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, charging, 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

Clients

Our clients include:

Radian Group Agudas Israel Housing Association Limited
Pilgrim Homes  Hyde Group
Aster Group Franklands Village
Petersfield Housing Association Limited Raven Housing Trust Limited
Affinity Sutton Sentinel
Pennaf Group Coastal Group
Melin Homes Wales & 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

Leading law firm strengthens social housing team

Press Release

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Press Release

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Welsh Housing Awards 2015

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Sian Jones presented an award at this years' Community Housing Cmyru, at The Hilton Hotel, Cardiff, on 19 November.

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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

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Changes to Supported Housing funding

The Department of Work and Pensions announced a revised model for funding for supported housing on 15th September 2016.

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