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 successfully maintained its number of individuals listed as ‘leading individuals’ and increased the number of ‘next generation lawyers’ across a range of sectors and specialisms, including Ann Houghton and Emma Riley.
- Jonathan Cox and Peter Hubbard (Social Housing)
- Shivaji Shiva (Charities and Not-for-Profit)
- Rankeshwar Batta (Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence – Claimant)
Next Generation Lawyers
- Elisabeth Howe and Maria Ramon (Family Law)
- Sheree Green and Alex Elphinston (Court of Protection)
- Gemma Bell (Social Housing)
- Lisa Whitehouse (Personal Tax, Trusts and Probate)
- Ann Houghton (Clinical Negligence – Claimant)
- Emma Riley (Construction)
- Doug Mullen (Pensions).
Anthony Collins Solicitors was also ranked as ‘Tier One’ across four practice areas, including being the only top-tier firm ranked in the West Midlands for Social Housing. The firm also ranked as Tier One in the West Midlands for Charities and Not-for-Profit, Family Law, Personal Injury – Claimant, and Clinical Negligence – Claimant.
The Legal 500 guide quoted that the Private Client practice “…is one of the leading firms in family law in the West Midlands and has the experience and capacity to handle the most complex of cases.” It added that the firm’s Personal Injury team is “…experienced and highly regarded having an edge over many other specialist firms.”
Commenting on the results, Senior Partner, Peter Hubbard, said:
“This year’s Legal 500 results are a testament to all of our teams and the firm’s wider purpose to improve the lives, communities and society where we work. We continue to build on our regional and national strength in social housing but are very pleased with strong ratings across a number of areas in our Private Client team as well as Local Government practice, which is growing rapidly.”
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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