Ward Hadaway LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Firm Profile

Ward Hadaway LLP
SANDGATE HOUSE
102 QUAYSIDE
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 3DX
England

Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 1

Ward Hadaway LLP’s ‘dynamic, professional, helpful and solution-oriented‘ team is ‘extremely collaborative and acts as an extension of the in-house team’ when handling the full range of corporate and commercial mandates; Robert Thompson and Damien Charlton lead the corporate and commercial teams respectively. From a corporate perspective, the team is active across M&A transactions, restructurings, employee share incentives and shareholder agreements, while the commercial team is active in highly regulated sectors including the healthcare and transport industries. Former commercial group head Colin Hewitt also contributes to the practice, alongside funding expert Richard Butts, the ‘outstandingTom Pollard and managing associate Clare French.

Practice head(s):

Robert Thompson; Damien Charlton

Other key lawyers:

Colin Hewitt; Richard Butts; Tom Pollard; Clare French; Steven Roper; Matthew Cormack; James Nightingale

Testimonials

‘The business has taken a lot of time to understand all of the requirements of the projects we undertake and the different parts of our business that could require assistance.’

‘It is the people and their commitment which make this law firm what it is. They approach pricing any job in a very pragmatic way and personalise the service to fit us as a client and the job we are working on. The whole team are extremely collaborative and act as an extension of our team.’

‘Tom Pollard has been outstanding for us. He has taken the time to understand our business and the sector we work in and tailor all support and advice accordingly. Tom is committed to delivering an extremely high quality of work in extremely tight timescales. Whenever you need to speak to him he will make himself available in a timely manner. Tom has a great ability to be a specialist in corporate Law whilst keeping a firm grip on commercial reality of the business and manages to tailor his advice accordingly.’

‘The key individuals we deal with at senior level are through James Nightingale. I find James hugely accessible and he provides professional advice alongside an approach which feels supportive and comfortable. In a challenging period for all industries, the firm has maintained good contact throughout where possible, which leaves them best placed as people who understand our business.’

‘The entire team at Ward Hadaway is dynamic, professional, helpful and solution-oriented. It is a pleasure to work with all of them, their level of engagement and their hands-on approach is very satisfying. They get deals done, provide solutions and care. A joy for every client.’

‘In particular, I would like to underline the partner and head of the corporate department Rob Thompson. I have limitless professional and personal esteem for him, but also for his entire team. It is very comforting to work with partners like Rob Thompson, who manage to keep control in all situations, who genuinely care and who combine professionalism with fast, solid and tangible results, always remaining extremely competitive. It is also personally a rewarding experience to work with Rob Thompson. For me, he is simply one of the best commercial / M&A lawyers in the United Kingdom.’

Key clients

Enerpac Tool Group

Nissan

Reheat Renewable Technologies

Communisis

Newcastle International Airport

Sage Group

Ensus

North East Finance

Port of Tyne

Total Capital Partners LLP

The Bannatyne Group

Northumberland Estates

Lookers Plc

EQS Group

Conviction Investment Partners

BGF Investments LP

Pacifica Group Limited

ScS Group Plc

Mercia Asset Management Plc

Inn Collection Group

Walwick Estate Group

Work highlights

    Corporate and commercial > Corporate tax Tier 1

    Ward Hadaway LLP‘s tax practice works closely with the firm’s other teams in Leeds and Manchester and with other departments, including the firm’s private client and corporate practices, to offer a collaborative approach to the full range of corporate tax work. The group of dedicated lawyers is particularly active in advising entrepreneurial and hi-tech companies on structuring, investment and exit planning issues, and also assists clients with employee share incentive arrangements. Paul Christian heads up the team.

    Practice head(s):

    Paul Christian

    Key clients

    Inn Collection Group

    Bannatyne Group Plc

    Northumberland Estates

    BGF

    Total Capital Partners LLP

    eQS Group

    Work highlights

      Crime, fraud and licensing > Licensing Tier 1

      With its client base comprising well known supermarket, restaurant and bar chains, large and small hotel groups as well as independents, the Newcastle-based team at Ward Hadaway LLP maintains a number of key long term client relationships. The practice handles contested licence applications as well as providing a wide range of advice such as on issues surrounding premises licences, personal licences, enforcement and reviews. Richard Arnot heads up the practice, he is well connected with stakeholders in the sector and has deep experience.

      Practice head(s):

      Richard Arnot

      Key clients

      Co-operative Group Food Limited

      TGI Fridays

      Lane 7 Limited

      Mal Maison and Hotel Du Vin

      Gaming Venues Limited

      Tomahawk Steakhouse Ltd

      Barcade Ltd

      Dominus Hotels

      Inn Collection Group

      Iceland Foods Ltd

      Work highlights

        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 1

        Ward Hadaway LLP’s ‘highly collaborative’ team is led by Peter Hornsey, who regularly acts in professional negligence, contract and IP disputes. The wider practice also counts corporate litigation, procurement disputes, financial litigation, shareholder claims, judicial reviews and insurance litigation among its areas of expertise. ‘Direct, straightforward and logical thinkerRobert Glassford is a key name for public sector clients, Martin Woodford focuses on trust and contentious probate mandates, and Tim Toomey handles technology claims. Legal director Lucy Cleghorn ‘instils great confidence’.

        Practice head(s):

        Peter Hornsey

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘The team has all the technical and technological capabilities required in its sphere of work and as a client I have always felt fully supported on a technical and personal level.’

        ‘Rob Glassford I have always found to be a direct, straightforward and logical thinker who is an excellent source of advice. He is cool and clear minded. I believe the team is extremely capable in the highly pressurised arena of commercial litigation.’

        ‘Robert Glassford and Lucy Cleghorn have been very personable and professional at all times.’

        ‘Russell Ward – always willing to go the extra mile for his clients. Technically able but particularly adept at putting the client at ease and understanding their interests.

        ‘The commercial litigation team in Newcastle is extremely strong in every respect. They are excellent lawyers with a very practical and commercial outlook. They are very hardworking and always determined to achieve the best outcome for their clients. In so doing, they are imaginative, flexible and pragmatic. They are also charming people to work with. I cannot recommend them more highly’

        ‘Robert Glassford (partner) – very clever but also practical, always unflappable, good with clients, a first rate team leader who excels at framing both longer term strategy and short term tactics. Tim Toomey (partner) – very experienced, personable, very focused on the client’s interests, good at seeing the wood for the trees, a great sense of what is practicable. Russell Ward (partner) – very commercial, hardworking and an excellent communicator. Lucy Cleghorn (partner) – a very able lawyer who instils great confidence.’

        ‘Great technical knowledge while also commercially aware. Fantastic support for the counsel team and excellent client handling.’

        ‘Robert Glassford: an experienced and tactical litigator. Sound strategic approach backed up with robust legal analysis. Lucy Cleghorn: a robust litigator with a commercial approach to litigation.’

        Key clients

        The Banks Group Limited

        Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

        County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

        Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

        Royal Canada Bank

        Story Homes Limited

        Nico Labs B.V.

