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Ward Hadaway

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire
Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 5

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway's practice includes commercial lawyer and group head Philip Jordan, who has particular experience in the manufacturing, engineering and construction industries; corporate partner James Nightingale, who has experience handling a range of M&A and private equity transactions, investments and reorganisations; and banking and finance specialist Mark Smith. Gavin Maddison and Andrew Finfer left the practice to Irwin Mitchell and Addleshaw Goddard respectively.

Practice head(s):Philip Jordan

Other key lawyers:James Nightingale; Mark Smith

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

At Ward Hadaway, practice head Mark Smith is highly regarded for his advice to peer-to-peer lending platforms. Alongside its real estate, acquisition and development finance knowledge, the department also assists property investment funds and has developed expertise in security structures and acting for new types of debt funder clients such as crowdfunders. Lucinda Peters is recommended for the property elements of secured lending transactions, particularly in the health and care sectors.

Practice head(s):Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:Lucinda Peters


'The entire team is friendly and approachable and understands those occasions when a light touch is required and when to stand firm'.

'Mark Smith is very supportive'.

'Lucinda Peters seeks out new business rather than waiting for it to come to the firm, which is unusual for the legal profession. This really makes a client feel valued'.

Key Clients

Assetz SME Capital

Santander UK

Royal Bank of Scotland

Barclays Bank

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

Greater Manchester Housing Fund

Oakapple Group

Lloyds Bank

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Relendex Group

Work highlights

  • Acting for Assetz Development Capital on a secured development loan facility to an Isle of Man-based nursing home developer for a new nursing home in the North West of England.
  • Advising Assetz Development on peer-to-peer development funding for the development of a student accommodation scheme in Nottingham.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Human resources

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

The employment team at Ward Hadaway has particular expertise in the healthcare and transport sectors, advising on issues including large-scale restructurings and redundancies, TUPE transfers, trade union issues and industrial action. The 'highly technically competent' Harmajinder Hayre heads the team, and is a longstanding adviser to an number of the firm's significant clients across a range of sectors. Highlights for the team over recent months have included assisting a number of large private sector clients on GDPR compliance. The 'very able and knowledgeable' Edward Nuttman is another name to note for his extensive knowledge of the transport sector, having advised household name bus, coach and haulage companies throughout the country.

Practice head(s):Harmajinder Hayre

Other key lawyers:Edward Nuttman


'Focused on getting the best outcome for the client, honest and straightforward.'

'Harmajinder Hayre is highly technically competent; always responds and deals with matters in a timely and efficient way; very friendly and easy to work with; does not shirk from dealing with difficult issues in an honest and straightforward way.'

'Edward Nuttman is very able and knowledgeable; takes an intelligent proactive approach to resolving the client's issues and is prepared to think outside the box to obtain the best outcome.'

Key Clients

RATP London



City of Bradford Metropolitan Council

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

StageCoach NorthEast

MMCG/Countrywide Care Homes

Keepmoat Limited

Unity Foster Care Limited

Grosvenor Integrated Services Limited

Crown Commercial Services

HealthTrust Europe

NHS Commercial Solutions



NHS Resolution


Work highlights

  • Advised a national house builder on an Employment Tribunal appeal against calculation of Construction Industry Training Board Annual Levy set at £1.4m.
  • Advising a UK based facilities management company on a HM Revenue & Customs enforcement investigation into deductions from pay in relation to uniforms, attachment of earnings orders and unpaid working time.
  • Advised a local authority on a complex Employment Tribunal claim brought by an employee alleging victimisation and harassment.
  • Provided TUPE and restructuring advice to a multinational electronics consumer goods manufacturer on the termination of a logistics and warehousing contract with a third party.
  • Advised a senior global executive in respect of an internal whistleblowing, equal pay and working time claim.
Next Generation Partners

Edward Nuttman - Ward Hadaway

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway's Leeds office, while smaller than the firm's Newcastle and Manchester bases, is building up a strong reputation in Yorkshire. The firm is growing its presence in the market on the back of work on cases involving injuries of the utmost severity, including birth injuries and cerebral palsy claims. The firm is a member of the NHS Resolution clinical negligence panel, which provides much of its key work, while risk management is also a particular area of expertise.

