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Ward Hadaway

Work 0191 204 4000
Fax 0191 204 4001
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

Joe Kelley

Work 0191 204 4295
Ward Hadaway

Work Department

Commercial Litigation




Joe works on a broad spectrum of commercial and public sector disputes, including national and international litigation.

Examples of such disputes include:

Insurance claims against both insurance brokers and insurers, including claims which involved disputes regarding breaches of warranty, non-disclosure, breach of conditions precedent and the interpretation and construction of insurance policies and their terms.

Procurement litigation in both the public and private sectors, involving acting on behalf of both contracting authorities and disappointed bidders in procurement challenges.

Professional negligence actions against solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, surveyors and tax advisers.

Investment and financial services disputes, including claims in relation to allegedly negligent investment advice, both on behalf of investors and IFA firms.

Breach of contract claims in a cross-section of industries, including telecommunications, retail, logistics and IT.

In addition to Joe’s commercial and public sector experience, he also has a significant background in private wealth disputes. These include:
Dealing with applications under The Inheritance (provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 in respect of individuals who have not inherited from a deceased person’s estate.

Pursuing actions on behalf of beneficiaries against trustees for breach of trust in respect of the mismanagement of trust assets.

Claims against deceased persons’ estates on the grounds that the testator lacked the requisite mental capacity to make their will.

Proprietary estoppel and constructive trust claims.

Joe also has particular experience in sourcing and implementing alternative funding packages for clients, in particular in conjunction with the third party funding and after-the-event legal expenses insurance markets.

North: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Newcastle

Within: Next generation lawyers

Joe Kelley - Ward Hadaway

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 experiencedRobert 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’.

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