Firm Profile > Ward Hadaway > Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Ward Hadaway

Banking and finance Tier 1

Acting on the side of both lenders and borrowers, Ward Hadaway handles the full scope of funding and security issues. It assists banks, regional funding bodies and local authorities, as well as funds and private equity and venture capital firms, with particular expertise in managing investments and structuring transactions. The team also has the ability to draw on the expertise of the firm’s real estate, agriculture, tax, state aid and competition departments. Department head Imogen Holland is adept at handling the debt elements of private equity transactions, among other issues. Julie Harrison is noted for her wide-ranging career spanning over three decades, placing a particular recent emphasis on advising registered providers and social enterprises.

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The support and the close relationship that we have formed with Ward Hadaway’s team over the years have underpinned their retention as our firm of choice in this particular field. The vested interest into our company means that the team has a full understanding of our desire and ability to grow; this is only possible through developing a working relationship that goes above and beyond the normal understanding of a working relationship.

Ward Hadaway’s offering and services are first-class, with no weaknesses.

I have worked with Ward Hadaway for more than 20 years. The firm is well-established across Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester. All partners and lawyers I deal with are first-rate and incredibly proactive; I have a tremendous amount of confidence in the work that they carry out for me, and I also value highly their input and advice.

Our experience of working with Simon Errington, Julie Harrison and Imogen Holland is always extremely positive.

Imogen Holland and her team have worked with our company for over ten years and have always delivered what was expected, whilst at the same time managing our own expectations both in terms of timescale and realistic goals.

Key clients

Royal Bank of Scotland / National Westminster Bank

Santander UK

Cynergy Bank


FW Capital

Lloyds Bank

BGF Investment Management

Inn Collection Group

The Council of the City of Newcastle

Commercial litigation: Newcastle Tier 1

The sizeable practice at regional market leader Ward Hadaway offers a full range of commercial litigation services to both public and private sector clients. Peter Hornsey sits at the helm of the department, which has particular strength in professional negligence, procurement disputes and claims arising out of private finance initiative (PFI) projects. Robert Glassford specialises in IP disputes, judicial review claims, and PFI litigation, where he acts for NHS trusts. Martin Woodford is very active in the financial services and tax sectors, and recently handled a £2.5m joint venture dispute on behalf of 260 retail investors — a matter on which he was assisted by standout associate Joe Kelley.

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Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

The Banks Group

Providence Bonds Investor Action Group

Manna Pro Products

Inclusion Housing

NHS England

Mr Terry Huang

Contract Natural Gas

Aldi Stores

NH International (Caribbean)

Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 1

Well known for its housebuilding expertise, Ward Hadaway has also accrued significant experience across a broad range of areas including commercial development, landlord and tenant matters, and real estate finance. Lesley Fairclough acts for commercial and residential developers and jointly heads up the team with Robin Atkin, who specialises in planning. Heather Markham is regularly instructed by clients in the retail, industrial, leisure and charitable sectors. The team often acts in conjunction with the firm’s banking and construction groups in relation to real estate finance instructions; Simon Errington is recommended in this space.

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We have maintained a close working relationship with Ward Hadaway for over 10 years. The team consistently provides accurate information, on the basis of which we are then able to make informed decisions in a timely manner.

The practice provides good services and professional advice within good response times.

Simon Errington remains in contact in order to stay updated with our internal developments, which then allows the team to use that information to our advantage within the local market place.

Key clients

Keepmoat Homes

BDW Trading

Newcastle International Airport

Bannatyne Group

Inn Collection Group


The Northumberland Estates

Story Homes

Virgin Money

Robertson Homes

Gleeson Homes

Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 1

Led by Robert Thompson, Ward Hadaway’s corporate team is noted for the volume of M&A transactions handled during the past year; it is sought out by clients to advise on issues arising in the recruitment, independent healthcare and waste sectors, among others. The group benefits from the transactional expertise of Katherine Hay-Heddle and Tom Pollard, who are regularly retained by large public and private companies as well as private equity houses. On the commercial side, the team led by Colin Hewitt focuses on high-value outsourcing deals, placing a particular emphasis on the highly regulated insurance and banking industries. Damien Charlton draws on his ‘extensive knowledge of commercial law’ to handle outsourcing arrangements. Associate Clare French is also noted.

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Damien Charlton has extensive knowledge of commercial law.

