Ward Hadaway’s Built Environment Team has strengthened its full-service offering to clients across the Yorkshire region following a successful recruitment drive.

The team continues to go from strength-to-strength, growing to over 30 lawyers and building one of the most experienced teams in the sector providing expert legal advice and support to clients on all property matters including real estate, housing, construction and social housing.

Based out of the firm’s Wellington Place office location in the urban business quarter of Leeds, the team has grown considerably since opening in 2008.

The UK Top 100 firm has made a number of significant appointments by recruiting specialist partners and senior people with expertise in niche areas to strengthen its offering to clients and deliver a truly holistic service.

These appointments are the beginning of its’ recruitment drive with more senior appointments coming in the near future.

Despite challenges faced as a result of the pandemic, the firm continued with its recruitment drive appointing Stephen Radcliffe, responsible for growing the firm’s construction and engineering service while Jennifer Robinson joined in June to strengthen its offer across the social housing sector.

In February, the firm appointed Helen Hill as Partner with over 12 years’ experience as a property litigator.

She advises regional and national clients on a wide range of property related issues including property disrepair, tenant insolvency and telecommunications law.

In addition, a number of lawyers within the team, who joined as trainees, are now fully qualified and have been promoted within.

Collectively, the firm’s senior team operating from Leeds boasts many years of experience, delivering demonstrable value for clients.

Kevin Weston and Jonathan Dickson, who are partners in the Real Estate team both joined when the team was established in 2008 and have seen it grow from strength to strength. Jonathan initially joined as an associate and was made a partner in 2012.

Kevin said: “It’s really exciting to see how much the team has strengthened and grown over the years.

“It demonstrates our commitment to nurture and promote young ambitious lawyers within the firm but also bring in new talent to meet the growing needs and expectations of our clients.”

Andrew Pliener, a partner who acts for house builders, said: “Our team in Leeds offers a complete service all under one roof, from concept and viability through to acquisition, development and sales.

“Our proposition is made even stronger with the appointment of experienced partners such as Stephen, Helen and Jennifer who bring key specialisms to bolster our services.”

“Our real estate, construction, social housing and house builder clients turn to us because of our experience and reputation and we are determined to continue to grow the firm’s offer across the region and nationally.”