Education and Transport Expert Joins Ward Hadaway

Posted on the 6 July 2016

Education and Transport Expert Joins Ward Hadaway

An experienced commercial lawyer with specialist expertise in the education and transport sectors has joined Ward Hadaway.

Frank Suttie has joined the UK Top 100 law firm as a Partner with an extensive track record of advising a wide range of clients at a high level on a diverse raft of matters.

In the education arena, Frank has widespread expertise in the schools sector, advising Academy Trusts and sponsors on regulatory and financing frameworks and corporate governance.

He is a consultant to the Department for Education, giving expert commercial overview on the Free School programme and advising in the development of a strategy for engaging with voluntary aided and foundation schools in Departmental sponsored capital investment programmes.

Frank advised on documentation allowing faith and other voluntary schools to participate in the Building Schools for the Future programme and provided a multi-disciplinary legal team that oversaw the transfer back to City of Bradford Council of its education services following a period of intervention.

He has also advised education service providers and is expert in local authority/private sector joint ventures.

In the wider skills sector, Frank has overseen the negotiation of devolved further education capital grants on behalf of a Local Enterprise Partnership and has been advising on issues surrounding the apprenticeship levy.

In the transport industry, Frank's experience dates back to advice on the privatisation of the National Bus Company and then the Regional Railways North East division of British Railways.

He has advised a national transport operator on regulatory, state aid and contractual issues. He oversaw the development of a smart ticketing participation agreement now adopted by a transport executive to regulate its relationship with participating operators.

In the bus industry, Frank has particular expertise in advising on challenges presented to the sector by the Government's Bus Services Bill, which is set to have a major impact on local bus operations.

He also advised participating local authorities in the negotiation and finalisation of contracts required for the 2014 Tour de France Stages 1 to 3 in Yorkshire, including logistics arrangements and the sponsored volunteering programme.

Speaking about his appointment at Ward Hadaway, Frank said: "I am really excited to be joining Ward Hadaway.

"The firm has an excellent reputation for the quality of its work and the wide variety of clients which it advises. Its can-do approach and willingness to find practical legal solutions also fits in very well with the way which I carry out my work.

"I am delighted that Ward Hadaway continues to enhance its commitment to two key sectors that demand high quality and effective advice against the challenges of important national agendas – particularly those emerging from the Northern Powerhouse

"I have enjoyed meeting my new colleagues in the Commercial team looking forward to working with many colleagues across the firm to help our clients with their ambitions."

Colin Hewitt, Partner and Head of Commercial at Ward Hadaway, said: "Frank's expertise and experience adds greatly to what is already a very strong offering here so we are delighted he has chosen to join the firm.

"It is rare to have someone with the particular skills and range of know-how which he offers so I am sure he will prove a real asset to the firm and, most importantly, to our clients."