Elaine Allen Legal Director

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“You, your business and your satisfaction will be paramount to Elaine, however hard it gets, and however long it takes.”

Mr. D Hertfordshire
Elaine Allen is a Legal Director at Blake Morgan with over 25 years of experience working  in a wide range of  property related legal work to all levels of complexity but with particular focus on acting for Registered Providers.

Main areas of practice

Elaine has in-depth experience of acting on land acquisition and disposal of both freehold and leasehold properties in development schemes (including mixed use developments) from inception through to completion. Her expertise includes negotiating and advising on development agreements. She also has experience advising on Landlord & Tenant and general commercial property matters and she advises on HCA regulatory matters ancillary to  property acquisitions and disposals.


Elaine specialises in acting primarily for Registered Providers but also acts for Councils and developers on land acquisition and development work.

Significant experience

  • Acting on a land and JCT Build Contract transaction relating to a 100% affordable housing site  for a leading Registered Provider for a total package price of £32,000,000.   
  • Acting for one of the largest Registered Providers in Hertfordshire in relation to a high value site. The work included negotiating the terms of a conditional pre-emption Agreement over the retained land and a variation of an existing lease affecting the site.
  • Acting for one of the leading London Housing Associations in connection with  a high value site for a land price in the region of just under £20,000,000 for the land only. The work involved included protecting the Association’s interest by agreeing a form of Legal Charge to secure advance payments made, dealing with issues relating to adverse possession of part of the land, drafting and negotiating overage provisions and advising on town and village green implications.
  • Dealing with a stock swap between Registered Providers of over 600 dwellings including advising on HCA requirements for consultation with tenants and local authorities.

“Elaine approaches her work with a great sense of professionalism and detail. She is very helpful, timely, reliable and client orientated.”

Mr. M Feltham


Elaine’s Blog

Japanese Knotweed - The neighbour from hell

Japanese Knotweed is a non-native invasive species and is the most invasive plant in the UK. It grows rapidly, the roots are extremely wide spreading and can penetrate foundations and concrete so can cause considerable physical damage to buildings.

Should social housing be a "permitted disposal" on which no overage is payable?

The case of Burrows Investments Ltd and Ward Homes Ltd is another case highlighting the importance of careful drafting and negotiation of overage provision. Our expert explains what happened in the case.

Tread carefully - overage is a minefield

Sellers and buyers alike are very fond of overage – but overage provisions can be complex and can sometimes have unintended consequences. Our expert explains what happened in the Sparks and Biden case.

Articles by Elaine

Examining the UK’s affordable housing crisis and the methods for solving it


In an article for Lexis PSL Elaine Allen, legal director at Blake Morgan, examines issues currently facing the British housing sector, what the government is doing to combat the housing crisis and how effective the proposed solutions could be.

Related Knowledge & Resources

Do sleep-in shifts qualify for the minimum wage?

In HR Magazine, Holly Cudbill, considers the vexed question of whether employees who undertake sleep-in shifts are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW) throughout the entire time they are asleep, or only when they are awake to carry out duties.

The Housing White Paper

Tim Miles discusses the Housing White Paper that was released in Feb 2017 and the impact that this will have on the housing market.

New alignment between DCLG and Treasury

Tim Miles discusses the impact the Autumn Statement will have on housing associations in the UK. Click here to read the full article in 24 Housing.