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).
Article first published at The Business Desk North West (19 November 2018).
Jonathan Cox is the head of Anthony Collins Solicitors’ new Manchester office, leading on recruitment and expansion in the North West.
Social purpose is in the DNA of Anthony Collins Solicitors. From the firm’s founding in 1973, to opening its new office in Manchester this year, our team has committed to improving lives, communities and society.
It is rare for a legal practice to remain focused on instilling change. Many choose to compete on price and prestige, pursuing profits and forgetting the true impact this profession has on others.
While creating a new base in Manchester will better connect us to existing clients in the North West, this move represents more than improved logistics. We want to use this as a critical platform in forging new partnerships, expanding our team of talented lawyers and ultimately, contributing to the firm’s social purpose mission.
How does this core business value manifest in real life, though?
Anthony Collins Solicitors has built a strong national reputation with our social housing practice, whilst the firm’s local government and charities practices were quick to follow in representing clients on the national stage. Closer to our new home, our work in the North West, and Manchester, has already proved crucial in improving the situation of local people.
The firm’s legal work with regional partners in setting up the Greater Manchester Social Impact Bond – a £1.8 million fund to counter homelessness in the city – has provided accommodation, mental health advice and employment training for those less fortunate.
In line with the intentions of Mayor Andy Burnham, the successful launch of the Social Impact Bond shifted the spotlight on what can be achieved through public, private and third sector partnerships. In many cases, being the difference between having a bed to sleep in and the prospect of another night in the cold.
The recent announcement of the firm’s contract with Co-operatives UK reflects our approach to working with local clients – Co-operatives UK is headquartered in Manchester – that have national reach. This role will see our team provide a legal surgery service to co-operative member businesses, contributing towards the success of a sector that now employs 235,000 people.
After being appointed to other North West clients such as One Manchester, one of the city’s largest housing and community services providers, and both Chester Diocese and Blackburn & Darwen Diocese, the firm has been presented with an opportunity to work with organisations whose aim is improving the quality of life across the region.
It is the wider implications of the work achieved at Anthony Collins Solicitors that separate it from other firms. Together, we apply legal skills to support clients that share the similar goal of social progress; across numerous sectors we stand united with those we represent.
I am privileged to lead this office in Manchester and look forward to playing a role in introducing prospective clients and employees to a firm whose values I believe so strongly in.
Anthony Collins Solicitors has changed the lives of many, but the mission for progress continues. As we build the firm’s presence in the North West and increase our national profile, we need help from lawyers who share our ambition for social purpose.
Find out more about Anthony Collins Solicitors’ Manchester office and current roles being recruited here.
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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