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Ward Hadaway

SANDGATE HOUSE, 102 QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DX, ENGLAND
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Work 0191 204 4000
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Fax 0191 204 4001
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730360 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE-30
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www.wardhadaway.com
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

North: Corporate and commercial

Corporate and commercial: Newcastle
Corporate and commercial: Newcastle - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

The ‘very good’ team at Ward Hadaway ‘provides a superb service’ and ‘focuses on getting the right result for the client’. On the transactional front the practice handles a wide range of corporate transactions and MBOs alongside venture capital and private equity work, while the commercial group led by Colin Hewitt advises on director duties and governance matters, trading structures and commercial agreements. He works closely with the ‘pragmatic and client-focused’ Damien Charlton, who is noted for his strength in handling outsourcing and other long-term commercial contracts. In the corporate space, practice head Martin Hulls acted for the HMC Group in selling Helen McArdle Care to HC-One, comprising a portfolio of 20 care homes, while Katherine Hay-Heddle advised the shareholders of the software company Kykloud on the sale of US-based Accruent, and Tom Pollard assisted the Bannatyne Group with five corporate acquisitions. Other clients include private equity investor Total Capital Partners, the Business Growth Fund and Nissan.

Leading individuals

Colin Hewitt - Ward Hadaway

Martin Hulls - Ward Hadaway

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

The team at Ward Hadaway is led by Paul Christian , who has specialist expertise in transactional tax alongside employee share incentives and other employee benefits. He acted alongside colleagues from the corporate team for the shareholders of Kykloud on employee share options as part of the sale of the software company to US-based Accruent. In other work, the team advised the HMC Group on tax matters arising from the sale of Helen McArdle Care to HC-One, assisted an education sector client with VAT issues, and provided a different client with reorganisation-related tax advice. Other key areas of expertise include tax structuring, corporation tax and stamp duty matters.

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North: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway is well versed in handling a wide range of contentious and non-contentious licensing work: co-heads Richard Arnot and Stephen Graham routinely represent clients in various licensing application proceedings - including contested licensing applications - before licensing committees and at appeal. Arnot represented a Leeds-based lap-dancing venue operator in proceedings following an objection to a licence renewal which was subsequently overturned, and assisted Pub Culture with the licensing arrangements for various venues including The Fire Station, The Peacock and The Dun Cow. Other clients include a number of supermarket chains, large and small hotel groups, sporting venues, internet sales companies and takeaways.

Leading individuals

Richard Arnot - Ward Hadaway

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North: Dispute resolution

Commercial litigation: Newcastle
Commercial litigation: Newcastle - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Covering a broad range of commercial litigation, Ward Hadaway’s ‘very professional, knowledgeable and honest’ team ‘is one of the big players in the Newcastle and North East commercial disputes market’ and stands out for its ‘good communication skills, well-prepared advice and careful analysis’. Acting for a number of NHS trusts, Martin Woodford represented Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in a dispute with the Bank of Scotland pertaining to a termination notice for a multimillion-pound PFI agreement, while, in other work, team head Peter Hornsey represented Ebac in a manufacturing dispute with STMicroelectronics pertaining to faulty dehumidifiers manufactured by the defendant. In another key mandate, Robert Glassford defended the family-owned energy and property development business, the Banks Group, against a claim concerning a joint venture company and the acquisition of land for residential development in Durham, while the ‘very approachable’ Russell Ward, who divides his time between Newcastle and Leeds, defended the Newcastle College Group (NCG) against defamation and professional negligence claims brought by a former employee. The ‘very responsive’ Tim Toomey has particular expertise in insurance and IT disputes and professional negligence matters. Consultant Ian Collinson and associate Joe Kelley are also recommended.

Leading individuals

Martin Woodford - Ward Hadaway

Next generation lawyers

Joe Kelley - Ward Hadaway

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

The team at Ward Hadaway is led by Steven Petrie, who is adept at defending individuals and companies and particularly experienced in advising insolvency practitioners and accountants on a wide range of corporate and personal insolvency matters. Paralegal Debbie Bird regularly receives instructions from a broad range of clients including electrical and construction suppliers, property management companies, surveyors, private schools, nurseries, car dealerships and letting agents.