        Employment Tier 1

        In addition to its ‘stellar reputation’, the team at Ward Hadaway LLP stands out for its sector specialisms in education and healthcare and its offer of a fixed price package providing unlimited advice and insurance which many north-eastern SME clients make use of. Paul Scope , who is ‘very well regarded in the market’, heads up the practice together with Jamie Gamble , whose expertise includes complex employment tribunal claims and employment aspects of corporate transactions. Stuart Craig focuses on the healthcare sector while Graham Vials acts for education sector clients. Roisin Patton ’s practice includes business immigration issues, and Gillian Chinhengo provides ‘realistic and often innovative’ advice.

        Practice head(s):

        Paul Scope; Jamie Gamble

        Other key lawyers:

        Stuart Craig; Graham Vials; Roisin Patton; Gillian Chinhengo; Tom Shears

        Testimonials

        ‘Supportive and proactive advice, always prepared to problem solve and discuss the best solution for us as clients, insurance backed advice gives real reassurance and enables us to make decisions effectively and with minimal impact on core purposes.’

        ‘I mostly work with Tom Shears and the advice given is always professional and reliable. Where the law may be ambiguous, Tom always provides helpful risk based options so that we can take informed decisions.  I’m particularly impressed by how well Ward Hadaway and Tom understand our business and culture – the relationship feels like an extension of our own organisation.’

        ‘Graham Vials is incredibly personable, skilled and willing to work with us to proactively problem solve, his understanding of the sector is exceptional. Gillian Burns is also a key contact, her advice is clear and direct whilst always looking to find the most effective solution.’

        ‘Gillian Chinhengo, is extremely professional and very approachable. Her advice is realistic and often innovative when trying to assist ourselves in addressing complex HR issues. She is quick to respond to queries and takes time to understand the issue and the outcome that the company is trying to achieve.’

        ‘Throughout the lockdown Ward Hadaway provided much needed support and guidance through webinars and their website on all matters furlough. This was invaluable during a hectic, stressful time for HR professionals.’

        ‘Roisin Patton has provided excellent employment advice and support on a variety of HR issues. The advice is given within context of our business needs with full support given throughout. I would recommend Roisin to other HR professionals without hesitation.’

        ‘One of the strongest employment teams in the north east. Excellent strength in depth and a well deserved stellar reputation.’

        ‘Paul Scope – very well regarded in the market. has the trust of his clients. Jamie Gamble – technically very adept. Graham Vials – a real fighter for his clients. ready to go the extra mile.

        Key clients

        Newcastle United Football Company Ltd

        Durham County Cricket Club

        Newcastle Rugby Limited (Newcastle Falcons)

        Story Homes Ltd and Story Contracting Ltd

        Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Limited

        Piramal

        North East Ambulance Service

        Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

        North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

        Employment Services Partnership (ESP)

        Finance > Banking and finance Tier 1

        Under the leadership of ‘highly skilled banking lawyerImogen Holland, Ward Hadaway LLP’s ‘approachable, commercially focused and collaborative’ department advises on the full spectrum of funding and security issues. Clients span national and international banks, funds and fund managers, public sector lenders, crowd funding platforms, charities and private individuals; key lender examples include the Royal Bank of Scotland, Santander and Lloyds Bank. Holland is also singled out for her private equity expertise, while Simon Errington regularly advises funders on secured lending transactions.

        Practice head(s):

        Imogen Holland

        Other key lawyers:

        Testimonials

        ‘Approachable, commercially focused, partner led and collaborative. The banking and finance team are a high quality team.’

        ‘Imogen Holland is a highly skilled banking lawyer with a broad knowledge of the market and a pragmatic approach. She provides excellent advice to progress matters to a conclusion efficiently often working to tight deadlines.’

        ‘A regional law firm with an embedded footprint across the North, the Ward Hadaway team are always extremely approachable and supportive with queries outside of work that they have been or expect to be formally engaged on.’

        ‘They provide a consistently strong performance when engaged that has seen them retain their position as one of my go-to firms for queries/support. Having a strong relationship of this nature is extremely valuable and where others have failed to meet expectations the same cannot be said for Ward Hadaway.’

        Key clients

        Royal Bank of Scotland plc/National Westminster Bank plc

        Santander UK plc

        Lloyds Bank plc

        AIB Group (UK) plc

        FW Capital Limited/Development Bank of Wales plc

        The Council of the City Of Newcastle

        North East LEP

        OakNorth Bank plc

        Inn Collection Group

        Bank of China (UK) Limited

        BGF Investment LP

        TOC Property Backed Lending Trust PLC and Tier One Capital Limited

        Work highlights

        • Acted for TOC Property Banked Lending Trust PLC on its recent funding arrangements with Shawbrook Bank and also advised on one of the loans made available to a borrower from the lender.
        • Advised Inn Collection Group on the refinancing of its existing facilities and a new £42m facility from OakNorth Bank plc.
        • Advised Springfield Healthcare Beverley Limited on its funding for the development of a new care facility from OakNorth Bank plc.

        Finance > Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

        Ward Hadaway LLP’s ‘clear, direct and no-nonsense approach’ allows the full-service department to handle all aspects of insolvency work for all stakeholders in insolvencies (including directors, funders and creditors) and insolvency practitioners. The group also leverages the expertise of the firm’s debt collection practice and in-house creditor services team to assist with personal and corporate insolvencies at a contentious and non-contentious level. Jane Garvin heads up the insolvency unit and dispute resolution head Steven Petrie also contributes.

        Practice head(s):

        Steven Petrie; Jane Garvin

        Testimonials

        ‘Good strength and knowledge. Clear, direct and no nonsense approach.’

        ‘Jane Garvin – knowledgeable and exceptionally efficient. Strong technical skills. Steven Petrie – decisive, engaging and constructive.’

        Key clients

        Mazars

        FRP Advisory

        Begbies Traynor

        Grant Thornton

        MHA MacIntyre Hudson

        Azets

        RSM

        Baker Tilley

        Insurance > Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

        Projects, energy and natural resources > Energy Tier 1

        Under the leadership of Mark Whitehead, who is highly regarded for his advice on energy infrastructure matters, Ward Hadaway LLP takes a cross-departmental approach to energy projects, advising clients with operations across the fossil fuel, renewables, utilities, distribution and energy technology sectors. The group is particularly highlighted for its expertise in biogas generation projects and acts for funders, developers and contractors; it is currently advising EOS Project Developments on the financing of a biogas to grid facility in Somerset. Colin Hewitt also contributes to the practice and is noted for his knowledge of upstream and downstream hydrocarbon issues.

        Practice head(s):

        Mark Whitehead

        Other key lawyers:

        Key clients

        Lower Drayton Biogas

        Blaise Biogas

        Wardley Biogas

        Evercreech Biogas

        BioConstruct

        Pacifica Group

        Newcastle International Airport

        O-Power Limited

        EOS Developments

        Teesside International Airport

        Public sector > Health Tier 1

        Ward Hadaway LLP’s Newcastle-based team acts for NHS foundation trust clients and healthcare organisations across the UK. The practice includes advice on PFI schemes, support with procurement challenges, employment tribunal claims as well as safeguarding issues. Nicola Richardson is head of the health and regulatory department, and is experienced in acting on behalf of NHS clients and with inquests. Key lawyer Melanie Pears is praised as ‘the doyenne of PFI and related public health legal disputes’. Stuart Craig handles employment healthcare matters while Saji Bratch covers public sector property transactions. Gillian Muir  departed for Hempsons in September 2021.

