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Ward Hadaway

SANDGATE HOUSE, 102 QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DX, ENGLAND
Tel:
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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Web:
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

At Ward Hadaway, Robert Thompson leads the corporate team, while Colin Hewitt heads the commercial department. The groups work closely together, providing advice on the range of transactions (for both buyers and sellers) and business operations in the North East. The commercial team has particular experience in outsourcing deals, often for businesses operating in the banking and insurance sectors.

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

Work highlights

  • Advised North East Fund on the creation of the £145m North East Jeremie2 Fund.
  • Advised Hyperdrive Innovation Holdings on equity investment from shareholders and new investors.
  • Advised Kykloud on £12m sale to Accruent LLC.
Leading individuals

Colin Hewitt - Ward Hadaway

Robert Thompson - Ward Hadaway

Next Generation Partners

Tom Pollard - Ward Hadaway

Rising stars

Clare French - Ward Hadaway

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Corporate tax
Corporate tax - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for the shareholders of Kaystan Holdings Limited, the highest independent metal recycling business in Yorkshire on the sale to Sims Group Plc Limited, which involved a number of complex tax issues.
  • Acted for Lookers Plc, one of the largest automotive retailers and dealers in the UK, with a turnover of £4.1bn, on the acquisition of the £200m turnover Jennings Motor Group, a multi-franchise North East motor dealer group.
  • Advised on Kykloud's sale to Accruent LLC, advising the shareholders on the sale of the business to the US buyer.
Leading individuals

Paul Christian - Ward Hadaway

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North: Crime, fraud and licensing

Licensing
Licensing - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • An application for a new premises licence in Camden, which despite objection from the police and licensing authority, was granted.
  • An application for variation of a premises licence for a bar in Newcastle City centre's cumulative impact zone, which was granted.
  • Application for a new premises licence in Brighton, which was granted despite considerable local opposition.
  • The council had reviewed and revoked a premises licence associated with the client. The decision was appealed and other applications made which were objected to. The process was very complicated but resolved by the granting of a new licence.
Leading individuals

Richard Arnot - Ward Hadaway

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North: Dispute resolution

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

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Proceedings were issued by the Trust in order to obtain the determination of the court as to whether or not a termination notice served by the Trust is valid in respect of a multi-million pound PFI agreement relating to a mental health hospital.
  • The firm continues to represent The Banks Group Ltd (and other group companies and directors) in the defence of a claim relating to a joint venture company and the acquisition of a substantial area of land for residential development in Durham.
  • The firm won a competitive tender to act for Utilitywise in enforcing the post-termination restrictive convents contained with its employees' contracts.
Leading individuals

Martin Woodford - Ward Hadaway

Rising stars

Joe Kelley - Ward Hadaway

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Debt recovery
Debt recovery - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

At Ward Hadaway, Steven Petrie takes the lead on debt recovery matters, advising insolvency practitioners and accountants on corporate and personal insolvency issues. In addition to collecting debts, the group has extensive experience in defending debtors. The team is on a number of institutional panels, including Crown Commercial Services and NHS Commercial Solutions.

Practice head(s):Steven Petrie

Key Clients

Crown Commercial Services

NHS Commercial Solutions

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North: Finance

Banking and finance
Banking and finance - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Inn Collection Group on the refinancing of its debt facility.
  • Acting for the North East Fund in relation to a £60m loan from the European Investment Bank as part of the £145m Investment Fund.
  • Acting for North East Property Fund in relation to a £1m loan facility to Homes by Carlton (Chilton). The work included the preparation of facility and security documentation, as well as due diligence on property and construction matters.
Leading individuals

Julie Harrison - Ward Hadaway

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Insolvency and corporate recovery
Insolvency and corporate recovery - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • The firm acted for RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP, the administrators of NJM Clothing Limited, in the leading case looking at the process of appointing an administrator and in particular, the contents of a "Notice of Appointment of Administrators".

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North: Human resources

Employment
Employment - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Assisting in investigations and internal procedures throughout 2018 and significant and frequent liaising with the Head of Integrity and Head of Regulatory Legal at the FA for Newcastle United Football Company
  • Advised Connect Health in relation to the employment aspects of a number of multi-million pound NHS-commissioned contracts to provide musculoskeletal physiotherapy services, including in Newcastle/Gateshead, Herts Valley, Brent, Milton Keynes and Croydon.
  • Advised Arjo Huntleigh on the set up and implementation of a European Works Council covering its workforces across Sweden, Poland, France, Germany, the Republic of Ireland and the UK.
  • Advised the various colleges within the Newcastle College Group (NCG) on various issues, notably an ongoing large scale union dispute related to the removal of incremental pay scales, differences in pay scales across the group and strikes regarding lack of increases/pay increments.
  • Advised Home group on various contested TUPE transfers – one in particular involving a local authority and various other care providers where Home group was the outgoing supplier.
Leading individuals

Jamie Gamble - Ward Hadaway

Paul Scope - Ward Hadaway

Next Generation Partners

Graham Vials - Ward Hadaway

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North: Insurance

Clinical negligence: defendant
Clinical negligence: defendant - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

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

Ward Hadaway

Ward Hadaway¬†has expertise in complex and difficult claims, including serious brain injuries. The ‚Äėdedicated and determined‚Äô practice head Roger O‚ÄôDonnell¬†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.'

