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Ward Hadaway bolsters social housing team in Manchester with director hire

Ward Hadaway has extended its social housing offering with the appointment of a director in its Manchester office.

Melanie Dirom brings with her more than 19 years’ experience working as a housing lawyer.

At her previous firm she was a partner in the housing team specialising in civil and contentious property litigation for landlords and local authorities in the housing and regeneration sectors.

Dirom said: “It feels great to be back in a firm that specialises and focuses on social housing and where sector specialisms are valued. This is a great career move for me and I am looking forward to working with the firms’ existing housing providers, construction companies and local authorities and growing this offer across the North West region.

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“I will bring my experience of being a busy housing practitioner to Ward Hadaway. I have a very broad working knowledge and experience of all things housing but also have a strong interest and practice in leasehold disputes”.

John Murray, partner and head of social housing at the firm’s Leeds office, said: “I am delighted to welcome Melanie to the social housing team. She brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge that will further strengthen our offer to new and existing clients, particularly in the Manchester area.

“She is a very highly regarded professional within the sector across the Northern region. I’m looking forward to working with her.”

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