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Our People

James Haddleton

James Haddleton

James worked for 25 years at two major commercial law firms and then as Group Legal Counsel and Company Secretary at an AIM-listed pharmaceutical company. There, he developed a legal team and led projects to reduce risk and improve the quality and efficiency of its contracting, governance and compliance systems.

James is the CEO of Haddletons 

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Cheryl Bridges

Cheryl Bridges

Cheryl is the Client Relationship Executive of Haddletons. Cheryl acts as the first point of contact for Haddletons larger clients with a focus on meeting, liaising and building strong professional relationships. Cheryl is also responsible for company branding, improving client perception and engagement, whilst also developing the website content, managing an online review system and expanding our social media interaction. Cheryl qualified with an MSc in International Marketing Management from Leeds University Business School and has a variety of client facing and marketing experience.

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Bob Crampton

Bob Crampton

Bob is a solicitor with over 18 years’ experience of providing advice on commercial business relationships and construction transactions.  He has worked at large national firms and as an in-house lawyer in several sectors. Bob’s career includes 8 years as Group Head of Legal for a building services, construction and renewable energy group. He provides straightforward, practical commercial advice for businesses large and small, and will take the time to understand your business and the context of your deal before helping you to achieve what you want in the most efficient way. Bob advises on a wide range of transactions and disputes on both large and small-scale construction and infrastructure projects, assisting clients on all aspects of construction and renewable energy related matters. He advises developers, funders, main contractors, sub-contractors, house builders and consultants. 

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Jill Chamberlain

Jill Chamberlain

Jill is a highly experienced commercial lawyer with a successful track record in business. With substantial in-house legal experience, working as Legal Counsel in the telecommunications/IT, financial services and distribution sectors, Jill excels in the creation of new, successful legal departments in-house with an emphasis on sound commercial advice and an unparalleled strength in the formation and management of high performing partnerships and teams.

Jill has taught law for many years in secondary and higher education settings with excellent results achieved. She is also an experienced presenter, preparing and delivering training seminars for commercial teams on all relevant legal and commercial issues.

Covering all aspects of commercial law. Jill delivers practical, easy to understand, legal advice combined with excellent business development and marketing skills. Jill heads up Haddletons Commercial and Business Support and is responsible for the strategic business growth of our comprehensive suite of business support services to spin out and growth companies supported by investment funds.

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Simon Cox

Simon Cox

Simon is a highly respected and experienced corporate lawyer who, as a senior corporate partner at global law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright, advised on, and led legal teams for, a wide range of UK and international corporate, securities, mergers and acquisitions, restructuring,  and joint venture and private equity projects (including company formation, subscription and shareholder agreements).

Simon’s work  has included both IPO’s and secondary market equity issues (including rights issues, open offers and placings) as well as issues (both publicly traded and private) of convertible and non-convertible debt securities.

Moreover, Simon has extensive experience advising boards on corporate governance compliance (both policy and practical matters) as well as advising on relationships with major shareholders and on reacting to shareholder activism.

 In addition to projects in the UK, mainland Europe and North America, Simon has worked extensively on natural resources projects in emerging and transition markets including Kazakhstan and Russia

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Jason Curtis

Jason Curtis

Jason is a senior commercial solicitor with over 20 years’ experience, mostly gained working in-house.  He has worked in the travel and retail sectors and is a former Legal & Compliance Director at Mamas & Papas.  Jason is experienced across the range of commercial legal matters from consumer terms and conditions to large, complex agreements, taking a commercially pragmatic approach to the work that he undertakes.  He also provides training on dealing with commercial legal matters and compliance issues and strategic legal advice to businesses small and large.

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Karen Eckstein

Karen Eckstein

Karen has 30 years experience of defending claims against professionals, mainly solicitors, accountants and tax advisers and has acted for firms from sole practitioners through to magic circle and global firms, gained at national market leading firms. She is also a Chartered Tax Adviser and has a national reputation in the taxation field. As  well as acting in contentious tax matters across the whole range of taxes, Karen frequently advises professionals about risk management and is a published author on the topic as well as having passed the IRM exams.

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Hugh Goulbourne

Hugh Goulbourne

Hugh is a Senior Commercial Solicitor with 14 years legal experience In House and in Private Practice. Having qualified with a top ten international law firm, Hugh has extensive experience in data protection, commercial contracts and corporate governance across a range of sectors including energy, entertainment, financial services and insurance. Hugh’s excellent legal skills are enhanced by his experience of income generation, strategy development and team management in a range of senior leadership roles since 2011.  

