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Ward Hadaway

SANDGATE HOUSE, 102 QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DX, ENGLAND
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Work 0191 204 4000
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Fax 0191 204 4001
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730360 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE-30
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www.wardhadaway.com
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

North: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Cumbria
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Colin Hewitt - Ward Hadaway

Martin Hulls - Ward Hadaway

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Corporate and commercial: Elsewhere in the North
Leading individuals (region-wide)

Colin Hewitt - Ward Hadaway

Martin Hulls - Ward Hadaway

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Corporate and commercial: Newcastle
Corporate and commercial: Newcastle - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

The ‘extremely knowledgeable, helpful and personable’ group at Ward Hadaway is ‘fantastic to work with’ and ‘really takes the time to get to know its clients’. Corporate practice head Martin Hulls focuses on private equity and venture capital transactions; he recently advised True Potential on its sale of a minority stake to FTV Capital. The ‘excellentColin Hewitt is head of the commercial team and regularly acts for public sector clients; his highlights included handling North East Finance’s extension to the Finance for Business North East fund and acting for Virgin Money on the development and implementation of a cloud-based mortgage application system. Other clients include Total Capital Partners and Business Travel; Katherine Hay-Heddle (who ‘adds gravitas to any transaction’) assisted the latter with its sale to Hays Travel. Robert Thompson, Richard Butts, Damien Charlton and Phil Tompkins are also names to note. James Nightingale made partner in mid-2016 and Dean Murray joined from Square One Law.

Leading individuals (region-wide)

Colin Hewitt - Ward Hadaway

Martin Hulls - Ward Hadaway

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

At Ward Hadaway, practice head Paul Christian handles tax structurings, transactional tax matters, advice on VAT, income tax and stamp duty. It also has expertise in employee share incentives and property tax. The practice regularly advises entrepreneurial hi-tech companies on structuring, investment and exit planning, and handling innovative employee share incentive arrangements. Clients include The Bannatyne Group and NEL Fund Managers; Christian advised the latter on the establishment of an employee ownership trust. He also acted for the selling shareholders on the tax elements of the sale of Business Travel to Hays Travel, assisted various fund managers with the tax aspects of investment structures, and advised Frank Recruitment Group on the tax elements of its sale to TPG Group.

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North: Crime, fraud and licensing

Crime: general
Crime: general - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway’s practice, which is led by Stephen Graham, specialises in regulatory crime including health and safety offences (such as fatalities and near-fatal incidents) and Environment Agency investigations involving serious pollution incidents and illegal waste deposit matters. The team includes licensing specialist Richard Arnot and Manchester-based Rachel Birks, who joined the firm from Fieldfisher. In a recent highlight, Graham acted for the Care Quality Commission in criminal allegations brought by the client against a national dental practice which was found to be practising without the correct licences; this was the first time the client had issued a private criminal prosecution. Other clients include the North Yorkshire County Council, retailers and property developers.

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Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

At Ward Hadaway, the highly regarded Richard Arnot has substantial experience representing clients before licensing committees and in contested licencing applications; he recently advised Dominvs Hotel on successfully obtaining an opposed premises licence for a hotel development in London, assisted Co-operative Food with obtaining a licence for a new premises which was opposed by over 100 residents, and acted for ULG (Durham) in securing a licence for premises in a cumulative impact area, which was also strongly opposed. Other clients include Iceland Food, King Street Investments, Pin Pin, Malmaison Hotels, Gainford Hotels and Tesco. Stephen Graham leads the two-partner team, which includes licensing assistant Cheryl Scott, who recently obtained a premises licence for Harbour Hotels for a hotel in Bristol.

