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New recruit for award-winning team

THE specialist public sector property team at law firm Ward Hadaway has been further strengthened with the recruitment of experienced lawyer Saji Bratch.

Saji Bratch June13Saji (pictured) joins the UK Top 100 firm as an Associate after spending more than a decade specialising in advising on property issues for a variety of public sector organisations.

She has extensive experience providing legal advice on a wide range of property transactions including the acquisition, disposal and management of sites and portfolios and development work.

Saji has advised on a series of Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and Public/Private Partnership (PPP) projects across the country including regeneration agency PPP schemes; PFI schemes for local authorities, hospitals, waste and Police Authorities as well as school building schemes.

She has also worked for various NHS Trusts and Local Authorities in the development of new health and community service centres and hospitals including leading on LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) projects.

Commenting on her appointment at Ward Hadaway, Saji said: “I am very pleased to be joining Ward Hadaway.

“It is one of the few firms in the country to have a dedicated public sector property team and has an excellent reputation in the public sector and projects field, not just in the North of England but across the country too.

“Some of the leading experts in their field work at the firm so I am looking forward to working with them and tackling the challenges facing health, education and local government organisations over the coming years.”

Saji’s appointment comes shortly after Ward Hadaway was named as by an industry magazine as the country’s top law firm when it comes to dealing with PFI projects.

The firm, which operates nationwide with principal offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester, was named PFI Law Firm of the Year in England by respected publication Corporate International.

Karen Andrews, Partner and head of the public sector property team at Ward Hadaway, said: “This is a significant recruitment which underlines Ward Hadaway’s commitment to the public sector.

“Saji’s experience and in-depth knowledge of the public sector property scene is exactly what we were looking for to further enhance our service to clients so we are delighted to be able to welcome her on board.

“Added to the award for PFI Law Firm of the Year, it makes for a very exciting time for the public sector unit at Ward Hadaway.”

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