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).
This year, as well as maintaining all previous rankings, the firm has climbed the rankings for their work in Construction (West Midlands), Charities (London), Court of Protection (London) and Local Government (London). The new rankings reflect the increased recognition for our national expertise across the social business, not for profit and public sectors as well as for private individuals.
Several lawyers also received individual praise in the new rankings. In addition to being listed as “recommended lawyers”, Rankeshwar Batta (Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence), Shivaji Shiva (Charities), Peter Hubbard (Social Housing) and Jonathan Cox (Social Housing) have also been listed in the elite "Leading lawyers" list: The Legal 500 UK 2016's guide to outstanding lawyers nationwide.
Andrew Lancaster (Litigation), Anna Dabek (Employment), James Hall (Private Client), Jas Tamber (Family), Jon Coane (Social Housing Finance), Kirsty MacMillan (Court of Protection), Lisa Whitehouse (Private Client), Matthew Wort (Employment) and Richard Brooks (Construction) were also new additions this year to the Legal 500’s list of recommended lawyers.
Peter Hubbard, senior partner, said: “We are proud of everyone who has achieved and maintained a ranking in this year’s Legal 500. The new rankings and positioning of individual lawyers is testament to our hard work and resilient focus on our specialist sectors. All of our teams are committed to working to extremely high standards for our clients, aligned to improving the lives of individuals, communities and society.”
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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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