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NHS organisations and those who work within them are faced with myriad challenges every working day.

From patient care and obligations to property matters and staff issues, senior managers within NHS organisations need to be able to juggle a wide range of priorities without letting any of them slip.

As a result, what you need when it comes to legal support is a firm that works as hard as you do.

Ward Hadaway’s healthcare team is nationally recognised as one of the best around, with leading experts underpinned by a dedicated and substantial support base.

We work with NHS organisations across the country day-in, day-out so we know what kind of issues you face and the pressures under which you work.

We are always up to speed with new developments and new thinking. Much of our work is ground-breaking and of Pathfinder status.


We always work alongside our clients to identify new ways of working which increase efficiency and effectiveness and we run an extensive training and seminar programme.

We don’t blind our NHS partners with science or lapse into technical jargon; instead we aim to give you the very best advice delivered in a language that you can understand.

Our approach means our comprehensive services are in demand from NHS organisations across the spectrum and around the country.

We provide legal support to more than 70 NHS organisations across England, from the Scottish Borders to Cornwall

We are also:

  • members of the legal panel chosen to provide advice on clinical liability cases to NHS Resolution and 15 other leading health bodies, including the Care Quality Commission, the Human Tissue Authority and the Professional Standards Authority
  • one of only 8 firms nationwide also named on the legal panel to provide advice to NHS Resolution on regulatory, health and disciplinary matters
  • part of the NHS Shared Business Services Legal Services Framework
  • part of the North of England CCG Legal Services Framework
  • part of the NHS Commercial Alliance framework
  • members of the legal panel for HealthTrust Europe

We have nationally recognised expertise in advising NHS organisations on procurement, commercial, contracting, funding and property issues.

Our services also include advice on:

For more information on how we can help you, please check out our brochure or get in touch.

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What our clients say

  • "Jeff and the team have been providing Healthcare advice to our Trust for many years and have consistently delivered a professional and exceptional service as well as providing great value for money. Jeff's knowledge of the Trust means that his advice is always tailored to the particular needs of the Trust. He has a very pragmatic approach and would highly recommend him and the team."

    Emma Stonehouse, Legal & Committee Services Manager, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • "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
  • "The team are highly professional with excellent knowledge of the NHS and in particular the Ambulance Service. They are very reliable and promptly respond to clients requests. Ward Hadaway are an exceptionally client-focused firm who truly work in partnership with Trust. Overall we have an extremely good working relationship providing high quality and value for money."

    Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk and Regulatory Services, North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
  • "Melanie [Gavin] has provided me with highly professional, tailored support. She will always go the extra mile and demonstrates all of our values in how she achieves excellence in her outcomes. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

    Heather Tierney-Moore, Chief Executive, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trus
  • "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
  • "Melanie Gavin from Ward Hadaway approached the Trust in 2011 and put forward a proposal to review our legal spend with the various legal providers with a view to provide savings. She identified that savings could be made and also provided more flexible pricing options which we have continued to use and continue to be happy with how the service is delivered. We also received the added value that Melanie said would be provided. The pricing structure enables greater flexibility with regard to pricing and also offers greater transparency in as much that we know what we are paying at any particular time."

    Paul Dowell MCIPS, Deputy Head of Procurement and Supplies, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
  • "Thank you so much for all the work you have put into supporting the Trust through the CQC inspection. I know from feedback from the senior team in particular that everyone has found the preparation, prompts and face to face support extremely helpful and not only has this enabled us to present as a coherent and informed team but at individual level has given people confidence and helped them think through the particular contribution they make and give examples of good practice. For me personally it was invaluable support and gave me both a structure within which to present my contribution to the Trust to CQC and a great deal of information that enabled me to demonstrate that I was not just knowledgable about our processes and policies but in touch with staff, services and the many great developments within the Trust."

    NHS Trust chairman
  • "I would like to thank you so much for the help that you gave me in preparing for my interview with CQC. It was great to be able to work with someone who had a deep knowledge of the whole process coupled with a can-do approach. It was like an injection of confidence."

    NHS Trust medical director
  • "You certainly made us reflect and consider the various elements that could possibly be raised and as a result we were able to think these through and prepare much more thoroughly our answers. It really helped doing this together so there was consistency and also a chance to think things through together. It also helped us to stop and think the whole thing through and the key messages to weave into our responses."

    NHS Trust head of operations
  • "Immensely helpful. Thank you very much for the support, your shared experiences and help compiling feedback."

    NHS Trust associate director of nursing

Independent verdict

  • "They are true specialists in what they do, and that shows through their tactical nous and their insight into the issues."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "Fully committed lawyers’ with ‘a vast wealth of knowledge’ which ‘takes the time and effort to ensure their clients’ needs are met’."

    Legal 500
  • "In-depth knowledge and experience, and capacity to provide an excellent service in spite of short deadlines."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Always gives appropriate advice and acts in a sensitive and helpful manner that is easily relied upon"

    Legal 500
  • "A top performer"

    Legal 500
  • "Incredibly responsive’ department"

    Legal 500
  • "Stealth-like command of the healthcare sector"

    The Lawyer Top 100
  • “Ward Hadaway offers an ‘all-round excellent service’ across the areas of education, health and local government."

    Legal 500
  • "Noted for its representation of the NHSLA and a variety of NHS foundation trusts in defence of maximum severity clinical negligence claims. Highly experienced team of trial lawyers with an impressive track record on liability trials."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "The solicitors are bright and I enjoy the intellectual aspect of working with them."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "They give sound legal advice and they are responsive."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "They are very good to deal with and all of the people there are very impressive."

    Client quote, Chambers & Partners
  • "Ward Hadaway is a leading presence on the public sector side, across health, education and local government."

    Legal 500
  • "recognised for its expertise in defending clinical negligence claims on behalf of the NHS."

    Chambers & Partners
  • "The firm acts for a great range of NHS clients and is especially noted for its healthcare litigation practice."

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

    Legal 500
  • "Ward Hadaway is valued for its 'responsiveness and proactive involvement' in driving matters forward, and for its ability to find solutions to problems."

    Legal 500

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