Law firm banks on new partner appointment | 30 September 10

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has expanded its corporate finance practice in Leeds with the recruitment of banking and finance partner Nick Bell.

Nick BellNick (left) joins the firm after 12 years at Pinsent Masons in Leeds, where he was a senior associate in the banking team, acting for a wide range of corporate borrowers, banks, building societies and other financial institutions.

Bradford-born Nick advises on all aspects of banking and finance transactions, including secured and unsecured lending, structured finance, acquisition finance, mezzanine finance, property and development finance, project finance and PFI.

He has worked on a variety of projects, including advising an international manufacturing company on the UK aspects of its acquisition by a major private equity house involving facilities of over $2bn.

Nick has also advised a number of banks on over £250m of PFI and NHS LIFT projects.

He is a keen golfer and rugby fan and plays for Ilkley Rugby Club, where he also coaches the under-16s.

Nick said: “I am really excited to be joining Ward Hadaway. The firm has already made its presence felt in the Yorkshire market and is establishing itself as a place where clients can get high quality advice direct from experienced lawyers.

“I feel that Ward Hadaway is a place where you can build up a real rapport with clients and provide more of a personal input to the advice you provide.

“I am looking forward to adding to that reputation and working with my new colleagues on building up the corporate finance practice in Leeds further.”

Martin Hulls, partner and head of corporate finance at Ward Hadaway, said: “It is great to welcome Nick on board - we are delighted to have recruited someone of his calibre and standing in the Yorkshire market.

“His experience and ambition will be terrific assets in our drive to further expand the corporate practice in Leeds.”

Ward Hadaway opened its office on Wellington Street in Leeds city centre in summer 2008.

The office is now home to over 30 lawyers, including 14 partners, and offers expertise in areas including banking, company and commercial, construction, corporate finance, employment law, EU and competition law, insolvency and corporate recovery, property, property litigation and public sector issues.

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