International commercial lawyer joins Ward Hadaway Leeds | 10 July 09

A COMMERCIAL lawyer with long-standing international experience has joined the Leeds office of leading North law firm Ward Hadaway.

Philip Jordan (right) with Andrew Hoyle

International experience – Philip Jordan (right) is welcomed to Ward Hadaway by Andrew Hoyle, lead partner for the firm’s Leeds office.

Philip Jordan rejoins the firm having been a Partner until he left in 2005. Philip has more than 25 years experience dealing with company and commercial matters for clients across the globe.

He has advised on legal issues affecting clients trading in countries across Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa and both North and South America.

Philip, who joins from Watson Burton, has extensive experience advising the manufacturing, engineering and construction industries with particular expertise in relation to the steel and energy sectors.

He is the appointed company secretary to one of the world’s largest suppliers of plant and machinery to the steel-making industry, and sits as a board member of the Nuclear Institute’s North East branch.

Philip said: “It is great to be joining Ward Hadaway – it is a firm which is really making its presence felt in Yorkshire and is really going places.

“It offers a genuine partner-led service with high quality advice backed up by extensive resources but also with a real commitment to focus on the needs of the region’s businesses.

“I have always strived to build strong working relationships with clients so I think Ward Hadaway is the ideal place to continue and develop those relationships and I am delighted to be back at the firm that I regard as home.”

Andrew Hoyle, lead partner for Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office, said: “Philip’s recruitment adds another dimension to our offering in Leeds, enabling us to offer clients access to a wealth of international expertise.

“Having worked with him in the past, we know his practice development skills, client base and contacts will prove invaluable to the firm and to the Leeds office in particular going forward.”

Ward Hadaway opened in Leeds exactly a year ago and now has 11 partners and their teams at its office at Benson House, Wellington Street, in Leeds with expertise in EU and competition law, construction, commercial and company law, international trade, commercial property, property litigation, employment, IT and intellectual property, healthcare, insolvency and corporate recovery.

Together with its operation in Newcastle, the firm employs almost 400 people.

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