Dealmaking? We've written the book | 21 May 08

ONE of the North’s top corporate lawyers has put together the definitive dealmakers’ guide for UK law firms.

Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson, partner in the corporate finance department at Ward Hadaway, has edited a new edition of Sinclair on Warranties and Indemnities on Share and Asset Sales.

The book is widely viewed as the lawyers’ dealmaking bible and is consulted by firms across the country when advising clients on buying and selling businesses.

The latest edition of the guide – the 7th – is the second one to be edited by Mr Thompson, who has advised on some of the North’s biggest deals in recent years.

It also features expert contributions from other Ward Hadaway lawyers on areas including tax, pensions, property, employment, IT and data protection and insolvency.

Robert Thompson said: “This is the main text that lawyers practising in corporate finance will use when they’re working on a deal – it’s the standard industry textbook.

“It’s widely used by law firms in the UK and the Commonwealth so it’s a real privilege to be asked to edit the guide again.

“A lot of hard work has gone into compiling the guide from my colleagues at Ward Hadaway and it’s a valuable endorsement of the quality and expertise that the firm offers that we have been chosen to put this together.”

John Pacione of Sinclair publishers Sweet & Maxwell said: “We are delighted with the work Robert and his colleagues have done in extensively revising and updating the material to ensure that Sinclair will continue to fully meet the needs of its readers.”

The book is available at

Ward Hadaway’s corporate team enjoyed a record year in 2007, clocking up more than 100 deals worth a total of £843m.

Highlights included the £115m share placing and acquisition of Snorkel by Tanfield Group and the sale of the Peter Barratt’s garden chain to Wyevale.

Mr Thompson advised on both deals, alongside more than 15 other deals involving owner-managed businesses during the year.