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Ward Hadaway's status as a provider of high-quality legal services and an investor in its workforce is independently recognised by a series of organisations.

Our official accreditations include the following.

ISO 9001 – assuring a quality service

ISO 9001 is a Quality System in Legal Services, which applies to the whole of Ward Hadaway. We have retained our ISO9001 accreditation continuously since 1994 with regular external audits of our system throughout that time.

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ISO 27001 – securing your data

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognised best practice framework for an information security management system. Ward Hadaway has secured ISO 270001 certification for all of its offices, recognising that the firm has established, implemented, maintains and continually improves its information security management system.

ISO 14001 – working to reduce our environmental impact

ISO 14001 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for an environmental management system.  It helps us to improve our environmental performance through more efficient use of resources and reduction of waste.  Ward Hadaway has secured this certification across all three offices.

Investors in People – building the best possible teams

Ward Hadaway has been accredited as an ‘Investor in People’ since 1998. The IiP Standard is the UK’s leading accreditation for high performance in business through people management excellence. It defines what is takes to lead, support, motivate and manage people well to enhance business performance. The firm was delighted to receive the IiP Gold award for all offices in 2022 which puts it in the top rank for businesses in the UK.  We continue to utilise the IiP framework and assessment as part of our approach to continuous improvement.

Conveyancing Quality Scheme logoConveyancing Quality Scheme – looking after those moving house

The Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme (CQS) provides a recognised quality standard for residential conveyancing practices. It has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers. Ward Hadaway has been a member of the scheme since January 2013, having passed assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status for each of our offices.

Cyber Essentials Plus – securing your data

In September 2023 we were re-accredited with our Cyber Essentials Plus certification. The high-standard accreditation is further commitment by the firm to ensure that client information, interests and data are kept secure.



The firm, or individuals within the firm, are also members of:

  • Advanced Manufacturing Forum
  • Agricultural Law Association
  • Association of Business Recovery Professionals
  • Association of Contentious Trust and Probate Specialists
  • Association of Pension Lawyers
  • Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers
  • Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Chartered Institute of Legal Executives
  • Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
  • Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Compulsory Purchase Association
  • Confederation of British Industry – CBI
  • Country Land and Business Association
  • Employment Lawyers Association
  • Entrepreneurs Forum
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Headway
  • Immigration Law Practitioners Association
  • Insolvency Lawyers Association
  • Institute of Arbitrators
  • Institute of Directors
  • Institute of Fundraising
  • Institute of Paralegals
  • Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
  • Intellectual Property Regulation Board
  • International Bar Association
  • Law Society of Scotland
  • Mediation Council Limited
  • North East England Chamber of Commerce
  • North of England Medico-Legal Society
  • Northern Dispute Resolution Limited
  • Northern Housing Consortium
  • pro-Manchester
  • Procurement Lawyers Association
  • Property Litigation Association
  • Resolution
  • Royal Society of Medicine Press
  • Royal Town Planning Institute
  • Social Landlords Crime and Nuisance Group
  • Society for Computers & Law
  • Society of Construction Law
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
  • Sunderland Business Partnership
  • Tees Valley Business Club
  • The Law Society
  • The Law Society Children Panel
  • The Notaries Society
  • The Procurement Lawyers Association
  • The Professional Negligence Lawyers Association
  • The Society of Construction Law
  • UK Environmental Law Association
  • Women in Law
  • Young Professionals Forum

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