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Ward Hadaway

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Fax 0191 204 4001
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Peter Hornsey

Work 0191 204 4320
Ward Hadaway

Work Department

Commercial Litigation


Partner - Head of Commercial Litigation



Peter is the head of the Commercial Litigation team

He has advised for over 20 years on a wide range of professional negligence, contractual and intellectual property disputes for individuals and businesses of all sizes. This includes shareholder and partnership issues, disputes involving restrictive covenants in employment contracts, cross-border patent disputes, fraud and defamation.

Peter is experienced in all types of civil court procedures, including applications for appeal, applications for judicial review and applications for interim relief such as injunctions and search orders.

His specialist areas include company/shareholder disputes, fraud, intellectual property disputes, defamation and professional negligence.

Peter has advised on numerous professional negligence claims against a range of insured professionals for substantial sums, all resulting in a successful conclusion either at trial or in a negotiated settlement. He also has extensive mediation experience.

Peter has worked on a wide range of contractual disputes for businesses of all sizes including sole traders, partnerships and both limited and plc company clients. The disputes include enforcement of sale agreements and warranty claims as well as intellectual property disputes concerning patent and trademark protection.

Peter also has experience of advising on a number of multi-million pound shareholder and partnership disputes involving issues such as directors’ duties, minority protection, fraud and misappropriation.

He is also experienced in investigating fraud and overclaiming committed by contractors to the public sector and in subsequent recovery actions.

North: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Newcastle

Within: Commercial litigation: Newcastle

‘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 ‘exceptional’ Martin 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 excellent’ Julie Huntingdon and Russell Ward, who has ‘a very easy manner’.

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North: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

Intellectual property

Within: Intellectual property

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.

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