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Ward Hadaway

Social housing Tier 2

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.


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

Banking and finance Tier 3

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.


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

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 3

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.

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

Commercial property: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

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.


‘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

Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

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.


‘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


IT and telecoms Tier 3

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.


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

Family: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 4

At Ward HadawayAndrea 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.


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

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 4

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.


‘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.’

Property litigation Tier 4

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.


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

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 5

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.

Intellectual property Tier 5

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.


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)


Ward Hadaway is a full-service commercial law firm, providing legal advice to clients in both the private and public sectors as well as to individuals. It is one of the UK’s top 100 law firms and a major player in the North of England, with offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

The firm: Ward Hadaway was formed in 1988 in Newcastle via a merger of a number of smaller practices on Tyneside. The firm continued to expand in the North East over the next 20 years before opening its Leeds office in 2008 and its Manchester office in 2012, giving it a true pan-Northern network.

The firm is well respected and ambitious, with a reputation for innovative thinking and hiring lawyers who combine technical know-how with commercial astuteness. Its track record for investing in talented young lawyers and developing their careers is particularly impressive, as demonstrated by the fact that a number of partners trained with the firm.

Ward Hadaway has continued to invest in all its practice areas and across its office network. In October 2016, it expanded its operation in Yorkshire with a move to new office premises at Wellington Place in Leeds, one of the city’s most prestigious new commercial developments. It will continue to invest in operations and look to drive further growth, particularly in Leeds and Manchester, as it aims to provide more services to clients and help them face the challenges of the future, such as Brexit and the rapidly changing landscape across the UK private and public sectors.

Types of work undertaken: In the private sector, Ward Hadaway works with a wide range of regional, national and international companies across the North and the UK, from start-ups and owner-managed businesses to PLCs and global operators. In the public sector, it provides legal support to more than 70 NHS organisations across England, as well as local government bodies including councils and public/private partnerships, with nationally recognised expertise in areas such as procurement, property and finance.

For individuals, the firm provides a full range of services to enable people to plan for the future and deal with the present.

It is particularly well known for:

Corporate: the experienced team covers all types of corporate transactions, with specialists in private equity and venture capital investments, acquisitions and disposals, and IPOs. It is particularly well-regarded for its work with owner-managed businesses. It has specialist expertise in debt finance and tax, enabling it to provide a fully rounded service to clients.

Commercial: the commercial team is known for its innovative work, particularly around the interface between the private and public sectors. It has specialist expert-led units in areas including procurement, intellectual property, IT, competition including state aid and pensions. It has advised on a number of major outsourcing exercises in the private sector and provides a full range of support for businesses and entrepreneurs, including joint ventures, international trade and commercial agreements.

Property: the firm provides the full range of property services from site identification and planning through finance, development and construction, to completion and onward sales. It is one of the foremost legal providers to the UK’s leading housebuilders, as well as advising commercial developers, major national retail chains and property investors. It also has specialist teams advising on public sector property issues and providing services to the social housing sector.

Litigation: renowned for its expertise in the healthcare sector, Ward Hadaway is one of only eight law firms in the country appointed by NHS Resolution to provide legal advice on both defending clinical negligence and on regulatory, health and disciplinary matters. Its commercial litigation reputation is formidable with experts covering all types of disputes, while its employment team is one of the largest in the North of England and is trusted by major national employers in the private and public sectors.

Private client: the firm serves clients from entrepreneurs and business owners to family estates, providing a full range of personal legal services, including wills and trusts, estate and succession planning, contested trusts and estates, and charity advice. It has been acclaimed as a ‘€˜go-to’€™ firm for high-net-worth individuals and professionals on issues such as pre-nuptial agreements, divorces and separations, and also provides expert, sensitive advice on children and family law issues.

Other offices: Leeds, Manchester


Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Martin Hulls
Commercial Colin Hewitt
Commercial Dispute Resolution Steven Petrie
Corporate Robert Thompson
Health & Regulatory Nicola Richardson
Housing Lesley Fairclough
Private client Andrew Facer
Real Estate Robin Atkin
Photo Name Position Profile
Mr Jonathan Dickson  photo Mr Jonathan Dickson
Ms Andrea Dyer  photo Ms Andrea Dyer
Mr Andrew Evans  photo Mr Andrew Evans
Mr Bill Goodwin  photo Mr Bill Goodwin
Mr Brian Green  photo Mr Brian Green
Ms Liz Hackett  photo Ms Liz Hackett
Mr Harmajinder Hayre  photo Mr Harmajinder Hayre
Mr Simon Hellewell  photo Mr Simon Hellewell
Ms Flora Mewies  photo Ms Flora Mewies
Mr John Murray  photo Mr John Murray
Mr Edward Nuttman  photo Mr Edward Nuttman
Mr Andrew Pliener  photo Mr Andrew Pliener
Mr David Pridmore  photo Mr David Pridmore
Mr Mark Smith  photo Mr Mark Smith
Mr Simon Thirtle  photo Mr Simon Thirtle
Mr Kevin Weston  photo Mr Kevin Weston
Mr Gareth Yates  photo Mr Gareth Yates
Number of UK partners : 85+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 190+