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Welcome to PFI, PPP & LIFT

Partnerships between the public and private sectors can be a source of mutual benefit with each party benefiting from working with the other.

However, without careful handling, they can also become a source of significant challenge.

Getting the right legal advice can really make the difference to a partnership and relationship.

Fortunately, at Ward Hadaway we are recognised as amongst the best advisers to this sector in the UK and have a wealth of experience in complex PPP/PFI and LIFT schemes.


Our key partners are recommended as leading individuals by legal industry directories while our well resourced team offers a bespoke, client-focused and leading edge service.

We approach each piece of work on an individual basis, considering client priorities and offer a pragmatic and “can-do” solution.

In completing over 70 major PFI, PPP, LIFT and complex outsourcings, the team has advised on a varied range of complex contracting needs and we continue to grow and expand our practice.


We are also ranked in the top tier of national practice for this area of work and number one in the North by Legal 500.

As well as putting such projects in place we are at the forefront of the next wave of PFI/PF2 schemes.

We specialise in assisting our clients with:

  • Buy back of PFI
  • Dispute resolution
  • Facilitating variations, market testing, refinancings and efficiencies in operational PFI schemes
  • Running smart, well managed procurements which avoid challenges and secure future-proofed contracting arrangements which ultimately result in savings

We provide a retrospective analysis of existing contractual arrangements to identify and recover overpayments, resolve operational issues and to suggest cost saving initiatives.

We assist in resolving PFI disputes and have handled some of the most complex issues and assisted in brokering sensible outcomes.

For more information on how we can make your partnership work for you, please get in touch.

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What our clients say

  • “It is very much a team effort, and Ward Hadaway add considerable skill and value to support the team."

    John Ord, Associate Project Director, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys 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

Independent verdict

  • "Melanie Pears is a go-to adviser on NHS-related PFI projects."

    Legal 500
  • “Ward Hadaway’s team has ‘extensive knowledge and can bring it to bear effectively’."

    Legal 500
  • “Ward Hadaway delivers ‘excellent service levels and reasonable value for money’.

    Legal 500

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