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Welcome to Local government

Coping with a growing list of obligations and duties in a time of economic austerity whilst conserving resources wherever possible is just one of the challenges facing local government.

Pressure to innovate and to rethink service provision has led many local authorities to consider a range of joint working arrangements and partnerships with private sector organisations, ranging from supplier agreements to strategic partnerships and large-scale outsourcing deals.

Getting the right legal support which helps local government to perform its myriad roles without compromising on quality or sacrificing precious resources is vital.


Our local government team has deep understanding and experience of the sector. Several members have worked in-house at local authorities for many years whilst others have worked on secondment and the team as a whole works with the sector day in, day out throughout the year. Our team works with in-house local authority lawyers providing support, expertise and resources as required to assist them in providing the solutions their client teams need.

Our knowledge of the local government environment is supplemented by our awareness of commercial practices and approaches gained through advising a wide range of businesses on both the public and private sector side over  more than 25 years.

The combination of these two strands gives us a comprehensive understanding of modern local government and the pressures upon it and a solid experience base from which to deliver our advice to local authorities across the country.

We also bring the understanding developed from working on a series of pioneering developments in the  public/private space to give invaluable insight into this crucial area.

As a full service Top 100 UK law firm, we are able to assemble teams of dedicated specialist experts to ensure that the advice we give to you is as good as it can be.

Our services to the sector include :

For more information on how we can help you and your team, please get in touch.

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  • “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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  • “Ward Hadaway offers an ‘all-round excellent service’ across the areas of education, health and local government."

    Legal 500
  • "Ward Hadaway is a leading presence on the public sector side, across health, education and local government."

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  • "Colin Hewitt has an excellent understanding of the dynamics of the public sector and its interaction with the private sector."

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  • "Ward Hadaway... continues to stand out for its public sector work."

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  • "Ward Hadaway provides an 'excellent' level of service and has a 'wide range of in-house specialists'."

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