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.
Our experienced commercial litigation solicitors provide can provide you with clear, pragmatic and practical advice, helping you to resolve any disputes you may come across.
While it is always preferable to avoid disputes and to safeguard your organisation from claims, in some instances it is unavoidable. If your organisation is facing a claim or needs to take action, we can advise on all aspects of commercial litigation from mediation to representation in court.
We work to resolve disputes in a cost-effective and timely manner, avoiding court proceedings where possible. Our mediation lawyers, including accredited and trained mediators, are experienced at exploring the issues, facilitating negotiations and encouraging the parties in dispute to reach workable outcomes.
We have a deep knowledge of the social housing sector and work with many different types of organisations within this sector. Our commercial litigation team can advise in the context of the particular drivers and context of the social-housing sector, and work with you to achieve the most advantageous outcome to your commercial dispute, taking into account your priorities and objectives.
Our commercial litigation service
Our team of litigators, comprising of Andrew Lancaster, Emma Riley and Kieran Binnie have extensive knowledge and experience of working across some sectors and handling a wide range of commercial disputes, including:
- construction, repairs and maintenance;
- defamation and reputational damage;
- commercial property;
- partnership dissolution;
- intellectual property and IT;
- defending or bringing challenges to decisions of public bodies by judicial review;
- shareholders and directors; and
- debt and fee recovery.
We are focused on working with you to find the best solutions, whilst at the same time safeguarding your organisation's interests. Our commercial dispute resolution team is able to advise you on how to minimise the risk presented by disputes - we frequently train clients on dispute avoidance and management techniques. One of our partners, Andrew Lancaster, is an experienced mediator, accredited by CEDR.
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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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.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, much of the focus has been on shoring up existing delivery and, where possible, extending arrangements if it is not possible to re-procure.
Covid-19 has resulted, on the whole, in a marked co-operation between contracting authorities and their suppliers as everybody focuses on maintaining delivery as far as possible.
The Government first announced plans for a shared ownership right to buy in October 2019. At the time the sector raised concerns about the impact the plans would have on housing associations ability to borrow. An election and a pandemic later the Government announced, during the CIH Housing Festival last week, the return of the right to shared ownership as part of its Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Two final pieces of the possession jigsaw have been published on 15 September 2020. Mr Justice Knowles’ working group on possession proceedings has issued its guidance on the “overall arrangements” for possession proceedings.
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 Johnny Depp -v- News Group Newspapers trial concluded last week and has been widely publicised and reported on around the World.
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