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Peter Kay Bio

Peter Kay

Non-Executive Director

Branch(es) York Office, Wetherby Office, Malton Office

Email: peter.kay@warekay.co.uk
Direct Dial 01904 716025

I enjoy corporate and commercial work because the work involves a common objective that both sides want to achieve. This means I can work with the other team in a cooperative rather than confrontational way. However, if the going gets tough then I will be uncompromising on behalf of my client. I am keen to see that my clients get what they want in the best possible timescales.


Peter was born in York (1956) and educated at Bootham School, York. He qualified as a solicitor in 1981 and practised in London for 4 years in a specialist commercial shipping practice.

Peter became a partner in Ware& Kay in 1985 and was Director of Corporate & Commercial Services and Senior Director until 30th September 2021 when he became a non-executive director.

Peter formerly specialised in company and commercial work nationally and internationally.

As a non-executive director Peter’s responsibilities are now in policymaking, strategic planning and promotion of the firm as well looking after the interests of the firm’s stakeholders.

Peter's work in the business community included:

  • Membership of the Private Sector Members Group of the former Yorkshire Tourist Board.
  • Director of York City Centre Partnership Limited.
  • Director of the York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce from 2001 to 2009.
  • President of the York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce 2006 to 2008.
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Tourism Ambassador.
  • Director of York Business Week C.I.C.
  • Chair of York Economic Partnership 2008 to 2013.
  • President of the Yorkshire Law Society 2016/17.

What clients say:

"Once more may I say how grateful I am for your advice and excellent service not only relating to this but also the previous and more substantial problem [...]. Your support has been invaluable."

"I am most grateful for all you have done in achieving a satisfactory outcome for us all."

"[...] thanks for the invaluable help and advice."

"Many thanks indeed for your excellent services and help."

"Thanks very much for this news and all your assistance. A great relief that this is now behind us."

"Having gone through a complicated SPA purchase and 2 property leases for our two nursery schools, I am delighted to say that Ware and Kay (David and Peter) surpassed our expectations and have lived up to their strapline 'Good on Paper, Even Better in person'. Their attention to detail certainly kept the sellers solicitors on the toes! We will say, we had a clear advantage by using Ware and Kay!  Thanks David and Peter."

"Very professional and willing to explain and assist a complete novice throughout the whole process. Tough, fair and pragmatic when handling the vendor's and the bank's solicitors. Overall, very pleased indeed and would I use Ware & Kay again - absolutely!"

"You personally, and your team, were very professional, pragmatic and practical, particularly when the inevitable little hiccups arose towards the end of the deal, and you responded very quickly to all requests we made as well as making sure the necessary mounds of paperwork were completed on time. I hope we can work together again."

"In Ware & Kay we have found a legal team who can provide in-depth knowledge covering property acquisition, corporate advice, litigation and employment advice. Both the partners and staff are approachable and have a depth of skills which Key Healthcare rely on as our company grows."

"Excellent, prompt service and highly professional!"

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