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Robert is the Head of our Corporate department, and advises UK-based and international clients on corporate transactions across a range of sectors, from manufacturing and engineering to aviation and education.

He has been a partner at Ward Hadaway for more than 20 years and has extensive experience of acquisitions, disposals, mergers, corporate structuring and reorganisations for public and private clients, as well as leading the firm’s membership of the Geneva Group International, the world’s leading international alliance of more than 400 independent professional organisations.

Robert is the General Editor of the leading practitioners’ guide “Sinclair on Warranties and Indemnities on Shares and Asset Sales” 9th Edition.


Robert is recognised by both clients and independent legal commentators as one of the leading corporate lawyers in the North East known, in particular, for his strong, practical and commercial approach.

He has a broad range of experience in managing and leading transactions of all sizes.

Recent transactions on which Robert has advised include:

  • the sale of a UK-based manufacturer to a New York Stock Exchange listed corporation
  • acting for the shareholders on the sale of a multi-site franchised motor dealership in the North East
  • the sale of a UK-based specialist insurance brokerage company to a group of insurance companies operating globally
  • a large scale due diligence exercise within the aviation sector
  • the sale of a UK-based e-learning provider to a UK listed company
  • a multi-stage, multi-jurisdictional acquisition and disposal for a Dutch company

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What our clients say

  • "Robert and his team at Ward Hadaway gave superb support and advice to us throughout the sale process – it was very reassuring to have them on our side"

    Thomas Brown, Managing Director, Seacurus
  • I would not hesitate to recommend Ward Hadaway to any shareholders considering selling their business. Having been approached by a trade acquirer, the team at Ward Hadaway provided us with clear, expert advice regarding all aspects of the sale process and the expectations likely to be upon each shareholder post sale. Robert Thompson and his team led the transaction without loss of momentum to ensure that we completed the deal with no erosion of value. This was no mean feat but was delivered with a calmness and professionalism commensurate with their reputation as leaders in their field.

Independent verdict

  • "He is very experienced and understands the market and the region."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Robert is considered ‘straight-talking, no-nonsense and easy to understand’. ‘He takes time to listen to what I want to achieve and then recommends a strategy’"

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Robert Thompson is a highly respected corporate lawyer with a wealth of experience in representing private and owner-managed businesses in their various sales and purchases."

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