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Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited

Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 2

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited's 'very responsive and thorough' practice specialises in litigation involving manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, IT and insurance companies. It is also well known for its expertise in disputes relating to tax and employment law, given the firm's historically strong position in these areas. Harminder Sandhu has a wealth of experience in shareholder, partnership and contractual disputes across various sectors; she is currently representing Headline Overseas in a high-value claim against a property developer.

Practice head(s):

Harminder Sandhu


‘We have had a great relationship with the firm to date. They have always been very efficient when dealing with matters for us. They are proactive and really help when it comes to understanding what we need to understand along the way. We have used others before and always found it very frustrating that we have to keep chasing things up and feel as if we are having to push all the time. We will only use H&H moving forward due to the excellent service we have received.’ 

‘Fantastic team covering every aspect of the sale of our business. A wealth of knowledge partnered with approachability made the process easy to understand from our side, especially as we needed a lot of guiding as this was our first sale.’

‘The firm have a very strong commercial background and have assisted us in litigation, property purchases, company share sales and buy-back transactions. Their knowledge and experience is invaluable to us.’ 

‘A highly experienced team with a depth of knowledge in all areas of civil and commercial law – can cater for everything their business clients need.’

‘Harminder Sandhu is an exceptional lawyer; extremely professional, with a depth of knowledge and a wealth of experience. She is a true dispute resolution specialist, the best at what she does, able to handle high value and complex disputes.’

‘Harminder is highly personable and engages well with clients, providing them with the reassurance they need.’ 

Key clients

SRM Group Ltd

Veenak International Ltd

Medicom UK

nGeneration Ltd

Computers Ltd

NET LED Limited

La Tua Pasta

R & RW Bartlett Ltd

Simco External Framing Solutions Ltd

Inshore Support Ltd

Work highlights

  • Acting on behalf of Veenak International Limited in relation to its multi-party contractual dispute regarding the supply of PPE products.
  • Acting on behalf of Sovereign Risk Management in relation to its contractual dispute with an online mental wellbeing scheme provider for students.
  • Representing AKS Builders in relation to a multi-party claim arising out of the installation of fire barriers in a high rise apartment block.

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 3

Specialist firm Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited provides ‘an outstanding service in all areas of corporate law’. The group’s foremost field of activity is the M&A arena where it routinely acts for SMEs operating in the manufacturing, engineering, insurance, IT, hospitality and pharmaceutical sectors. Managing partner and private equity expert Colin Rodrigues is the star name, bringing a ‘commercial edge to the table’ when engaged on management buy-outs, sales, mergers, restructuring and tax matters.

Practice head(s):

Colin Rodrigues


‘A firm that specialises in corporate law, and all the specialisms that surround that, ie property, banking, contractual, dispute resolution etc as a result all of their lawyers are both focussed and experienced in these areas giving them depth in this area.’

‘They also practice true partner led service.’

‘Colin Rodrigues is always the lead partner when I do business with the firm.’

‘Colin Rodrigues is a very competent corporate lawyer who brings experience and commercial nous to every assignment, always focusing on what really matters to the client in terms of legal protection and not getting bogged down in minutiae or point-scoring against the opposing lawyers.’

‘They provide a huge amount of support to us and do not charge us for providing the legal guidance we need to support and guide our clients.’

‘The support and guidance is incredible and we never have any hesitation in recommending them to our clients as we have 100% confidence that our client will get the right help and guidance.’

‘Attentive and commercially minded.’

‘Colin Rodrigues is a commercially minded lawyer who gets things done.’

Key clients

NatWest Bank Plc

Imaginera Limited

Drumcare Limited

Bebe Storage Limited

MacDonald Surfacing Limited

Renaissance Group

Core Group Limited

Banchory Holdings Limited

Complete Communications Limited

TVH Parts Holdings NV

Work highlights

  • Advised Macdonald Surfacing Limited a renowned Tarmac Contracting company, on a share purchase valued at £16m.          
  • Instructed by the shareholders of Tangent Trading Holdings Limited, to act for them on the sale of their entire shareholding in Tangent to Marex Spectron Group for sum the of £17m.
  • Instructed on behalf of six companies forming part of the Renaissance Group worth £12m in respect of the sale of the majority shareholder’s shares.

