Firm Profile > Ward Hadaway > Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Ward Hadaway
SANDGATE HOUSE
102 QUAYSIDE
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE1 3DX
England

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.

Practice head(s):

Julie Harrison

Other key lawyers:

Imogen Holland; Simon Errington

Testimonials

The team has a broad level of experience and cross-border transactions

Key clients

Barclays Bank plc

Santander UK plc

Royal Bank of Scotland plc/NatWest Bank plc

Allied Irish Bank

FW Capital

Clinical negligence: defendant Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Keeble; Nicola Richardson

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 litigation: Newcastle Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Peter Hornsey

Other key lawyers:

Robert Glassford; Martin Woodford; Tim Toomey; Russell Ward; Joe Kelley

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHSFT

The Banks Group

Providence Bonds Investor Action Group

Utilitywise plc

NHS England

Virgin Money plc

Commercial property: Newcastle Tier 1

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 AtkinHeather Markham is recommended for commercial property work, with particular expertise in the charitable sector.

Practice head(s):

Lesley Fairclough; Robin Atkin

Other key lawyers:

Alex Cox; Alex Wright; Simon Errington; Helen O’Neill; Saji Bratch; Neil Smith; Sophie Bohill; Heather Markham

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Keepmoat Homes

BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes)

Newcastle International Airport

Bannatyne Group

Aldi Stores

Corporate and commercial: Newcastle Tier 1

At Ward HadawayRobert 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.

Practice head(s):

Robert Thompson; Colin Hewitt

Other key lawyers:

Katherine Hay-Heddle; Damien Charlton; Tom Pollard; James Nightingale; Matthew Cormack; Steven Roper

Testimonials

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.

Key clients

Pacifica Group

Springfield Home Care Services

The Bannatyne Group

ASDA

Nissan

Virgin Money

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Christian

Key clients

Bannatyne Group Plc

CNG Group

Lookers plc

Pacifica Group

Northumberland Estates

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.

Practice head(s):

Paul Scope; Jamie Gamble

Other key lawyers:

Stuart Craig; Graham Vials; James English

Testimonials

‘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’

Key clients

Newcastle United Football Company

NCG – Newcastle College Group

Newcastle Rugby

Story Homes

Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK

Merck Sharp and Dohme

Utilitywise

Home Group

Connect Health

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.

Practice head(s):

Mark Whitehead

Key clients

Actuant Corporation

Wardley Biogas

Northern Powergrid

DeepOcean Group

Utilitywise plc

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.

Practice head(s):

Robin Atkin

Other key lawyers:

Kamran Hyder; Neil Robson; Frank Orr; Nick Gholkar

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Barratt Homes

Northumberland Estates

Story Homes

Keepmoat Homes

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.

Practice head(s):

Jeffrey Keeble; Melanie Pears; Stuart Craig; Saji Bratch

Key clients

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

Insolvency and corporate recovery Tier 1

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.

Practice head(s):

Jane Garvin; Steven Petrie

Other key lawyers:

Laura Keegan

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Mazars

RSM

Baker Tilley Creditor Services

KPMG

Begbies Traynor

Grant Thornton

Deloitte

Smith and Williamson

FRP

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.

Practice head(s):

Colin Hewitt

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘The team always provides excellent and timely advice’

‘Highly recommended’

‘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’

Key clients

KCOM plc

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

Dealogic Ltd

Swiftpage International Ltd

Heartscan 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.

Practice head(s):

Stephen Graham; Richard Arnot

Key clients

Co-op Group Food – BW check: does this mean Co-op? JF:Changed

Iceland Foodstores

Tesco

Gainford Hotels

Malmaison Hotels/Hotel du Vin (Fraser Hospitality)

Lane 7

Harbour Hotels

Pub Culture

Dominus Hotels

Inn Collections

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.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Mathieson

Other key lawyers:

Jeremy Hardy; Kirsty Smith

Key clients

Barratt

Canal & River Trust

Virgin Money

Newcastle Airport

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Aldi

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.

