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We understand that managing estates and developing assets in the public domain 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 public sector property, construction, planning, environmental and property litigation lawyers are here to help. Our seamless approach allows us to support your long term goals, whilst focussing on the details that matter. And because we’ve been doing this for over thirty years, you’ll have our experience on your side.

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
  • 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
  • Asset management
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)

Contact a specialist

Saji Bratch

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3529

+44 (0)751 519 9153

Email Saji Bratch

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Sharon Mathieson

Partner | Built Environment

+44 (0) 330 137 3534

+44 (0)773 846 1995

Email Sharon Mathieson

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What people say

  • Highly regarded full-service property practice acting for a number of household-name clients. Regularly represents national housebuilders, as well as several commercial developers and public sector organisations. Offers additional strength in property-secured lending.

    Chambers & Partners
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • High-quality property work advising a variety of parties at regional and national level. Particular knowledge in areas such as agricultural, mines and minerals, and waste, with significant expertise in the public sector. Particularly active in development and financing work for clients including national house builders and landowners. Additionally advises on acquisitions, leasing and disposals advice for private investors and joint ventures.

    Chambers & Partners

What we're thinking

  • Webinar: Public Sector Property update

    Please join us at our online Public Sector Property update on Thursday 23rd September where our legal experts will update you on property and construction law developments relevant to the Public Sector.