        Other key lawyers:

        Nicola Richardson; Melanie Pears; Stuart Craig; Saji Bratch

        Testimonials

        ‘Excellent lawyers who are also very down to earth’

        ‘The most knowledgeable on public health of any group of practitioners’

        ‘Melanie Pears is, par excellence, the doyenne of PFI and related public health legal disputes.’

        ‘Clear and understandable advice always accessible Stuart Craig’

         

        Key clients

        Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

        Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

        Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

        Royal Cornwall NHS Trust

        North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

        The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

        Cumbria, Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

        Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

        Sunderland & South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

        County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

        Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

        North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

        The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

        Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

        Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust

        Work highlights

          Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 1

          Ward Hadaway LLP’s built environment team provides property clients with the full range of advice, acting for housebuilders, commercial developers, occupiers, investors and public sector clients. The group also has notable experience in the mining and mineral, leisure, industrial, logistics, social housing and charity sectors, and works closely with the firm’s wider corporate, banking and construction teams. Planning specialist Robin Atkin and development expert Lesley Fairclough jointly lead the department, which also includes Heather Markham, who has ‘a keen commercial perspective’, mining and quarry expert Alex Cox, housebuilder contact Sophie Bohill and public sector expert Saji Bratch.

          Practice head(s):

          Robin Atkin; Lesley Fairclough

          Other key lawyers:

          Heather Markham; Alex Cox; Sophie Bohill; Saji Bratch; Simon Errington; Alex Wright; Neil Smith; Nick Ghulkor

          Testimonials

          ‘Detailed, diligent and coherent, the commercial property team at Ward Hadaway have an ability to distil information effectively and cut through the legal jargon. They adapt to work with the client and are quickly familiar with internal procedures and processes.’

          ‘Heather Markham – Heather provides consistently coherent advice and has a keen commercial perspective on all commercial property matters. Neil Smith – Neil is incredibly detailed and diligent in his approach and presents all options in a clear and understandable format.’

          ‘Ward Hadaway provide excellent advice.’

          ‘Nick Ghulkor is exceptional and without his assistance we would not be as successful in getting large strategic sites developed. He just gets on with it!’

          Key clients

          Keepmoat Homes Limited

          BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

          Newcastle International Airport Limited

          Bannatyne Group

          Inn Collection Group

          The Northumberland Estates (Duke of Northumberland)

          Story Homes Limited

          Gleeson Homes

          Port of Tyne Authority

          Darlington Borough Council

          Police and Crime Commissioner for Durham

          Real estate > Planning and environment Tier 1

          With expertise across the North East as well as the ability to leverage the firm’s national network of offices, Ward Hadaway LLP‘s team of planning lawyers, chartered town planners and planning technicians handles planning applications, appeals and enforcement issues alongside development plans, village green matters and contentious planning mandates. The group is particularly active in the residential sector, regularly acting for national housebuilders and social housing registered providers. Highway matter experts Robin Atkin and Kamran Hyder jointly lead the practice, which also fields Nick Gholkar, who excels in section 106 agreements.

          Practice head(s):

          Robin Atkin; Kamran Hyder

          Other key lawyers:

          Nick Gholkar; Frank Orr; Carolyn Akerman

          Key clients

          West Cumbria Mining Limited

          Northumberland Estates PROW Alnmouth Golf Club

          Darlington Station Redevelopment

          Northumberland Line Northumberland Estates Benicia and co

          SafeRad/”Wass”

          Global for BDW

          Global for Karbon

          Kirklees Global

          NIAL

          Real estate > Property litigation Tier 1

          Ward Hadaway LLP’s team of property litigation specialists is active across the commercial and public sectors, and is a go-to contact in the region for various NHS trusts and the Canal & River Trust, handling the full range of estate management work. Sharon Mathieson heads up the department and primarily assists public and third sector clients. At associate level, Jeremy Hardy is the primary contact and acts for a broad range of developers, local authorities and occupiers and also handles agricultural land issues.

          Practice head(s):

          Sharon Mathieson

          Other key lawyers:

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 1

          With a strong reputation in the technology start-up, entrepreneurial and creative sectors, the IP practice at Ward Hadaway LLP in Newcastle provides a wide range of advice from early business stages through to issues affecting established businesses. Particular expertise includes advising spin-out companies from the university sectors, and increasingly the life sciences sector. The team has a strong trade mark practice and also supports clients with research and development or international technology licensing. IP specialist Alex Shiel leads the practice together with Bill Goodwin who is a chartered trade mark attorney, and Judy Baker, an IT specialist.

          Practice head(s):

          Alex Shiel; Bill Goodwin; Judy Baker

          Key clients

          University of Newcastle upon Tyne

          ScS Sofas

          Tech Nation

          Northern Space and Security

          Newcastle Building Society

          Be Modern

          GlycoscoreDx

          Cellularevolution

          Gelmetix

          PCCA

          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 1

          Ward Hadaway LLP’s team in Newcastle acts for both technology providers as well as public and private sector customers in technology agreements. In addition, they support clients with outsourcing, data protection and privacy issues, as well as representing them in IT disputes. Commercial disputes lawyer Tim Toomey is the key contact for the contentious side of the practice. Heading up the commercial practice is Damien Charlton . Judy Baker  is praised for her ‘excellent in depth knowledge of data protection law’ while IT and IP expert Alex Shiel is highly experienced in the space.

          Practice head(s):

          Damien Charlton

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘Judy Baker is extremely professional yet approachable, quick to respond to queries and always provides clear, thorough advice.’

          ‘I mainly work with Judy Baker who has excellent in depth knowledge of data protection law and is also extremely organised and methodical in her approach to responding to queries and issues. Her advice is always very thorough and well thought through whilst also being easy to understand.’

          ‘Good value service and added extras including bespoke training provided. They offer particularly good value and keep costs proportionate to claim value.’

          ‘Tim Toomey- Tim is always very commercially attuned and deals with matters quickly and cost effectively’

          Key clients

          Sage Global Services Ltd

          One on One Sherpa LLC

          Soundbitelearning UK Ltd

          A Share and Sons Ltd t/a ScS

          SHG (Care Villages) Ltd t/a Springfield Healthcare

          The eaga Trust

          Performance Horizon Group Ltd t/a Partnerize

          Work highlights

          • Provided data protection support to the Sage Global Data Privacy Counsel and privacy office.
          • Provided data protection advice to One on One Sherpa LLC on Sherpa’s native app.

          Dispute resolution > Debt recovery Tier 2

          As part of the firm’s national team, Ward Hadaway LLP’s insolvency practice in Newcastle is jointly led by Steven Petrie and Jane Garvin, which includes the debt unit, led by managing associate Vicki Alexander. The practice has also recently expanded its expertise to encompass secured recoveries and lender services work. Commercial debt recovery work makes up the bulk of the practice’s work, with notable expertise in the construction sector.

          Practice head(s):

          Steven Petrie; Jane Garvin

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘For me this is 100% the people, the communication is second to none.’

          ‘We have worked with Ward Hadaway for a number of years. They are always approachable and offer impartial advice.’

          ‘I find that the team that support us are an extension of our organisation. Vicki Alexander is especially helpful.’

