Firm Profile > Ward Hadaway > Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Ward Hadaway Offices
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
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Banking and finance Tier 1
Ward Hadaway's practice, which sits on the national panels for Barclays Bank and Lloyds Bank, provides a full service for funding and securities matters. The team draws on expertise from the firm's other department to provide sector-specific expertise in areas such as construction finance, corporate tax and state aid. The group is led by Julie Harrison, whose clients include lenders, debt funders, private equity houses and public sector funders.
A member of the NHS Resolution CNST clinical negligence panel, Ward Hadaway handles claims involving serious injuries, notably those arising out of birth injuries. The practice also has a particular expertise in risk management. Jeffrey Keeble is an expert in high-value birth injury claims and regularly advises as part of the firm’s urgent response team, on issues such as consent, confidentiality, capacity and mental health matters. He leads the team with Nicola Richardson, who specialises in high-profile clinical negligence litigation.
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
Ward Hadaway's nine-partner team offers a wide range of commercial litigation services to clients around Newcastle and the North East, with particular expertise in procurement disputes, claims arising out of PFI projects, investment disputes and company law disputes. The department is led by Peter Hornsey, whose specialisms include matters pertaining to public sector fraud. Associate Joe Kelley is another key team member with broad domestic and international disputes experience.
‘They are leaders in PFI disputes‘
‘True professionals from the start to finish with absolute knowledge of every eventuality‘
‘Tim Toomey gives 110% to his clients’ case, with true professionalism‘
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHSFT
The Banks Group
Providence Bonds Investor Action Group
Virgin Money plc
The team at Ward Hadaway has a diverse practice, advising housebuilders, commercial developers, occupiers and investors and public sector clients on the spectrum of real estate matters, supported by a dedicated real estate finance group. The group is co-led by property development expert Lesley Fairclough and planning specialist Robin Atkin. Heather Markham is recommended for commercial property work, with particular expertise in the charitable sector.
‘Exceptional service levels‘
‘Lesley Fairclough and Heather Markham stand out as exceptional individuals, both providing a personal element to the working relationship‘
‘Alex Cox has a telepathic understanding of his clients’ requirements and communicates his advice with absolute clarity in relation to their commercial drivers‘
BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)
Newcastle International Airport
At Ward Hadaway, Robert Thompson leads the corporate team, while Colin Hewitt heads the commercial department. The groups work closely together, providing advice on the range of transactions (for both buyers and sellers) and business operations in the North East. The commercial team has particular experience in outsourcing deals, often for businesses operating in the banking and insurance sectors.
‘The team has excellent attention to detail and commerciality‘
‘Katherine Hay-Heddle manages projects well and looks for a commercial solution‘
‘The team has the strength to use negotiated contract clauses to deliver successful outcomes when up against difficult clients in dispute scenarios‘
‘Fast turnaround, fast to quote and delivery in agreed timescales.‘
Springfield Home Care Services
The Bannatyne Group
Corporate tax Tier 1
In addition to supporting the firm's other practices, Ward Hadaway's dedicated tax department handles a variety of standalone tax matters for owner-managed businesses and corporates. The team's expertise includes structuring, investment and exit planning and employee share incentive arrangements. The practice is led by Paul Christian, whose background in corporate law gives him particular insight into imperatives for businesses.
Employment Tier 1
Ward Hadaway is experienced in contentious and non-contentious employment law matters, across sectors including social housing, manufacturing, High Court work and trade union issues. Acting mainly for employers, practice heads Jamie Gamble and Paul Scope lead a team that was boosted by the additions of associate James English, who arrived from Hempsons, as well as solicitors Francesca Hawker from Watson Burton LLP and Alex Clark from Square One Law. Also notable is education employment specialist Graham Vials.
