We advise many housing groups in the social-housing sector on their corporate structures, including establishing new group structures for growth and diversification and consolidating group structures for efficiency. These include some of the largest and most innovative groups within the housing sector, including the first registered-provider group structure with a non-registered provider parent.
Our success at establishing, or consolidating, group structures is that we understand what drives housing associations and your key outcomes. We use this knowledge to ensure the structures we devise are flexible and fit-for-purpose.
Our role is to interpret the complex legal issues and hurdles, making it easier for you to visualise the path to achieving your desired outcome. We work with you to help you to understand the group-structure process and key issues you will face. A group-structure project has many different components, including advising on intragroup service arrangements, pensions and staffing, procurement, funding and governance arrangements. We will help you to understand how these can be configured to deliver the group structure successfully and efficiently.
We have one of the largest social-housing legal teams in England. This enables us to draw on sector-specialist advice from many disciplines, and means we can provide a service covering all aspects of your group-structure project. Our approach combines technical expertise with grounded, practical experience. We are able to easily anticipate key issues, stumbling blocks and milestones at the outset of the project, to ensure the group structure is delivered in line with proposed target dates. For projects of this type, we are able to provide tailored project-management services; and we work alongside lead consultants and project managers to provide a streamlined service.
We have good relationships with the social-housing sector regulator, the Charity Commission and the Financial Conduct Authority. These are particularly helpful in ensuring that the hurdles, which sometimes arise on these types of projects, can be overcome quickly and sensibly. We are also able to draw on our experience in other sectors, including local government and the public sector, education, social businesses, charities and health and social care providers to provide advice in relation to creating group structures to carry out diversified activities.
Anthony Collins Solicitors was critical to the successful completion of the strategic development of the First Ark Group. The provision of specialist advice, practical guidance and support through what was a complex project involving all our boards, the HCA, executive team and many staff was a key factor in realising the objectives behind the establishment of the group structure. Anthony Collins Solicitors remains a key partner for the Group regularly providing insight, advice and support across a range of matters.Bob Taylor, Group Chief Executive, First Ark 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.
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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.
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.
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.
In this update, we have focussed on the headline governance and regulatory issues that are facing RPs at this time. as we all deal with the Covid-19 crisis.
In our latest Company Secretary Update, we focus on the Queen’s Speech over Christmas and the recommendations and commitments in relation to housing.
Housing associations must continue to deliver core functions effectively and compliantly notwithstanding the uncertainty over the standards to which you will be held in the future.
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