Key clients

Pacifica Group

SHG (Care Villages)

The Bannatyne Group

Northumberland Estates

Total Capital Partners

ScS Group

Mercia Fund Managers

CNG Group

Conviction Investment Partners


CNG Group

Thirteen Homes

Enerpac Tool Group


Paragon Group


Virgin Money

Newcastle international Airport


KCom Group

North East Finance

Northern Powergrid

PD Ports

Your Homes Newcastle

Newcastle City Council

Port of Tyne

Corporate tax Tier 1

Ward Hadaway has an excellent reputation for acting on a wide range of tax issues arising in the context of investments, restructuring and exit planning. The department operates a single partner model, with practice head Paul Christian utilising his corporate law background to assist businesses with their reorganisations, acquisitions and disposals, and employee share arrangements. The group is also able to draw on the expertise of the firm's other departments, particularly the private client practice.

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Highly experienced in all aspects of corporate transactions. Other departments at the firm are also available to provide specialist knowledge – for example, in relation to trusts. Work is well-arranged to meet deadlines.

Paul Christian’s expertise is second to none.

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Bannatyne Group

CNG Group

Northumberland Estates


Employment Tier 1

The team at Ward Hadaway is experienced both in providing commercial advice at the pre-dismissal stage, and in representing employers in contentious matters. The firm has a core focus on two key sector specialisms, namely healthcare, which is an area of expertise for Stuart Craig, and education, in which Graham Vials is the key name to note. Joint practice heads Paul Scope and Jamie Gamble also advise on a range of other matters, including social housing, human capital, and trade union issues. The immigration offering at the firm was strengthened by the arrival of Roisin Patton from Square One Law in January 2020.

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Really gets to know our business and how we operate and is able to have open discussions around multiple solutions/options.

The team is responsive and pro-active, we have key contacts but know that if we need an urgent response there will be someone who can talk to us.

The team has a client-focused problem solving approach which means we are able to positively move issues forwards.

The team at Ward Hadaway are extremely pro-active in their approach with our company. They are accessible at all times which is very important in the hospitality sector.

Graham Vials is really good to work with, he understands our sector and its specific challenges so always considers advice from our perspective, this enables us to fully understand the risks of any action without being overly cautious and preventing positive change.

I fully believe that the individuals we work with at Ward Hadaway are invested in ensuring that our company succeeds on the correct basis. They approach each task with qualities that determine the outcomes in an appropriate manner, which is aligned with our own values.

Key clients

Newcastle United Football Company Ltd


Newcastle Rugby Limited (Newcastle Falcons)

Story Homes Ltd

Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK Limited

City of York Council

North East Ambulance Service

Home Group Limited

Connect Health Ltd

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Energy Tier 1

The department at Ward Hadaway handles the full scope of energy-related issues, but has particularly deep expertise in infrastructure project development, including biomethane and energy-from-waste projects and offshore supply chain matters, as well as issues arising in the mining sector. Another of the team's strength lies in the area of biogas generation projects, where it stands out for handling a high volume of instructions concerning development issues, refinancing, acquisitions and other operational issues. Led by consultant Mark Whitehead, the team often works in conjunction with the firm’s commercial, construction finance, property and corporate groups.

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The team unifies knowledge, experience and the necessary hands-on mentality; this mix is a crucial factor and this is what we are missing at other firms. Mark Whitehead is a perfect example of unifying all this in one person.

Key clients

Actuant Corporation

Wardley Biogas

Blaise Biogas

Northern Powergrid

Contract Natural Gas

Oncoland Energy

EOS Developments

PX Group


Western Biomass

Newcastle International Airport

Pacifica Group

Health Tier 1

The large team at Ward Hadaway fields specialists in a wide range of areas, and assists healthcare organisations across the UK with the full range of advisory and contentious matters. Heading up the practice are Jeffrey Keeble, who is experienced in defending clinical negligence and personal injury cases on behalf of the NHS; Nicola Richardson, who led in the representation of the interests of an Acute Trust during a public inquiry; transactional specialist Melanie Pears; employment law expert Stuart Craig; and Saji Bratch, who is recommended particularly for property matters. Other key names to note at the practice are Robert Rushton and Liz Hackett .

