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We are Ward Hadaway.
One of the UK’s Top 100 law firms.
Partner-led and committed to client service excellence.
Here for you.

The facts

We operate from three main offices – in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

We employ more than 450 staff, with over 90 partners, offering a full range of legal services to clients across the private and public sectors as well as bespoke advice to individuals.

We are rated as one of the leading law firms in the country by independent legal guides Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and have acknowledged national experts across a wide range of specialist areas.

Our approach

We believe that our role is to help you achieve your ambitions and fulfil your goals.

To that end, we work to the following principles:

It’s all about you

Client satisfaction is our single most important objective. We will do everything in our power to provide a level of service that will exceed your expectations.

You talk – we listen

It’s important to find out from the very start what you are hoping to achieve. That’s why we will always listen to you to ensure that we fully understand your objectives and the issues that you face so that we can tailor our advice to your situation.

Astute advice – not a legal lecture

We have commercially astute lawyers who will work with you to provide practical solutions and will aim to anticipate issues that may arise in advance. They will make every effort to explain things clearly and without unnecessary jargon so you have a clear idea of what we will be doing for you.

Openness and integrity

You can trust us in all our dealings with you. We will be honest, straightforward and accountable for our actions.

Getting along together

We see our relationships with clients as a partnership, which is why we will ensure that you know who you are dealing with so you can contact them at any time. We know that the best results come from strong relationships and we aim to maintain a sense of enjoyment in the relationship that we develop.

No surprises: we’ll keep you up to date

We will make sure you are aware of any developments and keep you updated as work proceeds so that you know how your case is progressing.

We will explain at the outset what the costs are likely to be and will keep you informed of costs throughout.

Seriously good – with a friendly face

Sometimes others do say it better… Legal 500 noted in its independent guide that Ward Hadaway “is starting to edge ahead of its rivals because of the quality of its advice and the levels of client care”.

Made in the North

Whilst our outlook is never narrow, we are very proud of our Northern roots which we have nurtured and grown over the last 30 years.

Ward Hadaway was formed in 1988 in Newcastle via a merger of a number of smaller practices on Tyneside.

The firm continued to expand in the North East over the next 20 years before opening our Leeds office in 2008.

Our Manchester office followed in 2012, giving us a true pan-Northern network which we will continue to develop and invest in for the benefit of our clients.

Our offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester

Our offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester

We believe that the combination of leading national legal specialists with a down to earth approach but without the London overheads is hard to beat.

No one can be sure in business what the next 30 years will bring but we can promise you one thing – we will continue to adapt to ensure our service constantly impresses, to give our clients what they want and deserve.

Latest news

People-centred growth strategy pays off

In the latest of our new 2021 series, Inspiring Growth, Ward Hadaway, in partnership with The Journal, talks to business leaders from across the North East about their plans for accelerating success as the economy opens up again.

Ward Hadaway reveals 2021’s Yorkshire Fastest 50

Ward Hadaway, in association with The Yorkshire Post, today reveals Yorkshire’s Fastest 50 growing companies for 2021. The awards, which have been running for 11 years, recognise and celebrate the fastest growing, privately owned businesses across the region.

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Independent verdict

  • “Committed to building long-term relationships with clients rather than just looking at immediate revenue opportunities.”

    Legal 500
  • “Commercial adaptability, co-operative approach and polished business acumen throughout all levels, from assistant to partner.”

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Clients note that ‘the firm has an excellent cross-section of lawyers, the resources to cope with tight timescales and is excellent value for money – we trust it to come up with the goods on any legal matter’.”

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Quality advice regionally that is unlikely to be bettered even in London.”

    Legal 500
  • “Lauded for its ‘expert knowledge, impressive ability and competitive rates’…”

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Ward Hadaway stands out for its sheer size and scale, which have attracted instructions from a huge range of clients.”

    Chambers & Partners
  • “An audible buzz surrounds Ward Hadaway”

    Chambers & Partners
  • “Ward Hadaway, having demonstrated its ability to be an innovative alternative to those firms already established in the North-East, looks set to take its performance to another level.”

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Clients were impressed with the friendly, less regimented approach…everyone mucks in and the effort is fantastic"

    Chambers & Partners

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