n this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
Highly experienced in housing litigation, Baljit becomes partner as an authority in the firm’s housing management team leading on asset management litigation. She also heads up ACS’s corporate litigation team and plays a key role in the ‘operational spine’ of the firm.
Joining in 2012, Natalie specialises in funding and finance work, primarily for ACS’s housing sector clients, and also for the firm’s third and voluntary sector clients. Natalie has led in developing this new marketplace, recently winning a number of mandates to act on capital markets transactions with institutional investors.
Chartered legal executive Alex is a senior housing litigator in the corporate litigation team. Previously chair of the Birmingham Committee of CILEx, she was a finalist as Chartered Legal Executive of the Year in the Birmingham Law Society Awards 2014.
Alison Room joined ACS in 2007 as a trainee solicitor and is a commercial and property litigator in ACS’s corporate litigation team, specialising in large commercial and property disputes for commercial clients, charities and churches, housing, and public sector organisations.
Partner and head of ACS’s social housing team Jonathan Cox said: “Recognising outstanding legal talent is a major part of our commitment to providing the very best legal support to meet the high expectations of our housing clients nationwide.
“They are greatly valued members of our successful team and have made a huge impact in our social housing team. These promotions are well deserved.”
ACS has the largest specialist team of any firm outside London providing legal advice to over 200 housing associations.
The law surrounding organ donation has changed. The Organ Donation (Deemed Consent) Bill came into effect on 20 May 2020 and has implemented an opt-out system for organ donation.
Commercial and local authority landlords could benefit from urgently reviewing their legal options.
The Cabinet Office has published guidance asking for people to act responsibly, fairly and “in the national interest”.
To help our charity clients look to the future, we summarise key guidance and updates over the last week.
On 18 May 2020, the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) wrote to all social housing residents in England (residents).
For anyone who is currently restrained from holding their General Meeting or have held such in breach of their governing documents, help is on the way!
Social landlords may be surprised to learn that “landlords should be able to carry out routine as well as essential repairs for most households”.
Many housing providers are now re-thinking about gathering information to complete their data return to the Regulator of Social Housing, with the initial exercise having been delayed by Covid-19.
With many premises being left unoccupied (or minimally occupied) during the lockdown, both Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive have warned of the increased risks of Legionella.
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