          Key clients

          Cemex Uk Operations Limited

          ReddeNorthgate plc

          Control Account

          Private client > Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

          The ‘brilliant and thorough team’ at Ward Hadaway LLP in Newcastle combines in-depth expertise from the firm’s private client and litigation departments. Litigator Martin Woodford , who specialises in high value claims and is a key figure at the interface between professional negligence and contentious trusts, heads up the team together with private client consultant Gaynor Jackson . Jackson advises high net worth individuals and charities on contentious trust, probate and estate issues. Joe Kelley  left the firm in May 2021 to join Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) LLP.

          Practice head(s):

          Martin Woodford; Gaynor Jackson

          Other key lawyers:

          Ashleigh Lavender

          Testimonials

          ‘This is a brilliant and thorough team who know their way around contentious trusts and probate litigation fantastically well.’

          ‘Martin Woodford is a no-stone-unturned litigator who acts fiercely on behalf of his clients but is also commercially minded.’

          ‘Ashleigh Lavender is an extremely bright associate who is one to watch.’

          Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

          The ‘extremely knowledgeable’ team at Ward Hadaway LLP advises on an array of issues, from succession planning, to complex wills, inheritance tax planning, trusts and estate administrations. Andrew Facer leads the team, and has experience in acting for landed and entrepreneurial clients. Consultant Gaynor Jackson supports clients on various inheritance issues, with particular expertise in charity clients and is ‘sensible in her advice‘. Both practitioners are based in Newcastle.

          Practice head(s):

          Andrew Facer

          Other key lawyers:

          Gaynor Jackson

          Testimonials

          ‘The team are always approachable and available. Advice is given on an initial basis, with clear costs estimates for taking matters forward.’

          ‘I have worked with Gaynor Jackson for over 10 years and I trust her wholeheartedly. Gaynor is always quick to respond, and sensible in her advice, which is needed when feeding back to charities.’

          ‘The go to team for excellent technical ability and the experience needed to advise on more complex affairs.’

          ‘Andrew Facer in my opinion clearly one of the stand out lawyers in the North of England on tax and trust work.’

          Public sector > Education Tier 2

          The practice at Ward Hadaway LLP offers expertise that ranges from employment matters over education issues such as admissions or exclusions of pupils to academy conversions and commercial law matters. The Newcastle-based team acts for numerous multi academy trusts across the North. Graham Vials heads up the practice, praised as ‘incredibly personable, skilled and sensible’. Public sector expert Tim Care ’s practice includes advising on academy conversions and significant school mergers.

          Practice head(s):

          Graham Vials

          Other key lawyers:

          Tim Care; Saji Bratch

          Testimonials

          ‘The people are approachable, responsive and offer sound balanced advice and guidance. Strong knowledge regarding the Education Sector and understanding of the complex terms and conditions.’

          ‘Graham Vials – depth of knowledge and experience is great, always available to us when we need him to be and responds swiftly.’

          ‘Very pro-active and problem solving, brilliant insurance backed advice which gives real reassurance and support.’

          ‘High calibre partners with detailed knowledge of the public sector, particularly higher education and health care. Their strength is being able to navigate the pitfalls of working with other public sector bodies as they have an understanding of their drivers and limitations.’

          ‘Working with Ward Hadaway is more of a collaborative experience, which sets them apart from their competitors. They are always willing to take ownership of issues and offer solutions, rather than pass the issue over to ‘discuss internally’. In Saji Bratch we have a Partner hugely experienced, readily accessible who provides clear and concise advice.’

          Key clients

          Newcastle University

          Rise Park Academy

          Durham School

          Co-operative Academies Trust

          Wise Academies Trust

          Northumberland Church of England Academy Trust

          Impact Education Multi Academy Trust

          Northern Education Trust

          Northern Lights Learning Trust

          De Ferrers Academy Trust

          Real estate > Construction Tier 2

          Ward Hadaway LLP is highly regarded in the region for its expertise in development work, handling commercial developments alongside public sector projects and house building and care home construction mandates. The group also assists with construction disputes in the energy, pharmaceuticals, mining and rail engineering sectors and counts funder clients on its roster. Group head Paul Reekie focuses on contentious work, while Tim Craig has experience in international projects.

          Practice head(s):

          Paul Reekie

          Other key lawyers:

          Tim Craig; Alan Ross; Neil Williamson

          Testimonials

          ‘The team at Ward Hadaway are very joined up in their approach meaning that there are no real conflicts in the advice or guidance they provide, they also ensure that any member of the team who will be dealing with a query from us is fully briefed on the issue and on my business to avoid me having to go over and over the issue.’

          ‘The main strength within the individuals at Ward Hadaway is the effort they have made to understand my business and our approach to contracts and risk management. This has allowed them to tailor their advice to the approach they know my business will take whilst ensuring that we are away of any areas of concern they may have.’

          ‘Helpful, efficient and excellent value for money.’

          Key clients

          Sunderland City Council

          Able Humber Ports Limited

          McAleer & Rushe Contracts UK Limited

          Inn Collection Group

          Northumberland Estates

          AIB

          Newcastle International Airport

          Hellens Group

          North East Procurement Organisation

          Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

          Real estate > Social housing Tier 2

          With ‘excellent knowledge of the sector and the unique issues faced in social housing’, Ward Hadaway LLP’s full-service social housing team acts for registered providers on all stages of projects from planning issues and developments to regulatory work and housing litigation. Julia Thomson heads up the group and is notably adept at handling site acquisitions and security work, Kamran Hyder handles planning mandates, and John Murray recently moved from the firm’s Leeds office to establish a housing management team in the North East. The group also draws on the firm’s national network of offices for additional expertise.

          Practice head(s):

          Julia Thomson

          Other key lawyers:

          Testimonials

          ‘The team has excellent knowledge of the sector and the unique issues that we face in social housing. The experience offered by the team ensures a real understanding.’

          ‘John Murray’s experience in the sector is second to none.’

          Key clients

          Livin Housing

          Thirteen Group

          South Lakes Housing

          Yorkshire Housing

          Karbon Homes Limited

          Hellens Residential Limited

          Byker Community Trust

          Home Group

          Mosscare St Vincent’s

          Home Group

          Bernicia

          Believe Housing Limited

          Torus

          Together Housing Association

          Places for People Limited

          Employment > Immigration Tier 2

          Ward Hadaway LLP advises on the full spectrum of immigration matters, often helping on recruiting or retaining employees with a visa about to expire. Its main focus is business immigration and advising on sponsor license processes for skilled workers, ICT, and temporary visas. Flora Mewies leads the immigration team nationally.

          Practice head(s):

          Flora Mewies

          Testimonials

          ‘Flora Mewies is an exceptional immigration advisor, always at hand to give excellent advice at a moments notice, if she is unable to reply immediately then she will set expectations on timing of replies or ask one of her colleagues to assist.’

          ‘What I like about Ward Hadaway is their straightforward quality advice and approach. They are not a ‘stuffy’ firm and work with clients to build relationships and understand their business. They also have good sector knowledge without our industry.’