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North: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

The ‘strong and proactive’ team at Ward Hadaway stands out for its ‘excellent response times’ and ‘tenacious approach to solving challenging issues’, while ‘maintaining high standards at all times’. Team head Julie Harrison (who ‘regularly goes the extra mile for clients') advised Santander UK on the provision of term loan facilities to North East Property Fund, which included assisting with fund structuring and state aid matters. The practice also advised Bannatyne Fitness on various funding issues, including acquisition funding and funding arrangements, while the ‘skilled’ Imogen Holland assisted Newcastle City Council with a loan facility to Eagles Community Foundation to support the development of new stadium facilities. Other high-profile work included advising Total Capital Partners on the debt funding for the acquisition of Weird Fish, assisting Hyperdrive Innovation with growth finance matters, and advising Sunderland College on the restructuring of its multi-tranche facilities with Lloyds Bank. Other clients include the Mosscare St Vincent Housing Group and the Vodat Communications Group. Associate Jonathan Yates‘communicates in a clear jargon-free manner and offers timely advice’.

Leading individuals

Julie Harrison - Ward Hadaway

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway's ‘commercial, prompt, client-focused and risk-aware’ team has ‘deep expertise in personal insolvency matters’ and provides ‘informed advice’. Co-head Steven Petrie ‘bestows his very high standards across all levels of the team’ and is experienced in advising insolvency practitioners and accountants. In recent work, he acted for a liquidator in successfully pursuing claims against the former director of a company for preference payments, unlawful dividends and misfeasance, and assisted a trustee with pursuing a property transferred to a family member at an undervalue as part of a deceased person’s estates. ‘Prompt’ co-head Jane Garvin is well versed in handling contentious and non-contentious insolvency work with particular focus on corporate advisory and recovery matters.

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North: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway predominately acts for employers and covers a wide range of contentious and non-contentious employment law matters spanning various sectors. Paul Scope, who jointly heads the team with Jamie Gamble, continues to advise Newcastle United Football Company on various employment law matters pertaining to its players: recently, he advised on the termination of employment and transfers of Tim Krul, Siem de Jong and Emmanuelle Riviere, and, in a separate matter, he assisted the Home Group with contractual arrangements with a neutral vendor supplier for all temporary labour on a national basis. Gamble advised Newcastle University on the transfer of Durham University=’s School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle, which included TUPE and pre-transfer redundancy matters, while, in the contentious space, consultant Joe Thornhill defended Architectural Powder Services against unfair constructive dismissal and disability discrimination claims brought by the SME’s managing director. In other contentious work, consultant Tim Smith acted for Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in out-of-hours service-related equal pay claims brought by two senior nurses. Bernard Hodgson is another key individual of the team with a focus on contentious work and the recommended Graham Vials specialises in education sector work.

Next generation lawyers

Graham Vials - Ward Hadaway

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Health and safety
Health and safety - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway has particular expertise representing individuals, companies, county councils and NHS trusts in various health and safety investigations by the HSE, the Environment Agency, Trading Standards, Financial Services Agencies and the police. The team led by Stephen Graham represented a multi-national corporation in an investigation and prosecution following a serious electrocution incident on its site, and acted for a large construction organisation in proceedings brought by the Environment Agency with regards to the illegal escape of water from its site. Richard Arnot is adept at handling food safety work and represents clients before magistrates courts in matters pertaining to food labelling, food hygiene, sell-by date prosecutions and underage sales.

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Pensions
Pensions - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway handles a wide range of advisory, transactional and trustee work and is led by Leeds-based Ian O’Toole. His experience includes establishing and winding up pension schemes, advising on scheme mergers and de-mergers alongside benefits and member issues as well as assisting employers with legacy issues, particularly in regard to liability reduction, and auto-enrollment matters.

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North: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway fields a team of ‘fully committed lawyers’ with ‘a vast wealth of knowledge’ and which ‘takes the time and effort to ensure their clients’ needs are met’. The ‘very good’ team acts for a number of NHS organisations including various NHS trusts and is led by Jeffrey Keeble, who is best known for his expertise in dealing with high-value birth injury cases; this area of expertise is shared by the ‘very smart and analytical’ Gillian Muir, who is ‘very easy to work with’ and described by clients as ‘a thoroughly safe and sensible pair of hands’. She is also well versed in handling high-value claims pertaining to spinal injuries, amputations and the delayed diagnosis of cancer. Robert Rushton specialises in defending claims on behalf of NHS Resolution and NHS trusts. Nicola Richardson and Lisa Evans are other names to note.

