Ward Hadaway hire secures schools project

Ward Hadaway partner Karen Andrews has helped secure a mandate advising on a £350m schools project two months after arriving at the firm.

The firm has been selected by Bedford Borough Council to provide all legal advice on its multimillion-pound Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, which will see the creation of seven ­secondary schools.

Public sector partner Andrews, who arrived from Trowers & Hamlins in March and is based in Ward Hadaway’s Leeds office, is leading the team working on the scheme, which also includes associate Paul Hopkinson.

Andrews said: “I think this is a great testament to the team and the fact that we’re no longer just a North East firm. This is a national appointment and is in ­particular a significant one for our Leeds office.”

Ward Hadaway last year worked on BSF projects totalling around £700m, including a project with Nottingham City Council.

Bedford Borough Council is due to submit plans for Government approval by the autumn.