Mr Peter Hornsey > Ward Hadaway LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Ward Hadaway LLP

Work Department

Commercial Litigation


Partner – Head of Commercial Litigation



Peter is the head of the Commercial Litigation team

He has advised for over 20 years on a wide range of professional negligence, contractual and intellectual property disputes for individuals and businesses of all sizes. This includes shareholder and partnership issues, disputes involving restrictive covenants in employment contracts, cross-border patent disputes, fraud and defamation.

Peter is experienced in all types of civil court procedures, including applications for appeal, applications for judicial review and applications for interim relief such as injunctions and search orders.

His specialist areas include company/shareholder disputes, fraud, intellectual property disputes, defamation and professional negligence.

Peter has advised on numerous professional negligence claims against a range of insured professionals for substantial sums, all resulting in a successful conclusion either at trial or in a negotiated settlement. He also has extensive mediation experience.

Peter has worked on a wide range of contractual disputes for businesses of all sizes including sole traders, partnerships and both limited and plc company clients. The disputes include enforcement of sale agreements and warranty claims as well as intellectual property disputes concerning patent and trademark protection.

Peter also has experience of advising on a number of multi-million pound shareholder and partnership disputes involving issues such as directors’ duties, minority protection, fraud and misappropriation.

He is also experienced in investigating fraud and overclaiming committed by contractors to the public sector and in subsequent recovery actions.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Dispute resolution > Commercial litigation: Newcastle

(Leading individuals)

Peter HornseyWard Hadaway

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’.

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.