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).
The Birmingham-based firm achieved improved rankings across seven of the specialist sectors it works in including Private Client (Band 2) Real Estate Litigation (Band 3) and Intellectual Property (Band 3). It has also gained excellent standing for Court of Protection (Band 2), Education (Band 2) and Local Government (Band 4), which have not been previously recognised.
A total of 19 solicitors at the Birmingham-based firm have been individually recognised for excellence in their fields of expertise. Kate Jackson who specialises in Court of Protection work has been recognised as a ‘Star Associate’, and commended in the review for being ‘passionate, committed, intelligent and focused.’ She has worked across a number of high-profile cases and has achieved great success over her five years with Anthony Collins Solicitors.
Donna Holmes on the Private Legal Services team, Shivaji Shiva who acts for charities, Emma Young who specialises in Intellectual Property and Doug Mullen from the Employment team were all marked as ‘Associates to Watch’ in recognition of their already excellent standard of work and sector-leading potential.
Commenting on the results, Romaine Thompson, senior partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors said: “We are constantly striving to better the standard of work that we offer and the raft of increased rankings achieved is testament to the progress we have made over the past 12 months. We are proud to work with such highly regarded employees and will continue to recruit the most talented individuals across the specialist sectors in which we operate.”
Romaine also received special recognition from Chambers and Partners, being awarded the title of 'Senior Statesman' for exemplary work in her discipline of charity law. She has over 25 years of legal experience and has been with the firm for 23 years.
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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