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 39 years, much of the time in senior roles in companies in different fields. Since Autumn 2016 Nick has been a Corporate Barrister Partner of GunnerCooke LLP - ABS Law Firm of the year 2015 and 2016 - where all 150+ partners are self-employed. GunnerCooke is a new-style senior-lawyers-only law firm, with a hub in Leeds, and offices in the City of London and Manchester too, and also has non-lawyer Consultants in different fields too.
Nick is also a Director of various companies, where he: 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 has been CEO of a University spin-out tech start-up where he raised the investment for, and took the company through two investment rounds.
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 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.