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Housing

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, having a motivated team of solicitors 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.

For further information

To find out more about how we can help you, and how we’ve helped others, please contact Jonathan Cox.

 Equipped to advise sizeable local and national clients, including a number of housing trusts, on sophisticated matters. One client commends the team for its “supportive and comprehensive legal service delivered in a friendly and easy-to-understand way.”

Chambers and Partners, 2021

 Offers a wide breadth of experience across the social housing field, calling upon a deep team of distinguished sector experts. Equipped to advise sizeable local and national clients, including a number of housing trusts, on sophisticated matters. Regularly provides property management advice and handles financings and tenant disputes, among other issues. Also notable for its advice on governance and corporate restructuring. 

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 They are really reliable and really customer-focused, and give very practical advice in a very timely way. 

Chambers and Partners, 2022

 National reputation for work in social housing development and management, as well as corporate matters. Regularly represents a number of the largest housing associations in the UK. Key offices in Birmingham and Manchester. 

Chambers and Partners, 2022

Find out more about the services we provide to housing providers…

Funding

Expert advice on funding and social investment.

Commercial

Supporting housing providers with legal advice on…

Governance

Providing legal expertise on compliance, policies and…

Housing management

Legal advice on housing management issues.

Corporate

Legal support to housing providers with structures and…

Employment and pensions

Providing legal employment support and advice to housing…

Procurement

Addressing the legal challenges with social housing…

Property and construction

Advising on repairs and regeneration projects, and Right To…

Resolving disputes

Advice and support for dispute resolution within the…

Regulatory

Assistance with regulatory issues.

Building safety

Supporting housing associations with building safety issues.

We have been recognised for the work we do

Chambers and Partners Ranking 2018

Shortlisted: LaingBuisson Awards for Legal Advisor – Independent

Winner: Business Team of the Year 2018

Winner: Employment Law Firm of the Year

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Jonathan Cox

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