Social housing

“An excellent local team committed to the highest levels of customer service. They're efficient and get on with things in a timely manner. ”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2016
Our Social Housing team provides expert advice on all issues including development, procurement, shared ownership, Right to Buy, charging, housing management, commercial contracts, governance, data protection, care and employment.

Main areas of practice

The Social Housing team lawyers are leaders in their field and provide specialist advice in the following areas:

  • Housing management
  • Development, development agreements and site acquisitions
  • Joint ventures
  • Infrastructure, recipient and nomination agreements
  • Grant funding
  • Planning, including s106 agreements
  • Sales, leaseholds and shared ownership sales
  • Right to buy/acquire
  • After sales (including flexible tenure staircasing and shared ownership resales)
  • Anti-social behaviour
  • Service charges & disputes


Our clients include:

  • Peabody Housing Association
  • Clarion Group
  • Optivo
  • One Housing Group
  • Network Homes
  • Hyde Group
  • Agudas Israel Housing Association Limited
  • North Hertfordshire Homes
  • Vale of Aylesbury Housing
  • Vivid
  • Radian Group
  • Aster Group
  • Pobl Group
  • Pennaf Group
  • Melin Homes
  • Coastal Group
  • Wales and West Housing Limited

Significant experience

Our social housing specialists have advised on a wide variety of issues. Examples include:

  • Charitable issues in connection with conversion to a housing association.
  • A housing association's contractual arrangements for the provisions of accommodation and care services.
  • Refinancing of portfolios for housing associations.
  • Launching of a new Residential Property Management product offering fixed fees for routine tenancy advice.
  • Development of a service charge recovery service for housing associations.

“Advice is timely, and the team is very responsive and certainly shows expertise. They are always on the ball.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

“The firm has ‘in-depth knowledge' of the needs of its clients.”

The Legal 500 UK 2014

“Their attention to detail is great and their timing is great - I've no hesitation in recommending the team to all manner of clients.”

Chambers UK A Client's Guide to the Legal Profession 2015

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Related Knowledge & Resources

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Press Release

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Press Release

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