Practice head(s):

Neil Robson; Stefan Bainbridge; Alex Cox; Andrew Facer

Key clients

Northumberland National Park Authority

University of Newcastle

Barclays Bank plc

The Banks Group

Woodland Trust

Welbeck Estates

Canal & River Trust

Land Trust

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.

Practice head(s):

Fiona Wharton

Other key lawyers:

Key clients

We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Tim Craig

Other key lawyers:

Paul Reekie; Alan Ross; Neil Williamson

Testimonials

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

Key clients

McAleer & Rushe Group

Newcastle Science Central LLP

Sage UK plc

Arch (Development Projects) Ltd/Advance Northumberland (Developments)

The Co-Operative Academies Trust

Contentious trusts and probate Tier 2

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 HadawaySteven 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.

Practice head(s):

Steven Petrie

Key clients

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.

Practice head(s):

Tim Care; Graham Vials; Frank Suttie

Testimonials

‘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.’

Key clients

Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT)

Delta Academies Trust

Co-operative Academies Trust

WISE Academies

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.

Practice head(s):

Jonathan Flower; Sarah Crilly

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Alex Shiel; Judy Baker; Bill Goodwin

Key clients

University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Teesside University

ScS

The Brooke Hospital for Animals

Newcastle Building Society

PCCA Limited (formerly The Specials Laboratory)

Snorkel Europe

Tech Nation (previously Tech City UK)

Northumberland National Park Authority

Immunodiagnostic Systems (IDS) plc

Personal tax, trusts and probate Tier 2

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Facer

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Julia Thomson; Colin Hewitt

Other key lawyers:

Helen O’Neill

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Livin Housing

Thirteen Group

Byker Community Trust

Home Group

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.

Practice head(s):

Roger O’Donnell

Testimonials

‘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.’

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.

Practice head(s):

John Murray

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Bernicia

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.

Practice head(s):

Mark Smith

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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.

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

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.

Practice head(s):

Kevin Weston

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Harmajinder Hayre

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

‘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

FirstGroup

Hisense

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

NOE CPC

NHS SBS

NHS Resolution

WYLAW

Family Tier 3

Ward Hadaway's family team has a strong reputation for its work for successful business figures, entrepreneurs and sports stars, with a track record of advising on financial remedy cases and matters involving children. Martin Karran heads the team and also handles a wide range of complex financial claims relating to business and family assets.

Practice head(s):

Martin Karran

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.

Practice head(s):

Gareth Yates; Bill Goodwin

Testimonials

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

SAP

Technology Services Group

KCOM PLC

For Fusion

Communisis plc

Nexus

Manheim / Cox Automotive

Whocanfixmycar.com

Hisense

Vapour Media

Corporate and commercial: Manchester Tier 4

Ward Hadaway focuses on the SME, OMB and family business markets, providing advice on sales, acquisitions, mergers, investments and private equity deals. Other areas of expertise include venture capital investments, disposals, reorganisations, restructurings and refinancings. Key client sectors include biomedical, recruitment, engineering and manufacturing, professional services, pharmaceutical, healthcare, media and technology, leisure and retail. Sean FitzGerald heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Sean FitzGerald

Other key lawyers:

Melanie Yeomans; Paul Johnson; Rachel Clarkson

Testimonials

Professional and positive approach to corporate transactions’.

‘Deliver the required result in a timely and efficient manner’.

Key clients

Vodat Communications Group Limited

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

Key Capital Partners

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrea Dyer

Testimonials

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.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Facer; Andrew Evans

Testimonials

‘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.

Practice head(s):

Sharon Mathieson

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Key clients

Barratt

Canal & River Trust

Virgin Money

Nexus

Newcastle Airport

Allied London

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

Northumberland Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Aldi

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.

Practice head(s):

Philip Jordan

Other key lawyers:

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.

Practice head(s):

Bill Goodwin

Other key lawyers:

Testimonials

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

Key clients

SAP

Eurocamp

Hisense

Communisis

Sage

Whocanfixmycar.com 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 Joe Kelley  photo Mr Joe Kelley
Number of UK partners : 85+
Number of other UK fee-earners : 190+