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Ward Hadaway LLP

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Managing Associate


Clare has experience across a range of transactions including private company acquisitions and disposals, group reorganisations and private equity investments as well as advising on corporate governance and company secretarial matters.

She has experience in advising clients on a variety of corporate and commercial matters including shareholder agreements, transitional service agreements and confidentiality agreements.

Clare has experience in drafting a variety of corporate documents including shareholder and partnership agreements and also in managing due diligence and disclosure as well as the verification process for transactions involving listed companies.

Examples of experience include:-

  • acting for a public company on a group reorganisation
  • assisting with a large-scale contractual review
  • assisting with company fundraising exercises
  • advising on the sale of Helen McArdle Care
  • advising on the sale of the WB Group
  •  advising on the sale of JBT Waste

Lawyer Rankings

North > Corporate and commercial > Corporate and commercial: Newcastle

(Rising stars)

Clare FrenchWard 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.