It is anticipated that as lockdown restrictions ease, and particularly with children and young adults returning to education, cases of meningitis will start to rise.
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.
As we continue to emerge from lockdown measures and deal with local measures and the short and long term economic impact of Covid-19, local authorities will need to re-assess how services will be delivered for years to come.
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).
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.
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