Mr Colin Hewitt > Ward Hadaway LLP > Newcastle upon Tyne, England > Lawyer Profile

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

Work Department

Commercial

Position

Partner, Head of Commercial Law

Career

Colin is head of the Company Commercial Team at Ward Hadaway.

He leads a large multi-disciplinary team of lawyers across the firm’s office network advising on company law, contract law, competition law, charity law,  intellectual property, IT and public sector issues.

Colin has advised a wide range of companies and public bodies on company, corporate and partnership law as well as directors duties and  governance, trading structures and commercial agreements for 30 years.

Colin also heads the firm’s team which undertakes a range of initiatives supporting new and fast growing businesses.

As a Legal 500 2016 leading individual, Colin is widely recognised as an expert in corporate governance issues, the structuring of large-scale projects and the setting up and organisation of incorporated and unincorporated structures, with a particular focus on joint ventures, and public/private partnerships.

His experience in relation to corporate structures, the associated agreements, corporate governance and directors’ duties is complemented by his expertise in dealing with shareholder, partnership and LLP disputes where he has advised on a number of high profile multi-million pound disputes.

Colin also has particular experience in the energy sector and is a director of the industry body NOF Energy Limited.

Lawyer Rankings

North > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

(Hall of Fame)

Colin HewittWard Hadaway

Ward Hadaway’s corporate department is led by Robert Thompson and works seamlessly alongside the firm’s specialists in Leeds and Manchester. The full-service practice advises both public and private clients on M&A transactions and corporate reorganisations; it is a particularly suitable destination for instructions in the healthcare, waste and recruitment sectors. Katherine Hay-Heddle advises a mix of serial acquirers, large companies, start-ups and private equity houses. Further, Colin Hewitt heads up the firm’s dedicated commercial team, which specialises in the transport, energy and independent healthcare industries. The group has in-depth expertise in outsourcing agreements, with Damien Charlton being among the key contacts in this regard. Other key team members include M&A expert Tom Pollard and recently promoted managing associate Clare French.

North > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > IT and telecoms

Its work on behalf of IT companies in different jurisdictions, including continental Europe and the US, gives the team at Ward Hadaway a broad perspective which it can leverage when advising technology providers and customers from both the public and private sectors. Privacy issues are one of the core strengths of the practice, and the group’s ‘in-depth knowledge of all legal issues, in particular with regards to data protection and GDPR makes them unique‘; Judy Baker is the key contact for this type of work. Other areas of expertise include IT procurement and outsourcing projects, which are handled chiefly by Alex Shiel, and contentious work, which Tim Toomey leads on. Colin Hewitt heads up the offering.