          Key clients

          Opencast Software Ltd

          LeoVegas UK Ltd

          BJSS Ltd

          We Are Indigo Limited

          Maira Mallaban Care Group Ltd

          TGRC Ltd trading as The Green Recruitment Company

          Frank Recruitment Group Ltd

          Work highlights

            Private client > Agriculture and estates Tier 3

            With rural property expert Stefan Bainbridge as a core practitioner, the team at Ward Hadaway LLP in Newcastle is well equipped to act for private landowners, farmers, rural businesses and banks active in the sector. The practice covers sales and purchases, mineral extraction and issues relating to ownership of mines and minerals as well as agricultural securities and mortgages. Alex Cox is active on matters relating to mines and minerals.

            Other key lawyers:

            Stefan Bainbridge; Alex Cox

            Key clients

            The Banks Group

            Barclays Bank plc

            Canal & River Trust

            Land Trust

            University of Newcastle

            Northumberland National Park Authority

            Private client > Family Tier 3

            The Newcastle-based team at Ward Hadaway LLP is able to act for family clients across a variety of matters. Jonathan Flower leads on the children and safeguarding side, working with associate Louise Cannell-Mirza, while the matrimonial side of the practice has been strengthened with new hire Gemma Iceton from St James Square Law Firm in January 2022; she works alongside associate Hollie Morgan.

            Practice head(s):

            Jonathan Flower

            Testimonials

            ‘I have repeatedly instructed the Family Law team to represent the children I work with as a result of their excellent practice. The team consistently provides a good quality service including legal advice, advocacy and ensuring I have everything I need to fulfill my role. I have always found the team to be a joy to work with.’

            ‘Ward Hadaway LLP are unique due to the quality of service they have provided to me and the children I work with. In my experience they are highly proficient in family law and the standard of legal advice is excellent. The child’s welfare is always at the core of any work/legal advice provided.’

            ‘I find the staff members extremely motivated, enthusiastic, experienced, knowledgeable, and extremely focused and forensic in approach. The organisation of case work I feel is second to none.’

            ‘They are all very personable and down to earth, yet professional (as you’d expect) which is refreshing. The team keep me well informed of proceedings. They are attentive to my engagement and go to great lengths to ensure proceedings are on track and that I am fully informed at every step on progress. When decisions need to be made at key junctures, the team ensure that they take the time to explain in detail the possible options and likely outcomes or ramifications as a result. Can’t praise the ladies enough!’

            ‘The team bring the efficiency and resources of a large commercial firm into public law children work.’

            ‘Louise Cannell-Mirza is a diligent and capable solicitor who works tirelessly for her clients.’

            Private client > Family Tier 3

            Ward Hadaway LLP advises high-net-worth individuals on divorce proceedings and related matrimonial disputes, especially involving financial issues or children disputes. The team is also noted for advising on pre- and post-nuptial agreements, as well as its litigation work involving Children Act proceedings. Its niche expertise includes advising on international surrogacy arrangements. Christine Barker and Liz Bottrill co-lead the team. Barker is a key contact regarding high-value divorce disputes and complex financial settlements, while Bottrill specialises in children law and surrogacy and fertility law.

            Practice head(s):

            Christine Barker; Liz Bottrill

            Work highlights

              Employment > Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

              Ward Hadaway LLP's national employment team is led by Harmajinder Hayre; he works with Edward Nuttman and immigration specialist Flora Mewies in Leeds. The team works with clients from a range of sectors, including transport, care, manufacturing, technology, and also advises a number of local authorities. The team in Leeds work closely with colleagues in Manchester and Newcastle. Typical work includes investigations, tribunal claims, senior executive moves and day-to-day advice for key clients.

              Practice head(s):

              Harmajinder Hayre

              Other key lawyers:

              Key clients

              RATP

              Stagecoach

              Photobox

              Turner &Townsend LLP

              Weir Minerals PLC (FTSE 100)

              Maria Mallaband Care Group Ltd

              City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council

              HCT Group

              Grosvenor Integrated Services Ltd

              Hisense

              Finance > Banking and finance Tier 3

              Work highlights

                Private client > Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

                Private client > Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

                Andrew Facer and Andrew Evans co-head the team at Ward Hadaway LLP; Facer leads the overall private clien practice from Newcastle, while Evans is based in Leeds. The team works collaboratively with relevant departments within the wider firm to offer a thorough service and wide-range of expertise to its high-net-worth clients. Its caseload primarily consists of providing advice to clients regarding lasting powers of attorney and estate planning matters, including tax-efficient gifting and trust creation advice. Its cases often have cross-border elements. Vivienne Wild joined the team from Clarion in June 2022.

                Practice head(s):

                Andrew Facer; Andrew Evans

                Other key lawyers:

                Testimonials

                ‘A large firm; however, you feel that you are still dealing with a local practice that is very client-orientated.’

                ‘Andrew Evans has an excellent manner with his clients and can deal with clients of all types, both corporate and individuals.’

                ‘Extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. They give full disclosure of costs and will go that extra mile to help clients.’

                ‘Andrew Evans is extremely easy to deal with and has a lovely way with clients.’

                ‘Ward Hadaway are helpful and collaborative in many ways, from helping with drafting wills & trusts to the more complicated issues surrounding Inheritance Tax rules in the UK – nothing is too much trouble for them, irrespective of the size of the client; that’s something you don’t see in other regional firms.’

                ‘I work extensively with Andrew Evans who is a great sounding board for wills, trusts and other family wealth issues; he is very thorough. He quickly builds a good rapport with clients, who are often going through a difficult time; he’s a very good listener too, just who you need at such difficult times. I recommend him highly and know he will always do a good job.’

                ‘I have known Andrew Evans for many years, and he has a very personal approach with clients, which is well received. This, together with his knowledge and experience, means more often then not, the clients have received very good advice and service.’

                Work highlights

                  Real estate > Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

                  Ward Hadaway LLP advises national housebuilders, regional developers and local authorities on residential development matters, as well as acting for land owning charities on portfolio management, acquisitions and disposals, redevelopments, and landlord and tenant issues. Andrew Pliener jointly leads the team alongside Kevin Weston, who focuses on charity-related property mandates, while Jonathan Dickson handles residential development acquisitions and disposals. Simon Hellewell departed the firm in April 2022.

                  Practice head(s):

                  Kevin Weston; Andrew Pliener

                  Other key lawyers:

                  Jonathan Dickson; David Pridmore

                  Key clients

                  Canal & River Trust

                  Land Restoration Trust

                  Keepmoat Homes Limited

                  Allied London

                  Banks Property Limited

                  BDW Trading Limited (trading as Barratt Homes)

                  First Alliance Limited

                  Strata Homes Limited

                  Kirklees Council

                  OCS Group (UK)

                  Gleeson Homes (Yorkshire and North West Divisions)

                  Springfield Healthcare

                  All Work and Social Leeds Dock Limited (wholly owned subsidiary of Allied London)

                  Eshton Investments Limited and Eshton Developments Limited

                  Camstead Limited

                  Yelcon Limited

                  Work highlights

                    TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms Tier 3

                    Ward Hadaway LLP has demonstrable experience in contentious and non-contentious IT matters, from large-scale projects to negotiating services contracts and licensing work, and acts for a range of clients across the private and public sectors, particularly suppliers of IT services. Based in Leeds, Bill Goodwin heads the practice and advises on the development and exploitation of new technologies, while managing associate Nathan Bilton provides ‘clear and concise advice’ on issues pertaining to software licensing and data protection.