Key clients

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Bexley CCG

NHS North Cumbria CCG

County Durham and Darlington Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

NHS Greenwich CCG

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Carlisle CCG

Hartlepool CCG

South Tees CCG

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

Ward Hadaway fields a dedicated team for insolvency-related work, but is also able to collaborate with the firm’s banking, property and employment departments. Department leader Steven Petrie is a standout practitioner in the area of personal insolvency, where he acts for a mix of mid and top-tier insolvency practitioners, directors, landlords and private individuals. Jane Garvin focuses her practice on corporate advisory and transactional work, and also has experience acting for clients on both sides in asset recovery claims.

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Baker Tilley Creditor Services


Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton


Smith and Williamson


IT and telecoms Tier 1

Ward Hadaway advises clients on a wide variety of IT matters, and aims to provide a technical as well as a legal perspective. Its dealings with both public and private sector customers means the team has particular understanding of the commercial issues on both sides. Along with practice head Colin Hewitt, the team also includes data protection expert Judy Baker and Alex Shiel, who has extensive experience of dealing with large-scale IT procurement and outsourcing projects. In addition to its strong regional client base, the firm also works with IT companies in continental Europe and the US.

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Judy Baker is a data protection specialist.

Always available to give advice and that advice is delivered in a clear and consistent language that can be understood.

Judy Baker was particularly helpful and informative over the length of the project and we managed to deliver the required result within deadline.

Key clients

Sage Global Services Ltd

Northern Powergrid

A Share & Sons Ltd t/a ScS

Fentimans Ltd

Isagenix International LLC

One on One Sherpa LLC

Bannatyne Fitness Ltd

Technology Services Ltd t/a TSG

Communisis UK Ltd

Performance Horizon Group t/a Partnerize

CISV International Ltd

True Potential Group Ltd

North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

City Electrical Factors Ltd

Personal injury and clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

The team at Ward Hadaway has a strong track record of work on claims involving severe injuries, particularly birth injuries, on behalf of defendants throughout the North. The practice is jointly headed by Jeffrey Keeble - 'a walking encyclopaedia of health care law' - who frequently advises NHS trusts on diverse issues including consent, confidentiality, capacity, and mental health as part of an urgent response team, and Nicola Richardson, an experienced advocate at the Coroner’s Court, where she frequently represents NHS clients at contentious inquests. Risk management is another key area of focus for the firm.


The team has an incredibly strong group of clinical negligence experts.

The team has a broad and sound technical ability, they are extremely bright and able, and they go the extra mile for their clients.

Thorough in preparation and analysis.

Jeffrey Keeble is a walking encyclopaedia of health care law. He is very approachable and puts witnesses at ease with his gentle manner.

Lisa Evans is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. Able to turn things around quickly and understands the constraints of public sectors.

Gillian Muir is fantastic. Highly intelligent, patient, unflappable and experienced.

Key clients

NHS Resolution

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation

North-East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Planning and environment Tier 1

Ward Hadaway fields a ‘confident and capable’ planning team which provides the full scope of contentious and non-contentious planning-related services. The group’s offering is additionally bolstered by the in-house cooperation between teams of planning lawyers, chartered town planners and planning technicians, with particular strength in the commercial, public, development and heritage sectors. Robin Atkin has expertise in village green and highways matters, and shares the leadership of the department with Kamran Hyder, who handles issues pertaining to highways and compulsory purchase law. Clients recommend the expertise of ‘enthusiastic and very professional’ associate Nick Gholkar, who has a dual specialism in planning and property development.

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Ward Hadaway’s team understands our commercial pressures and requirements with minimal briefing and is quick to clarify risks and strategies.

Very strong, commercial team with lots of experience. Confident and capable. We always get a response on the same day which is very helpful. All solicitors I have met are great to work with.

All lawyers are very responsive, when speed is often being required. Their advice is robust and to the point.

I mainly worked with associate Nick Gholkar, who stands out because he is enthusiastic and very professional, and provides same-day responses.

Key clients

Barratt Homes

Northumberland Estates (Duke of Northumberland’s Operating Company)

David Wilson Homes

Keepmoat Homes

Banks Group

Strata Homes

Darlington Borough Council

West Cumbria Mining

Kirklees Council

Newcastle International Airport

Galliford Try

Thirteen Homes

Karbon Homes

Hartlepool Borough Council

Property litigation Tier 1

Ward Hadaway's dedicated property litigation team has longstanding experience representing commercial landlords and tenants in disputes relating to service charges, dilapidations, lease renewals and business tenancies, among others. The department also has a strong track record in disputes involving the interpretation of property contracts. Sharon Mathieson leads the department and splits her time between the firm's offices in Newcastle and Leeds.