‘The team are very proactive and responsive and take a practical approach to problem solving’
‘Very client focussed and clear’
‘The team members appear to have good working relationships with one another and can provide cover for and support one another’
‘Really practical advice that supports quick decision making – a great team who are well networked and have a strong team ethos so that you can rely on consistency of advice’
‘Graham Vials has been incredibly helpful in various matters and is a pleasure to work with, his advice is always clear, concise and practical and he understands the need to have a view of risks whilst also making recommendations for a sensible way forwards’
‘The individuals that we work with are very personable and diligent. Their knowledge of employment law generates confidence’
‘Stuart Craig, Mark McKeever and Bernard Hodgson provide very good support’
‘Paul Scope is excellent, effective and has a great knowledge of the sector. He is also always timely and pragmatic’
Newcastle United Football Company
NCG – Newcastle College Group
Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK
Merck Sharp and Dohme
Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Energy Tier 1
Ward Hadaway's energy department houses members of the firm's commercial, property, construction finance and corporate teams to provide energy sector clients a full service offering. The group's expertise includes fossil fuels, renewable and low carbon energy supply chains, utilities, distribution network operations, offshore production and energy technology, with a particular niche in biogas projects. Consultant Mark Whitehead leads the team and advises a wide variety of up- and downstream clients.
Environment & planning Tier 1
Ward Hadaway takes a multi-disciplinary approach to planning matters, fielding a team of chartered town planners and planning technicians alongside experienced lawyers. The group handles a range of issues, including applications, appeals, advocacy, enforcement and matters relating to new developments. The team, which is led by Robin Atkin was joined by consultant Frank Orr, a veteran of the town planning field, in April 2018.
‘Strong commercial solicitors, same day responses and good to work with‘
‘The team are extremely competent and always willing to offer assistance when asked‘
‘All individuals are very personable, competent and approachable‘
Darlington Borough Council
West Cumbria Mining
Health Tier 1
Ward Hadaway provides support to healthcare organisations across the UK, specialising in a number of areas including devising anti-fraud initiatives for the NHS, establishing NHS Foundation Trust trading companies, childcare matters and procurement. The team is led by Jeffrey Keeble, who focuses on high-value birth injury claims; public sector expert Melanie Pears; Stuart Craig, who has experience acting for NHS Trusts; and Saji Bratch, who is particularly adept at advising public and private bodies on property transactions.
Connect Physical Health
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Bexley CCG
NHS North Cumbria CCG
Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Greenwich CCG
Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Ward Hadaway's team handles all aspects of personal and corporate, contentious and non-contentious insolvency. The group is also instructed on restructuring and post-formal insolvency matters, transactions, investigations and claims in no-asset insolvencies. Clients include Big 4 accountancy firms and major insolvency practitioners. The department is co-led by Jane Garvin and Steven Petrie.
‘Ward Hadaway’s team is fabulously dedicated, client focused and commercial‘
‘Steven Petrie is extremely approachable and works with his clients for the best results‘
‘Jane Garvin provides excellent input and advice, and is able to introduce responsive Insolvency Practitioners around the country‘
Baker Tilley Creditor Services
Smith and Williamson
IT and telecoms Tier 1
Ward Hadaway advises IT providers, developers and customers from both public and private sectors. Colin Hewitt leads the team that includes Judy Baker, who specialises in software contracts and IT projects work, as well as data protection. Also notable is Alex Shiel, who works with clients that supply or purchase IT systems, develop or license software, do business over the internet and work in the creative industries.
‘The team always provides excellent and timely advice’
‘They provide down to earth, cost effective pragmatic advice’
‘They deliver on commitments and are very responsive’
‘Alex Shiel is an extremely knowledgeable, pragmatic and highly experienced lawyer. A pleasure to work with’
Sage Global Services Ltd
A Share & Sons Ltd t/a ScS
Isagenix International LLC
Tyne & Wear Passenger Executive t/a Nexus
JumpDEMAND Inc. t/a ActiveDEMAND
Swiftpage International Ltd
Soundbitelearning UK Ltd
Licensing Tier 1
Ward Hadaway's practice advises on all aspects of the Licensing Act, with clients including national supermarket chains, hotel groups, restaurants, sporting venues and internet sales. Licensing specialists Stephen Graham and Richard Arnot lead the team, which has notable experience in contested applications and securing licences across the country.