                    Practice head(s):

                    Bill Goodwin

                    Other key lawyers:

                    Testimonials

                    ‘Nathan Bilton provided us with clear and concise advice across a range of complex issues. Nathan helped us to make informed decisions.’

                    Key clients

                    BTL Group Limited

                    MI Telecom Limited

                    Rinedata Limited, trading as ‘Clarivos’

                    Pioneer Wound Telehealth Ltd.

                    Bidpath Limited

                    Citi Logik Limited

                    Vodat Communications Group Ltd.

                    Hisense

                    Netpremacy

                    Sterling Technology Ltd

                    Work highlights

                      Private client > Court of protection Tier 4

                      Georgina Rowley co-leads the team at Ward Hadaway LLP with Lisa Evans. Rowley is a partner in the healthcare team and her expertise spans issues of consent and capacity as well as the interface between mental capacity and mental health law. Evans is also actively involved in court of protection matters. The former head of department Robert Rushton is now at Weightmans.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Lisa Evans; Georgina Rowley

                      Key clients

                      NHS North Cumbria CCG

                      North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

                      NHS South Tees CCG

                      NHS South Tyneside CCG

                      County Durham and Darlington NSH Foundation Trust

                      South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

                      Gateshead Health NSH Foundation Trust

                      Hartlepool and Stockton-On-Tees CCG

                      South East London CCG

                      Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

                      North East Commissioning Services

                      Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group

                      Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

                      Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

                      Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

                      Disputes in the healthcare and transport sectors are particular strengths of the Ward Hadaway LLP team. ‘Real heavy hitterNichola Evans is the name to note for the former field, while managing associate Melissa Munday focuses on the latter. Mediation is also a core focus for the group, with Evans also standing out for her ADR expertise. Peter Hornsey heads up the practice.

                      Practice head(s):

                      Peter Hornsey

                      Other key lawyers:

                      Testimonials

                      ‘The Ward Hadaway team comprises specialist partners in a broad range of sector disciplines. Partners are supported by efficient , professional support teams. Client communication at all levels and via all media forms is exceptional. Impressive IT support, especially client collaborative hubs.’

                      ‘Nichola Evans is hugely experienced in her relevant sector. Able to grasp and communicate complex issues. Her sure-footed and patient guidance through unfamiliar Court processes and proceedings inspires confidence. Complete professional.’

                      ‘The team fields a number of strong performers and has the capability of picking up difficult cases at very short notice.’

                      ‘Melissa Munday is able to do difficult work under considerable pressure. Nichola Evans can marshal a lot of material and gives good advice.’

                      ‘Nichola Evans – very experienced and now a real heavy hitter. She is tactically and strategically very astute. Nichola handles clients brilliantly and is excellent under pressure. Fearless but realistic. Always negotiates an excellent deal.’

                      Key clients

                      EC3 Marine Limited

                      Amphitrite Underwriting Limited

                      Hammonds of Knutsford Limited

                      Work highlights

                        Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

                        Ward Hadaway LLP regularly assists individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs, owner-managed businesses, plcs, equity funders and debt providers in their corporate and commercial endeavours. It has know-how in several industry sectors, such as healthcare, technology, energy and manufacturing. Adrian Ballam is a corporate key contact. Jonathan Pollard advises both public and private companies. Robert Thompson and Damien Charlton in Newcastle lead the practice.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Robert Thompson; Damien Charlton

                        Other key lawyers:

                        James Nightingale; Jonathan Pollard; Adrian Ballam; Nathan Bilton

                        Testimonials

                        ‘Responsive; open and transparent; no surprises – you get what was agreed at the price agreed.’

                        ‘Nathan Bilton – extremely responsive, quickly understands the challenge from your perspective and delivers a solution. Nice guy too!’

                        ‘Ward Hadaway provides an expert legal opinion but in a time where contact has clearly been challenging have made every effort to support and understand our business. The invaluable advice on ancillary work, means as an advisor they have developed a rounded view of the activities ongoing within our business, leaving them best placed to provide the advice we require.’

                        ‘The key individuals we deal with at senior level is through James Nightingale. I find James hugely accessible and he provides professional advice alongside an approach which feels supportive and comfortable. In a challenging period for all industries, the firm has maintained a good contact throughout where possible, which leaves them best placed as people who understand our business.’

                        ‘The partners and staff are focused on ensuring their clients receive great service. They always do what they say they will do and when they say it will be completed. I can’t compliment the team looking after us highly enough.’

                        Key clients

                        Allied London

                        RFM Group

                        Solingen Private Equity Limited

                        CNG (Group) Limited

                        BGF Investments LP

                        Mercia Technologies

                        SHG (Care Villages) Limited

                        Evifile Limited

                        Ansys, Inc.

                        Epta Developments Corporation

                        Suncrop Produce Limited

                        Abracs Limited

                        Peter Jackson & Sons Limited

                        Quidvis Limited

                        Radtac Limited

                        BioresQ Skincare Limited

                        Maynards Europe Limited

                        Claymore Inc.

                        BTL Group Limited

                        Bidpath Limited

                        Aprais Limited

                        Grosvensor Integrated Services Holdings Limited

                        Vodat Communications Group (VCG) Holding

                        Citi Logik Limited

                        Work highlights

                        • Alongside KPMG, advised the shareholders (including Maven Capital Partners) on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Healthpoint Limited to Dayes BV.
                        • Acted for the shareholders of Yorkshire-based leading textile manufacturer Peter Jackson & Sons Limited on the sale of the business to pan-European Paris-based private equity house Tioopo Capital.
                        • Acted for the shareholders of Quidvis Limited on the majority sale of the business to Bradford-based Kings Secure Technologies Limited.

                        Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 5

                        Ward Hadaway LLP handles shareholder, boardroom and share sale agreement disputes on a regular basis, and is particularly involved in disputes in the manufacturing, finance and technology sectors. Ian McCombiehas very sound legal judgment and commercial nous’, and the team added several individuals on the junior level. The practice is led by Peter Hornsey, who is based in Newcastle, and Emma Digby can also act in insolvency cases.

                        Practice head(s):

                        Peter Hornsey

                        Other key lawyers:

                        Ian McCombie; Emma Digby; Neil Armitage; Connor Simpson-Key

                        Testimonials

                        ‘High-profile commercial litigators.’

                        ‘Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.’

                        ‘Strong suite of IP Lawyers, who have shown willingness to be flexible to our needs, as a medium-sized business.’

                        ‘My main point of contact is Ian McCombie. I think he has very sound legal judgment and commercial nous. I think he gives clients confidence that he understands their cases fully and can hatch an intelligent strategy to see the case through to the end.’

                        ‘Connor Simpson-Key has shown openness to our ideas and knowledge of how defendants are likely to respond, where this may not be what the firm are used to dealing with. There seems to be a fair amount of oversight and consideration from more than one individual at the firm, for significant decisions. We like this collaborative approach.’

                        Key clients

                        DataArt Technology UK Ltd

                        RAS (Capital)

                        Morley’s (Fast Foods) Limited

                        OSO Fiber Limited

                        Work highlights

                          TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property Tier 5

                          Counting technology start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs among its key roster of clients, Ward Hadaway LLP’s IP team is praised for its capability in ‘deploying intellectual insight in a practical and efficient way’ and ‘getting behind businesses they believe in’. Led by Bill Goodwin, the practice advises on brand protection matters and trade mark portfolios.

