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).
We are delighted that our team was recognised as a national and an international leader for the work we undertake in supporting and advising vulnerable individuals and their families, with the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ prestigious "Vulnerable Client Team of the Year" award. Accepted at the awards dinner in London in September 2016 by our Court of Protection Lead, Sheree Green, the award is a recognition of many years of hard work and commitment to clients. We support those most in need of advice and support to ensure they get the best possible results – whether through financial management, appropriate services being secured or families being properly advised on how to protect their loved ones.
More details about the award can be found here.
We were also delighted with the news that all three Mediators within our Family Team are now fully accredited – with two of them also accredited to undertake mediations involving children. These accreditations mean that the Mediation Team at Anthony Collins Solicitors can support you and your clients to get the best possible outcomes in a range of difficult scenarios, such as relationship breakdown, and try to avoid the stress and costs involved with Court. For more information on our Mediation offering, please visit our website.
We have also continued to expand our team to ensure we are able to meet the needs of our clients and referrers. Helen Mottram has joined our Childcare Team as a Senior Associate and Children Panel member, bringing with her an enormous amount of expertise and drive to secure the best outcomes for families, particularly children, in disputes and issues with care arrangements.
We have also welcomed Clare Burke, Solicitor, to our Personal Planning and Management Team. Clare looks forward to working with you and your clients in the future to provide advice in the areas of Wills and Estate Planning and Probate and Court of Protection matters.
As you can see, it has been a busy few months for us – and it's almost Christmas again now!
We look forward to continuing to work with you and your clients to secure the best possible outcomes.
If you have any queries or would like to discuss how we may be able to help you, please contact Donna Holmes.
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.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
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.
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