Charities and not-for-profit Tier 2

The team at Ward Hadaway undertakes a breadth of work - as well as providing property and employment services to specialised charities, the practice also assists public, corporate, and private sector clients with their dealings with charities and social enterprises, in particular where they are acting as trustees of charity assets. For advice concerning both contentious and non-contentious trust and estate issues, Gaynor Jackson is the key name to note. The team also includes practice head and social housing expert Colin Hewitt and property specialist Kevin Weston.

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Newcastle University

CISV International

Sherburn House Charity

Changing Lives

Finchale College

Virgin Money Foundation

Sir James Knott Trust

Newcastle University Development Trust

County Durham Community Foundation

Construction Tier 2

The construction and engineering practice at Ward Hadaway places a particular emphasis on commercial property and public sector projects. The team is noted for its varied sector-specific expertise, which includes the hotel, leisure, energy, pharmaceuticals, mining and engineering industries, among others. Tim Craig heads the department, where Paul Reekie is also a key contact; alongside their expertise in non-contentious matters, both Craig and Reekie have significant experience handling all types of dispute resolution procedures in the construction industry.

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Story Contracting

South Tyneside Council

Inn Collection Group

Thirteen Housing Group

University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

McAleer & Rushe Group

University of Buckingham

Northumberland County Council

Springfield Healthcare

Allied London

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

Jointly headed by high value claims specialist Martin Woodford and consultant Gaynor Jackson, who has a track record of work for charities, the team at Ward Hadaway handles the full range of work in this area, with clients frequently turning to the firm for advice on complex tax issues. Also notable at the practice is associate Joe Kelley, who acts on behalf of private individuals, families, trustees and charities in a wide range of complex disputes, including breach of trust claims, and testamentary capacity challenges.

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The firm’s overall level of service is outstanding and very competitively priced.

Gaynor Jackson’s knowledge in all areas of contentious probate, estate administration and taxation is outstanding and we are confident that we receive the best and most appropriate advice from her and from the team who support her.

Debt recovery Tier 2

Traditionally, Ward Hadaway is very active in commercial debt recovery in the credit hire arena, particularly in relation to construction and vehicle hire. Of recent note, the team’s growing client roster also testifies to its increasing presence in the local authority debt space. In seeking to enhance its case management efficiency, the group's workflow now integrates specialist debt recovery system Liberate. Insolvency experts Steven Petrie and Jane Garvin share leadership of the department and are ably assisted by recently promoted associate Vicki Alexander.

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‘The team give excellent support and detailed explanations of issues faced by the local authority.’

‘We have worked closely with Steven Petrie and Vicki Alexander – both have given us excellent service and support.’

Key clients

Cemex UK Operations

London Borough of Bexley

Education Tier 2

The majority of MATs in the North of England instruct the education team at Ward Hadaway. The firm provides a range of legal services for such clients, handling the full spectrum of contentious and advisory work. As well as advising on the requirements for school to academy conversions, the practice also assists with employment and transactional matters. Joint practice heads Graham Vials and Tim Care focus on academy conversions and employment related matters respectively. On the contentious side, the team represents clients in discrimination and unfair dismissal cases.  

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Advance Learning Partnership

Delta Academies Trust

Co-operative Academies Trust

WISE Academies

The Durham Diocesan Multi Academy Trust

Leeds City Council

Horsforth School

Impact Education MAT

De Ferrers Academy Trust

Northern Education Trust

Family Tier 2

Sarah Crilly advises on the full range of issues relating to relationship breakdowns at Ward Hadaway, with fellow practice head Jonathan Flower leading on work relating to children and safeguarding. The team frequently acts on high-net-worth divorces with international elements, touching on jurisdictions including the US, Germany, Greece, Spain, and Turkey. The practice includes disputes experts who specialise in matters relating to domestic and international relocations, injuries to children and adoption issues. Also recommended is associate Louise Cannell-Mirza, an advocate and practitioner specialising in children law.

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Trustworthy and reliable.

All questions are answered very quickly and effectively and communication, both oral and written, is first class.

Louise Dodd is patient, pleasant and very easy to work with.

Holli Morgan, Sarah Crilly and Vicki Alexander are the three standout performers delivering excellent customer service.

