Managing Director: Harminder Sandhu
Finance Director: Colin Rodrigues
Number of directors: 3
Assistant solicitors: 3
Other fee-earners: 6
THE FIRM Hawkins Hatton is a niche corporate law firm based in Dudley. It was formed in December 2005 with the single objective of creating a practice that provides a true legal partnership to its exclusive business clients. The firm adopts a proactive and commercial approach which has enabled it to win high profile clients, who are used to being serviced by national practices. The firm’s turnover has continued to grow year on year due to its ability to effectively and efficiently deliver commercial transactions.
MAIN AREAS OF PRACTICE
Dispute Resolution: 20%
Commercial Property: 20%
PRINCIPLE AREAS OF WORK Hawkins Hatton provides a full range of company and commercial services. It is known particularly for private equity work for management teams, sales, mergers, acquisitions and disposals for shareholders of medium-sized enterprises, and a broad range of corporate work, including restructuring of companies (eg section 110, statutory demerger and capital reduction) and related tax issues. Commercial contract expertise includes agency and distribution, consultants, franchises, guarantees, intellectual property, joint ventures, partnerships, shareholder agreements, terms of business, technology/IT and mortgage securitisation for financial bodies. Non-contentious employment advice is provided to ensure that watertight contracts and procedures are in place to minimise risk. Commercial property expertise includes large-scale site acquisitions, disposals, property development, property finance and investment, corporate support and commercial leases. Hawkins Hatton can also offer clients advice on a broader range of specialist areas, including construction. A wide range of complex and high-value litigation is expertly handled by the dispute resolution department, which routinely deals with injunctive proceedings, breaches of directors’ duties, derivative claims, shareholder and partnership disputes, and serious white-collar fraud claims. Insurance litigation (including professional negligence) continues to be a key feature of the department. The firm is a keen advocate of alternative dispute resolution.
CLIENTS The firm’s recent selection on to a number of institutional lenders’ panels (such as Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland PLC, Santander and HSBC) has enabled the firm to undertake multi million pound transactions for its commercial property clients, including Meridian Metals Limited, Simco External Framing Solutions Limited, and Inshore Support to name but a few. The growing stature of the firm has led to its instruction by SMES who operate on a national basis as well as on a local basis. On the corporate front this has included the founder of Poundland, West Midlands Safari Park, Signis Ltd and MSA Global Holdings Limited.