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).
Senior associates Elisabeth Howe and Maria Ramon will lead Anthony Collins’ mediation offering. Mediation is designed to help separating couples make important decisions that will ultimately affect their lives, as opposed to pursuing judge led court proceedings. Aided by a mediator, terms of separation are defined by the couple with them being able to take independent legal advice about the fairness of their agreement at any time before it is made into a binding and enforceable court order.
Liz Wyatt, partner and head of the family team at Anthony Collins Solicitors, said: “Judges are increasingly insisting on mediation as a preferred form of solving family disputes as it is less divisive for those involved. The Law Commission has also launched a consultation to bring in a formula to calculate exactly what each party is entitled to in a bid to steer divorcing couples away from often stressful, costly and time-consuming court proceedings, so it is increasingly important that we offer a service to clients to facilitate this.
“Our mediators are qualified solicitors with extensive knowledge of family law and court procedures. This specialist experience helps parties with legal matters within the mediation process. Mediation helps clients reach amicable agreements and preserves their dignity. Divorce should not be about winners and losers but traditional court proceedings can often make it feel that way. Crucially, it also keeps any children out of the firing line and at the forefront of the agenda.”
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If you'd like to know more about mediation and how it can help you, please call 0121 212 7413 or contact Elisabeth Howe on firstname.lastname@example.org or Maria Ramon on email@example.com.
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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