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Ward Hadaway LLP

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Saji is a Partner in the Real Estate Team at Ward Hadaway, specialising in public sector work.

She has worked in the sector for over 20 years and provided advice on property-related matters to NHS organisations, Local and Fire Authorities, education bodies, central governments, other public sector bodies and those contracting with the public sector.

Her extensive experience includes advising public bodies on the acquisition, disposal and management of sites and portfolios, complex regeneration and development work, landlord and tenant matters, including option agreements and overage and secured lending, as well as sales of dental and GP practices.

She has worked on many LIFT, PFI and PPP transactions. These have included regeneration agency PPP schemes; schools, waste and housing schemes for Local Authorities; hospitals, primary and leisure/library facilities; and police, fire and ambulance stations.

Saji has:

  • Recently acted for a new provider in a re-procurement of mental health services by a CCG.
  • Acted for an Ambulance Trust on a disposal of site, involving overage, which did subsequently yield the Trust a payment of over £300K.
  • Advised NHS Trusts on community assets, defects in title and resolving.
  • Acted for both PCTs as commissioners and for providers in the Transforming Community Services transactions which involved staff transfer to newly created community interest companies and granting of leases of facilities needed for health services.
  • Acted for NHS Trusts in the sale of surplus sites e.g. to a house builder with various conditions to deal with site conditions and works to benefit the Trust’s adjoining site.
  • Recently acted for an NHS Trust on the acquisition and development of a new £12m in-patient mental health facility.
  • Acted for a fire authority on the development of innovative emergency training facilities and on a colocation development for fire, police, ambulance and mountain rescue services.

Saji has acted for both public and private sector clients, in the Education sector on schemes for Academies, Colleges, Universities, Local Education Partnerships and Local Authorities.

She has worked with various parties involved in schools converting to foundations, trusts, academies and set up of free schools including colleges sponsoring new academies and free schools.

In particular, Saji has worked with several Multi-Academy Trusts on set up and subsequently as new schools have converted into the Trusts (where the sponsors include Church of England Dioceses, schools, colleges spanning many phases and types of academy including Church, primary, secondary and co-operative academies and on schemes involving PFI arrangements and multi academy and umbrella trust arrangements).

Saji has also acted for Foundation Trusts where the schools are converting into the Multi-Academy Trust and therefore has experience of both perspectives.

She is able to develop excellent relationships with all parties involved and recently was described by a head teacher as “phenomenal” where the head teacher “couldn’t give any higher praise”.


Lawyer Rankings

North > Public sector > Health

Ward Hadaway LLP’s Newcastle-based team acts for NHS foundation trust clients and healthcare organisations across the UK. The practice includes advice on PFI schemes, support with procurement challenges, employment tribunal claims as well as safeguarding issues. Nicola Richardson is head of the health and regulatory department, and is experienced in acting on behalf of NHS clients and with inquests. Key lawyer Melanie Pears is praised as ‘the doyenne of PFI and related public health legal disputes’. Stuart Craig handles employment healthcare matters while Saji Bratch covers public sector property transactions. Gillian Muir  departed for Hempsons in September 2021.

North > Real estate > Commercial property: Newcastle

Ward Hadaway LLP’s built environment team provides property clients with the full range of advice, acting for housebuilders, commercial developers, occupiers, investors and public sector clients. The group also has notable experience in the mining and mineral, leisure, industrial, logistics, social housing and charity sectors, and works closely with the firm’s wider corporate, banking and construction teams. Planning specialist Robin Atkin and development expert Lesley Fairclough jointly lead the department, which also includes Heather Markham, who has ‘a keen commercial perspective’, mining and quarry expert Alex Cox, housebuilder contact Sophie Bohill and public sector expert Saji Bratch.