who is noted for his expertise acting on the IP issues associated with new technology.

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