Leading individuals

Richard Arnot - Ward Hadaway

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North: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Newcastle
Commercial litigation: Newcastle - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

One of the best commercial litigation firms in the area’, Ward Hadaway fields ‘an outstanding team that is strong across the board’, attracting praise for its ‘first-class service, excellent attention to detail and robust yet commercial approach’. Following Ian Collinson’s move to a consultancy role, Peter Hornsey leads the nine-partner practice, which includes IT disputes specialist Tim Toomey; the ‘highly experienced’ Robert Glassford, who regularly advises public sector clients; the ‘exceptionalMartin Woodford; and associate Joe Kelley, who handles financial services disputes, professional negligence claims and procurement litigation. In a highlight matter, Glassford advised Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in litigation relating to the closure of Bootham Park Hospital in York. Other mandates include Woodford’s defence of Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust in a procurement challenge relating to its procurement of coagulation analysers, and Hornsey’s successful defence of Nourish Training in a defamation claim. Clients also single out the ‘technically excellentJulie Huntingdon and Russell Ward, who has ‘a very easy manner’.

Leading individuals

Martin Woodford - Ward Hadaway

Next generation lawyers

Joe Kelley - Ward Hadaway

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

At Ward Hadaway, Steven Petrie primarily acts on a range of corporate and personal insolvency issues for insolvency practitioners and accountants. Petrie’s work for insolvency practitioners covers advice to businesses facing financial difficulties with debt and cash flow problems, assisting directors with their duties and handling insolvency issues for landlords. Petrie also regularly defends individuals and companies. Paralegal Debbie Bird has notable experience in debt recovery matters related to the construction and supply industries, and acts for electrical suppliers, surveyors, property managers, private schools, car dealerships and letting agents.

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North: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

The team at Ward Hadaway is led by the ‘extremely accessibleJulie Harrison, who has ‘an excellent and well-deserved reputation in the region’ and ‘presents advice in a clear, concise manner, free of jargon’. Clients rate the ‘genuinely brilliant’ team for its ‘professionalism, responsiveness and focus’. Harrison’s highlights included advising North East Finance on the extension of the Finance for Business North East Initiative, bringing its total funds up to £159m; and assisting Santander with the provision of a facility to Gainford Hotels for its acquisition of the County Hotel. Corporate partner Imogen Holland attracts praise for her ‘superb leadership in complex transactions’; she recently acted for Rivers Capital Partners on multiple funding rounds into Hyperdrive Innovation Holdings, and assisted Newcastle City Council with various loans made to regional arts and culture organisations. The ‘extremely thorough’ Simon Errington is recommended for secured lending transactions and property finance. Barclays, Lloyds Bank, FW Capital and North East Local Enterprise Partnership are also clients.

Leading individuals

Julie Harrison - Ward Hadaway

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway provides clients with ‘unrivalled support’ that it ‘knowledgeable, proactive and innovative; advice will always be solid and reliable’. Practice co-heads Jane Garvin and Steven Petrie are ‘clear regional leaders’; Garvin has a notable focus on corporate advisory and recovery issues, and Petrie is highly regarded for his insolvency expertise. The department has notable experience in contentious matter and. recently acted for Begbies Traynor in its role as liquidator of Crawford Parcels, which involved a transaction at undervalue claim. The firm also acted for Deloitte as administrators of a group of manufacturing companies and assisted a manufacturer with its position following the administration of Austin Reed. Petrie also led advice to a joint trustee relating to the bankruptcy of a non-registered dental practice. Associate Gemma Jackson is recommended for non-contentious corporate transactions. Other clients include Baldwins Restructuring & Insolvency, Baker Tilly Creditor Services and KPMG.

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North: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Bernard Hodgson, Paul Scope and Jamie Gamble jointly head the six-partner department at Ward Hadaway, which handles contentious and non-contentious matters, primarily for employers. Hodgson specialises in advising public-sector clients, while Scope has substantial experience in recruitment, education and social housing issues, and Gamble leads the firm’s manufacturing and charity employment teams. Highlights included advising Newcastle College on a major collective redundancy process, acting for Home Group on contentious TUPE issues, including disciplinary matters, and carrying out a strategic review for NAC Group in preparation for the implementation of the government’s apprenticeship levy. Scope also advised Intraining on a contested TUPE matter with Morrisons affecting over 100 employees, and acted for Global Decontamination Solutions in allegations against a global director including a suspension, a disciplinary investigation and threatened proceedings. The Bannatyne Group, Wilkinson Sword, Newcastle United, Merck Sharp and Dohme, and ScS Upholstery are also clients. Consultant Joe Thornhill and associate Graham Vials specialise in complex dismissals and in issues related to the education sector, respectively.