Property litigation Tier 1
Ward Hadaway fields a team of dedicated property litigators, handling disputes for clients in both the public and private sectors. The group also supports the firm's non-contentious property lawyers, providing advice on litigation risk in relation to transactions and asset management. Practice head Sharon Mathieson, who splits her time between Newcastle and Leeds, has expertise in landlord-tenant litigation and property-related professional negligence claims.
Agriculture and estates Tier 2
Ward Hadaway acts for private landowners, farmers, rural businesses, banks and rural-based organisations. The team has a broad range of expertise. Neil Robson has experience of land use and planning aspects of agriculture; Stefan Bainbridge advises clients in all aspects of rural property, as well as in relation to the exploitation of mineral reserves; Alex Cox specialises in property transactional work, with a particular focus on mines and minerals; and Andrew Facer deals with trust and asset protection issues for landowners.
Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2
Ward Hadaway provides a charities property practice and a charity employment practice, with experience advising registered and exempt charities and social enterprise clients on a range of issues, including governance, grant making, mergers and legacy management. The firm also acts for public, corporate and private sector clients in dealings with charities and social enterprises. Practice head Fiona Wharton has experience representing registered and exempt charities, as well as trading subsidiaries. The team also includes Gaynor Jackson, who specialises in advising charities on contentious and non-contentious matters related to trust and estate issues.
We Love Manchester Emergency Fund
Sherburn House Charity
Virgin Money Foundation
Sir James Knott Trust
Newcastle University Development Trust
County Durham Community Foundation
Construction Tier 2
At Ward Hadaway, the team has substantial experience advising private sector clients on a range of commercial, industrial and residential projects, but is also instructed by a wide variety of public sector procurers, including local authorities, healthcare providers and educational establishments. Expertise also includes heavyweight disputes in the engineering space for clients in the energy sector. Veteran construction lawyer Tim Craig heads the department.
‘The team at Ward Hadaway is both responsive and pragmatic in their advice‘
‘Tim Craig and Neil Williamson are proactive and responsive, offering us pragmatic practical solutions rather than giving generic neutral advice‘
McAleer & Rushe Group
Newcastle Science Central LLP
Sage UK plc
Arch (Development Projects) Ltd/Advance Northumberland (Developments)
The Co-Operative Academies Trust
Ward Hadaway acts in a range of contentious trusts, estate and probate matters. Commercial litigator Martin Woodford has a particular focus on high value disputes involving financial mis-selling, as well as in pension and trust disputes. Also notable is consultant Gaynor Jackson, who advises high-net-worth individuals in relation to wills, capital tax planning, trusts and estate matters. In addition, Jackson works with charities in relation to trust and estate issues.
Debt recovery Tier 2
At Ward Hadaway, Steven Petrie takes the lead on debt recovery matters, advising insolvency practitioners and accountants on corporate and personal insolvency issues. In addition to collecting debts, the group has extensive experience in defending debtors. The team is on a number of institutional panels, including Crown Commercial Services and NHS Commercial Solutions.
Crown Commercial Services
NHS Commercial Solutions
Education Tier 2
Ward Hadaway in known for expertise in governance and school to academy conversion, as well as being experienced in a range of matters for a diverse clientele, notably multi-academy Trusts. Frank Suttie co-leads the national team with Tim Care, who specialises in issues arising from the Government's current academisation programme; and Graham Vials, who focuses on employment and HR issues in the sector.
‘A calm, common sense approach supported by years of knowledge and experience within the Academy Conversion setting.’
‘The team has extensive experience.’
‘Tim Care, Chris Bowen and Jennifer Patterson all provide critical and welcome support in all aspects of academy conversions, specifically, CTAs Buildings/Leases.’