Practice head(s):Jeffrey Keeble; Nicola Richardson

Other key lawyers:Liz Hackett

Key Clients

NHS Resolution

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation

North-East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust

NHS North Cumbria CCG

South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS

Gateshead Health NHS FT

Cumbria Partnership & North Cumbria Uni

Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust

Intraining Group Limited

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Hartlepool & Stockton CCG

NHS South Tees CCG

Northern Life Care Ltd t/a ubu

City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Gro

Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Durham Dales, Easington & Sedgefield

NHS North of England Commissioning Suppo

University Of Newcastle

Delta Academies Trust

Tyneside Surgical Services Limited

Saint John of God Hospitaller Services

Gainford Care Homes Limited

St. Oswalds Hospice

South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation

Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Found

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Private client

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

At Ward Hadaway, Andrea Dyer is the key contact in the firm's Leeds office and specialises in high-value divorce and financial issues, particularly with a business or international element; she also handles financial settlements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, cohabitation disputes and children issues. The group, which works closely with the firm's Newcastle office, also acts in care proceedings and provides advice to clients in the education sector.

Practice head(s):Andrea Dyer


'Andrea Dyer has a reputation for strong judgement and a total commitment to her clients'.

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway’s private client practice works closely with the firm's corporate, commercial and family departments to provide a broader service than other more specialised firms. As well as advising on probate matters relating to high value estates, power of attorney and tax efficient gifting, the firm also handles estate planning for lottery winners - a particular specialism of practice head Andrew Evans , who also works with sports clients and high net worth entrepreneurs.

Practice head(s):Andrew Facer; Andrew Evans


'A strong, closely knit team.'

'They are well qualified and knowledgeable, but what sets them apart is that they recognise clients as people too.'

'They have good empathy and keep the conversations as jargon-free as possible.'

'Ward Hadaway offers great advice whilst not charging London prices for work.'

'They are a practice that is proud of their Northern roots and - they offer straightforward advice.'

'Andrew Evans always takes the time to really listen to client concerns - he brings an elegant simplicity to explaining jargon and concepts as clearly as possible.'

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire
Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway's growing property team advises a number of regional residential developers, while also handling property finance work and other commercial development. The team is led by Kevin Weston, who has 25 years of experience working in the Yorkshire region, during which time he has built up a well-established client base. His key specialism is advising charity property holding clients on collaborations with partners covering both mixed use developments and regeneration schemes. David Pridmore is another notable name, being lead partner on work in the energy, property and refinancing sectors. Lucinda Peters, who joined from DWF, undertakes specialist work for private banks, covering development and investment finance.

Practice head(s):Kevin Weston

Other key lawyers:David Pridmore; Lucinda Peters


'Extremely responsive.'

'Helen O'Neil & David Pridmore are extremely responsive and constantly provide updates.'

'David Pridmore is always willing to give advice and comments even if that is without a formal instruction - his advice and comments are presented in a straightforward way and tasks are dealt with promptly and efficiently.'

Key Clients

OCS Group

Allied London

Canal & River Trust

The Land Restoration Trust

Eshton Group of Companies

Kirklees Council

Contract Natural Gas

TTS Shipping Group

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies UK

Springfield Healthcare

Work highlights

  • Dealing with the property aspects of the share sale of Kaystan Holdings, the operaters of a metal trading business across the north of England.
  • Acted for Keepmoat Homes on the conditional £7m acquisiton of land in Wakefield for a new housing scheme from the local authority and the ongoing disposal of the affordable units to Wakefield and District Housing.
  • Advising TTS on the real estate aspects of its strategic relocation of timber treatment and storage facilities from Alexandra Dock and King George Dock, Hull to new premises at King George Dock and Immingham Dock, Hull.
  • Acting for J Pullan & Sons on the acquisition of a site formerly occupied by Kodak at Morley in Leeds.
  • Advising Barclays on the refinancing of the property portfolio of a prominent Yorkshire company, a  transaction which involved securing a facility over fifty five residential properties which included registered and unregistered land.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 4

Ward Hadaway

The dedicated team at Ward Hadaway primarily acts for commercial and public sector clients with particular expertise assisting NHS trusts and other healthcare clients, and handling portfolio management issues. Sharon Mathieson leads the group and splits her time between Leeds and Newcastle; she specialises in dilapidation claims, service charge issues, break notices, lease renewals and possession matters. Associate Simon Thirtle advises clients including landlords, tenants and private individuals.

