Our commitment to social housing law stems from our desire to improve peoples' lives and, health aside, a place to live is as important as it gets.
Starting with helping tenants to make their own estate transfers a success, over the past 25 years we have grown to be one of the leading social housing solicitors and law firms in the country. We have done this by never forgetting we are part of a sector making a difference to peoples' lives. With recent population booms, economic recessions, and political unrest there is a greater demand than ever before for housing to support those in need. We help facilitate engagement between housing providers and local communities and deliver diverse support that helps society develop in a way that is beneficial to all. We believe that it is possible to drive a real change within local communities.
No matter your situation, we can provide practical legal advice. Our expertise ranges from major projects such as stock transfers, innovative structures, and joint ventures, to the day-to-day nuts and bolts of making housing work. We have teams of housing solicitors specialising in: housing litigation, housing management, employment matters, and property.
Whether you are a registered provider, a local authority, or an organisation that is working in the social-housing sector, our housing solicitors that have the knowledge and expertise to help you further your purpose.
Right now the direction of social housing is unclear...
The sector has been grappling with the previous administration’s home-ownership agenda, as well as their austerity/welfare responses which are well known (rent cuts, local housing allowance (LHA) on the horizon, VRTB, shared ownership expansion and deregulation). The new administration has suggested a change of perspective in including rented housing in its plans but the underlying theme for the sector is deregulation and how will the sector respond? The answer is a mix of working harder to achieve savings and innovate more, whilst ensuring compliance with the changed regulatory environment.
As Fiona MacGregor has said, "As the sector seeks to produce savings and simultaneously deliver investment in new and existing homes, it will be increasingly important that providers optimise the use of their resources and assets." Organisations navigating these waters need advisers who are experts in housing law and who work collaboratively with colleagues and clients to create solutions that are robust to last in the years ahead. We believe our model of having only one office, colleagues who are focused on “beginning with the end in mind” and wanting to make a real difference with their skills means we are ideally placed to do just that.
[Anthony Collins Solicitors is] a highly regarded niche practice, known for its focus on the social housing and local authority sectors.Chambers for Construction.
Provisions within the Housing and Planning Act that remove the need for housing associations (“HAs”) to obtain consent from the Regulator to dispose of social housing (as well as to merge or enter new group structures) come into force on 6 April.
Such freedoms will allow HAs greater flexibility over how they use their assets and, potentially, how they structure their businesses. Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles. Read the outcome of their discussion here.
Find out more about the services we provide to housing providers...
Expert advice on funding and social investment.
Supporting housing providers with legal advice on contractual issues.
Expertise on compliance, policies and procedures.
Legal advice on housing management issues.
Legal support with structures and mergers.
Providing legal employment support and advice to housing organisations.
Addressing the legal challenges regarding procurement and state aid.
Property and construction
Advising on repairs and regeneration projects, and Right To Buy.
Advice and support for dispute resolution within the housing sector.
We have been recognised for the work we do
Anthony Collins Solicitors has been shortlisted in the Best External Professional Advisor category, in the HANA (Housing Association National Accountancy) Award.
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