Next generation lawyers

Graham Vials - Ward Hadaway

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway’s practice is headed by regulatory crime specialist Stephen Graham, who has notable contentious experience and assists clients in investigations by the HSE, the Environment Agency and the Financial Services Agencies. The team acts fpr a range of companies and local authorities, including North Yorkshire County Council and Sherburn Stone. Licensing specialist Richard Arnot is recommended for his regulatory investigations expertise. Manchester-based regulatory specialists Rachel Birks and solicitor Fameeda Shafiq, who both joined the firm in 2016 from Fieldfisher, have a particular focus on the healthcare sector.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway’s ‘practical and knowledgeable’ group ‘has the ability to take complex legal issues and convert them into practical solutions’. The practice acts for a mixture of employer and trustee clients including Bridon-Bekaert Ropes Group, the trustees of the Air Products Pension Plan, the trustees of the Nifco UK Retirement Benefit Scheme, and J Barbour & Sons. Ian O’Toole is singled out for his ‘direct, to-the-point and practical advice that draws from a wide range of experience and knowledge’. In a recent highlight, O’Toole advised multiple clients on de-risking pension schemes, including Pension Protection Fund issues and pension benefit buyouts. Litigator Martin Woodford and associate solicitor Tristan Mander are also recommended; Woodford is assisting the North Yorkshire County Council with all scheme-related matters arising from its role as administering authority for the North Yorkshire Pension Fund.

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North: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

A top performer’, Ward Hadaway acts for more than 60 NHS organisations, including multiple NHS trusts. Highlights included defending the NHSLA and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in a negligence claim brought by a claimant with cerebral palsy; acting for the NHSLA and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust in a matter concerning delayed diagnosis and treatment of neonatal hypoglycaemia; and advising the Secretary of State for Health on a high-value birth negligence claim. The group is led by the ‘excellentJeffrey Keeble, who specialises in high-value birth injury claims. Other key figures include Nicola Richardson, who acts for the NHSLA and health care trusts and also has substantial inquest experience; Kathryn Myers, who is noted for her track record in cases involving birth injury, cancer treatment and group litigation; and birth injury specialist Lisa Evans. Gillian Muir and Robert Rushton are also recommended.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway’s ‘exceptional’ practice ‘prides itself on its excellent and first-rate customer service’ and for its combination of ‘outstanding expertise and experience with a personal touch and endless charm’. The ‘thorough, knowledgeable and understanding’ Roger O’Donnell (who) heads the group and regularly handles high-value claims. Other key figures in the ‘extremely efficient and well-run team’ include ‘tenacious’ associate Kerri Kershaw, who focuses on road traffic accidents and employers’ liability claims, and ‘diligent’ associate Carole Ward, who advises on physical and psychiatric injuries. Areas of notable expertise for the department span serious brain injuries, claims involving farm accidents, and cases resulting in multimillion-pound settlements. Recent work includes acting in several cases involving amputations and occupational accidents. Consultants Paul Hughes and Chris Smith both joined in 2016 from Bond Dickinson LLP.

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North: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

At Ward Hadaway, practice Neil Robson is noted for his expertise in land use and planning matters, and puts that knowledge to use for a client base that includes Welbeck Estates, the University of Newcastle, the Woodland Trust and the Canal & River Trust. In a recent highlight, Robson acted for Northumberland National Park Authority on the site acquisition, planning applications and construction aspects of a landscape discovery centre, including advising. In another key mandate, transactional property specialist Alex Cox recently advised Northumberland Estates on its acquisition from the Business Growth Fund of a stake in regional housebuilder Cussins. Other areas of expertise include agricultural tenancies, estate management and energy schemes. Mineral reserves expert Stefan Bainbridge (who joined the firm from Bond Dickinson LLP in mid-2016) and asset protection specialist Andrew Facer are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Neil Robson - Ward Hadaway

