Mr Stuart Craig > Ward Hadaway LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

Ward Hadaway LLP

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Stuart has experience of advising a wide range of employer clients both in relation to contentious and non-contentious matters.

He regularly provides advice to PLCs, limited companies, owner-managed business and NHS Trusts.

Stuart regularly advises on complex dismissals and pre-claim settlements involving directors or senior members of staff and for NHS Trusts he advises on the disciplining of doctors under MHPS.

He provides advice on collective redundancies and on the employment law implications of site closures. Stuart also advises both public and private sector organisations on TUPE matters, in particular in relation to the outsourcing of public sector services.

Stuart has defended many Employment Tribunal claims and he regularly undertakes his own advocacy at the Employment Tribunal. He has advised on Employment Tribunal matters involving claims of:

    unfair and wrongful dismissal;
    protected disclosure;
    automatic unfair dismissal under TUPE; and
    unlawful deduction of wages.

Stuart regularly provides training to clients on a wide range of employment law topics.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Public sector > Health

Ward Hadaway stands out for its ‘excellent team working across multiple specialist areas‘ and its ‘detailed knowledge of the sector‘. Experts in the group include Jeffrey Keeble, who has a wealth of experience defending the NHS in clinical negligence and personal injury cases; Nicola Richardson, who is the supervising partner on inquest cases; Melanie Pears, who is picked out as the ‘éminence grise of PFI‘; Stuart Craig, who leads on matters at the intersection of healthcare and employment law; and Saji Bratch, who handles work with a nexus to property issues. Liz Hackett and Robert Rushton are also much lauded by clients.

North > Employment > Employment

At Ward Hadaway, the diverse workload is divided according to industry expertise, allowing the firm to provide sector-specific advice on the full range of employment matters from pre-dismissal to litigation stage. Paul Scope and Jamie Gamble oversee HR Protect, a fixed-price package of unlimited advice and insurance popular with SMEs in the North East which, according to one client, ‘offers extra reassurance‘. Graham Vials takes the lead on employment work with a nexus to education, advising hundreds of schools and academies nationally. Stuart Craig is the key contact for matters at the intersection of employment and healthcare. The firm also fields recommended practitioners Roisin Patton and Gillian Chinhengo.