Intellectual property Tier 2

Key areas of focus for the team at Ward Hadaway include working with clients on on matters relating to research and development, international technology licensing, and collaboration deals involving IP exploitation. The team also works with bluechip brand owners, advising them on the full range of trade mark registration and portfolio management matters. The practice is led by IP and IT head Alex Shiel; he works with Bill Goodwin, who handles both contentious and advisory work, and data protection specialist Judy Baker.

Key clients

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Newcastle International Airport


The Scout Association

Newcastle Building Society

TRB Chemedica

Blade Offshore Services

Tech Nation (previously Tech City UK)

Unika Innovations Limited

Catapult Venture Managers

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

Ward Hadaway's team assists clients with a wide range of matters, ranging from succession and inheritance tax planning, to advising on complex and living wills, to international estate administration. Practice head Andrew Facer is frequently instructed by entrepreneurial and landed clients to advise on succession structures involving companies, partnerships, foreign property, pension funds, and ownership of land, often within complex family circumstances. Also notable at the firm is inheritance specialist Gaynor Jackson, who carries out a range of work including advising on probate issues, and matters regarding capacity where an inheritance is called into question.

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Excellent mix of experienced and younger lawyers and great strength in manifold areas of private client and trust work. The size of the practice makes it a formidable force in the North East.

The team has great knowledge and the ability to handle all kinds of client scenarios.

Andrew Facer stands out by getting off the fence and giving clear views based on his considerable experience and deep insight into client circumstances.

Social housing Tier 2

Ward Hadaway ‘goes the extra mile’ in acting for a variety of registered providers operating on a local, regional and national scale. Julia Thomson and Colin Hewitt lead the practice, which handles matters ranging from development advice to low-cost home ownership disposals. The team can also draw upon the expertise of the firm's Leeds office, where national social housing group leader John Murray is a go-to contact. Fiona Wharton departed to Wrigleys Solicitors LLP .

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The social housing team goes that extra mile – it is always available at the end of a phone line for general advice and assistance.

Agriculture and estates Tier 3

Understanding the particular needs of private landowners, farmers, rural businesses, and financial organisations is a key strength of the team at Ward Hadaway. The firm also frequently assists land agents with taxation advice. Jointly heading up the practice are transactional expert Alex CoxStefan Bainbridge , who frequently acts for mineral owners in the negotiation of prospecting and option agreements, and the grant of leases; land use and planning adviser Neil Robson; and Andrew Facer, who deals with trust and asset protection issues.  


Ward Hadaway offers a diverse range of professional skills.

Stefan Bainbridge is a highly skilled agricultural solicitor.

Key clients

Northumberland National Park Authority

University of Newcastle

The Banks Group

Woodland Trust

Welbeck Estates

Canal & River Trust

Land Trust

Social housing Tier 2

Ward Hadaway is active in all areas of the social housing sphere across the North of England, handling planning and development work, financing issues, housing management mandates and litigation for local authorities and housing associations. Leeds-based John Murray takes the lead on housing management matters, particularly contentious issues including dilapidation and repair claims, landlord and tenant issues, and leasing disputes. Simon Thirtle made partner in 2019 and is recommended for his specialist litigation advice to registered housing providers.

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Banking and finance Tier 3

Ward Hadaway acts for lender and borrower clients on a range of matters, with a particular strength in real estate and development financings; the team advises several international banks on the financing of development projects in Central and Eastern Europe. Julie Harrison is the firm's overall head of banking and finance, while Mark Smith is a highly experienced partner in the Leeds office with notable expertise in the peer-to-peer funding market.

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Assetz SME Capital Limited

Santander UK Plc

Royal Bank of Scotland Plc

Barclays Bank PLC

Clydesdale/Yorkshire Bank

South Yorkshire Pensions Authority

Oakapple Group

Lloyds Bank Plc

West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Relendex Group

Commercial property: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 3

Headed up by Kevin Weston, the team at Ward Hadaway advises residential property developers, charities, banks and corporate occupiers on a range of matters encompassing lending and property finance work, property acquisitions, development and regeneration projects, and disposals. The firm's work for charities encompasses complex sector-specific issues, including land restoration matters and compulsory purchase orders, necessitating a multidisciplinary team able to act across the full range of matters. This work is primarily led by Jonathan Dickson, while Andrew Pliener specialises in residential matters.