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Colin Hewitt and Fiona Wharton jointly lead Ward Hadaway’s practice, which advises a wide range of clients on governance issues, restructurings, fundraising and trustee responsibilities. The education sector is a key focus of the team; representative clients include Co-operative Academies Trust and Newcastle University. Alex Shiel led advice to the latter on a range of commercial and IP issues. Other key clients include The Land Trust, which the group recently assisted with its acquisition of land at Canvey Wick Nature Reserve and is advising on a collaboration agreement and property structure for a site in Essex. Consultant Gaynor Jackson is highly regarded for her trust and estate expertise.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Julie Huntingdon leads the department at Ward Hadaway, which features individuals from the firm’s private client and litigation practices. Huntingdon is recognised for her contentious probate expertise, with particular emphasis on issues affecting charities and individuals. Gaynor Jackson primarily handles contentious trust matters for national and international charities, with a focus on inheritance issues and estate disputes. Also recommended are litigator Martin Woodford, who focuses on trust disputes, the mis-selling of financial products, and pension-related claims; and Andrew Facer, who is noted for his experience acting for entrepreneurs and landed clients in succession planning litigation.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway’s ‘strong and integrated’ department is ‘exceptional at divorce matters’ and is ‘one of the best around for children work’. Associate Sarah Crilly ‘stands out as an experienced and competent performer’ and practice head Jonathan Flower is ‘invariably courteous, sensible and hardworking’. Other areas of expertise include financial remedies, cohabitation agreements and care proceedings. Associate Cassandra Spenceley, who joined the firm in mid-2016 from DMA Law, is ‘intelligent, meticulous and always goes the extra mile’ and focuses on complex care proceedings, especially those involving injury and abuse. The team also has a growing contentious workload, representing clients in litigation against local authorities pertaining to issues where children’s human rights have been breached. Associate Louise Cannell-Mirza is singled out for her work in financial remedies and child law disputes; she also has experience in the health and education sectors.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Flower - Ward Hadaway

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Crilly - Ward Hadaway

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Andrew Facer leads the practice at Ward Hadaway and regularly handles succession planning matters, particularly for entrepreneurial and landed clients, as well as issues relating to employee benefit trusts. Gaynor Jackson acts for charities on inheritance issues including inheritance tax and capacity-related matters. The team also acts for corporate trustees, landowners and high-net-worth individuals. Other areas of strength for the group include tax planning, estate administration, lasting powers of attorney and capital tax work, while Court of Protection mandates are a notable area of growth for the team.

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North: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

The highly regarded Mark Whitehead leads the practice at Ward Hadaway, which advises clients on the full range of energy sector issues relating to fossil fuels, renewable energy, low carbon supply chains, utilities, offshore production and energy technologies. The team attracts strong praise for its expertise in generation project development – with special emphasis on anaerobic digestion, biomass and energy-from-waste projects – as well as offshore supply chain matters and mining sector work. Commercial team head Colin Hewitt, who is ‘very knowledgeable and a pleasure to deal with’, excels in biofuel projects, feedstock contracts, offshore developments. He also represents oil and gas supply chain businesses and recently acted on the reorganisation of Actuant’s non-US energy holding companies. Other key figures include Tim Care, who specialises in advising public-sector clients on generation projects and energy procurements; Phil Tompkins, who focuses on power transmission and distribution mandates; and the Leeds-based Philip Jordan, who has particular expertise in the steel and nuclear sectors. Biogas Power, Contract Natural Gas and DeepOcean Group are also clients.

