Law firm’s construction practice keeps building up | 16 November 07

THE construction team at leading North law firm Ward Hadaway is looking to build its business further with the recruitment of two new members.

Ward Hadaway's construction team

New faces – (front, from left) Leigh Child and Kerry Short join the rest of the Construction team at Ward Hadaway (back, from left) head of construction Ralph Wrighton, Huw Wilkins, Paul Reekie and Jamie Corcoran.

Leigh Child and Kerry Short join the team as it looks to continue a successful year that has seen the specialist unit advise on more than £300m worth of projects.

Senior assistant solicitor Leigh has been recruited from Watson Burton and trained with Fenwick Elliott, regarded as one of the top specialist construction law firms in the country.

She has experience of both contentious and non-contentious matters for a range of private and public sector clients.

Kerry trained with Ward Hadaway and was until qualification the chair of the Trainee Solicitors Group in Newcastle. She will concentrate on commercial development matters.

Ralph Wrighton, head of construction at Ward Hadaway, said: “We are delighted to welcome Leigh and Kerry to the team.

“Their arrival will give us genuine strength in depth and help us to extend our growing list of clients.”

The expansion in the team comes as it enjoys a continued growth in instructions from a wide range of clients.

Its expertise has been sought for a variety of schemes in sectors including process engineering, commercial property, housebuilding, retail, local authority and major publicly funded developments.

Demand for both contentious and non-contentious advice has also continued to rise from contractors and sub-contractors alike.

Mr Wrighton said: “It is very pleasing to see the confidence placed in the team by clients from across the construction sector and it is clear how much they value our expertise.

“We always aim to provide an efficient and pragmatic service and our clients have given us a reputation for ‘always getting the job done’.

“The construction and engineering industries have always been a touchstone of the North-East economy and we are delighted to be playing a role in its continuing success.”