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North: Private client

Agriculture and estates
Agriculture and estates - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

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

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 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:Gaynor Jackson

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

Work highlights

  • Advised the trustee board of Virgin Money Foundation on governance issues, trustee's roles and responsibilities.
  • Advised Newcastle University on the permanent loan of the personal and business archive from Sir Terry Farrell, the well-known architect, to the University, on contractual and charity law matters.
  • Advised on the sale of the existing Finchale Training College site.  Provided advice on disposal of permanent endowment assets including liaison with the Charity Commission as well as general property and related advice.
  • Advising Sherburn House Charity on its incorporation, which is one of the oldest registered charities in England and has substantial permanent endowment assets.
  • Advised University of Newcastle Development Trust on the legal arrangements for new investment management arrangements, obligations and framework for the Trust.

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Contentious trusts and probate
Contentious trusts and probate - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

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.

Other key lawyers:Martin Woodford; Gaynor Jackson

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Family
Family - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

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:Louise Cannell-Mirza

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.'

Leading individuals

Jonathan Flower - Ward Hadaway

Next Generation Partners

Sarah Crilly - Ward Hadaway

Rising stars

Louise Cannell-Mirza - Ward Hadaway

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

Ward Hadaway

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:Gaynor Jackson

Leading individuals

Andrew Facer - Ward Hadaway

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North: Projects, energy and natural resources

Energy
Energy - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Advised project developer Wardley Biogas on achieving financial close in relation to a large-scale food waste biomethane to grid production facility to be constructed in Tyne and Wear.
  • Advising manufacturer in connection with proposed private wire power purchase and private network arrangements in connection with 25 MW waste to energy production facilities.
  • Advising a distribution network operator in connection with a variety of smart meter contracts, including contracts with meter operators, and leasing arrangements with financial counterparties.
  • Served as lead adviser to Kent-based business Oncoland Energy Limited on the development of an on-site biogas to grid facility to complement existing farming operations.
  • Advised GAP Ice Limited in connection with the development, financing,and construction of an innovative fridge waste recycling plant.
Leading individuals

Mark Whitehead - Ward Hadaway

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North: Public sector

Education
Education - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Advising on the transfer to Outwood Grange Academies Trust (OGAT) of six academies from the Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT), which has transferred all of its schools during the course of the year.
  • Act as sole legal advisers to Delta, which provides education to primary and secondary school children at 50 academies.
  • Advise The Co-operative Academies Trust (CAT) on its programme of expansion and in the past 12 months have completed 7 school to academy conversions or transfers (from a previous Academy Trust), with a number of other projects of this kind ongoing.
  • The sole legal advisers to this small but growing WISE Academies Trust. During the course of the year it has grown from 6 to 13 schools and we have acted on each of those transfers into the Trust.
  • Appointed as sole employment law advisers to Durham Diocesan MAT (DDMAT) and instructed in 2018 to review and redraft staff employment contracts and policies and procedures, including advise on the collective consultation process with the recognised trade unions.
Leading individuals

Tim Care - Ward Hadaway

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Health
Health - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Acted for Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (and a representative of the Trust who was a named individual to the proceedings) in defending Employment Tribunal a multi-day race discrimination, age discrimination and disability discrimination claim.
  • Acted for Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust in relation to offering employment to employees of Carillion who carried out essential work at one of its hospital sites via its wholly owned subsidiary company.
  • Established a wholly owned trading company for North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust with bespoke articles of association which addressed lessons learned from first generation trading vehicles.  Many decisions are reserved to the shareholder.
  • Seconded commercial associates into NHS Business Services Authority to work alongside their team to ensure an essential procurement was conducted and concluded appropriately.
  • Act for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust on its procurement for its new Belmont Diagnostic and Treatment Centre facilities.
Leading individuals

Melanie Pears - Ward Hadaway

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North: Real estate

Commercial property: Newcastle
Commercial property: Newcastle - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

The team at Ward Hadaway has a diverse practice, advising housebuilders, commercial developers, occupiers and investors and public sector clients on the spectrum of real estate matters, supported by a dedicated real estate finance group. The group is co-led by property development expert Lesley Fairclough and planning specialist Robin Atkin. Heather Markham is recommended for commercial property work, with particular expertise in the charitable sector.