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Personal injury: claimant
Personal injury: claimant - ranked: tier 3

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway's ‘very effective’ team is headed by Roger O’Donnell, who is experienced in handling claims involving brain injuries, road traffic accidents, accidents at work and industrial disease, as well as employers’, occupiers’ and public liability matters. He is supported by ‘extremely dedicated and determined’ associate Kerri Kershaw, who ‘ensures that all aspects are considered and all angles of a case explored’; and ‘extremely thorough and caring’ associate Carole Ward, who ‘will always fight hard for her clients and is determined to get the best outcome for them’. Kershaw has a specialism in road traffic accident work involving drivers, passengers, pedestrians and cyclists, while Ward focuses on traffic accidents involving insurers and the MIB, while also handling employers’ liability claims pertaining to falls from height, manual handling operations and unsafe and unsuitable work equipment. Consultants Chris Smith and Paul Hughes left the firm in May 2018.

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North: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Assisting clients with transactions and planning matters constitutes a key portion of Ward Hadaway’s workload. The ‘recommended’ team is led by Neil Robson, who is best known for his experience in advising various estates clients on land use and planning matters; he continues to advise the Northumberland National Park Authority on various issues pertaining to The Sill, a landscape discovery centre situated on the Roman Wall in a world heritage site in Northumberland. This instruction includes transactional advice and assistance with the planning application for the centre. Other key individuals include transactional property expert Alex Cox, rural property and mineral reserves specialist Stefan Bainbridge and main contact for trust and asset protection issues Andrew Facer.

Leading individuals

Neil Robson - Ward Hadaway

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Charities and not-for-profit
Charities and not-for-profit - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway acts for an extensive roster of registered and exempt charities as well as social enterprises including Alnwick Garden Trust, County Durham Community Foundation, Newcastle Rugby Foundation and the Land Trust. Much of the team’s work pertains to governance, trading, fundraising and restructuring issues, while various other matters are dealt with in co-operation with the relevant department. In recent work, IP team head Alex Shiel advised Changing Lives on various charity and governance matters alongside employment and property issues, and assisted Newcastle University with charity law, commercial and IP issues. Vindolanda Trust retained the team to advise on a grant of approximately £1.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to expand the client’s existing museum at the ancient Roman fort. The practice is jointly led by Colin Hewitt and Fiona Wharton and also includes consultant Gaynor Jackson.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

At Ward Hadaway, commercial litigator Martin Woodford is well versed in acting for trustees and beneficiaries in claims relating to fund investments and claims against third party advisors, as well as handling contentious breach of trust matters pertaining to trust funds. Julie Huntingdon handles a wide range of contentious trusts and probate matters such as claims involving capacity challenges to wills and claims under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975. She frequently acts for charities as does Gaynor Jackson, who handles a wide range of contentious and non-contentious trust and estate issues. Associate Joe Kelley ‘offers an extremely good service’; he focuses on breach of trust cases and challenges to wills based on testamentary capacity issues.

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway’s ‘impressive and hugely professional family law department’ is ‘diligent’, ‘provides quality advice’ and ‘stands out for its excellent case preparation and client care’. It is led by the ‘experienced, dedicated and diligent’ Jonathan Flower, who is ‘very experienced in representing children of all ages’, ‘leaving no stone unturned to achieve the best outcome for vulnerable children and adolescents’. Flower, who also handles high-value divorce settlements, is supported by Sarah Crilly, whose ‘calming influence’ ‘takes away all of the client’s anxieties’; she is ‘easy to communicate with’ and provides ‘thorough advice’ and ‘very good assistance with matters involving financial remedies’. Other key individuals include associate Cassandra Spenceley, who ‘delivers sound advice in an understandable and approachable manner’, and associate Louise Cannell-Mirza, who is noted for her ‘excellent case preparations’. Solicitor Hollie Morgan is a ‘promising newcomer’.

Leading individuals

Jonathan Flower - Ward Hadaway

Next generation lawyers

Sarah Crilly - Ward Hadaway

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Personal tax, trusts and probate
Personal tax, trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

At Ward Hadaway, team head Andrew Facer is well versed in guiding high-net-worth individuals, most notably entrepreneurial and landed clients, through a wide range of succession planning issues including trusts and wills, and has particular expertise in advising on succession structures involving companies, partnerships, foreign property, pension funds and land ownership. He also handles employee benefit trusts matters and works closely with consultant Gaynor Jackson, whose expertise includes assisting national and international charities with contentious and non-contentious trust and estate issues.

