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Tom is a Partner in the Corporate department advising clients on acquisitions, disposals, investments, MBOs/MBIs, corporate structures and reorganisations.

He has extensive experience working on a variety of transactions for both public and private companies as well as private equity houses and other investors across a range of sectors including pharmaceutical, human capital, aviation, leisure, motor, property and landed estates, engineering and manufacturing.


As a Legal 500 Leading Individual and ranked in Chambers & Partners, Tom is recognised as one of the leading corporate partners in the North East and has built an extensive regional and national M&A practice.

Recent transactions on which Tom has advised include:

  •  Acting for Growth Partner on its investment in Stubble & Co.
  • Acting for The Bannatyne Group plc on the acquisition of five health clubs in 12 months
  • Acting for the shareholder of a UK based provider of operational risk management software on the sale of the business to Prometheus Group
  • Acting on a £200m unsecured bilateral private note issue
  • Acting on numerous acquisitions and investments for Northumberland Estates
  • Acting for management on the leveraged MBO of eQS Group and simultaneous bolt on acquisition
  • Acting for the vendors on the disposal of Cleveland Cascades Limited to Lifco
  • The disposal of a UK based e-learning provider to a UK listed company
  • A multi-stage, multi-jurisdictional acquisition and disposal for a Dutch company

What people say

  • Tom has a great ability to be a specialist in corporate Law whilst keeping a firm grip on commercial reality of the business and manages to tailor his advice accordingly.

    Legal 500
  • Tom is committed to delivering an extremely high quality of work in extremely tight timescales. Whenever you need to speak to him he will make himself available in a timely manner.

    Legal 500
  • Tom Pollard has been outstanding for us. He has taken the time to understand our business and the sector we work in and tailor all support and advice accordingly.

    Legal 500
  • Tom was instrumental in leading me personally and the SMT at eQS through the corporate legal jungle of not only completing our MBO but also simultaneously completing our first acquisition. Tom is not only an outstanding corporate lawyer but is also extremely pragmatic when it comes to commercial business decisions. Every interaction was made extremely straightforward and logical. It was a real pleasure to work with Tom and his whole team at Ward Hadaway. Without Tom's personal commitment I am sure we would have struggled to complete this complicated transaction in the timescales we did, literally just before Christmas. I would highly recommend Tom and his full team to anyone looking to do something similar. His experience, understanding, pragmatism and communication skills are second to none. Tom's approach has been logical and practical throughout, with the ultimate aim of making sure the right transaction was completed for all. Many thanks Tom, I look forward to a continuing relationship on many future projects to come.

    Andy Gough, CEO, eQuality Solutions Group Limited
  • Throughout the course of a very demanding sale process to a serial acquirer, Tom Pollard provided straightforward, clear and commercially focused advice together with a level of service and dedication which went way beyond our expectations. He is a very impressive individual and is extremely good at what he does and I can give no higher recommendation than I would have no hesitation in working with him in the future.

    Neil Moult, CEO, Creating Careers Limited
  • Tom Pollard delivers results, adds value and provides the assurance I look for when doing deals. Tom takes the time to understand my objectives then seeks ways to accomplish the task at hand. He has a superb technical knowledge and I can always rely on him to challenge my thinking and push my boundaries; something so critical in today's age and climate. His attention to detail is brilliant! Tom is another key person in Ward Hadaway I thoroughly enjoy working with.

    David Harper, Chairman, Harperco