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As a manager or director, you want to ensure that your organisation is managed effectively and in compliance with the law. As a business owner, you want confidence that your investment is protected against unforeseen issues.

Get your corporate governance wrong and it can have a detrimental financial and reputational effect on your business and those associated with it.

Our expert corporate governance lawyers have in-depth expertise advising organisations of all sizes across all sectors on corporate governance issues. With constant developments within the corporate governance arena, we pay close attention to the latest advice and potential impact of new regulations.

You may experience issues from rules affecting the legal structure of companies or partnerships, or the underlying legal and administrative principles applying to the public or private sector. Whatever challenge you face, we can help you to establish a system of corporate governance that works for you and your organisation.

Our corporate governance solicitors advise on everything from the rights and responsibilities of officers, observers and members and their respective reporting lines through to rules and procedures for decision making, conflicts of interest, accounting for benefits and stakeholder rights.

As a full-service Top 100 law firm, we provide a clear 360-degree view on corporate governance and legal requirements. We ensure that all angles are covered, that each part of your organisation understands how it relates to the whole and how it is accountable, and that the solution we devise is tailored to your needs.

Our services
  • Codes of conduct
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Director disqualification
  • Disclosure and transparency
  • Articles of Association
  • Shareholders’ Agreements
  • Partnership Agreements
  • LLP Members’ Agreements
  • Inter-group agreements
  • Member, officer and trustee training
  • Non-executive directors
  • Officer and member roles and responsibilities
  • Procurement
  • Rights and treatment of shareholders, partners and LLP members
  • Unfair prejudice claims
  • Vires issues

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Colin Hewitt

Senior Partner

+44 (0) 330 137 3402

+44 (0)797 985 8315

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Damien Charlton

Partner | Head of Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3410

+44 (0)770 253 7432

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Steven Roper

Partner | Commercial

+44 (0) 330 137 3411

+44 (0) 759 578 1842

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Richard Butts

Partner | Corporate

+44 (0) 330 137 3607

+44 (0)780 398 7419

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  • Imogen Holland is a highly experienced, pragmatic partner who leads negotiations exceptionally well. She is always prepared to go the extra mile for clients, often working to tight deadlines.

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  • The key individuals we deal with at senior level is through James Nightingale. I find James hugely accessible and he provides professional advice alongside an approach which feels supportive and comfortable. In a challenging period for all industries, the firm has maintained a good contact throughout where possible, which leaves them best placed as people who understand our business

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  • Ward Hadaway LLP provides an expert legal opinion but in a time where contact has clearly been challenging have made every effort to support and understand our business. The invaluable advice on ancillary work, means as an advisor they have developed a rounded view of the activities ongoing within our business, leaving them best placed to provide the advice we require.

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  • Responsive; open and transparent; no surprises – you get what was agreed at the price agreed.

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  • In particular, I would like to underline the partner and head of the corporate department Rob Thompson. I have limitless professional and personal esteem for him, but also for his entire team. It is very comforting to work with partners like Rob Thompson, who manage to keep control in all situations, who genuinely care and who combine professionalism with fast, solid and tangible results, always remaining extremely competitive. It is also personally a rewarding experience to work with Rob Thompson. For me, he is simply one of the best commercial / M&A lawyers in the United Kingdom.

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  • The entire team at Ward Hadaway is dynamic, professional, helpful and solution-oriented. It is a pleasure to work with all of them, their level of engagement and their hands-on approach is very satisfying. They get deals done, provide solutions and care. A joy for every client.

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