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).
Improved rankings were achieved for Local Government, Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate (West Midlands) and Charities (London).
A total of 27 solicitors were listed as recommended lawyers in their fields. The ‘leading lawyers’ guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide again recognised Rankeshwar Batta and Tony Hall of the Private Legal Services team as ‘elite’ lawyers. Senior partner, Romaine Thompson was also acknowledged in the same elite category.
Many of those recognised were newly praised as ‘recommended’ lawyers, including Jane Trevithick (Commercial Property), Andrew Millross (Construction), Ranjit Bassey and Victoria Jardine (Social Housing), Donna Holmes and Kate Jackson (Court of Protection), Jon Lloyd (Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate), Elisabeth Howe and Sally Jones (Family), John Wearing and Monica Macheng (Corporate and Commercial), Mark Cook (Charities and not-for-profit / Local Government), Sarah Lines (Local Government) and Natalie Singh (Social Housing Finance).
Chris Plumley, partner and Local Government lead at Anthony Collins Solicitors said:
“It’s fantastic to see our commitment to addressing the legal needs of both organisations and individuals being recognised again this year. We are extremely proud to have 27 of our lawyers highlighted as leaders in their fields; all of our teams deliver to exceptionally high standards and care deeply about our clients. It is great to see their blend of hard work, dedication and skills rewarded.”
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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