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Damien is a highly experienced lawyer, who has been advising businesses on company and commercial matters for over 20 years. He is the Head of the Commercial Department and advises clients on a national basis.

Damien advises business from a broad range of sectors, including manufacturing, engineering, customer communications, and healthcare.

He has particular experience in the drafting and negotiation of complex and long term contractual arrangements, such as outsourcing contracts.

Damien’s work also includes:

  • Advising businesses on agency, distribution, and other trading agreements for the supply of goods and services
  • Partnership matters and limited liability partnership
  • Group reorganisations
  • Agreements between shareholders

He also heads up Ward Hadaway’s independent healthcare team, providing advice on a wide range of commercial issues to clients in the independent healthcare sector, such as dentists and GPs.


He has advised extensively in relation to outsourcing contracts, including:

  • Acting for a leading supplier in a complex framework contract worth in excess of £400m, which includes the provision of transactional print and inbound mail services
  • Advising a warehousing and logistics company in relation to outsourcing contracts in the automotive sector
  • Negotiating a high value print outsourcing sub-contract arrangement between an IT service provider and a print service provider

Damien has implemented complex group reorganisations within multi-national listed corporates, and also substantial privately-owned businesses.

His joint venture experience includes projects for property developers, and also complex cross-border collaborations in the vehicle manufacturing sector.

In the healthcare sector, recent projects include:

  • Dental practice sales (NHS, private and mixed practices)
  • GP partnership agreements
  • Service level agreements for delivery of health services


What people say

  • I have dealt with Ward Hadaway on many complex and business critical outsourcing deals and have always been provided with an excellent service from Damien Charlton and his team. The knowledge and support they provide allows us to trade on equal footing with our clients' external legal teams which are in the main, City law firms. The service that Damien and his team provide has always been responsive with the right level of challenge, and their ability to understand our business enabled them to ensure that not only were we getting the pure legal advice we needed but it was wrapped up with a commercially focussed approach that delivered a high quality of advice and service.

    Commercial Director of listed plc
  • Pragmatic and client-focused

    Legal 500

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