Social housing

“Friendly and approachable multi-disciplinary team has an excellent reputation among many of the most significant housing associations in the country.”

Legal 500 2019

“We receive loyalty, commitment to every cause and sheer dedication to ensure we obtain the right outcome.”

Chambers and Partners 2019
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.

“Their service is fantastic; it's really customer-focused. They instil confidence and allay panic.”

Chambers and Partners 2019

“They are thorough and know what they're doing.”

Chambers and Partners 2018

“Blake Morgan's impressive group has a strong understanding of the housing sector.”

Legal 500 2017

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Blake Morgan strengthens social housing credentials

Press Release

Leading law firm Blake Morgan has been appointed to Peabody Trust’s legal services framework, strengthening the firm’s already significant housing association work.

Blake Morgan development expert joins Women in Social Housing board

Press Release

Blake Morgan Development and Social Housing specialist Christine Kessler-Robinson has been appointed as a Board Member of the South West Women in Social Housing (WISH) Group.

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The Housing White Paper

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New alignment between DCLG and Treasury

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