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).
Our experienced mediation team can support co-operatives and mutuals through every step of the mediation process, saving time and money.
While it may not be compulsory, the court rules and judges strongly encourage mediation as an alternative means of settling disputes in the early stages. Mediation can be an effective method of resolving disputes with 75%-80% of cases reaching a binding settlement. We work in partnership with our clients using our sector knowledge to devise solutions in seemingly impossible situations.
We understand how damaging internal and external disputes can be distracting you from your key purposes. Our knowledge and experience of working with social enterprises, co-operatives and mutuals, community-led enterprises, public-sector spin-outs, tenant management organisations and values-driven businesses enables us to help you to reach workable outcomes to disputes as quickly as possible.
Our committed mediation team provides insightful representation and guidance through every step of the mediation process. Mediation is a cost effective and efficient means to resolve disputes and is often less disruptive than costly and lengthy court proceedings and can reduce the risk to your organisation's reputation.
Our mediation service
At Anthony Collins Solicitors our team has extensive experience of dispute resolution through mediation and has many years of experience supporting clients through mediation on the following:
- Resolving public-procurement disputes.
- Addressing workplace issues to address dysfunctional teams, relationship or performance capability issues and any situation within an organisation that is impacting on effectiveness.
- Resolving disputes between an organisation and its tenants and/or customers.
- Resolving serious disputes that disrupt an organisation and that may have reputational consequence or risks.
- Resolving difficulties with suppliers and contractors, and other parties.
- Settling property disputes, such as between commercial landlord and tenant, or between adjoining owners.
Our multi-disciplinary, dispute-resolution team includes accredited mediators, such as Andrew Lancaster, a CEDR accredited mediator. We work with clients to provide training in skills that enable organisations to effectively manage disputes should they arise.
Anthony Collins Solicitors provided a comprehensive, professional service from explaining the mediation process and timescales, to providing support in preparing prior to the day and assisting in deliberations during the session. The board was confident with the advice and guidance that was given, which avoided or explained any legal jargon thoroughly. Whilst it was a daunting process to go through, we were supported every step of the way.Client quote
We couldn’t have done it without you and we certainly could not have recovered our reputation to the significant extent we have without you…your clear advice and helpful encouragement has helped us through a difficult period.Client quote
…performed extremely well in the commercial mediation and represented us very professionally…clearly well prepared leaving the claimant with no doubt this case was being represented by a very professional legally astute individual.Client quote
Andrew is a Partner in our construction and public procurement team operating within the local government, care and social housing sectors. He is a specialist in helping clients to manage construction
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.
One change proposed by the Building Safety Bill is the introduction of a duty holder regime, which will see statutory responsibility for the safety of higher risk buildings placed on key individuals
Throughout this pandemic, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been publishing various “Statements on Coronavirus” (Statements) which provide guidance on consumer rights during this time.
A recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the UK means new measures are being put in place in an effort to reduce the risk of a second wave. Whilst the impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt, it is important to remain focused on the sector’s road to recovery.
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”
Following our recent e-briefing on Possession Notices, Helen Tucker and Emilie Pownall from our housing litigation team discuss the impact of the changes on social landlords.
Not only has the possession stay been extended until 20 September, the notice periods to be given to tenants has been extended in certain circumstances with some important exceptions.
The Court has confirmed that a party cannot withhold its consent in order to re-write the original bargain.
Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy, building safety continues to be a key concern for social housing providers and their residents.
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