Leading individuals

Mark Whitehead - Ward Hadaway

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North: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Academy and procurement specialist Tim Care leads the department at Ward Hadaway, which advises a broad client base ranging from schools and trusts to colleges and universities such as Northern Education Trust, Newcastle University, Delta Academies Trust and Newcastle School for Boys. Care regularly acts for Co-operative Group and Co-operative Academies Trust on all the legal issues surrounding its seven academies. He also handled the academy conversion of six foundation schools for the Brigshaw Learning Partnership and assisted North East Learning Trust with its acquisition of two academies and a maintained school. Also recommended are Karen Andrews, who handles regeneration projects; Paul Scope, who is recommended for staffing problems; Alex Shiel, who counts Newcastle University and Teesside University as clients; and Leeds-based Frank Suttie, who joined in mid-2016 from DAC Beachcroft LLP.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Clinical negligence and personal injury specialist Jeffrey Keeble heads Ward Hadaway’s ‘incredibly responsive’ department, which ‘always gives appropriate advice and acts in a sensitive and helpful manner that is easily relied upon’. In addition to being on the NHS Litigation Authority’s panel, the team counts over 60 NHS organisations as clients; examples include Barts Health NHS Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. Clients single out public sector team head Melanie Pears, who recently advised NHS Business Services Authority on its IT infrastructure and its procurement of IT support services. Other highlights include Nicola Richardson’s advice to North East Ambulance Service on a multi-agency inquest, and Damien Charlton’s work for a federation of GP practices on a joint venture with an NHS foundation trust. Inquest specialist Lisa Evans and Stuart Craig, who primarily acts for NHS trusts are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Melanie Pears - Ward Hadaway

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North: Real estate

Commercial property: Newcastle
Commercial property: Newcastle - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

A truly excellent firm to deal with’, Ward Hadaway provides ‘a service that is hugely proactive, responsive, commercial and professional’. Neil Robson leads the nine-partner group, which includes property development expert Alex Cox, the ‘highly experienced’ Simon Errington (who ‘always goes the extra mile’) and the ‘extremely accessible’ Heather Markham. Recent highlights include advising multiple housebuilders (including Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes and Linden Homes) on plot sales, all of which were led by development team head Lesley Fairclough and included the firm’s specialist plot sales team. In other key mandates the team handled the development of a new campus for City of Sunderland College and assisted Foundation of Light with the development of an education and sports facility. Newcastle International Airport and Newcastle Science Central are also clients; commercial partner Colin Hewitt advised the latter on the property issues relating to the transfer of land for development purposes.

Leading individuals

Neil Robson - Ward Hadaway

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

The ‘responsive, knowledgeable and experienced’ department at Ward Hadaway is led by Tim Craig, who has ‘a real depth of understanding and a clear client focus’. Key strengths for the practice include commercial developments, public-sector projects, construction disputes, housebuilding mandates and funding matters. Highlights included assisting McAleer & Rushe Group with hotel, office, student accommodation and residential development schemes; advising Foundation of Light on the development of an education, training and sports facility in Sunderland; and acting for the Co-Operative Academies Trust on the refurbishment and extension of the Co-Operative Academy of Manchester. The University of Buckingham and Newcastle University are also clients; Paul Reekie, who is ‘great at seeing the big picture’ and at ‘grasping the fundamental issues at stake’, is acting for the latter on the construction of a £70m student accommodation block. Clients also single out associate Alan Ross, who ‘always provides sound and commercial advice’.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway’s practice head Neil Robson regularly acts for clients in the conservation, minerals and waste sectors. Recent highlights include assisting Northumberland National Park Authority with The Sill Visitor Centre, which involved complex environmental issues arising from the land’s status as a World Heritage Site; and advising on a successful objection to a compulsory purchase order for the regeneration of Seaton Carew. New Mill Biogas, Limelight Energy Cleveland Potash are also clients. The group’s expertise encompasses landfill, quarry and opencast development matters, financial provision arrangements for waste management licences, environmental crime mandates, contaminated land issues and negotiations of environmental indemnities. Other key figures include Stephen Graham, who is an environmental litigation and regulatory compliance specialist with expertise in environmental permitting, water pollution and contaminated land; Robin Atkin, whose expertise spans sewage treatment works, village green issues and environmental conditions; and Colin Hewitt, who regularly acts for local authorities on public sector waste management work.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