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We mainly deal with Kevin Weston and Alicia Vickers both of whom give outstanding service with prompt, easy to understand advice. Nothing is too much trouble.

Key clients

Canal & River Trust

Allied London

The Land Restoration Trust

Kirklees Council

Wakefield Council

Keepmoat Homes

Harron Homes

Strata Homes

BDW Trading Limited

OCS Group

Contract Natural Gas

Eshton Investments Limited and Eshton Developments

Springfield Healthcare



Employment: Leeds and West Yorkshire; North Yorkshire Tier 3

Ward Hadaway’s employment practice head Harmajinder Hayre is a key adviser to local and national clients on HR governance work, TUPE, restructurings, trade union negotiations, grievance policies and equal pay matters. Associate Flora Mewies also assists with business immigration matters, while Edward Nuttman and solicitor Andrew Craven defend clients in tribunal proceedings, with notable experience in self-employed worker status disputes. Sector strengths include the healthcare, transport and public sectors.

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‘The team understand our business very well. They react swiftly to our requirements which are often urgent.’

‘Harmajinder Hayre. He has a thorough knowledge of our company and is always available even at no, or short, notice. He always gives a choice of options and advises which is best for us.’

‘Accessible and responsive’

‘Harmjinder Hayre and Flora Mewies provided good service’

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RATP London



City of Bradford Metropolitan Council

Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council

StageCoach NorthEast

MMCG/Countrywide Care Homes

Keepmoat Limited

American Essentials UK Limited / Fourteen Eighty Five UK

Grosvenor Integrated Services Limited

Help-Link UK Limited

Nisa Retail Group

C&C Insurance Limited

Family Tier 3

Ward Hadaway’s family team is in growth mode and focuses on traditional family matters including relationship breakdowns and financial remedy cases, with particular experience in private and public law children disputes, and safeguarding children work for the NHS and other parties. Christine Barker and a group of four other lawyers joined the firm from Laytons LLP in 2020.

IT and telecoms Tier 3

At Ward Hadaway , commercial IT matters are handled by Gareth Yates and Bill Goodwin, with an emphasis on advising supplier-side businesses on complex software licensing negotiations. The team also has expertise in dealing with platforms involving sensitive patient data and other data privacy obligations, and provides due diligence advice relating to transactions involving tech-forward businesses. Yates also handles IT disputes including matters relating to historic software licenses.

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Technology Services Group


For Fusion

Communisis plc


Manheim / Cox Automotive


Vapour Media

Yorkshire Housing


Mercia Technologies plc

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 3

The private client department at Ward Hadaway's Leeds office provides estate planning advice including assisting with business succession issues. Working closely with the corporate, commercial and family departments, the team provides bespoke advice to individuals and family business owners. Group co-head Andrew Facer has particular expertise in acting for entrepreneurial and landed clients, while fellow co-head Andrew Evans deals estate planning matters.

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I have known the team for many years, and I find the service of high quality, very personable with a high level of knowledge amongst them.

Andrew Evans is very personable, offering a high level of service, together with a very sound advice which the clients are looking for.

“Cover a good cross section of services. Very helpful and friendly team. Quick to respond/act.”

Andrew Evans, extremely approachable and friendly, explaining legal matters in a very client friendly way.”

Ability to work as a cohesive unit – from Partner to PA they will always offer support however mundane the matter might be. Deadlines are always met & if documents are required by a certain time they will always be waiting for you. First class & joined up service.

Andrew Evans always goes that extra mile – he takes time to fully understand your concerns and then acts accordingly. He is approachable & will help you understand all the legal aspects of your proposal. He’s friendly and builds up a good rapport with clients.”

I believe the personality within the private client team is what makes them unique. They are diverse team and keen to help.

Commercial litigation: Manchester Tier 4

Ward Hadaway's commercial litigation team attracts praise for its 'commerciality, foresight and tactical planning'. Newcastle-based Peter Hornsey leads the practice, which was bolstered by the arrival of Nichola Evans, who is 'remarkable in high-stakes litigation', from Browne Jacobson LLP.

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Great commerciality, foresight and tactical planning.

I consider Ward Hadaway to have a vast array of technical specialities. If one of the team is unable to assist, they will always pass you onto a colleague who can.

The firm has a very forward-looking approach. They are very progressive insofar as they have a firmly international outlook despite not having a London office. This is a testament to their confidence. They have particularly impressive contact with China and Chinese litigation.’

