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Local government agencies deliver vital local services. They are the bedrock of communities and critical to successful outcomes for local people. They are also multi-layered, complex organisations, with dynamic structures.

A detailed knowledge of Local Government law underpins these organisations. In many cases this knowledge is provided by an in house legal team, supported through external legal partners.

With experience partnering with many local government organisations including Councils, Local Enterprise Partnerships, Combined Authorities and development corporations, we work across the UK.

Our expert working knowledge encompasses a wide range of areas in which local authorities become involved including economic development, regeneration, procurement, education, environment, judicial review, highways, planning and vires issues.

Through our multi-disciplinary teams, we offer a full range of services including rates recovery, safeguarding and child protection, care contracts and housing disrepair.

So when you need a team in your corner with a deep understanding of your world, a focus on what matters in your locality, that delivers value at every opportunity, we’re here to help.

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Tim Care

Partner | Public Sector

+44 (0) 330 137 3458

+44 (0) 752 590 3378

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Colin Hewitt

Senior Partner

+44 (0) 330 137 3402

+44 (0)797 985 8315

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What people say

  • We have sent a significant number of our high value cases and the collection performance has been excellent. The cost to our authority has been negligible and this has been crucial given the constant pressures on our budget

    Brent Council
  • Ward Hadaway are a very knowledgeable, capable and friendly team who have provided a great service to us in all debt streams over the last few years, allowing us to progress complicated cases to a beneficial conclusion. They are so easy to talk to and always have time to explain and advise the best outcome and way forward. The costing structure is always is very fair and transparent.

    Bridgette Cowley, Revenues Group Manager, Southend-On-Sea Borough Council
  • We have issued the team with some of our most challenging cases and have been impressed with the speed of recovery resulting in full settlement in most cases. The cost to our authority has been minimal. We have been given our own personal contact who is always available to discuss any of our cases.

    Alan Clark, St Albans City & District Council
  • Since we commenced working with Ward Hadaway in 2016, our revenues staff have praised the efficient, innovative and successful treatment of our Housing Benefit Overpayments and Council Tax and Business Rates debts. We have found their staff to be helpful and professional in providing solutions to the collection of our difficult to collect cases and they have successfully used Charging Orders, Orders for Sale and Bankruptcy to increase our collection.

    Gary Mitchell, Deputy Head of Exchequer Services, London Borough of Bexley Council
  • Ward Hadaway is a leading presence on the public sector side, across health, education and local government.

    Legal 500
  • We’re grateful to Ward Hadaway who provided outstanding support throughout [the council's Building Schools for the Future programme] and gave a very professional level of advice which helped to speed up the process.

    Jim Collins, Assistant Director for Education and Corporate Parenting, Telford & Wrekin Council

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