Practice head(s):Sharon Mathieson

Other key lawyers:Simon Thirtle


'The team at Ward Hadaway is always very responsive to clients' needs and delivers practical advice in a timely manner'.

Key Clients


Canal & River Trust

Virgin Money


Newcastle Airport

Allied London

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust


Pulman Skoda

Work highlights

  • Acting in arbitration proceedings relating to the price payable for development land.
  • Representing a university in an application of rights of pre-emption in favour of the freeholder on the disposal of the university's leasehold interest in several properties.
  • Acting for an occupier client in possession proceedings.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway's Northern team handles all aspects of the social housing sphere, including development work, governance issues, housing management, planning matters, finance mandates and litigation. In the Leeds office, John Murray heads up the social housing group and the housing management team; he specialises in housing management and contentious matters including anti-social behaviour work, disrepair claims and leasehold disputes. Associate Simon Thirtle is also recommended and counts registered providers as clients.

Practice head(s):John Murray

Other key lawyers:Simon Thirtle


'Ward Hadaway is a strong team in the North and is dedicated to getting the best results for its clients'.

Key Clients

Livin Housing

Thirteen Group

South Lakes Housing

Yorkshire Housing

Byker Community Trust

Home Group

Mosscare St Vincent's

Home Group


County Durham Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising South Lakes Housing on its acquisition of tenanted stock in Kendal from The Guinness Partnership.
  • Assisting Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council with a project to bring empty houses back into use.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

The IT-focused group at Ward Hadaway is recognised for its representation of IT product and service providers across a range of contentious and non-contentious matters. The group has also been particularly active assisting with data protection matters, including GDPR compliance projects. Gareth Yates, who handles a range of IT and IP matters, and Bill Goodwin, who focuses on assisting customers and suppliers with the development, licensing and implementation of IT systems, jointly lead the team.

Practice head(s):Gareth Yates; Bill Goodwin


'The IT team at Ward Hadaway has a good understanding of how particular pieces of work fit in the context of clients' wider business.'

'The personable and pragmatic IT practice at Ward Hadaway conducts difficult negotiations in a robust manner but with humility rather than any unnecessary posturing, knowing when to change tack to get to the same end goal.'

'Gareth Yates provides excellent tech savvy legal advice and always focuses on presenting commercially viable advice in a format that's understandable to the business as well as the in-house legal team.'

'Bill Goodwin focuses on the key issues and is rigorous in his approach to them; he also knows how to strike the balance between adding value to a project and leaving clients to progress with negotiations or drafting where appropriate.'

Key Clients


Technology Services Group


For Fusion

Communisis plc


Manheim / Cox Automotive


Vapour Media

Work highlights

  • Assisted with a range of matters, including intellectual property and data protection advice, drafting consumer facing terms and conditions, and providing due diligence for a number of investment rounds.
  • Acted for Kcom on reviewing, drafting and negotiating a range of contracts, including IT services and maintenance agreements.
  • Advised Yorkshire Housing on its GDPR compliance including a review of its third party contracts.

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 5

Ward Hadaway

The intellectual property team at Ward Hadaway frequently advises its client base, which ranges from start-ups and local SME technology businesses to well-known brands, on a range of non-contentious matters for the development, protection and exploitation of rights. Bill Goodwin heads up the group and is particularly active in the technology and manufacturing industries, while Gareth Yates focuses on the IT sector.

Practice head(s):Bill Goodwin

Other key lawyers:Gareth Yates


'Bill Goodwin combines expert IP knowledge with an approachable and supportive manner.'

Key Clients





Sage Ltd

Business and IP Centre's (BIPC) in Leeds and Manchester

British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)

Pro-Lite International Ltd (Pro-Lite bikes)

Work highlights

  • Advised on a range of matters including the protection of software copyrights, trade mark registrations and IP issues and due diligence relating to multiple investment rounds.
  • Assisting Greenbank Holidays with the management of its portfolio of trade marks across the UK and the EU, including those relating to the Eurocamp brand and other brands including Al Fresco Holidays.
  • Advised BESA on the protection of a number of brands internationally, which it uses to represent and support British education companies. This includes trade mark filings covering several countries including UK, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and Malaysia.

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