• Leading commercial lawyer gives further boost for Ward Hadaway

Leading commercial lawyer gives further boost for Ward Hadaway | 20 July 11

LEADING North law firm Ward Hadaway has further strengthened its line-up with the recruitment of a leading commercial lawyer with extensive experience in the energy, utilities, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors.

Mark WhiteheadMark Whitehead (left) is the latest in a number of senior lawyers joining Ward Hadaway and he joins the firm as a Partner from Watson Burton where he was head of the commercial team, head of the chemicals, pharmaceuticals and materials group and a member of the energy and utilities team.

Mark has a long track record of advising on major commercial, contract and project work.

The 39-year-old has over 14 years’ specialist experience, working for a wide range of clients from major multi-national organisations in the power generation and chemical sectors to smaller project development businesses and fledgling hi-tech companies.

His experience includes advising organisations such as GDF Suez Energy, CE Electric, SABIC, Croda, Akzo Nobel, and Ineos.

He also has considerable experience advising a variety of businesses operating in the renewables sector, including advising the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) on a range of renewable energy testing development projects.

In the conventional energy sector, Mark regularly advises clients dealing with regulated electricity and gas matters, including gas trading agreements and electricity licence matters.

Mark said: “I am delighted to be joining Ward Hadaway.

“I know from my work with clients both regionally and nationally that it is a firm with an excellent reputation.

“I have been really impressed with how ambitious the firm is to grow its practice across the country and their ambition matches my own.

“I was looking for a firm that would provide a friendly and supportive environment in which to work whilst providing the breadth of expertise and experience that would enable me to deliver excellent service to the clients I work with.

“I feel that the skills and expertise which I can bring to Ward Hadaway will complement the existing team and add to it and I am looking forward to helping the firm to further success.”

Colin Hewitt, Partner and Head of Commercial Law at Ward Hadaway, said: “It is fantastic news that Mark has chosen to join the team at Ward Hadaway.

“His reputation in the energy, utilities, chemicals and pharmaceuticals sectors speaks for itself and he will bring an added dimension to the services we already offer to our clients.

“The fact that we have been able to recruit someone of his experience and standing in the market speaks volumes about the way in which Ward Hadaway is progressing as a firm and about our ambitions for the future.”

Mark Whitehead is the tenth new lawyer to join Ward Hadaway in the last nine months.

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