Former Tesco legal chief joins Ward Hadaway | 29 September 08

THE former head of legal in supermarket giant Tesco’s trading law and technical department has joined leading North law firm Ward Hadaway.

Stephen Campbell

Stephen Campbell (above) becomes head of environmental at the firm after working at the UK’s biggest retailer.

At Tesco, Mr Campbell was responsible for dealing with all regulatory challenges to the supermarket, including environment, health and safety, food safety and trading standards.

He also represented Tesco’s interests at the CBI and British Retail Consortium and lobbied Government in relation to new legislation.

His response to a proposal to fine companies a percentage of their worldwide turnover for fatal accidents was recently adopted by the CBI as the industry response to the consultation.

Earlier in his career, Mr Campbell spent eight years in the legal team at Newcastle City Council and was head of environment and safety at Dickinson Dees in Newcastle before joining Tesco.

Neil Robson, head of property and planning at Ward Hadaway, said: “Getting Stephen on board is a real coup for Ward Hadaway.

“Being able to attract someone of his calibre and vast experience from one of the biggest companies in the UK demonstrates the kind of esteem in which the firm is held.

“I am in no doubt that the addition of Stephen to the team at Ward Hadaway will be of great benefit to the firm and, most importantly, to our clients who will be able to get access to some of the best environment expertise in the business.”

Stephen Campbell said: “Ward Hadaway has grown to become a genuine national player with some exciting plans for the future so I felt it was the right time to join the firm.

“Environmental legislation is increasingly taking centre stage across a whole range of different industries while the North-East is becoming the place to be for the renewables sector.

“It is great to be back in the region and I hope to put the different experiences I have gained to good use.”

Ward Hadaway has already worked on a range of projects in the environment sector, including multi-million pound waste management schemes for local authorities and various transactions for Shanks Group plc, one of the UK’s leading waste management companies.

The firm has also worked on matters including the acquisition and development of opencast, quarry, landfill and similar operations such as energy from waste and effluent treatment works.