Our Housing team are delighted following a formal tender procurement process to have been appointed to three lots under the new multi-million-pound legal services framework for The Riverside Group.
Our experienced commercial litigation solicitors provide can provide you with clear, pragmatic and practical advice, helping you to resolve any disputes you may come across.
While it is always preferable to avoid disputes and to safeguard your organisation from claims, in some instances it is unavoidable. If your organisation is facing a claim or needs to take action, we can advise on all aspects of commercial litigation from mediation to representation in court.
We work to resolve disputes in a cost-effective and timely manner, avoiding court proceedings where possible. Our mediation lawyers, including accredited and trained mediators, are experienced at exploring the issues, facilitating negotiations and encouraging the parties in dispute to reach workable outcomes.
We have a deep knowledge of the social housing sector and work with many different types of organisations within this sector. Our commercial litigation team can advise in the context of the particular drivers and context of the social-housing sector, and work with you to achieve the most advantageous outcome to your commercial dispute, taking into account your priorities and objectives.
Our commercial litigation service
Our team of litigators, comprising of Andrew Lancaster, Emma Riley and Kieran Binnie have extensive knowledge and experience of working across some sectors and handling a wide range of commercial disputes, including:
- construction, repairs and maintenance;
- defamation and reputational damage;
- commercial property;
- partnership dissolution;
- intellectual property and IT;
- defending or bringing challenges to decisions of public bodies by judicial review;
- shareholders and directors; and
- debt and fee recovery.
We are focused on working with you to find the best solutions, whilst at the same time safeguarding your organisation's interests. Our commercial dispute resolution team is able to advise you on how to minimise the risk presented by disputes - we frequently train clients on dispute avoidance and management techniques. One of our partners, Andrew Lancaster, is an experienced mediator, accredited by CEDR.
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.
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We have been recognised for the work we do
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We welcome the Labour Party’s commitment to doubling the size of the co-operative economy. We wholeheartedly support the ambition to grow this vitally important part of the economy.
It was first referred to in the Charities Act 2006 (which was subsequently replaced by the Charities Act 2011) but it has finally been announced that charitable companies are able to convert to a charitable incorporated organisation (“CIO”).
The Private Members Bill Homes (Fitness for Human Habitation and Liability for Housing Standards) Bill 2017-19 now has Government support and was debated at second reading on Friday 19 January 2018.
In short - yes. This is a common question in personal injury or clinical negligence claims and has recently come before the High Court in judicial review proceedings.
GDPR The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018 and bring changes to the rules governing data protection and the requirements placed on organisations which control or process personal data.
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