The specialist “plot sales team” at leading law firm Ward Hadaway is targeting further growth after clocking up more than 5,000 completed transactions – representing an 8% increase on the previous year.

The team, which acts for a number of the UK’s leading housebuilders, successfully completed the sale of around 4,387 new homes in the 12 months to the end of April 2018 at new development sites across the country.

Ward Hadaway’s 33-strong plot sales team is one of the largest in the North of England with staff based at all of the firm’s offices in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester.

As well as plot sales work (the sale of newly completed homes for housebuilder clients), the specialist team also deals with part-exchange transactions, where the buyer of the new home is selling their existing home to the housebuilder.

In the year to the end of April 2018, the team also successfully completed more than 877 part-exchange acquisitions for housebuilder clients and the onward sales of these properties to new buyers.

This means that one in every 40 new homes in the country has seen Ward Hadaway involved in its sale.

The team led by Head of Housing, Lesley Fairclough – who has 30 years’ experience with Ward Hadaway in the property sector and has acted for many long-standing housebuilder clients since she joined the firm as a trainee solicitor – and Head of Plot Sales, Diane Lawton.

Diane Lawton, Ward Hadaway’s Head of Plot Sales, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record year for our plot sales team who work tirelessly to help our housebuilder clients achieve their business goals and targets.”

Lesley Fairclough, Head of Housing at Ward Hadaway, added: “These strong results are testament to the hard work of our ever-growing team. It’s an impressive achievement. We continue to build on our long-standing relationships with housebuilder clients, some of which date back 30 years. This is evidence of the excellent client service we offer which sets us apart from our competitors.”