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When it comes to buying, selling or fundraising, you want specialists in your corner who can broker the very best deal for you and your business; a trusted partner who is there for the journey.

Our national track record rivals even our City counterparts, delivering value without compromise on quality.

Our 30-strong team has been ranked number one corporate dealmaker in the North East and top ten in Yorkshire, the North West and the UK for the past three years by Experian MarketIQ. In 2019 we completed 61 deals worth £812million.

Going public on the stock exchange or selling a family business? Making that strategic acquisition, or raising funding for the next stage of development? Our multi-disciplinary team of experts has you covered. Our emphasis is on taking care of you and creating long-term partnerships.

Whatever the type of transaction; buying, selling, investing, divesting, going public, going private – with over thirty years in business, we bring our exceptional experience to bear, creating long-term value from a strategic start point.

Every project is carefully managed to deliver a successful outcome, with no nasty surprises. We’re always transparent, we engage and communicate clearly, regularly and in Plain English. We’re enthusiastic team players, and when a team captain is needed, we can do that too.

You need absolute faith that your legal experts will deliver against your goals. It’s our job to worry about the detail, to know the law, to share our wisdom, and to predict the hurdles and mitigate them. You can rest assured, you’re in the best possible hands.

Our services

Advice on:

  • Sales
  • Acquisitions
  • Competition
  • Due diligence
  • Employment advice
  • M&A
  • MBIs
  • MBOs
  • Private Equity and Venture Capital
  • Raising Capital
  • Takeovers
  • Taxation
  • UK corporates

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Robert Thompson

Partner | Head of Corporate

+44 (0) 330 137 3602

+44 (0)790 022 4981

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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

Partner | Corporate

+44 (0) 330 137 3630

+44 (0)788 158 2567

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What people say

  • Rob and the Ward Hadaway team were simply brilliant throughout

    Client Quote
  • I trust James Nightingale's advice and judgement implicitly. He offers challenge where and when appropriate, works well to deadlines and makes himself available whenever required. James, and his team, offer an attentive level of service and care, hence why we have remained in partnership for such a long time.

    Ben Hirst, Chief Executive, Horizon Platforms
  • Robert Thompson and his team led the transaction without loss of momentum to ensure that we completed the deal with no erosion of value. This was no mean feat but was delivered with a calmness and professionalism commensurate with their reputation as leaders in their field.

    Client quote
  • Maintains an excellent reputation for private equity work, representing private equity houses and target companies.

    Chambers & Partners
  • We chose to use Ward Hadaway having been very impressed with the team when they were working on the other side of a previous investment we made. Their experience in private equity investments of a similar complex nature has been invaluable, and Katherine Hay-Heddle's persistence and professionalism has helped ensure the successful completion of this deal

    Natalie Eastham
  • The level of service and level of detail has been second to none and Melanie [Yeomans] has been there for me when required and has responded in a precise and timely manner. Our investment deal was very complex and Melanie and her team helped us through the process with clarity and forcefulness. I would recommend Ward Hadaway to anyone requiring any level of legal representation.

    Kevin Saunders, Managing Director, Fdm Digital Solutions Ltd
  • We have been very impressed with Martin [Hulls] and the team at Ward Hadaway - they have done a great job and we would have no hesitation in recommending them.

    Sean Wadsworth, CEO, Nigel Frank International
  • Impressive and straightforward advice and a refreshing commercial business-oriented approach.

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • Ward Hadaway attracts the respect of the business community for its range of high-quality work. This strong team is involved in a range of capital markets, private equity and venture capital transactions.

    Chambers & Partners

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