The European Court has upheld the long-standing principle that parties to a dispute should be able to choose their lawyers without having to go through a tender process (or use a framework).
Working with housing clients throughout the UK, we assist with the delivery of property transactions and development projects.
Our property and construction experts will use their knowledge and experience to support you and your organisation with your housing needs. Our integrated team advises on a range of specialisms, including construction, procurement, development, sales, acquisitions, housing management and securitisation.
Our collaborative way of working, drawing on the skills of an ‘all-round’ property team, enables us to have a wider perspective of solutions that will meet the needs of your organisation in any transaction. The team’s shared experiences can highlight new ideas and innovative working practices.
Recognising the expertise of our real estate team, Chambers states that we "have strength and depth" and "are experienced people with a practical approach".
Our experience in property regeneration and development projects in the social housing sector
We have built a wealth of knowledge and experience from and set precedents for working with housing associations, commercial developers and local authorities across the country. We can utilise this to benefit you by saving time and money.
We understand different local authorities' section 106 agreements and have experience of establishing 'agreed form' development agreements between developers and housing associations, or recognised forms of contracts for portfolio sales.
Our experience of advising on delivery vehicles for property development activities (including outright sale, market rent and mixed tenure schemes) is vast. Working closely with our specialist corporate and governance teams we have an in-depth understanding of the Homes and Communities Agency, charities, procurement and corporate funding issues involved in this.
Many of our clients are considering joint ventures to pool resource and expertise to deliver new homes, to capitalise on existing land holdings and to increase income. We can advise you on all types of joint ventures, including a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), collaboration agreements and contractual joint ventures with other Registered Providers, commercial developers and investors.
We'd be happy to talk to you regarding property regeneration and development projects. Please contact us for further information.
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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In the second part of our series on contract management pitfalls, we look at the risks and opportunities presented by payment mechanisms in construction contracts.
Under most construction contracts, the contractor takes on the ground conditions risk. However, a recent case has demonstrated that the risk can fall on the employer.
The Tenant Fees Act 2019 came into force on 1 June 2019.
Social housing providers will routinely have a number of construction projects underway at any one time. It is essential for client teams to understand and avoid key contract management pitfalls.
A property in England and Wales that is a ‘place of public religious worship’ is wholly exempt from business rates, pursuant to Schedule 5 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988 as amended.
Long running concerns over the future of Interserve – the largest public sector focused contractor and outsourcing firm – took a new twist on 15 March 2019.
A recent case has confirmed that a professional appointment for construction will usually be a “construction contract” under the Construction Act.
The collapse of Carillion in January this year was a timely reminder that, while the economy as a whole slowly improves, the construction and maintenance industry still faces significant insolvency risks.
A recent study revealed that only 65% of appeals were allowed in cases where councillors refused planning permission despite planning officers’ recommendation for approval.
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