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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

Covering a broad range of commercial litigation, Ward Hadaway’s ‘very professional, knowledgeable and honest’ team ‘is one of the big players in the Newcastle and North East commercial disputes market’ and stands out for its ‘good communication skills, well-prepared advice and careful analysis’. Acting for a number of NHS trusts, Martin Woodford represented Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in a dispute with the Bank of Scotland pertaining to a termination notice for a multimillion-pound PFI agreement, while, in other work, team head Peter Hornsey represented Ebac in a manufacturing dispute with STMicroelectronics pertaining to faulty dehumidifiers manufactured by the defendant. In another key mandate, Robert Glassford defended the family-owned energy and property development business, the Banks Group, against a claim concerning a joint venture company and the acquisition of land for residential development in Durham, while the ‘very approachableRussell Ward, who divides his time between Newcastle and Leeds, defended the Newcastle College Group (NCG) against defamation and professional negligence claims brought by a former employee. The ‘very responsiveTim Toomey has particular expertise in insurance and IT disputes and professional negligence matters. Consultant Ian Collinson and associate Joe Kelley are also recommended.

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North: Private client

Contentious trusts and probate

Within: Contentious trusts and probate

At Ward Hadaway, commercial litigator Martin Woodford is well versed in acting for trustees and beneficiaries in claims relating to fund investments and claims against third party advisors, as well as handling contentious breach of trust matters pertaining to trust funds. Julie Huntingdon handles a wide range of contentious trusts and probate matters such as claims involving capacity challenges to wills and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. She frequently acts for charities as does Gaynor Jackson, who handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious trust and estate issues. Associate Joe Kelley ‘offers an extremely good service’; he focuses on breach of trust cases and challenges to wills based on testamentary capacity issues.

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