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Ward Hadaway

SANDGATE HOUSE, 102 QUAYSIDE, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, NE1 3DX, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0191 204 4000
Fax:
Fax 0191 204 4001
DX:
730360 NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE-30
Email:
Web:
www.wardhadaway.com
Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne

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Melanie Pears

Tel:
Work +44 (0)191 204 4464
Email:
Ward Hadaway

Work Department

Commercial

Position

Partner

Career

Melanie originally trained as a barrister, and worked in industry for Shell and then in publishing for Sweet and Maxwell before qualifying as a solicitor in 1992.

She heads a team of specialist lawyers which has won the prestigious PFI Law Firm of the Year award in 2017, 2016, 2014 and 2013.

Melanie has particular expertise in advising on EU Procurement, complex contracting, PFI/PPP and outsourcing efficiencies as well as travel and tourism.

She was a member of the legal board of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply, a Non Executive Director of Darlington PCT, is on the Board of two charities, one healthcare the other a youth orchestra. She is also a Board Member of the DLA.

Melanie has spoken at many local, national and international events on all of her specialist subjects.

Melanie has completed a significant number of PFI schemes/ PPP outsourcings and advised on many conventional tender exercises particularly for the public sector.

Her knowledge/ experience have seen her involved in some of the largest, most innovative public sector development schemes in the country

Melanie assists in managing/ running operational PFI schemes some of which are detailed above.

Guidance includes contractual disputes, refinancing, corporate structures, variations, insurance, benchmarking, market testing.

Melanie was involved in all NHS pathfinder schemes in the last 6 years, including the first and only PFI buy back in the UK.

More recently, Melanie has been involved in successfully resolving a number of PFI disputes.


North: Public sector

Health

Within: Leading individuals

Melanie Pears - Ward Hadaway

Within: Health

Ward Hadaway has a diverse range of expertise spanning contractual, procurement, property and employment matters as well as IT outsourcing and dispute resolution, and acts for over 60 NHS organisations. Public sector group head Melanie Pears advised the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) on its IT infrastructure and sourcing project involving the procurement of ICT support services, while, in a separate matter, she assisted North East Ambulance Foundation Trust with the establishment of a trading company to deliver ambulance fleet provision and maintenance services. In employment, Stuart Craig routinely defends NHS clients against claims before the employment tribunal, while Karen Andrews is the key contact for public sector property work; recently, she assisted Tees Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust as landowner with a lease agreement for a registered provider tenant. Healthcare litigation specialist Jeffrey Keeble heads the team, which includes Lisa Evans and Nicola Richardson.

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