                          Practice head(s):

                          Bill Goodwin

                          Other key lawyers:

                          Rebecca Whisker

                          Testimonials

                          ‘The IP team at Ward Hadaway are very entrepreneurial and get behind businesses they believe in.’

                          ‘Bill Goodwin is great at giving a balanced view, but then making a judgement call and actually directing us down a certain path. We appreciate his openness, professionalism, friendly manner and also his flexible working times, which are very helpful.’

                          ‘Very knowledgeable and capable of deploying intellectual insight in a practical and efficient way.’

                          ‘Bill Goodwin is excellent. A pleasure to work with and very helpful.’

                          Key clients

                          Hisense

                          Greenbank Holidays Limited (T/A) Eurocamp

                          PICO Fitness Holdings Limited (T/A UN1T)

                          Business and IP Centres (Leeds and Manchester)

                          Pro-Lite International Ltd (Pro-Lite Bikes)

                          Connect Health Limited

                          Connection Flooring Limited (T/A Flooring Superstore)

                          Soundbite Learning (T/A GCSEPod)

                          Morleys (Fast Foods) Limited

                          Work highlights

                            Employment

                            Ward Hadaway LLP frequently advises clients in the healthcare sector regarding whistleblowing; sex, disability, and pregnancy discrimination; and unfair dismissal matters.

                            Yorkshire and the Humber > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire

                            Ward Hadaway LLP regularly assists individuals and entrepreneurs, SMEs, owner-managed businesses, plcs, equity funders and debt providers in their corporate and commercial endeavours. It has know-how in several industry sectors, such as healthcare, technology, energy and manufacturing. Adrian Ballam is a corporate key contact. Jonathan Pollard advises both public and private companies. Robert Thompson and Damien Charlton in Newcastle lead the practice.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Robert Thompson; Damien Charlton

                            Other key lawyers:

                            James Nightingale; Jonathan Pollard; Adrian Ballam; Nathan Bilton

                            Testimonials

                            ‘Responsive; open and transparent; no surprises – you get what was agreed at the price agreed.’

                            ‘Nathan Bilton – extremely responsive, quickly understands the challenge from your perspective and delivers a solution. Nice guy too!’

                            ‘Ward Hadaway provides an expert legal opinion but in a time where contact has clearly been challenging have made every effort to support and understand our business. The invaluable advice on ancillary work, means as an advisor they have developed a rounded view of the activities ongoing within our business, leaving them best placed to provide the advice we require.’

                            ‘The key individuals we deal with at senior level is through James Nightingale. I find James hugely accessible and he provides professional advice alongside an approach which feels supportive and comfortable. In a challenging period for all industries, the firm has maintained a good contact throughout where possible, which leaves them best placed as people who understand our business.’

                            ‘The partners and staff are focused on ensuring their clients receive great service. They always do what they say they will do and when they say it will be completed. I can’t compliment the team looking after us highly enough.’

                            Key clients

                            Allied London

                            RFM Group

                            Solingen Private Equity Limited

                            CNG (Group) Limited

                            BGF Investments LP

                            Mercia Technologies

                            SHG (Care Villages) Limited

                            Evifile Limited

                            Ansys, Inc.

                            Epta Developments Corporation

                            Suncrop Produce Limited

                            Abracs Limited

                            Peter Jackson & Sons Limited

                            Quidvis Limited

                            Radtac Limited

                            BioresQ Skincare Limited

                            Maynards Europe Limited

                            Claymore Inc.

                            BTL Group Limited

                            Bidpath Limited

                            Aprais Limited

                            Grosvensor Integrated Services Holdings Limited

                            Vodat Communications Group (VCG) Holding

                            Citi Logik Limited

                            Work highlights

                            • Alongside KPMG, advised the shareholders (including Maven Capital Partners) on the sale of the entire issued share capital of Healthpoint Limited to Dayes BV.
                            • Acted for the shareholders of Yorkshire-based leading textile manufacturer Peter Jackson & Sons Limited on the sale of the business to pan-European Paris-based private equity house Tioopo Capital.
                            • Acted for the shareholders of Quidvis Limited on the majority sale of the business to Bradford-based Kings Secure Technologies Limited.

                            Yorkshire and the Humber > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire

                            Ward Hadaway LLP handles shareholder, boardroom and share sale agreement disputes on a regular basis, and is particularly involved in disputes in the manufacturing, finance and technology sectors. Ian McCombiehas very sound legal judgment and commercial nous’, and the team added several individuals on the junior level. The practice is led by Peter Hornsey, who is based in Newcastle, and Emma Digby can also act in insolvency cases.

                            Practice head(s):

                            Peter Hornsey

                            Other key lawyers:

                            Ian McCombie; Emma Digby; Neil Armitage; Connor Simpson-Key

                            Testimonials

                            ‘High-profile commercial litigators.’

                            ‘Ian McCombie – able, engaging and tireless.’

                            ‘Strong suite of IP Lawyers, who have shown willingness to be flexible to our needs, as a medium-sized business.’

                            ‘My main point of contact is Ian McCombie. I think he has very sound legal judgment and commercial nous. I think he gives clients confidence that he understands their cases fully and can hatch an intelligent strategy to see the case through to the end.’

                            ‘Connor Simpson-Key has shown openness to our ideas and knowledge of how defendants are likely to respond, where this may not be what the firm are used to dealing with. There seems to be a fair amount of oversight and consideration from more than one individual at the firm, for significant decisions. We like this collaborative approach.’

                            Key clients

                            DataArt Technology UK Ltd

                            RAS (Capital)

                            Morley’s (Fast Foods) Limited

                            OSO Fiber Limited

                            Work highlights

                              Ward Hadaway LLP is a full-service commercial law firm, providing legal advice to clients in both the private and public sectors as well as to individuals. It is one of the UK’s top 100 law firms and a major player in the North of England, with offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

                              The firm: Ward Hadaway was formed in 1988 in Newcastle and expanded considerably in the North East over the next 20 years before opening its Leeds office in 2008 and its Manchester office in 2012, giving it a true pan-Northern network.

                              The firm is well respected and ambitious, with a reputation for innovative thinking and hiring lawyers who combine technical know-how with commercial acumen. Its track record for investing in talented young lawyers and developing their careers is particularly impressive, as demonstrated by the fact that many of its partners trained with the firm.

                              Ward Hadaway LLP has continued to invest in all its practice areas and across its office network. In October 2016, it expanded its operation in Yorkshire with a move to new office premises at Wellington Place in Leeds, one of the city’s most prestigious new commercial developments. It will continue to invest in operations and look to drive further growth, particularly in Leeds and Manchester, as it aims to provide more services to clients and help them face the challenges of the future, such as Brexit and the rapidly changing landscape across the UK private and public sectors.

                              As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the firm has invested significant time and resource ensuring that our clients receive the same high service standards they are used to.  This includes development of a COVID-19 hub on our website to provide clients with up to date information on all topics relating to the pandemic. We have also invested heavily in technology to allow our teams to easily transition to home working.