Nichola Evans is remarkable in high-stakes litigation: commercially focused, a strong litigator who is comfortable dealing with and directing complex litigation, highly personable with clients, adaptable and promotes the use of ADR to resolve disputes.

Nichola Evans builds an exceptional client relationship, based on empathy and her ability to communicate advice in a clear and comprehensible way.

Corporate and commercial: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

In Ward Hadaway’s corporate practice, Adrian Ballam was recently recruited from Schofield Sweeney and has a notable track record in acquisitions, disposals, joint venture agreements and demergers, acting for corporate clients and private equity funds. James Nightingale rounds out the Leeds-based partnership with M&A expertise in the energy, healthcare and IT sectors.

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Allied London

Bagel Nash Limited


CNG (Group) Limited

Evifile Limited

Interactive Digital Systems

Mercia Technologies

Solingen Private Equity Limited

SHG (Care Villages) Limited

Horizon Platforms

Family: Leeds, West Yorkshire, North Yorkshire Tier 4

Ward Hadaway advises clients on high-value divorce settlements, with some cases containing significant cross-border asset considerations. The team also works with carers, children and guardians in care proceedings and child safeguarding matters. The practice is led by Jonathan Flower , with Andrea Dyer also playing a key role in complex financial cases.

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Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 5

Ward Hadaway aims to distinguish itself from its rivals with a specific focus on the SME and OMB markets. Sean FitzGerald, who helms the department, has a track record of work on sales, acquisitions, mergers and private equity deals. The group's other expertise includes venture capital investments, restructurings and reorganisations, with sector expertise covering the biomedical, engineering and manufacturing sectors through to retail, technology and media.

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The Brecks Company

Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Maven Capital Partners UK LLP

Enterprise Ventures

Mike Colling & Company

JSA Services Limited

Neville Johnson Group

Eurocamp Limited

Kingdom Services Group Limited

Mercia Fund Management Limited

Holchem Laboratories Limited

Intellectual property Tier 5

Ward Hadaway’s IP practice supports early-stage businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurial clients on brand protection and exploitation matters under the leadership of Bill Goodwin. Recent matters include advising on trade mark and design prosecutions, filing issues, licensing work and enforcement applications for manufacturing, IT and consumer electronics businesses.

Practice head(s):

Key clients




Pico Fitness Holdings Limited


Business and IP Centres (BIPC) in Leeds and Manchester

British Educational Suppliers Association

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 and expanded considerably 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 acumen. Its track record for investing in talented young lawyers and developing their careers is particularly impressive, as demonstrated by the fact that many of its 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.

As a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the firm has invested significant time and resource ensuring that our clients receive the same high service standards they are used to.  This includes development of a COVID-19 hub on our website to provide clients with up to date information on all topics relating to the pandemic. We have also invested heavily in technology to allow our teams to easily transition to home working.

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.

Built environment: 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 house builders, 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.

Employment: the firm has a hugely experienced team with a reputation for high quality work and client-focused, accessible advice. It looks after a broad spectrum of employers across every sector, including: trading businesses ranging from SMEs to major national and international plcs; schools and academies; social housing; local Government; NHS Trusts and other healthcare providers and charities.

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.