The ‘brilliant’ team at Ward Hadaway features ‘incredibly competent individuals, who are geared towards going above and beyond clients’ expectations’. Joint practice head Robin Atkin (who has a niche specialism in village green and highways matters) recently acted for Persimmon Homes in its objection to a village green application, assisted Northumberland Estates with its objection to a scheme by Highways England to upgrade a road junction that will impact an area adjacent to the client’s land, and handled the planning aspects of Barratt Manchester’s residential development in Ribble Valley. Fellow practice head Neil Robson, who is ‘calm, realistic and holds the confidence of the client’, regularly advises on town planning and compulsory purchase inquiries and also specialises in energy-related planning matters. A recent highlight for Robson involved advising Newcastle University on the completion of a section 106 agreement relating to a site development involving new student accommodation, an extension to the University’s sports centre and a new sports science building.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Ward Hadaway has a ‘solid, reliable and personable’ practice that ‘sits at the top of the tree’ and ‘provides an exceptional service’. The firm’s specialist team of ‘true professionals’ is led by Sharon Mathieson, who splits her time between Newcastle and Leeds and has expertise spanning landlord and tenant litigation, dilapidation disputes and property-related professional negligence claims. Mathieson’s highlights included defending a developer in nuisance claims brought by the owner of land neighbouring the client’s residential development; advising a public-sector client on proceedings relating to the use of land previously designated as a village green; and handling multiple property disputes for a national insurer. Clients range from landowners and developers to charities and local authorities; Virgin Money, Canal & River Trust, Eurocamp and County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust all feature on the client roster. Key associates include Jeremy Hardy, who ‘thinks tactically and always see the bigger picture’ and focuses on agricultural land disputes; estate management specialist Victoria Lowrie; and Leeds-based Simon Thirtle, who has expertise in commercial property litigation.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Leeds-based John Murray leads Ward Hadaway’s ‘highly impressive, responsive and client-focused’ team, which includes the ‘strategically excellent’ Helen O’Neill and ‘outstanding’ associate Julia Thomson in Newcastle. In a recent highlight, O’Neill advised Inclusion Housing on issues concerning more than 40 national housing schemes, including multiple developments and acquisitions. She also acted for the newly established County Durham Housing Group on its first property acquisitions, assisted Bernicia with its North-focused investment and development programme, and provided development and property advice to Thirteen. The firm also acts for a number of registered housing providers. Other key clients include Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association, Notting Hill Housing Trust and Muir Group Housing Association. Kamran Hyder is recommended for planning matters.

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North: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

The ‘incredible’ team at Ward Hadaway provides ‘prompt, well-considered and focused advice’ that is ‘both thoughtful and practical’. Alex Shiel leads the group, which includes commercial practice head Colin Hewitt and the well-regarded Judy Baker, who is ‘unbelievably supportive’; ‘her enviable understanding of the practice area gives her the edge over the competition’. Recent highlights for Baker include advising Bannatyne on an agreement with Sky to provide Wi-Fi services to Bannatyne Hotels, and assisting ScS with a compliance review of its website and its House of Fraser microsite. Asda, Virgin Money and Northern Powergrid also feature in it client roster. Also recommended are Phil Tompkins, who is recommended for IT contract advice, Tim Toomey, who focuses on IT disputes, and commercial contracts specialist Dean Murray, who joined in early 2016 from Square One Law.

Leading individuals

Judy Baker - Ward Hadaway

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway (Newcastle)

Alex Shiel leads the six-partner IP team at Ward Hadaway, which sits within firm’s commercial group and advises technology start-ups, entrepreneurs and SMEs on a range of matters, with notable strength in trade mark issues. Shiel’s recent highlights include advising Tech City UK on trade mark registrations and sponsorship agreements, and assisting Energizer with the promotion of its Wilkinson Sword brand in conjunction with the Assassin’s Creed film. Other clients include Newcastle University and Oxford Leadership Academy; Shiel advised the latter on its international trade mark portfolio. Also recommended are litigators Tim Toomey, Robert Glassford and Peter Hornsey; Leeds-based trade mark attorney Bill Goodwin; and Judy Baker, who specialises in IT issues and data protection mandates and recently assisted Transcendit with an IP licence.

Leading individuals

Alex Shiel - Ward Hadaway

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