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Martin Hulls is former managing partner of Ward Hadaway, now leading on both internal and external initiatives and projects.

As Projects Director, Martin is committed to delivering Ward Hadaway’s projects and initiatives, focussing 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 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.

What people say

  • He is clearly very experienced, very commercial and very accessible.

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

    Legal 500
  • [Martin] is described as a ‘switched-on’ expert in M&A and private equity transactions

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

    Chambers & Partners
  • I really have not come across anyone else who can get to the nub of an issue so very quickly.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • 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.

    Graeme Hawes, Managing Director, Peterlee Glass Co Ltd
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, Helen McArdle Care

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