Tim Care, a specialist in the public sector who has advised on more than £1bn worth of projects, has joined Ward Hadaway as partner.

He is acknowledged as a key figure in the legal industry for his experience and expertise on projects, procurement, constitutional and contracting issues across the public and private sectors.

He joins the public sector team at Ward Hadaway after advising on some of the most significant schemes across the north.

In the north-east, Tim has advised on projects including the £300m PFI scheme to redevelop the RVI and Freeman hospitals in Newcastle, the libraries PFI scheme for Newcastle City Council and the procurement of an operator for the Tyne and Wear Metro.

He has also advised South Tyneside and Gateshead councils on their joint Building Schools for the Future project as well as local authorities in the north-east on innovative heating and energy projects.

Outside the region, Tim has provided legal advice on over £500m worth of hospital rebuilding projects in Yorkshire, Cumbria, Greater Manchester and Belfast.

He is also the author of the standard documents used by local authorities across the country to draw up their constitutions and has advised government bodies including the Ministry of Justice.

Tim said: ‘Ward Hadaway has a well-deserved national reputation for the quality of its work across the public sector so joining the firm seems like a perfect fit for me in many ways.

‘Not only does Ward Hadaway have a distinguished track record for the projects it has advised on over recent years, but it is also at the forefront of new thinking and new developments in the public sector, which is vital at a time when the landscape faced by local authorities, health trusts and other public bodies is changing so rapidly.’