                              Types of work undertaken: In the private sector, Ward Hadaway LLP works with a wide range of regional, national and international companies across the North and the UK, from start-ups and owner-managed businesses to PLCs and global operators. In the public sector, it provides legal support to more than 70 NHS organisations across England, as well as local government bodies including councils and public/private partnerships, with nationally recognised expertise in areas such as procurement, property and finance.

                              For individuals, the firm provides a full range of services to enable people to plan for the future and deal with the present.

                              It is particularly well known for:

                              Corporate: the experienced team covers all types of corporate transactions, with specialists in private equity and venture capital investments, acquisitions and disposals and IPOs. It is particularly well-regarded for its work with owner-managed businesses. It has specialist expertise in debt finance and tax, enabling it to provide a fully rounded service to clients.

                              Commercial: the commercial team is known for its innovative work, particularly around the interface between the private and public sectors. It has specialist expert-led units in areas including procurement, intellectual property, IT, competition including state aid and pensions. It has advised on a number of major outsourcing exercises in the private sector and provides a full range of support for businesses and entrepreneurs, including joint ventures, international trade and commercial agreements.

                              Built environment: the firm provides the full range of property services from site identification and planning through finance, development and construction, to completion and onward sales. It is one of the foremost legal providers to the UK’s leading house builders, as well as advising commercial developers, major national retail chains and property investors. It also has specialist teams advising on public sector property issues and providing services to the social housing sector.

                              Employment: the firm has a hugely experienced team with a reputation for high quality work and client-focused, accessible advice. It looks after a broad spectrum of employers across every sector, including: trading businesses ranging from SMEs to major national and international plcs; schools and academies; social housing; local Government; NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers and charities.

                              Litigation: renowned for its expertise in the healthcare sector, Ward Hadaway is one of only eight law firms in the country appointed by NHS Resolution to provide legal advice on both defending clinical negligence and on regulatory, health and disciplinary matters. Its commercial litigation reputation is formidable with experts covering all types of disputes, while its employment team is one of the largest in the North of England and is trusted by major national employers in the private and public sectors.

                              Private client: the firm serves clients from entrepreneurs and business owners to family estates, providing a full range of personal legal services, including wills and trusts, estate and succession planning, contested trusts and estates, and charity advice. It has been acclaimed as a ‘go-to’ firm for high-net-worth individuals and professionals on issues such as pre-nuptial agreements, divorces and separations, and also provides expert, sensitive advice on children and family law issues.

                              Offices: Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle

                              DepartmentNameEmailTelephone
                              Managing Partner Martin Hulls
                              Commercial Damien Charlton
                              Commercial Dispute Resolution Steven Petrie
                              Corporate Robert Thompson
                              Health & Regulatory Nicola Richardson
                              Housing Lesley Fairclough
                              Private client Andrew Facer
                              Real Estate Robin Atkin
                              PhotoNamePositionProfile
                              Vicki Alexander photo Vicki AlexanderManaging Associate
                              Richard Arnot photoMr Richard ArnotPartner
                              Robin Atkin photoMr Robin AtkinPartner
                              Stefan Bainbridge photoMr Stefan BainbridgePartner
                              Judy Baker photoMs Judy BakerPartner
                              Adrian Ballam photo Adrian BallamPartner
                              Saji Bratch photo Saji BratchPartner
                              Richard Butts photoMr Richard ButtsPartner
                              Louise Cannell-Mirza photoMs Louise Cannell-MirzaAssociate
                              Tim Care photoMr Tim CarePartner
                              Damien Charlton photoMr Damien CharltonPartner – Head of Commercial
                              Paul Christian photoMr Paul ChristianPartner
                              Alex Cox photoMr Alex CoxPartner
                              Stuart Craig photoMr Stuart CraigPartner
                              Tim Craig photoMr Tim CraigPartner, Head of Construction
                              Simon Errington photoMr Simon ErringtonHead of Property Services (Newcastle)
                              Lisa Evans photoMs Lisa EvansPartner
                              Nichola Evans photo Nichola EvansPartner
                              Andrew Facer photoMr Andrew FacerPartner, Head of Private Client
                              Lesley Fairclough photoMs Lesley FaircloughPartner, Head of Development
                              Jonathan Flower photoMr Jonathan FlowerPartner, Head of Family and Matrimonial
                              Clare French photo Clare FrenchManaging Associate
                              Jamie Gamble photoMr Jamie GamblePartner
                              Jane Garvin photoMs Jane GarvinPartner
                              Nick Gholkar photo Nick GholkarPartner
                              Robert Glassford photoMr Robert GlassfordPartner 
                              Stephen Graham photoMr Stephen GrahamPartner, Head of Licensing and Regulatory
                              Jeremy Hardy photoMr Jeremy HardyAssociate
                              Colin Hewitt photoMr Colin HewittPartner
                              Bernard Hodgson photoMr Bernard HodgsonPartner
                              Imogen Holland photoMs Imogen HollandPartner
                              Peter Hornsey photoMr Peter HornseyPartner – Head of Commercial Litigation
                              Martin Hulls photoMr Martin HullsPartner, Head of Corporate
                              Julie Huntingdon photoMs Julie HuntingdonPartner
                              Kamran Hyder photoMr Kamran HyderPartner
                              Gaynor Jackson photoMs Gaynor JacksonConsultant
                              Jeffrey Keeble photoMr Jeffrey KeeblePartner, Head of Litigation and Healthcare
                              Kerri Kershaw photoMs Kerri KershawDirector
                              Heather Markham photoMs Heather MarkhamPartner
                              Sharon Mathieson photoMs Sharon MathiesonPartner
                              Dean Murray photoMr Dean MurrayPartner 
                              James Nightingale photoMr James NightingalePartner
                              Roger O'Donnell photoMr Roger O'DonnellPartner, Head of Personal Injury
                              Roisin Patton photo Roisin PattonPartner
                              Melanie Pears photoMs Melanie PearsPartner
                              Steven Petrie photoMr Steven PetriePartner
                              Tom Pollard photo Tom PollardPartner
                              Paul Reekie photoMr Paul ReekiePartner 
                              Nicola Richardson photoMs Nicola RichardsonPartner 
                              Neil Robson photoMr Neil RobsonPartner, Head of Property
                              Alan Ross photoMr Alan RossPartner
                              Robert Rushton photoMs Robert RushtonPartner
                              Paul Scope photoMr Paul ScopePartner
                              Cheryl Scott photoMs Cheryl ScottLicensing Assistant
                              Alex Shiel photoMr Alex ShielPartner, Head of IP/IT
                              Robert Thompson photoMr Robert ThompsonPartner 
                              Julia Thomson photoMs Julia ThomsonPartner
                              Joe Thornhill photoMr Joe ThornhillConsultant 
                              Phil Tompkins photoMr Phil TompkinsPartner
                              Tim Toomey photoMr Tim ToomeyPartner
                              Graham Vials photoMr Graham VialsPartner
                              Carole Ward photoMs Carole WardAssociate
                              Russell Ward photoMr Russell WardPartner
                              Mark Whitehead photoMr Mark WhiteheadConsultant
                              Martin Woodford photoMr Martin WoodfordPartner
                              Number of UK partners : 85+
                              Number of other UK fee-earners : 190+