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Martin Hulls was made managing partner of Ward Hadaway in May 2018, having taken up the mantle of leadership from Jamie Martin, now senior partner at the firm.

In his new role as managing partner, Martin is committed to delivering the next phase of Ward Hadaway’s growth by adopting a ‘one team’ approach across the North, with a focus on excellent client service, internal engagement, flexible working practices and active community engagement.

With a national reputation built over a 30-year career, Martin led the firm’s corporate team for many years. He also played a critical role in the firm’s continued strong and profitable financial performance as finance partner.

During his time with Ward Hadaway, he has acted for a vast range of clients across the North and has been involved in corporate matters of all types including M & A, flotations and fundraisings with a particular focus on Private Equity transactions, MBOs and private company sales.

He was named Corporate Lawyer of the Year in the North East Dealmakers Awards 2016.

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What our clients say

  • "Having used Martin and his team on both the disposal of our nursery business, Kids 1st and our residential care business comprising 20 care homes I thought I should write to say how pleased we were with the whole team and the service they gave - first class advice with a human face, just what we wanted. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone contemplating a corporate transaction. So a great big thank you to everyone involved."

    Mark McArdle
  • "We have been very impressed with Martin and the team at Ward Hadaway – they have done a great job and we would have no hesitation in recommending them"

    Sean Wadsworth, CEO and co-founder, Nigel Frank International
  • "Martin and the team at Ward Hadaway have performed superbly for us over the years and this time was no exception"

    John Seymour, Chairman, Farmway
  • "I used Martin and his team at Ward Hadaway when I had the opportunity to sell my business and they were fantastic throughout and really helped me through what is quite a stressful time. I couldn't recommend them highly enough."

Independent verdict

  • "Corporate head Martin Hulls is noted for his ability to instil 'a high degree of confidence within the whole transaction team."

    Legal 500
  • "I really have not come across anyone else who can get to the nub of an issue so very quickly."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Martin Hulls is always very impressive and very good at building client relationships and getting work"

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "[Martin] is described as a ‘switched-on’ expert in M&A and private equity transactions"

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Martin Hulls is a lawyer of the highest calibre"

    Legal 500
  • "He is clearly very experienced, very commercial and very accessible."