In this ebriefing, we identify what we see as the key messages arising from recent prosecutions in the care and housing sectors.
We are the only housing sector law firm that also is a national, top-four charity law practice in its own right.
We provide advice and support to charitable housing providers on their compliance with charity law and regulation, and with the expectations of the social housing regulator. This includes training and development for boards and teams across a variety of topics, as well as specific, bespoke advice on individual areas of compliance.
Expert charity and regulatory compliance advice and support
Our specialists work closely to ensure our advice takes account of general charity law, as well as housing-specific regulation. We have strong and positive relationships with both the charity and social housing regulators, with many of our team members having worked for the Charity Commission and the social housing regulator, and vice-versa.
What makes us different is that we understand that charities are businesses first and foremost. While your aims and objectives are charitable and housing-focused, you need the ability to wear this regulation lightly, so it guides what you do and protects your charity assets, without becoming a straight-jacket.
Proof that we're best placed to help you
- Ranked in the top five charities practices nationally:
- by the number of top 3000 charities we act for
- by the number of top 100 charities we act for
- by the independent directory Chambers & Partners
- Ranked in the top five nationally by the independent directory Legal 500
- Top-ranked [in the West Midlands] by the independent directory Legal 500
- Shortlisted for the Best Charity Law Firm award in the 2016 Third Sector Awards.
The guidance and reassurance provided by Anthony Collins Solicitors for our board and executive team enabled us to make a confident decision about the creation of the cost-sharing group. Their input meant that, instead of taking a leap of faith, we could accurately gauge the potential benefits to our organisation, and more importantly, to our residents. The process was a commercial and legal minefield but thanks to Anthony Collins Solicitors support, we were able to negotiate everything smoothly and successfully and the expert knowledge they offered was far greater than anything that we could have garnered in-house.Juliana Crowe, Housing and Communities Director, Rooftop Housing Group.
Provisions within the Housing and Planning Act that remove the need for housing associations (“HAs”) to obtain consent from the Regulator to dispose of social housing (as well as to merge or enter new group structures) come into force on 6 April.
Such freedoms will allow HAs greater flexibility over how they use their assets and, potentially, how they structure their businesses. Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles. Read the outcome of their discussion here.
We have been recognised for the work we do
Last week, the NHF published its final version of its new Code of Governance and made some important changes from the previous draft that will impact on those housing associations looking to adopt it.
Delayed since Spring 2020 as the Government tackled the Covid-19 crisis, Tuesday 17 November saw the publication of the Social Housing White Paper, setting out the future regulation of the sector
As the UK’s social housing sector recovers from the initial Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown, now is the time to focus on the challenges that may emerge next.
There is no universal approach to regenerating town centres. However, housing must be considered a key part of any regeneration project – providing well-needed new homes and economic growth.
AGM plans gone awry with re-introduced lockdown measures? Good news: saving provisions are now in place until 30 December 2020
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”
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
On 15 July 2020, the Prime Minister committed to an Independent Inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
AGM season will soon be upon us. One of the many challenges social distancing measures has presented is how to hold AGMs and other General Meetings.