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

Work highlights

  • For Forrest Park (Newton Aycliffe), a proposed joint venture development of a 116-acre site for industrial use in a strategic location next to the A1(M). The development has been projected to bring an economic boost of £495m to County Durham and to deliver 3,200 jobs to the region.
  • Acts for BDW Trading Limited (Barratt Homes) on the majority of their acquisition, development and strategic land deals in the north of England.
  • Sale of a Travelodge hotel investment and adjoining hotel development for Union Retail Properties by way of a development funding arrangement to the same institutional plc investor.
  • Acted for Story Homes in its joint purchase with another house builder of a large residential development site comprising circa 300 houses and associated access, landscaping and public open space.
  • Acting for Keepmoat Homes on the majority of its site acquisitions in the North East, most notably its partnering arrangements with Newcastle City Council and its unique partnership with Durham County Council.
Next Generation Partners

Heather Markham - Ward Hadaway

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Construction
Construction - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Advising McAleer & Rushe Group, a leading national property development and construction group, in connection with a large number of hotel, office, student accommodation and residential developments throughout the UK.
  • Providing construction advice to Newcastle Science Central Management LLP in connection with the development of each part of the Newcastle Helix site and the infrastructure works in relation to the Master Plan.
  • Advising Sage UK plc in relation to the front-end consultancy appointments for the proposed refurbishment of their UK headquarters.
  • Advising the University of Buckingham in relation to the drafting and negotiation of the building contract and professional team appointments and ancillary collateral warranties from the consultants, contractor and sub-contractors for a new £8m academic facility in the University grounds known as The Vinson Centre.
  • Acting for Advance Northumberland (Developments) Ltd in relation to a number of matters including the drafting and negotiation of a £35m building contract for a proposed new build County Council headquarters and ancillary documents.

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Environment & planning
Environment & planning - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Over the course of 2018 Ward Hadaway has advised the North West divisions of Barratt Homes and David Wilson Homes on a significant number of s.106 Agreements and the wider implications of these Agreements on the planning and development process.
  • Acted for a major housebuilder in relation to a judicial review of one of its planning permissions.  Work involved advising on the judicial review process, the merits of the claim and instructing Counsel.
  • Acting for West Cumbria Mining in relation to a major planning application for development of an existing surface mine entrance for a new metallurgical coal mine including the construction  of an innovative interconnecting underground coal conveyor to a new coal loading and railway siding and  extension of a railway underpass.
Leading individuals

Robin Atkin - Ward Hadaway

Rising stars

Nick Gholkar - Ward Hadaway

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Property litigation
Property litigation - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Acting in arbitration proceedings with regards to determining the price payable for development land acquired and, in particular, in relation to a preliminary issue in which the landowner was asserting that the Option Notice served pursuant to the Option was invalid and successfully defeating this.
  • Acting for the client in relation to a dispute as to the rent payable by the client to the tenant following exercising an option to take a new lease, including advising on the valuation principles to be applied in fixing the new rent, being a rent in excess of £1m per annum.
  • Acting for and advising a university on the application of rights of pre-emption in favour of the freeholder on the disposal of the university's long leasehold interest in several properties and serving pre-emption notices.
  • Acting for the client which is the occupier of a large industrial unit with regards to occupation of part of the client's land, the individuals claiming long-term rights of occupation and use.
Leading individuals

Sharon Mathieson - Ward Hadaway

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Social housing
Social housing - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Advised Mosscare St Vincent's Housing Group Limited on a loan consolidation exercise with Orchardbrook.
  • Acted for Livin Housing Limited on its acquisition of affordable homes throughout 2018; including s.106 acquisitions and land-led development. This has necessitated planning advice and land assembly.
  • Acted for Impact Housing Association in connection with its combination with The Riverside Group.
Leading individuals

Julia Thomson - Ward Hadaway

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North: TMT (technology, media and telecoms)

IT and telecoms
IT and telecoms - ranked: tier 1

Ward Hadaway

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:Judy Baker; Alex Shiel

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

Work highlights

  • Assisted KCOM plc with contracts covering the digitisation of its business processes.
  • Advised Sage Global Services Ltd on the risks of using an open source licence for a third-party database product.
  • Advised A Share & Sons Ltd (trading as ScS) in relation to the roll out of electronic proof of delivery software.
  • Supported Isagenix UK's GDPR project.
  • Advising Nexus on its proposed delivery of virtual travel cards on mobile devices.
Leading individuals

Alex Shiel - Ward Hadaway

Judy Baker - Ward Hadaway

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Intellectual property
Intellectual property - ranked: tier 2

Ward Hadaway

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

Work highlights

  • Acts for Tech Nation Group through carrying out a wide range of intellectual property work, including handling trade mark registrations, sponsorship agreements, publishing agreements and contracts relating to the various products which Tech City has developed, including Digital Business Academy, the Tech Nation report and Tech Immersion.
  • Acts for PCCA Limited, a major manufacturer and supplier of pharmaceutical products, including specials and generics.
  • Provides legal support to start-up businesses being supported by Teesside University's Launchpad Programme.
  • Acted for the management teams of AMLo Biosciences and Apix Nutrition, two companies that have successfully spun out from Newcastle University. In each case the spin-out company has been licensed patented technology by the university.
  • Provides advice on a range of IP-related matters for The Brooke Hospital for Animals, including campaign creation media contracts, sponsorship agreements, merchandising  and social media development.
Leading individuals

Alex Shiel - Ward Hadaway

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