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Suzanne Ibson

Suzanne Ibson

Suzanne is a Legal Administrator at Haddletons and has over twelve years' experience as a director, resourcer and administrator (operational support) of an executive search and outsourcing recruitment practice. She has assisted start-ups & high growth companies and with hands on experience of the day to day running of a small business, she enjoys the variety of a dynamic working environment. Suzanne is a former primary school teacher and Literacy Consultant for Slough Borough Council, where she supported headteachers and their staff implement the National Literacy Strategy.

 

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Keith Jackson

Keith Jackson

Keith, a Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Director, is a successful senior executive with a wealth of experience in CEO, Executive Director, Interim and Non-Executive Director roles. The Institute of Directors UK Director of the year 2016, he has a proven history of vision, strategic foresight and strong governance that has enhanced board performance. Keith deploys his expertise to help your board develop and effectively manage the governance cycle, looking at aspects such as foresight, strategic thinking, supervising management and accountability to stakeholders. He will work with you to enhance board performance and make board meetings much more strategically focused.   

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Sarah Johnson

Sarah Johnson

Sarah is a Legal Administrator at Haddletons, bringing with her 10 years of experience in residential property as a sales negotiator and PA to the director. This experience has proved to be a great platform for her work at Haddleton Legal.  As well as providing a valuable range of secretarial and support services for the management team, Sarah is responsible for client take-on procedures and providing vital administrative support to the legal team, always with an eye on improving internal processes and the overall client experience.

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Shereen Lloyd

Shereen Lloyd

Shereen has over 15 years' commercial property experience, having worked in both private practice and in-house.  She advises on a wide range of commercial property transactions across a broad range of sectors.  Shereen will work with you to deliver pragmatic, commercially viable solutions to all of your property needs. 

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Debbie Mactaggart

Debbie Mactaggart

Debbie has over 30 years’ experience as a trusted advisor and a solicitor working in-house and at several large, commercial law firms.  She spent 4 years as head of a commercial legal team.  Debbie deals with commercial disputes and employment issues.  Her particular strengths include good relationships with her clients, empathy and people skills.  She has experience of developing and delivering training for clients and lawyers covering complex legal issues in an accessible way. 

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Liam McIlveen

Liam McIlveen

Liam is a commercial and Intellectual property solicitor with over 25 years’ experience of working as an in-house lawyer in the pharmaceutical industry. He spent 10 years as a Deputy General Counsel at AstraZeneca, where he led the team that handled all of the commercial and corporate legal work for the global pharmaceuticals business. He has handled all types of legal work in the life sciences sector, particularly M&A projects, patent and know-how licences, product divestments, collaborations, R&D agreements, supply chain agreements and distribution agreements. He is a commercially-minded lawyer and prides himself on finding solutions to legal problems. 

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Helena Orwin

Helena Orwin

Helena is an experienced commercial and IT lawyer with over 14 years’ experience in both private practice and in house. Having spent 6 years at one of the Big Six private practice law firms, Helena moved into an in-house legal role at a world leading engineering company. There, Helena’s role included leading the compliance function as well as dealing with a wide range of commercial matters. Having widened her expertise beyond legal and into sales and operations, Helena headed up the service and repair division of the UK business giving her senior executive experience. More recently, Helena has acted as legal counsel at a Leeds based award winning IT consultancy.

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Sarah Podesta

Sarah Podesta

Sarah is a solicitor with 20 years’ experience in commercial and competition law, mostly gained in-house with large multi-national businesses. Sarah’s most recent role was Head of Legal for Arla Foods UK and she has industry experience in sectors including retail, FMCG, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and healthcare. Sarah is experienced at advising and collaborating on solutions at all levels of an organisation, including the Board. Her focus is on using legal, compliance and risk management tools to solve problems and maximise value for your business.

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Felicity Price

Felicity Price

Felicity is a solicitor with over 10 years’ experience of providing practical and commercial advice to clients on a wide range of employment law issues. She has worked in large national and international law firms as well as undertaking a secondment in-house. Felicity is an experienced advocate who has successfully represented clients in the Employment Tribunal on a variety of matters. Felicity also enjoys writing and delivering training courses to clients on a range of topics to support their effective management of the workforce. Felicity has been named as an Associate to Watch in Chambers and Partners Guide. 

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Rowena Summers

Rowena Summers

Rowena is an employment solicitor with over 18 years experience gained at three large, commercial law firms and on secondment as part of an in-house employment legal team.  Rowena provides commercially focused advice, representation and project support. She is an experienced presenter and has had a number of articles published in legal and industry journals. 

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