Elements no obstacle for law firm’s community work | 18 June 10

STAFF at law firm Ward Hadaway battled against the elements to help create a wildlife garden at a Yorkshire school.

The Ward Hadaway wildlife garden team

An intrepid nine-strong team from Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office took on the challenge at St Nicholas Primary School in Gipton, Leeds, as part of their work with Business In The Community.

Partners, solicitors, legal secretaries and administration staff from the firm joined forces to brave the driving rain and howling wind of early summer to carry out the task.

Despite the challenges of the elements – and the discovery of a wasp’s nest in the garden which had to be removed – the intrepid team knuckled down to the challenge with real gusto, spending the whole day on site.

Louise Wain, legal cashier at Ward Hadaway in Leeds and the team’s organiser, said: “While the weather wasn’t exactly ideal, everyone enjoyed working together on the project and the feeling of doing something really worthwhile for St Nicholas.

“The rain meant that we had to keep stopping and starting and, unfortunately, stopped the paint from drying on the garden fence, but we were still able to laugh about the conditions even though we were sopping wet!

“While we couldn’t get everything finished on the day because of the conditions, the pond which we created was certainly a hit – we had a frog jump in there almost as soon as we had completed making it!”

Paul Lawson, head teacher at St Nicholas Primary School, said: “We are very grateful to everyone involved at Ward Hadaway who helped with this project. I am sure the garden will prove to be a very popular area with our children.”

Jamie Martin, managing partner at Ward Hadaway, said: “As a firm, we are always keen to support the local community in whatever way we can.

“Helping St Nicholas Primary School via Business In The Community is a great way of demonstrating that commitment so my congratulations go to the Leeds office team for such a sterling effort in some very tricky conditions.

“Hopefully their work will be rewarded by some better weather next time!”

Ward Hadaway opened up its office on Wellington Street in Leeds city centre in July 2008.

Since then, staff numbers have more than trebled to over 30 with expertise in areas including property, construction, employment, insolvency and corporate recovery, property litigation, health and safety, company and commercial law, intellectual property and EU and competition issues.