Our commitment to social housing stems from our desire to improve peoples' lives and, health aside, a place to live is as important as it gets.
Starting with helping tenants to make their own estate transfers a success, over the past 25 years we have grown to be one of the leading social housing law firms in the country and are ranked as Band 1 by Chambers. We have done this by never forgetting we are part of a sector making a difference to peoples' lives.
With recent population booms, economic recessions, and political unrest there is a greater demand than ever before for our range of legal services for social housing providers.
Our expertise ranges from major projects such as stock transfers, innovative structures and joint ventures, to the day-to-day nuts and bolts of making housing work. We have teams of housing solicitors specialising in: housing litigation, housing management, employment matters, housing corporate services and property.
Whether you are a registered provider, a local authority, or an organisation that is working in the social housing sector, our housing solicitors have the knowledge and expertise to help you further your purpose.
Affordable Housing is at the forefront of public policy...
Lack of quality affordable housing, be it rented, low-cost home ownership or for market sale, is at the forefront of public policy. The tragic event of Grenfell Tower, the Government’s U-turn on LHA, Brexit and the impact on interest rates/sources of funding all combine to make the picture more complicated than ever before.
What isn’t complicated is that right across the spectrum the need is acute, and registered providers are best-placed to meet that need; their long history of flexibility, inventiveness, social purpose and (at least for the time being) the low cost of finance mean that now is the time for providers to deliver.
Organisations navigating these waters need advisers who are experts in housing law and who work collaboratively with colleagues and clients to create solutions that are robust to last in the years ahead. We believe our model of having only one office, colleagues who are focused on “beginning with the end in mind”, and wanting to make a real difference with their skills means we are ideally placed to do just that.
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[Anthony Collins Solicitors is] a highly regarded niche practice, known for its focus on the social housing and local authority sectors.Chambers
Find out more about the services we provide to housing providers...
Expert advice on funding and social investment.
Supporting housing providers with legal advice on contractual issues.
Providing legal expertise on compliance, policies and procedures.
Legal advice on housing management issues.
Legal support to housing providers with structures and mergers.
Providing legal employment support and advice to housing organisations.
Addressing the legal challenges with social housing providers, regarding procurement and state aid.
Property and construction
Advising on repairs and regeneration projects, and Right To Buy.
Advice and support for dispute resolution within the housing sector.
Leader of the housing sector.
We have been recognised for the work we do
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has recently made some noteworthy changes to its guidance around data subject access requests (DSARs).
In the fourth part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks arising out of varying the terms of construction contracts.
Joint ventures present an opportunity for housing associations to build organisational capacity, the revenues from which could help deliver on wider social housing commitments.
Residents are now unable to make applications to prohibit landlords from seeking to recover the cost of legal proceedings through the service charge on behalf of other residents, without consent.
We hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail.
The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
Social landlords are seeing a rising number of Equality Act defences to possession proceedings. A recent Court of Appeal decision helps shift the likelihood of such defences succeeding.
On 31 July, the consultation period ended on MHCLG’s proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system set out in the 'Building a Safer Future' document. We have submitted our response.
The Government commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in July 2018. The outcome was published in May 2019 which highlighted areas for improvement.
In the third part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by instructing changes under construction contracts.
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