Offices: Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle

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
 Vicki Alexander  photo Vicki Alexander Associate
Mr Richard Arnot  photo Mr Richard Arnot Partner
Mr Robin Atkin  photo Mr Robin Atkin Partner
Mr Stefan Bainbridge  photo Mr Stefan Bainbridge Partner
Ms Judy Baker  photo Ms Judy Baker Partner
 Adrian Ballam  photo Adrian Ballam Partner
Ms Debbie Bird  photo Ms Debbie Bird Paralegal
 Saji Bratch photo Saji Bratch Partner
Mr Richard Butts  photo Mr Richard Butts Partner
Ms Louise Cannell-Mirza  photo Ms Louise Cannell-Mirza Associate
Mr Tim Care  photo Mr Tim Care Partner
Mr Damien Charlton  photo Mr Damien Charlton Partner
Mr Paul Christian  photo Mr Paul Christian Partner
Mr Ian Collinson  photo Mr Ian Collinson Consultant
Mr Alex Cox  photo Mr Alex Cox Partner
Mr Stuart Craig  photo Mr Stuart Craig Partner
Mr Tim Craig  photo Mr Tim Craig Partner, Head of Construction
Ms Sarah Crilly  photo Ms Sarah Crilly Partner
Mr Simon Errington  photo Mr Simon Errington Head of Property Services (Newcastle)
 Nichola Evans  photo Nichola Evans Partner
Ms Lisa Evans  photo Ms Lisa Evans Partner
Mr Andrew Facer  photo Mr Andrew Facer Partner, Head of Private Client
Ms Lesley Fairclough  photo Ms Lesley Fairclough Partner, Head of Development
Mr Jonathan Flower  photo Mr Jonathan Flower Partner, Head of Family and Matrimonial
 Clare French photo Clare French Associate
Mr Jamie Gamble  photo Mr Jamie Gamble Partner
Ms Jane Garvin  photo Ms Jane Garvin Partner
 Nick Gholkar photo Nick Gholkar Associate
Mr Robert Glassford  photo Mr Robert Glassford Partner 
Mr Stephen Graham  photo Mr Stephen Graham Partner, Head of Licensing and Regulatory
Mr Jeremy Hardy  photo Mr Jeremy Hardy Associate
Ms Katherine Hay-Heddle  photo Ms Katherine Hay-Heddle Partner
Mr Colin Hewitt  photo Mr Colin Hewitt Partner, Head of Commercial Law
Mr Bernard Hodgson  photo Mr Bernard Hodgson Partner
Ms Imogen Holland  photo Ms Imogen Holland Partner
Mr Peter Hornsey  photo Mr Peter Hornsey Partner – Head of Commercial Litigation
Mr Martin Hulls  photo Mr Martin Hulls Partner, Head of Corporate
Ms Julie Huntingdon  photo Ms Julie Huntingdon Partner
Mr Kamran Hyder  photo Mr Kamran Hyder Partner
Ms Gaynor Jackson  photo Ms Gaynor Jackson Consultant
Mr Jeffrey Keeble  photo Mr Jeffrey Keeble Partner, Head of Litigation and Healthcare
Mr Joe Kelley  photo Mr Joe Kelley Associate
Ms Kerri Kershaw  photo Ms Kerri Kershaw Associate
Mr Tristan Mander  photo Mr Tristan Mander Associate
Ms Heather Markham  photo Ms Heather Markham Partner
Ms Sharon Mathieson  photo Ms Sharon Mathieson Partner
Ms Gillian Muir  photo Ms Gillian Muir Partner
Mr Dean Murray  photo Mr Dean Murray Partner 
Ms Kathryn Myers  photo Ms Kathryn Myers Partner
Mr James Nightingale  photo Mr James Nightingale Partner
Mr Roger O’Donnell  photo Mr Roger O’Donnell Partner, Head of Personal Injury
Ms Helen O’Neill  photo Ms Helen O’Neill Partner
 Roisin Patton  photo Roisin Patton Partner
Ms Melanie Pears  photo Ms Melanie Pears Partner
Mr Steven Petrie  photo Mr Steven Petrie Partner
 Tom Pollard photo Tom Pollard Partner
Mr Paul Reekie  photo Mr Paul Reekie Partner 
Ms Nicola Richardson  photo Ms Nicola Richardson Partner 
Mr Neil Robson  photo Mr Neil Robson Partner, Head of Property
Mr Alan Ross  photo Mr Alan Ross Associate
Ms Robert Rushton  photo Ms Robert Rushton Partner
Mr Paul Scope  photo Mr Paul Scope Partner
Ms Cheryl Scott  photo Ms Cheryl Scott Licensing Assistant
Mr Alex Shiel  photo Mr Alex Shiel Partner, Head of IP/IT
Ms Cassandra Spenseley  photo Ms Cassandra Spenseley Associate
Mr Robert Thompson  photo Mr Robert Thompson Partner 
Ms Julia Thomson  photo Ms Julia Thomson Partner
Mr Joe Thornhill  photo Mr Joe Thornhill Consultant 
Mr Phil Tompkins  photo Mr Phil Tompkins Partner
Mr Tim Toomey  photo Mr Tim Toomey Partner
Mr Graham Vials  photo Mr Graham Vials Partner
Ms Carole Ward  photo Ms Carole Ward Associate
Mr Russell Ward  photo Mr Russell Ward Partner
Mr Mark Whitehead  photo Mr Mark Whitehead Consultant
Mr Martin Woodford  photo Mr Martin Woodford Partner
Number of UK partners : 85+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 190+