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We understand that managing NHS estates – from GP and dental practices to hospitals and emergency services facilities - and developing assets in the healthcare sector is a complex and ongoing job that requires a razor-sharp, strategic focus. It’s a balancing act.

You want to maximise the potential of your estate and protect its assets, whilst ensuring its day-to-day efficiency and long term sustainability.

You need the support of knowledgeable experts who invest time in understanding your unique circumstances, who you trust implicitly and who will work as an extension of your organisation.

Our dedicated, multi-disciplinary team of NHS property, construction, planning, environmental and property litigation lawyers are here to help. We’ve been working with the NHS for over 25 years and our seamless approach allows us to support your long term goals, whilst focussing on the details that matter.

We’ll act as a trusted partner who will integrate fully with your organisation to future-proof your estate and maximise its potential. We’re pro-active, straightforward and always here, allowing you to concentrate on the job in hand.

Our services

Acquisitions and development
Landlord and tenant
  • Agreements for lease
  • Asset management
  • Audits of occupational interests (risks and opportunities)
  • Estate management issues
  • Heads of Terms
  • Lease negotiations
  • Lease renewals
  • Lease surrenders and assignments
  • Licences and consents
  • Licences and Tenancies at will
  • Rent reviews, break clauses and service charge disputes
  • Repairs, dilapidations and related disputes
  • Strategic estate planning
  • Training on topics such as how to procure vacant possession and pitfalls to avoid when terminating leases
  • Underleases
Property Litigation
  • Development agreement disputes
  • Dilapidations disputes (interim and terminal)
  • Enforcement of covenants (freehold and leasehold)
  • Enforcement of option agreements
  • Judicial review
  • Landlord and tenant matters
  • Leasehold disposal issues
  • Possession claims (including adverse possession)
  • Professional negligence
  • Rent review
  • Residential landlord & tenant
  • Rights of light/rights of way disputes
  • Service charge disputes
  • Tenant insolvency
  • Tribunal and court representation
  • Valuation disputes (including First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) matters)

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Saji Bratch

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3529

+44 (0)751 519 9153

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Sharon Mathieson

Sharon Mathieson

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3534

+44 (0)773 846 1995

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Paul Reekie

Paul Reekie

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3277

+44 (0)777 165 7689

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Kamran Hyder

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3532

+44 (0) 773 052 1967

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Jeremy Hardy

Jeremy Hardy

Director | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3505

+44 (0)792 168 4998

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What people say

  • We have a real sense of a fresh approach from Ward Hadaway in terms of client engagement which is providing the Trust with added value benefits in terms of both cost and quality of service.

    Paul Dowell MCIPS, Deputy Head of Procurement & Supplies, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • A proper thank you to yourself and the team at Ward Hadaway for all your support, hard work, expertise and advice in finalising our recent land sale contract. I was consistently confident in the advice and approach and grateful for the work undertaken with little notice and in unsocial hours."

    Michael Smillie, Director of Strategy and Support Services, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • I am at ease with picking up the phone and asking for advice at any time, knowing full well that the advice offered is balanced to reflect both parties’ requirements of the project in hand.

    Brian Dodd, Property Manager, Leicestershire Partnerships NHS Trust
  • I continue to find the members of Ward Hadaway to be both personable and proactive and they are always on call to discuss any queries we may have. The team provide accurate, timely and balanced advice, are willing to 'go the extra mile' and are very good at offering options for minimising legal expenditure.

    Chris Parsons, Director of Estates and Facilities, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Trust
  • Strong relationships with high-profile house builder clients, advising on acquisitions, site assembly, development and disposals. Also acts for local authorities and national banks. Further specialism in the healthcare and energy sectors.

    Chambers & Partners