My role

I am a housing partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors. My role is to apply my skills, and the skills of my colleagues, to bring solutions to the issues faced in social housing. I have considerable experience in the housing sector, having acting for housing associations for over 25 years across property, housing management, supported housing and finance fields. 

My experience

I have had the privilege of leading my colleagues on a number of sector firsts including acting for: Derwent Living in the first ever housing association sale and leaseback arrangement through Aviva and have supported the subsequent sale and leaseback arrangements with other clients; Derwent Living in the first ever disposal of an Registered Provider's retained equity on a shared ownership portfolio; Pennaf Housing Group in the first Welsh sale and leaseback arrangement; and the associations participating in the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot.

I have lectured and published articles on a wide variety of housing topics, and was co-author of the NHF Report, Many Landlords – One Neighbourhood primarily suggesting cost effective ways of delivering stock swaps and contributed to the NHF publication Service charges: a guide for housing associations.

I have been rated as “Band 1” by both Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession, and the Legal 500.

I am also a regular speaker at Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation and the National Housing Maintenance Forum conferences.

My specialisms

  • Social housing
  • Property
  • Housing management
  • Supported housing
  • Finance fields
Rents post 2020

As you will be aware, RPs are currently in the middle of a four-year regime of annual rent decreases through the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (the “2016 Act”). Until the recent announcement, the position post-2020 was not clear.

Transfer of Grant between RPs
Transfer of Grant between RPs

This clarification overrides the discrepancy in the Recovery of Capital Grants and Recycled Capital Grant Fund General Determination 2017 (the “Determination”) that indicates otherwise.

Anthony Collins Solicitors shortlisted for a HANA Award
Anthony Collins Solicitors shortlisted for a HANA Award

The HANA Awards were launched by the National Housing Federation to recognise excellence in housing association finance. Jonathan Cox, Partner, and sector lead of our housing team, said, “We are thrilled to be recognised by the HANA Awards, which are now in their fifth year.

Planning for a deregulated future
Planning for a deregulated future

Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles.

Brexit and Social Housing - what next?
Brexit and Social Housing - what next?

Devaluations Operating and development costs At its core social housing is an asset management and home building activity and therefore the cost of building materials is very important.

Housing and Planning Act 2016 gets Royal Assent 12th May 2016

Housing and Planning Act 2016 receives Royal Assent 12th May 2016 Ending an extended “ping pong” session between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, Lord Kerslake revoked the last opposition amendment and the Act, which contains key provisions relating to the introduction of the VRTB and deregulatory measures including asset freedoms, was passed into law.

What does the budget mean for social housing?
What does the budget mean for social housing?

The passing of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill and the coming into force of the rent reduction rules on 1st April is far more significant. But what there was (the new towns and community-led development) continues the home ownership theme.

Rent Increases and Supported Housing

The Inside Housing article listed a wide variety of types of supported housing; and  in our view housing associations should increase rents for all types mentioned.

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