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Ward Hadaway wins top legal accolade for Customer Focus at the LexisNexis UK Legal Awards

Ward Hadaway's award-winning Public Sector team has won a top accolade for its partnership working with the NHS.

Melanie Pears picks up the Customer Focus Award at the LexisNexis Legal Awards in London

The firm was announced the winner of the Customer Focus Award at the 2019 LexisNexis UK Legal Awards Ceremony, which was held at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane in Piccadilly, London.

Partner and Head of Public Sector, Melanie Pears and her team picked up the award for the pioneering way they have helped NHS clients.

Melanie and her team won the award for their work on a PFI project. They provided specialist advice from inception, during its operational period, through disputes, using an innovative approach including mind maps and ultimately its termination for default on the part of the PFI provider.

Melanie Pears added: “To have won this award is fantastic and an endorsement of our approach and the expertise which we have within the firm. This project required significant specialist legal input across a wide range of disciplines, with an ability to work together as a team with the Trust client, other advisers and the Department of Health.

“This award recognises true team work to address a wide range of issues to achieve the best end result for the public sector.”

Jeffrey Keeble, Partner and Head of the 60-strong Healthcare team at Ward Hadaway, added: “We work with NHS organisations across the country day-in, day-out, so we know what kind of issues they face and the pressures under which they work.

“We are delighted with two national award wins this year so far. Both are a reflection of the real partnership approach Ward Hadaway has and continues to have with the NHS.”

Last week, Melanie Gavin of Ward Hadaway’s Healthcare team picked up the Innovation Award at this year’s Manchester Legal Awards.

Melanie Pears’ team is also shortlisted in the finals of the Health Service Journal Healthcare Partnership Awards 2019 which will be decided / held next week.

Ward Hadaway’s Healthcare team is a regular winner of awards for client care, technical excellence and recently picked up the Client Management Innovation Award at the national Legal Week Awards in London.

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