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Ward Hadaway

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Fax 0191 204 4001
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Stephen Graham

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Ward Hadaway

Work Department

Licensing and Regulatory


Partner, Head of Licensing and Regulatory


As Head of the Regulatory Team, Stephen has responsibility for all investigations and prosecutions brought by Regulatory Authorities including the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, the Inland Revenue, the Financial Services Agency, the OFT as well as investigations and prosecutions brought by the Police.

Stephen also represents NHS Trusts, companies and individuals as interested persons before Coroners sitting throughout the country.

Stephen is one of the leading specialists in the North of England in relation to all regulatory and related issues.

He has successfully represented clients who have been subject to investigation and prosecution by the Statutory Authorities including the Health and Safety Executive, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Financial Services Agencies, HM Customs and Revenue, the OFT and the Police. Stephen’s clients have included large Corporate organisations, NHS Trusts, Local Authorities, small businesses as well as individuals.

Stephen has appeared before the Magistrates Courts and Crown Courts representing companies, Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and individuals who have required advice and representation following serious accidents, some of which have involved fatalities or near fatal incidents, allegations of serious environmental pollution, dishonesty or some other serious criminality. A significant number of those cases are high profile and have attracted publicity either locally or nationally.

North: Crime, fraud and licensing


Within: Licensing

Ward Hadaway is well versed in handling a wide range of contentious and non-contentious licensing work: co-heads Richard Arnot and Stephen Graham routinely represent clients in various licensing application proceedings - including contested licensing applications - before licensing committees and at appeal. Arnot represented a Leeds-based lap-dancing venue operator in proceedings following an objection to a licence renewal which was subsequently overturned, and assisted Pub Culture with the licensing arrangements for various venues including The Fire Station, The Peacock and The Dun Cow. Other clients include a number of supermarket chains, large and small hotel groups, sporting venues, internet sales companies and takeaways.

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North: Human resources

Health and safety

Within: Health and safety

Ward Hadaway has particular expertise representing individuals, companies, county councils and NHS trusts in various health and safety investigations by the HSE, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Financial Services Agencies and the police. The team led by Stephen Graham represented a multi-national corporation in an investigation and prosecution following a serious electrocution incident on its site, and acted for a large construction organisation in proceedings brought by the Environment Agency with regards to the illegal escape of water from its site. Richard Arnot is adept at handling food safety work and represents clients before magistrates courts in matters pertaining to food labelling, food hygiene, sell-by date prosecutions and underage sales.

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North: Real estate


Within: Environment

Ward Hadaway handles environmental and waste management issues alongside transactional and development instructions concerning opencast, quarry and landfill operations as well as energy-from-waste and effluent treatment works. Recently, the team advised a client on the restoration of a former colliery site by the use of inert waste as infill. ‘Very good’ team head Neil Robson, who is also rated as being ‘calm and good with clients’, acts for various public and private sector clients including waste contractors John Warren (Animal By-Products) and Emerald Biogas, as well as Northumberland National Park and various housebuilders. Other key individuals include head of licensing and regulation Stephen Graham, who handles environmental litigation alongside health and safety and regulatory compliance mandates, planning expert Robin Atkin and commercial partner Colin Hewitt.

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