The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Anthony Collins Solicitors is a values led business, distinctive in and passionate about the work that we do in our chosen sectors, one of which is social housing. Our approach is built upon long-term relationships with clients. Our Purpose is to “improve lives, communities and society”.
We are looking for a NQ Solicitor or barrister (0-2 PQE max) to join our Housing Litigation team due to the continued expansion of the team. This role will include case management of all types of housing litigation work, regular advocacy and providing helpline and written advice as required by our housing association and public sector landlords. Typical work includes claims for possession, anti-social behaviour injunctions and committals, disrepair claims and advice on all aspects of housing management law.
The team is flourishing and growing, and the workload has increased over the last year as our client base has expanded. As a result, there are exciting opportunities to build and develop specialism in this area, with high quality, interesting work serving our client’s communities.
Previous housing experience isn’t essential but some litigation experience would be an advantage. Of most importance is the ability to develop warm client relationships. We are looking for:
- Ability to communicate advice in writing succinctly in plain English,
- strong personal organisational skills
- flexibility and calmness and responsiveness under pressure.
- a strong team player who will be a good fit with the existing team of 9,
- commitment and interest in or to find out more about the housing sector,
- enthusiasm and ability to develop as an advocate
The appointed individual will join a firm that offers rewarding and meaningful opportunities for development, and where they will have a key role in the future of the firm’s housing team offering and contributing to delivering the firm’s Purpose.
Anthony Collins Solicitors is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
Leader of the housing sector.
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
Sometimes half an hour at a conference gives you the reality that has been staring you in the face all along. That was my experience watching “Change is on the Horizon”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
It is almost a matter of relief that “normal” might be on the horizon when we return to the machinations of TUPE and its protections for employees!