Firm Profile > Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited > Dudley, England

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited

Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

Dudley-headquartered firm Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited opened a London office in 2019; this development has strengthened the firm's capacity to serve clients across a wider range of contentious matters. The dispute resolution practice is led by managing director Harminder Sandhu, who acted for Sovereign Risk Management in a £1.5m shareholder dispute. The team also has experience of advising clients on matters such as trade mark infringements, contractual disputes, breaches of restrictive covenants and professional negligence claims, among various others.

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A fantastic team working all hours to help the client

Extremely professional with great advice, and one of the main things for me was being able to contact them at any time

Key clients

Ellen Group Limited

Veenak International Limited

Sovereign Risk Management

DKNG Limited

Gohil Developments

WM Plant Hire Limited

Borger UK Ltd

R & R W Bartlett Ltd

nGeneration Ltd

Inshore Support Ltd

Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited has a notable regional practice with expertise in all manner of property transactions including overage deeds, sub-sales and option agreements. Key partner Colin Rodrigues has a substantial track record acting for major banks on real estate lending transactions.

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‘Very strong client ethic and outstanding service which is why I recommend clients to Hawkins Hatton. Once a client has been landed with them, the communication from partners and team is first class. This is why I am comfortable in recommending, and as a boutique firm Hawkins Hatton are far more agile than competitors.’

‘Straight talking, no nonsense approach to every deal. The partners seem to arrive at sensible compromises for clients in a prompt, professional manner.’

‘Colin Rodrigues is just consistently world class; the transfer of trust when introducing clients is never in doubt.’

‘Colin has built a team around him, that ensures all aspects I could ever need as a business are covered.’

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland

HSBC Bank Plc

Lloyds Bank Plc

THL (UK) Holdings Ltd

Lansdowne Group Limited

Jhoots Healthcare Limited

Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

Colin Rodrigues heads up the practice at Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited, which opened an office in London in 2019. The firm is active in high-value domestic and cross-border deals across a wide range of industries; in 2019, Rodrigues acted for the shareholders of London-based vintners S & G Vintners Limited on a £1m sale of shares to a Northern Irish wine merchant.

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A niche practice that excels in corporate work – especially company sale and MBO transactions. The firm has excellent levels of knowledge, and is very adept and focused. Its smaller size makes it very accessible and flexible.’

Colin Rodrigues is a stand-out partner – always highly proactive, commercial, practical and engages well with all clients.’

Always available, they know what they are good at and stick with it. Always act swiftly and keep you informed at every stage.’

They provide an excellent service, offering clear, concise, effective advice and will work around the clock if necessary to get the job completed. They have a dedicated team that builds solid professional relationships with its clients.’

Colin Rodrigues’ strengths include his ability to negotiate, accessibility, ability to give advice (rather than sit on the fence) and his ability to seek out innovative commercial solutions. Harminder Sandhu is a charismatic individual who is very detailed in her approach to work. Her knowledge, in particular, when dealing with business law is superb.’

Colin and his team have great personal qualities and make you feel that the situation is as much theirs as yours, giving you the support needed. This personal touch stands out from other legal firms.’

Key clients

Sovereign Risk Management Ltd

THL (UK) Holdings Ltd

Secal by Genius Facades Limited

Tollgate Adapt Holdings

Tablath Limited

HSBC UK Bank Plc

Midland Telecom Holdings Limited

Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Finance Birmingham

Raylane Limited

This is a niche corporate law firm based in Dudley, primarily dealing with corporate and commercial work, together with commercial property and litigation. Its client base includes European and Anglo-US companies, as well as regional and national clients, and individuals.

The firm: Hawkins Hatton was formed in December 2005 with the single ambition of creating a different type of practice; one that not only delivers the desired results for clients, but puts the smooth running of their business at the forefront of everything the practice does. The firm sets out to provide a true legal partnership based on a refreshingly different and commercial approach. Its client base includes a number of banks, notably RBS, Lloyds, HSBC and Santander, and a large number of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Now with three directors and 20 staff, the firm is continually expanding and operates out of purpose-built premises at Castlegate Business Park in Dudley, which enables it to facilitate corporate transactions. Hawkins Hatton is a forward-thinking practice focused on providing excellent services for clients.

Types of work undertaken: Hawkins Hatton provides a full range of company and commercial services. It is known particularly for private equity work for management teams, management buyouts, sales, mergers, acquisitions and disposals for shareholders of small and medium-sized enterprises, and a broad range of day-to-day corporate work, including restructuring of companies (eg section 110, statutory demerger and capital reduction) and related tax issues. Services include drafting of sale and purchase agreements, disclosure letters, tax deeds, loan notes and ancillary matters. Commercial contract expertise includes agency and distribution, consultants, franchises, guarantees, intellectual property, joint ventures, partnerships, shareholder agreements, terms of business, technology/IT and mortgage securitisation for banks and other financial bodies.

Commercial property expertise includes large-scale site acquisitions and disposals, property development, property finance and investment, corporate support for major transactions and commercial leases. Hawkins Hatton can offer clients advice on a broader range of specialist areas, including property investment and finance, development schemes, compulsory purchase issues, construction, and commercial leases for clients including landlords and tenants, public companies, banks, private companies, developers and investors.

A wide range of complex and high-value litigation is expertly handled by the expanding commercial litigation department, which routinely deals with injunctive proceedings, breaches of directors’ duties, derivative claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, and serious white-collar fraud claims on behalf of both claimants and defendants. In the last 12 months the commercial litigation department has enjoyed noteworthy successes. Insurance litigation (including professional negligence) continues to be a key feature of the department. The firm is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, in appropriate cases.

Hawkins Hatton will continue to expand, broadening the range and depth of experience that it provides to clients.

Department Name Email Telephone
Finance director Colin Rodrigues
Managing director Harminder Sandhu
Photo Name Position Profile
 Colin Rodrigues  photo Colin Rodrigues Corporate partner with Hawkins Hatton, heading up the firm’s corporate team. Involved…
 Harminder Sandhu  photo Harminder Sandhu Managing partner with Hawkins Hatton advising and conducting complex professional negligence claims…
Number of UK directors : 3
Number of other UK fee-earners : 12