Community organisations

We advise and work in partnership with tenant management organisations (TMOs), Locality members, community-based organisations, community land trust networks (CLTs) and community-led housing.

We have been supporting the community-led housing development for over 25 years, supporting clients including nationally-award-winning projects like Witton Lodge Community Association in Birmingham and Granby 4 Streets CLT in Liverpool, to name just two.

Most importantly, we share your values – our purpose is to improve lives, communities and society, and our aim is to do that on a national level. We believe that local ownership is a key part of communities making their own places better and support in a variety of ways.

There will be stages in the life of community organisations when legal advice is crucial, especially around development.  There might also be legal issues that crop up unexpectedly and our expert teams can provide peace of mind on a range of issues, including:

  • Advice on land acquisition
  • Development advice and negotiating agreements
  • Construction contracts
  • Board training
  • Dealing with complaints or disputes
  • Health and safety
  • Housing management
  • Governance issues

We are also able to provide support on other issues, such as:

  • Job evaluations for the purpose of equal pay or discrimination claims
  • Detailed advice about pensions
  • Disciplinary investigations
  • Defending Employment Tribunal claims.

We work in partnership with the National CLT Network and can provide helpline packages to members and start-up affiliates from support at incorporation through to the day-to-day organisational running.

At incorporation stage we can prepare drafts of constitution, complete legal application forms, and liaise with relevant registration or sponsoring bodies. 

We have been involved in setting up and working with TMOs, the National Federation of Tenant Management Organisations (NFTMO) and other umbrella bodies within the sector for many years.

We have over 140 specialist lawyers, many of whom have experience and expertise in dealing with issues that arise within the TMO sector, with specialist housing, local government, charities and social business teams to ensure that your needs are understood and met.

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Find out more about the services we provide to community organisations…


Providing legal employment support and advice to community…

Governance and constitutions

Support surrounding organisational structures and…

Housing in the community

We have been supporting community-led housing for almost 25…

Resolving disputes

Advice on how to resolve a plethora of disputes.

Property and land

Advising on leases, development and regeneration projects.

Commercial and funding

Supporting community organisations with contractual and…

We have been recognised for the work we do

Chambers UK 2024 Guide

The Legal 500 Rising Star 2024

The Legal 500 Next Generation Partner 2024

The Legal 500 Leading Individual 2024

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2024

The Legal 500 Top Tier Firm 2024

Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2023

Chambers UK 2023 Guide

The Legal 500 Hall of Fame 2023

The Legal 500 Rising Star 2023


David Alcock


Partner in the governance, funding and corporate team