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 Local Government team have been appointed to the legal panel for the EM Lawshare consortium over four years from 1 April 2018. Anthony Collins Solicitors was the only new firm to be appointed to the panel and joins six reappointed law firms, on the existing panel, which expires at the end of March.
Launched in 2006, EM Lawshare led the drive to deliver efficiency and cost savings to local authorities buying legal services. It has grown to over 130 members including Local Authorities, NHS Trusts, Fire and Rescue services, Police forces and Housing organisations with members coming from across the country, with particular concentration in the Midlands.
Commenting on the panel, Jayne Francis-Ward, EM Lawshare head who is also Corporate Director, Resources at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “After another effective procurement process it’s a testament to the consortium and its success that our existing partner firms are so keen to remain part of the continuing growth and development of this unique consortium. We are delighted that for the next four years we can continue to work together to provide the highest quality, cost-effective legal services to our members and the addition of Anthony Collins Solicitors will add to the strength and depth of these innovative arrangements”
Head of Local Government at Anthony Collins Solicitors, Olwen Dutton said:
“We’re pleased to be re-joining EM Lawshare as its newest partner firm. Our Local Government practice has grown considerably over the past year with our ability to offer legal support across the range of a council's requirements; we look forward to supporting members who have recognised the benefits of the consortium during a challenging time across all aspects of the public sector.”
You can find further information on EM Lawshare can here.
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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