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?
Ben is an expert in local government law and joins from Mills & Reeve. Ben specialises in procurement, regeneration projects, compulsory purchase and highways law.
The local government practice is a key area for the firm, particularly in light of the many changes currently occurring within the public sector. Ben’s appointment is part of a growth strategy built around the firm supporting public sector clients and will add even more valuable expertise to the existing specialist practice led by partner Chris Plumley.
Mr Plumley, said: “Ben has a really strong reputation within the local government sector. He’s a market-leading expert and we’re delighted to welcome him to our firm. The team has been very successful in 2012 and Ben will enhance our already strong offer. He will help us deliver our unique approach to supporting and working in partnership with our local authority clients. Along with providing an additional strategic resource Ben’s appointment is integral to our further expansion.”
Ben commented: “I’m very happy to be joining Anthony Collins Solicitors. It has a history of delivering really innovative and high quality advice to local authority clients. I’m also attracted by the ethos and social conscience of the firm. Given the on-going challenge to the public sector to deliver wider services at a reduced cost, Councils need more support than ever in order to respond effectively.”
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.
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.
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