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 firm employs over 260 people at its Birmingham headquarters and is known for its mission-led approach that focuses on improving lives, communities and society. Outputs have been buoyed by an increase in demand across the firm’s key sectors of health and social care, local government, housing, charities, education, social business and private clients – often involving the delivery of specialist and high-profile work.
Commenting on the firm’s performance, Senior Partner, Peter Hubbard said:
“These results reflect our growing position as a leading social-purpose law firm in the UK. We have benefitted from strong growth across our key sectors including housing, local government, and health and social care, along with expanding our private client practice.
“Our clients are clear in expressing a desire for a law firm that can deliver specialist legal expertise, underpinned by strong values. The firm’s success is testament to the commitment of its people, and we’re optimistic that we can continue to deliver on the firm’s growth strategy moving forwards while also supporting its mission-led approach.”
The firm has made two new sector-lead appointments and a fleet of promotions to mark its growth.Shivaji Shiva has been appointed sector lead for charities while Jas Tamber has been appointed lead for the private client sector alongside his role as head of children’s’ services.
David Alcock, previously sector lead for both charities and social business, will now focus primarily on his work with values-led organisations, continuing as sector lead for the social business sector which includes cooperatives and mutuals.
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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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