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).
Ranjit, who joined the firm from Shoosmiths in February 2013 was formally appointed to the partnership on 1 December.
A real estate and commercial property lawyer specialising in social housing development and regeneration schemes, Ranjit has acted for a number of high profile housing associations whilst at the firm.
He recently advised on a £42million deal for Walsall Housing Group on the regeneration of five sites, providing over 180 open market units and 150 affordable housing units in partnership with Kier Partnership Homes. Ranjit boosts the firm’s offering in respect of property securitisation projects acting for numerous Registered Providers as well as being part of the team acting on Private Placement/Bond initiatives.
Jonathan Cox, partner at ACS commented: “It gives us great pleasure to welcome Ranjit to the partnership. His established reputation means that he is a valuable asset to the firm and his promotion secures an added strength and depth to the social housing team to complement the resources already available to clients.
“Social housing is a core sector for Anthony Collins Solicitors and we’re committed to strengthening our reputation as a top legal adviser in the market.” he added.
Ranjit said: “This is a real opportunity to grow an already thriving property offering.
“Changes in the grant regime have impacted on the delivery and the structure of transactions for the development of affordable housing units. This requires property lawyers acting for the sector to be not only legally proficient but to add commercial acumen to transactions."
I aim to further develop the reputation of the team foremost as commercial lawyers but those with a genuine passion for the social housing sector.
Anthony Collins Solicitors’ social housing team is ranked top tier by Chambers UK and Legal 500, noted for its ‘strong client focus’ and national reputation.
Ranjit’s appointment takes the total number of partners at the firm to 22.
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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