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North: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway draws on expertise from its commercial, property, construction and corporate teams to advise on the full spectrum of energy sector matters. Regular instructions include issues pertaining to fossil fuel, renewable energy, low carbon supply chains, utilities, offshore production and energy technologies. Clients include developers, investors, major multinational organisations and national businesses, for which it handles project development matters - with particular focus on anaerobic digestion, biomass and energy-from-waste projects - alongside offshore supply chain and mining sector issues. Consultant Mark Whitehead leads the team, which includes Tim Care, who is experienced in assisting public sector clients with generation and efficiency projects as well as energy procurement; Phil Tompkins, who is the main contact for power transmission and distribution matters; and commercial team head Colin Hewitt, who focuses on biofuels and biomass projects as well as oil and gas sector supply chains and carbon trading matters. Actuant Corporation is a client.

Leading individuals

Mark Whitehead - Ward Hadaway

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North: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Consisting of ‘good communicators and strong characters’, clients recommend Ward Hadaway’s schools and academies sector team ‘without hesitation’, which is partly due to its ‘substantial knowledge in the education sector, which gives clients assurance, comfort and peace of mind’. Much of its work for schools, academies and multi-academy trusts pertains to transactions and academy conversions as well as employment, property and compliance matters. As significant work in the transactional space, team head Tim Care acted for Co-operative Academies Trust in a number of school acquisitions, which included various property, contractual and employment issues, while he assisted North East Learning Trust with academy conversion issues. The latter client also received advice on the academy conversion of a PF2 school. In other work, Graham Vials provides regular advice to the Diocese of Durham Multi Academy Trust on general employment law and HR issues. Paul Scope and public sector estates practice head Karen Andrews are other names to note.

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway has a diverse range of expertise spanning contractual, procurement, property and employment matters as well as IT outsourcing and dispute resolution, and acts for over 60 NHS organisations. Public sector group head Melanie Pears advised the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on its IT infrastructure and sourcing project involving the procurement of ICT support services, while, in a separate matter, she assisted North East Ambulance Foundation Trust with the establishment of a trading company to deliver ambulance fleet provision and maintenance services. In employment, Stuart Craig routinely defends NHS clients against claims before the employment tribunal, while Karen Andrews is the key contact for public sector property work; recently, she assisted Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust as landowner with a lease agreement for a registered provider tenant. Healthcare litigation specialist Jeffrey Keeble heads the team, which includes Lisa Evans and Nicola Richardson.

Leading individuals

Melanie Pears - Ward Hadaway

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North: Real estate

Commercial property: Newcastle
Commercial property: Newcastle - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

At Ward Hadaway, public sector property head Karen Andrews acted for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust on the acquisition of a greenfield site for the proposed development of mental health facilities, and Alex Cox advised Northumberland Estates on the acquisition of Quayside House in Newcastle. Simon Errington advised Union Retail Properties on lease and building contracts for a hotel development, and Neil Smith assisted the Foundation of Light with its development of a sports and education facility, which included occupational and infrastructure leases, funding issues and licences. Heather Markham and head of development Lesley Fairclough are other key individuals of Neil Robson’s team. Fairclough assisted various national housebuilders with plot sales and part-exchange acquisitions.

Leading individuals

Neil Robson - Ward Hadaway

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway has extensive expertise in advising public sector bodies, businesses and individuals on construction and engineering projects and disputes. Clients routinely instruct team head Tim Craig to assist with procurement issues, project structures and the drafting and negotiation of building and engineering contracts. He also acts in disputes, including adjudication, which is an area of expertise he shares with dispute resolution specialist Paul Reekie, who is experienced in litigation, mediation, arbitration and adjudication. Associate Alan Ross is another key individual.

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Environment
Environment - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway handles environmental and waste management issues alongside transactional and development instructions concerning opencast, quarry and landfill operations as well as energy-from-waste and effluent treatment works. Recently, the team advised a client on the restoration of a former colliery site by the use of inert waste as infill. ‘Very good’ team head Neil Robson, who is also rated as being ‘calm and good with clients’, acts for various public and private sector clients including waste contractors John Warren (Animal By-Products) and Emerald Biogas, as well as Northumberland National Park and various housebuilders. Other key individuals include head of licensing and regulation Stephen Graham, who handles environmental litigation alongside health and safety and regulatory compliance mandates, planning expert Robin Atkin and commercial partner Colin Hewitt.

