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THE Education team at leading North law firm Ward Hadaway has been shortlisted for a national award for the second year in a row.

The specialist team, which has a strong presence in the education and skills sector, has been shortlisted for the Legal Advisors – Deal making category in the Education Investor Awards 2017.

Ward Hadaway is one of just six law firms from across the country to be shortlisted in the category, which recognises excellence and innovation in the business of education.

The UK Top 100 firm, which has offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, was a finalist in the Legal Advisors to Education Institutions category in last year’s Education Investor Awards.

Frank Suttie

Frank Suttie

Ward Hadaway Partner Frank Suttie (pictured), who leads the firm’s commercial education practice, said: “We are thrilled to be shortlisted for these prestigious awards for the second year in a row.

“It is a real achievement for everyone in the Education team and the wider firm for Ward Hadaway to be a finalist in this category.

“The Education Investor Awards are widely recognised across the education sector and the competition to be shortlisted in any of their categories is fierce.

“We endeavour to go above and beyond when it comes to helping our many clients in the education and skills sector, both within the education system and private sector suppliers to the sector, so it is terrific to get independent recognition of the quality of the work which we do.”

The winners of the Education Investor Awards 2017 will be announced at a ceremony in London in December.

Ward Hadaway provides legal advice to clients across all tiers of the education system from schools and academies to further and higher education independent training providers and supports many businesses working in the sector.

The firm has advised on a number of deals completed in the past year, including the sale of a University spin-out company, the acquisition of a major training provider and the financing of capital projects in the further education sector.

Ward Hadaway has also become a leading advisor in the apprenticeships arena with the implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy and a new funding regime and has also secured clients in the developing Edu-Tech field.

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