It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
Birmingham law firm, Anthony Collins Solicitors, has announced a new senior partner: Peter Hubbard will formally take the reins from Romaine Thompson in May 2014.
The announcement signals the end of an impressive nine year tenure for Romaine, who joined the firm in 1989 and became senior partner in 2005. Under her leadership, the firm has secured its position nationally as a leading specialist practice in the charities, social housing and local government sectors as well as growing its work for private individuals in the West Midlands.
Romaine commented: “This really is an exciting time for the firm. We've invested heavily in our people and our infrastructure and we're very clearly focussed on our key client sectors, all of which is a good platform for growth into the future. Peter is an exceptionally able successor with the drive and passion to take the firm forward and I'm eagerly anticipating playing my part in supporting his vision for the next phase of the firm's development”.
Peter said: “I am honoured to be taking up the role following such a committed senior partner. Despite challenging market conditions, Romaine's guardianship, as well as the hard work, dedication and skills of our teams at ACS has helped position the firm for growth in our chosen sectors.
As a firm, our future focus is very much on the client agenda, how we develop our client offering and building on the excellent relationships that are already in place.
Currently a partner specialising in the social housing sector, Peter is known for his projects and governance work with registered providers, local authorities and arms' length management organisations. Advising on nationally recognised housing projects, he has been ranked ‘Leading Individual’ in Chambers UK for eight consecutive years and is also a past Commercial Solicitor of the Year at the Birmingham Legal Awards.
Peter will continue to work with key clients and becomes only the fifth senior partner since the firm's launch in 1973.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
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).
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.
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