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Planning
Planning - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway’s ‘excellent knowledge and level of service’ translates into a steady of flow of contentious and non-contentious instructions, which frequently play into the team’s key strength of assisting national housebuilders with residential development matters. Recently, Robin Atkin, who jointly heads the team with Neil Robson, advised the North West division of the Barratt Group and David Wilson Homes on a number of Section 106 agreements and their implications for the planning and development of 2854 homes. Atkin also excels in village green and highway matters, and acted for St Modwen Developments in defence of a village green application concerning the client’s proposed residential and leisure development. In other work, he advised Story Homes on matters pertaining to a diversion of a public footpath running across a development site in Crawcrook. Associate and commercial and transactional planning law expert Nick Gholkar assisted two landowners with the application for mineral extracting and auger mining at Druridge Bay on the Northumberland coast, and advised Darlington Borough Council - in its capacity as landowner - on a garden village development near Darlington town centre. West Cumbria Mining instructed Kamran Hyder to assist with the planning application for the development of an existing surface mine entrance for a new metallurgical coal mine.

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway is ‘one of the best property litigation teams in the North East’. It is rated as being ‘professional and friendly’, providing ‘accurate and realistic advice’ and ‘effectively fighting its clients’ interests’. Acting for commercial and public sector clients, team head Sharon Mathieson, who divides her time between Newcastle and Leeds, represented a local authority in court proceedings that sought to limit the use of land previously designated as a village green, and acted for the tenant in a dispute with the landlord over a lease renewal for a large industrial site. In other significant work, she represented a landowner in a dispute with an adjoining landowner pertaining to ownership issues for a significant area of land along the edge of a waterway. Clients also single out associate Jeremy Hardy, who has a ‘reassuring presence’ and ‘a good commercial sense’. He is also‘astute at finding solutions to difficult legal positions’ and ‘consistently obtains good results’, while associate Victoria Lowrie is noted as being ‘tenacious and knowledgeable’. Associate Simon Thirtle is another key individual of the team.

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway’s broad expertise covers advice on property, employment and housing management matters, as well as regulatory and debt recovery issues and banking and corporate structures. Helen O’Neill assisted Inclusion Housing with five projects with Civitas Social Housing, a real estate investment trust dedicated to investing in social homes in England and Wales, which included various transactions and leases. Byker Community Trust instructed the team to assist with construction and procurement issues pertaining to the district heating system serving the grade II listed Byker estate. Other clients include the Home Group, livin Housing and the Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group. Leeds-based John Murray heads the team, which also includes Julia Thomson and Colin Hewitt.

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North: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway’s clients include IT providers and developers alongside public and private sector customers. Judy Baker assisted Newcastle International Airport with contract negotiations for the supply, support and maintenance of airport check-in systems and self-service check-in kiosks, and advised Bannatyne Fitness on a contract with Navarino Services with regards to the client’s hotel booking system. In other work, she advised a national retailer on website compliance issues, and assisted a software house with liability provisions pertaining to the public procurement for IT software and services. Team head Alex Shiel advised a major port operator on a contract for the implementation of a new automated gate entry system. Colin Hewitt, Phil Tompkins, IT disputes expert Tim Toomey and Dean Murray are other names to note.

Leading individuals

Judy Baker - Ward Hadaway

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

With a focus on technology-related IP work, Ward Hadaway is best known for advising high-growth technology start-ups and entrepreneurs, while also having particular expertise assisting spin-out companies from the university sector and pharmaceutical clients. Team head Alex Shiel continues to advise Tech City on a number of IP matters including trade mark registrations, sponsorship agreements and other contracts concerning various products the client has developed. The practice also acted for Imperial Pharmaceuticals on brand licensing matters and on its trade mark protection and enforcement strategy. In the university sector, the team acted for start-up businesses supported by the Teesside University’s launchpad programme, which included assistance with trade mark and design registrations, IP ownership agreements and licensing. Other noteworthy individuals include data protection expert Judy Baker and litigators Tim Toomey, Robert Glassford and Peter Hornsey. Motac Neuroscience and the Pacifica Group are also clients.

Leading individuals

Alex Shiel - Ward Hadaway

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