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Robert is the Head of our Corporate department.

He has over 35 years’ of M&A experience advising on acquisitions, disposals, mergers, corporate structuring and reorganisations for public and private clients.  In the North East the team were recognised for the third year running as the most prolific dealmakers in the region in the 2020 Experian M&A rankings, and when combined with Leeds and Manchester, were ranked the ninth most active firm in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Robert also manages the firm’s membership of Geneva Group International, the world’s leading international alliance of more than 650 independent professional organisations where he has a leading M&A role.  This gives him a unique perspective on international dealmaking, and direct connectivity with some of the most experiencing dealmaking professionals around the world.

Robert is the General Editor of the leading practitioners’ guide “Sinclair on Warranties and Indemnities on Shares and Asset Sales” 11th Edition, widely regarded as the lawyers’ dealmaking bible, and the technical benchmark for the legal M&A community.


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 regionally, nationally and internationally.



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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"

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  • 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.

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  • Rob Thompson, is a master of his craft. He can run rings round any lawyer he is up against, but doesn’t feel the need to constantly prove his superiority. He stays close to the detail, but provides perspective and context to his team so that the legal process becomes an enabler rather than a blockage. I can wholeheartedly recommend them. They simply get the job done quickly and effectively.

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  • 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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