Real estate > Commercial property: elsewhere in the West Midlands Tier 4

Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited's workload covers commercial disposals and acquisitions, high-value leasing, property-related corporate support and secured lending handled on behalf of banks, financial institutions, investors and other borrowers. Colin Rodrigues fronts the department which operates across a plethora of asset-types such as industrial and manufacturing sites, farmland, holiday parks, residential care homes.

Practice head(s):

Colin Rodrigues


‘What makes this firm unique is the in-house collaboration supported by the appropriate software and each member of staff using that software and updating things accordingly.’

‘We had some very tight deadlines, and all the individuals we worked with got things done without excuses and delays. ’

‘Excellent communication and explanation.’

‘They are proactive, looking at cases in a practical, straightforward way.’

‘They will swiftly and thoroughly respond to any legal queries that I have asked them to answer or investigate.’

Key clients

Rossco Civil Engineering Limited

Horton Wood Properties Limited

Murphy Property Investments Ltd

Coast 2 Coast Developments Limited

Dovecote Care Limited

BCH Property Limited

Khera Partnership

Holy Cross Care Homes Limited

IBC Heath Care Ltd

Lester Hall Apartments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acted on behalf of Coast 2 Coast Developments Limited in its prospective sale of a popular holiday hotel located in Cornwall for the value of £2.8m.
  • Acted for Rossco Civil Engineering Limited in relation to a corporate restructure involving the transfer of 38 properties valued at in excess of £5m.
  • Acted for Murphy Property Investments Limited in the purchase of two new build apartments located in London valued at in excess of £1m.

Finance > Banking and finance Tier 5

At Hawkins Hatton Corporate Lawyers Limited, Dudley-based Colin Rodrigues represents several prominent banking clients and supports on their activities in the manufacturing, IT, leisure, hospitality, pharmaceutical and care home fields; prominent examples from the workload include real estate secured lending, corporate acquisitions and MBOs.

Practice head(s):

Colin Rodrigues


‘Hawkins Hatton as a firm are very flexible in their approach; they have the expertise to complete with the big firms but make time to be a local, friendly firm. The firm offers great value to our clients and they always keep to their promise.’

‘Colin Rodrigues has been fantastic over the years, He absolutely wants to get involved in discussion with the customer and he shows great enthusiasm and empathy towards clients. I rely on Colin to provide innovate solutions to meet complex problems. Colin’s strengths, include his ability to negotiate, accessibility, ability to give advice rather than sit on the fence and his ability seek out innovative commercial solutions.’

‘Exceptional customer service; always willing to go the extra mile and puts the client at the forefront of everything it does.’

‘The practice works exceptionally well together with good communication between themselves and also with ourselves as funders. As a result there is always someone who is able to provide updates, opinions and advice.’

‘The partners are arguably the most commercially minded lawyers I have worked with. This is an approach they clearly like to engender within their staff too.’

The client experience is absolutely paramount to the Hawkins Hatton partners, and the firm”s entire team are entirely focused on this. The team work collaboratively with its clients, and associated professionals e.g. bankers, accountants, other legal firms with outstanding communication to deliver the right legal outcome. We have had a longstanding and highly effective partnership with Hawkins Hatton and have no hesitation in recommending the firm to our clients.’

‘Colin Rodrigues is an outstanding communicator whose client-focused approach gives us absolute confidence.’

Key clients

HSBC  (UK) Bank Plc

Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

NatWest Bank

Lloyds Bank Plc

Finance Birmingham

Frontier Development Capital

Metro Bank

Barclays Bank

CAPC UK Limited

Invest & Fund

Work highlights

  • Acted for HSBC in respect of its £13m lend on its customers purchase of a large farmland.
  • Acted for Finance Birmingham on its instruction on behalf of Birmingham City Council in respect of a £6m grant for the construction of a hotel in Birmingham.
  • Acted for Holy Cross on its refinance of 12 care home properties for £6m.

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.

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