‘They always make time and are easily accessible.’
‘Michelle Fleming is very supportive, practical and clear in her advice.’
Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT)
Delta Academies Trust
Co-operative Academies Trust
The Durham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust
North East Learning Trust
Advance Learning Partnership
Northern Education Trust
Balmoral Learning Trust
Eden Learning Trust
Family Tier 2
Ward Hadaway is known for complex, high value cases and has experience in traditional areas including relationship breakdown, as well as children disputes and safeguarding children work for the NHS, academies and private clients. The practice is led by children and safeguarding specialist Jonathan Flower and matrimonial expert Sarah Crilly. Also notable in the team is associate Louise Cannell-Mirza, who has particular expertise in childcare.
‘The service is reliable, consistent, professional at all times, and the solicitors always keep clients informed.’
‘Ward Hadaway provides first class service.’
‘The knowledge and lengthy experience of the solicitors within the firm is excellent, and their case management is excellent.’
‘This practice has lawyers who are committed and will go the extra mile. the lawyers are committed to representing the needs of their clients and have the ability to represent clients effectively.’
‘Louise Cannell-Mirza is a very good childcare specialist.’
Intellectual property Tier 2
Best known for supporting high-growth technology start-ups, entrepreneurs and creative people, Ward Hadaway has experience advising businesses from the early stages through to establishment and the development and exploitation of their IP. The firm specialises in acting for universities, notably in trade marks and contentious IP cases. Alex Shiel works with clients who supply or purchase IT systems, develop or license software and work in the creative industries. He leads the team with Judy Baker in Newcastle and registered trade mark attorney Bill Goodwin, based out of Leeds.
University of Newcastle upon Tyne
The Brooke Hospital for Animals
Newcastle Building Society
PCCA Limited (formerly The Specials Laboratory)
Tech Nation (previously Tech City UK)
Northumberland National Park Authority
Immunodiagnostic Systems (IDS) plc
Ward Hadaway provides a broad range of advice to clients including corporate trustees, national charities, entrepreneurs and landowners. Practice head Andrew Facer has expertise in acting for entrepreneurial and landed clients, notably in succession planning through trusts and wills. His team includes Gaynor Jackson, who advises charities in relation to trust and estate issues.
Social housing Tier 2
Based across Leeds and Newcastle, the social housing team at Ward Hadaway handles housing management litigation; volume housing disrepair claims for local authorities and housing associations; planning advice; funding, acquisition, sale and shared ownership of social housing; and disposals by RPs. The Newcastle team is co-led by Julia Thomson and Colin Hewitt, while John Murray heads the department nationally.
‘A solid team which provides sound advice on social housing development structures and property related transactions‘
‘Julia Thomson is a trusted expert, providing extensive knowledge of real property. She has a great understanding of the social housing property and development market‘
‘The practice delivers on time and to budget‘
Byker Community Trust
Mosscare St Vincent’s
County Durham Housing Group
Personal injury: claimant Tier 3
Ward Hadaway has expertise in complex and difficult claims, including serious brain injuries. The ‘dedicated and determined’ practice head Roger O’Donnell specialises in dealing with high value claims, notably those involving road traffic accidents, accidents at work and industrial disease, as well as employers', occupiers' and public liability.
‘Roger O’Donnell is unique for his charm, unerring common sense, and ability as a lawyer, which is second to none.’
‘Roger O’Donnell offers a personal service in a world in which many say they do, but few follow it through.’
Ward Hadaway > Firm Profile
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
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Staff FiguresNumber of UK partners : 85+ Number of other UK fee-earners : 190+
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Clinical negligence: defendant
- Commercial litigation: Newcastle
- Commercial property: Newcastle
- Corporate and commercial: Newcastle
- Corporate tax
- Environment & planning
- Insolvency and corporate recovery
- IT and telecoms
- Property litigation