Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
The firm’s latest financial results for 2013-14 show revenue growth of 7.2 per cent achieving a £14.5million turnover for the first time in the firm’s 40 year history, up from £13.5million in 2012-13. Net profits increased to £3.3million in 2014, up from £2.3million in 2013, a significant 43% increase in profit.
ACS’s growth has been boosted by a programme of strategic investment in high quality people and new online communication systems that bring greater value to clients.
These investments are now yielding benefits for the 25-strong partnership of 240 staff, explained senior partner Peter Hubbard (pictured).
He said: “This has been a landmark year of growth for ACS and we are greatly encouraged by these results.
“During the past year we have continued to develop as a values led, sector specialist firm with a national influence and a vocational approach to serving our clients.
“Our specialisation is key in order to provide our clients with a depth of great service which is delivered by committed and technically excellent people with a passion for transforming communities and people's lives across the country.
“We certainly see challenges in the market including deregulation of the legal sector, the reduction to the legal aid budget and an increasingly competitive battle for talent.
“I am confident that our firm is very well placed to deal with change in the environment in which we operate and indeed flourish over the next few years.
“Our financial results are testament to the commitment of our people, which is second to none, and I am hugely grateful for their contributions.”
ACS’s confidence in the future is underlined by a string of outstanding achievements for clients across all its key sectors – health and social care, social enterprise, local government and regeneration, faith communities, housing, children and young people, and private client services.
Highlights include the recent landmark ruling in an international surrogacy case brought forward by ACS, which extends the time limit for applying for parental orders, and has far-reaching implications for all areas of child law.
Equally, ACS has been appointed by the Cabinet Office to advise on eight national pilot projects under the Mutuals Support Programme, exploring future options for the delivery of public services.
As we enter a recession, we have been here before, and a key question is what did we learn and how can we benefit from that learning?
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.
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.
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