Another healthy win for Ward Hadaway | 26 March 08

LAW firm Ward Hadaway has chalked up another notable contract win in the health sector.

The Newcastle-based firm has been chosen by Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust to provide all external legal services for the next three years.

The contract was awarded following a competitive tender and is the latest in a series of successes for Ward Hadaway in the health sector.

Earlier this month, the firm was reappointed as one of just 11 firms in England on the NHS Litigation Authority’s prestigious Clinical Negligence Panel.

Last month, Ward Hadaway was chosen by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust to provide external legal advice on several areas including a proposed new £400m hospital.

And in 2007, the firm was appointed as sole external legal advisor to County Durham and Darlington NHS Trust.

Melanie Pears, partner and head of public sector at Ward Hadaway, said: “This is another fantastic win for the firm and is a testament to the skills, expertise and hard work of the healthcare team.

“Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust is a forward-thinking, pioneering organisation and we are delighted at the prospect of working with its dedicated staff over the next three years.”

Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust provides mental health, learning disability and addictive behaviour services to more than 1.4 million people across County Durham, Tees Valley and North Yorkshire.

In terms of geographical area, it is one of the largest mental health NHS Trusts in the country.

Ward Hadaway has previously worked with the Trust on a £78m PFI scheme to replace St Luke’s Hospital in Middlesbrough.

This pioneering project will see a new 312-bed mental health facility built next to the existing hospital in Marton Road.

It achieved successful financial close in December 2007 and has been nominated for national PFI awards for successfully using innovative new procurement methods to control project costs.

Harry Cronin, acting chief executive for Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been able to award the external legal services contract to Ward Hadaway.

“Our relationship with them has been extremely positive and instrumental in achieving success in securing the £78m PFI development Roseberry Park.

“We look forward to working with Ward Hadaway into the future.”

Jeffrey Keeble, Ward Hadaway’s head of healthcare, said: “This appointment confirms Ward Hadaway’s growing strength as a full service law firm able to cater for all the needs of our growing NHS client base.”

Ward Hadaway now provides legal advice to more than 50 NHS Trusts across the country.

This latest contract win also extends the firm’s influence in the Tees Valley.

In addition to its appointment by North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, last year Ward Hadaway was appointed as joint external legal adviser to Middlesbrough, Darlington, Hartlepool, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton councils for a five-year period.