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Jennifer qualified as a Solicitor in 2000 and has recently been promoted to Director, specialising primarily in the education, healthcare and local authority sectors.

Education –

  • Advising one of the country’s fastest growing multi-academy trust’s in its plans to extend and refurbish one of its 22 academies;
  • Advising a local multi-academy trust in the conversions of two primary schools to the trust which included a complex Statutory Transfer with both the Local Authority and the Diocese as well as a Shared Services Agreement over a complex site;
  • Advising on both conversion and re-brokerages, dealing with PFI, PF2 (the successor to PFI), Children’s Centres, caretaker’s accommodation, nurseries, Local Authority leisure facilities, complex shared facilities and construction issues;
  • Advising a multi-academy trust on the re-development of one of its primary schools (moving from a three tier to a two tier education system) which included a Deed of Surrender of Part and Variation to the existing academy lease, Underlease of a Children’s Centre and Lease of Airspace
  • Advising on the simultaneous completion of 6 primary school academy conversions for one multi-academy trust;
  • Speaking at the firm’s Public Sector Update Seminars, focusing on current public sector property issues;

Healthcare –

  • Advising GP’s, Medical Practices, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s) and NHS Foundation Trusts on their lettings to third party occupiers as well as their own property requirements in respect of service provision;
  • Providing bespoke seminars and training to NHS FT’s and other service providers to address specific client needs, understand property transactions and their management and how best we can provide our services to help delivery of their strategic aims.
  • Jennifer has also advised an NHS Foundation Trust in respect of its conditional sale of a former hospital site to a regional housebuilder.

Local Authority –

  • Advising a Local Authority in the region in respect of the academisation of its one of its high schools;
  • Advising a Local Authority in the region on a freehold land acquisition to support a complex road improvement scheme and highway works;
  • Advising a Local Authority in the region on its grant of numerous leases to both community associations and libraries.


Immediately before joining Ward Hadaway, Jennifer worked in-house for one of the country’s largest county councils involved in

  • Advising on the day to day management of its property portfolio;
  • Advising on the property aspects of its larger strategic projects, including providing advice on
    • a Local Enterprise Partnership project,
    • an Extra Care Housing Scheme; and
    • an Electric Car Charging Infrastructure project in conjunction with an application for funding from the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles (OLEV).
  • Advising on the property elements of a demolition, relocation and construction project, of a new footbridge and cycleway over railway land near Carlisle, providing much needed amenity to an isolated community.

Prior to that, Jennifer acted for large brewery clients, landowners, commercial owners, occupiers and private clients since qualification.

Jennifer has been involved in providing advice on issues surrounding asset management, large property disposals for brewery clients, as well as dealing with freehold and leasehold interests, sales and acquisitions.  Jennifer has also been involved in corporate support work.

Whilst at Ward Hadaway, Jennifer has acted for the Co-Operative Academies Trust, one of the country’s fastest growing multi-academy trusts, in its plans to expand to 40 academies.  Jennifer is part of the team that delivered 10 acquisitions in a 12 month period for this Trust.