John Walters
  • John Walters

  • Partner


University and year – UC Cardiff – 1976

Legal Qualifications:


Year Of Admission:


Experience and Expertise:

Full range of corporate/commercial services primarily to owner/managed businesses, including acquisitions, mergers and restructuring. Advice on all aspects of contractual arrangements, including agency, distributorship, software development, collaboration and joint ventures.

Career Highlights:

Creating constitution for Materials Processing Institute and dealing with acquisition from Tata Steel of its R&D centre in Middlesbrough.

Legal 500:

2017 - 'John Walters leads the practice at Tilly Bailey & Irvine which handles financing matters, transactions, commercial contracts, IP issues, insolvency mandates and restructurings for a predominantly Tees Valley-based client roster. Walters’ expertise lies in transactional issues, particularly MBOs, M&A transactions and venture capital investments. 

2016 - 'John Walters and Craig Malarkey 'form the backbone of the corporate team and offer excellent advice'.

2015 - 'Strong technical background and puts the client's needs first.'

Corporate Social Responsibility/Pro Bono/Community Relations:

Member of Durham University Business School’s Ethics Committee

In the past I have served as a trustee of Hartlepool & East Durham Alzheimer’s Society (20 years) and Hartlepool Hospice (3 years)

When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A footballer

Why law as a career?

Took the degree for flexibility into career paths but stuck with law, interest sparked by studying law at uni.

What one thing could you not live without?


Hobbies and interests

Past footballer, current cricketer, golfer, walker and R&B music enthusiast.