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Ward Hadaway

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

Graham Vials

Work 0191 204 4383
Ward Hadaway

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Graham specialises in providing commercial advice to predominately employer clients, advising on a full range of contentious and non-contentious employment matters to a variety of private and public sector clients, ranging from owner-managed businesses to large national companies, schools and academies and government departments and local authorities.

Graham provides pragmatic and strategic advice in respect of all day to day HR and employment related matters and has expertise in all aspects of employment law, including dealing with disciplinary and performance issues, grievances, discrimination, dismissal, breach of contract, pay and benefits and business restructures.

Graham is also a keen advocate and has successfully brought and defended Employment Tribunal claims around the country for a variety of private and public sector clients and individual employees.

North: Human resources


Within: Next generation lawyers

Graham Vials - Ward Hadaway

Within: Employment

Ward Hadaway predominately acts for employers and covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters spanning various sectors. Paul Scope, who jointly heads the team with Jamie Gamble, continues to advise Newcastle United Football Company on various employment law matters pertaining to its players: recently, he advised on the termination of employment and transfers of Tim Krul, Siem de Jong and Emmanuelle Riviere, and, in a separate matter, he assisted the Home Group with contractual arrangements with a neutral vendor supplier for all temporary labour on a national basis. Gamble advised Newcastle University on the transfer of Durham University=’s School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle, which included TUPE and pre-transfer redundancy matters, while, in the contentious space, consultant Joe Thornhill defended Architectural Powder Services against unfair constructive dismissal and disability discrimination claims brought by the SME’s managing director. In other contentious work, consultant Tim Smith acted for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in out-of-hours service-related equal pay claims brought by two senior nurses. Bernard Hodgson is another key individual of the team with a focus on contentious work and the recommended Graham Vials specialises in education sector work.

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North: Public sector


Within: Education

Consisting of ‘good communicators and strong characters’, clients recommend Ward Hadaway’s schools and academies sector team ‘without hesitation’, which is partly due to its ‘substantial knowledge in the education sector, which gives clients assurance, comfort and peace of mind’. Much of its work for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts pertains to transactions and academy conversions as well as employment, property and compliance matters. As significant work in the transactional space, team head Tim Care acted for Co-operative Academies Trust in a number of school acquisitions, which included various property, contractual and employment issues, while he assisted North East Learning Trust with academy conversion issues. The latter client also received advice on the academy conversion of a PF2 school. In other work, Graham Vials provides regular advice to the Diocese of Durham Multi Academy Trust on general employment law and HR issues. Paul Scope and public sector estates practice head Karen Andrews are other names to note.

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