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Steve is the Strategic Business Development Partner at Ward Hadaway and he specialises in creating opportunities, developing relationships and delivering a first-class client experience.

With more than two decades in the legal sector, Steve leads Ward Hadaway’s business development strategy and growth activities from its headquarters in Newcastle across the firm’s three offices. Having been managing partner at a North East law firm for almost 12 years and then taking responsibility for client and strategic development there, Steve has a well-established reputation. He focusses on building even stronger client relationships, creating new opportunities and developing the firm’s profile to ensure that client service excellence remains a distinguishing feature of the business.


One of the country’s youngest law firm managing partners at 34, Steve has spoken at a number of regional and national conferences on leadership, service excellence and creating a service-based culture.

Ward Hadaway is an official partner and official legal services provider for Newcastle Falcons and Steve has been a business mentor for the Rugby Players’ Association, as well as an Advisory Board member to the Faculty of Business and Law at Northumbria University.

Steve has also been a mentor on Newcastle University Business School’s Captured – Connect Reflect Develop programme, which gives small businesses a chance to spend time developing their business with support from experienced managers from the region’s larger private sector organisations.

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