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Further expansion for Ward Hadaway’s Built Environment Team

Law firm Ward Hadaway has continued with its recruitment drive following rapid growth and expansion across the North West region.

The firm’s Built Environment Team, considered as one of the most experienced northern based teams in the sector, provides legal advice and support to clients on all property matters including real estate, social housing, housing and construction.

In the last twelve months, the UK Top 100 firm has made a significant number of appointments, recruiting specialist partners and senior people with expertise in niche areas to further strengthen its offer to clients across the region and nationally.

Operating from the firm’s city centre location at Chapel Walks, Ward Hadaway has welcomed Oliver Bagnall and Kathryn Bullen, bringing the total head count in the Manchester office to 52, but also providing additional support to its offices in Leeds and Newcastle

Oliver joined the firm as a Managing Associate and specialises in all areas of property work with particular emphasis on residential property development. He qualified as a solicitor in 2014 and has a vast amount of experience advising clients on a broad range of high-value and complex property transactions

Clients will benefit from Oliver’s knowledge and experience of a variety of property transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, option and promotion agreements, site set-up for plot sales, overage agreements, leases and ancillary landlord and tenant arrangements.

Commenting on his appointment, Oliver said: “This a fantastic career move for me, working with one of the largest Northern law firms. Ward Hadaway’s Built Environment Team is very highly regarded within the sector and I’m excited to be part of this growing team.”

“The Built Environment Team provides a truly holistic service from all of its three offices to a national client base and I’m looking forward to applying my knowledge and experience to help grow this service further.”

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Kathryn Bullen has been appointed within the Social Housing Litigation Team. She will be working with the firm’s extensive list of social housing clients responsible for dealing with matters including anti-social behaviour, possession, disrepair and general housing management.

She qualified as a solicitor in July 2021 and joined Ward Hadaway from a firm specialising in housing legal aid work. She has significant experience of representing tenants and is familiar with the Equality Act, the Human Rights Act, the Civil Procedure Rules and Pre-Action Protocol for Possession Claims by Social Landlords.

Kathryn said: “Social housing is an area that I am very interested in, particularly the issue around homelessness and provision of affordable housing. I have a lot of experience working with housing associations and admire their passion for providing more homes and serving their communities.

“I am really excited with this new role and I’m looking forward to working with the firm’s social housing clients not just here in Manchester and across the North but nationally too. Working within the legal profession you aspire to work with large firms and securing a position with Ward Hadaway is definitely one of my greatest achievements.”

Kathryn will support Melanie Dirom who heads up the social housing team from the Manchester office and is helping her to develop the office and team.

Andrew Dunn, a Partner in the Built Environment Team, said: “We are delighted to welcome Oliver and Kathryn to our team, and with their experience, they immediately add value as we continue to be very busy acting for our strong regional and national developers with excellent pipelines in the busiest economic sectors. We are involved in some of the region’s significant development schemes.”

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