Nick Hawkins is a highly qualified barrister providing corporate legal advice, and as an ex-MP (from 1992 to 2005) also helps companies to understand the best way to prepare for legislation or influence government.
Do you need corporate legal advice? Are you trying to lobby or influence government on a key issue facing your company or industry? Then Nick Hawkins can help.
Nick has been a Corporate Barrister for 37 years, much of the time in senior roles in companies in different fields. As well as practising part-time from one of the UK's largest Barristers' Chambers, St. Philip's, in Leeds, London and Birmingham, he is a Director of various companies; undertakes consultancy and interim roles; advises on raising investment for companies (including start-ups); advices on mergers & acquisitions; and supports companies needing general corporate and compliance guidance.
He also undertakes political/public affairs consultancy, having been an MP 1992-2005, in Government in junior roles 1995-1997, and a Shadow Minister for 6 years. His most senior role was Shadow Solicitor-General.
Nick is authorised to give Direct Access legal advice to Companies, as the professional rules have changed to allow Companies to go direct to appropriately-qualified Barristers for advice, without having to go via a Solicitor. Nick advises on all kinds of corporate matters; he has a particular specialism in Banking & Financial Services, Construction, Defence, Technology and the Leisure/Tourism/Gaming sectors, plus expertise in Regulatory/Legislative/Governance issues. In this area low overheads mean lower or fixed fees.
In his past career he has been the senior in-house Barrister for the old Access Credit cards, Group Legal Adviser to Lloyds Abbey Life plc (majority-owned by Lloyds Bank) Legal Director of Danoptra, a £165 Leisure, Sports and Gaming Group (based in Horsforth) 2007-2011, and 2012-5, Chief Executive of Acoustic Sensing Technology (U.K.) Ltd, a spin-out tech start-up from Bradford University, for which he successfully raised investment via friends in the City and took through a subsequent investment round and got established with sales to major UK and international household-name customers.