We have submitted our response to the White Paper Consultation based on the discussion held at the “Planning for the Future - what does this mean for affordable housing” webinar we held on Fri 9 Oct
You can find our 2019 Gender Pay Gap Report in the link on the right-hand side of this page. Below, Non-Executive Director, Christina Blacklaws introduces the report;
"It was my pleasure to accept the offer to join the Anthony Collins Solicitors (ACS) Board as Non-Executive Director last year. I have enjoyed being part of a dynamic, socially-motivated, and growing firm with a diverse workforce and a passionate partnership, nearly 40% of whom are female. As someone with a long-term commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) in the legal sector I am pleased to see a proactive ED&I strategy implemented here and ongoing work to build a strong and inclusive culture. Some of the highlights for me last year included enhancing our maternity and shared parental leave pay and hosting the 100 years of Women in Law panel, celebrating the history and present and looking forward to the future for female legal professionals.
We are disappointed to see that our mean gender pay gap has increased slightly this year and we recognise that we are a long way from where we want to be. We can identify the reasons for the gap (as explained in this report) and know that closing the gap is a long-term endeavour to which we are committed. While women are well represented in the firm as senior lawyers, we need to create a greater balance of men and women at all levels across the firm. We will be driving more change this year, not least to our family-friendly working practices, and embrace the challenge that there is much more we need to do. I am excited by the proposals and confident that ACS is committed to a future where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and succeed."
Anthony Collins Solicitors is pleased to have been ranked as a Band 1 firm once again.
Since March 2020, commercial property owners and occupiers across many sectors, whether housing associations, charities, care providers or local authorities, have been impacted by the rules regulating how they deal with their tenants and their landlords. It seems each week there is a change in policy, regulation or legislation, governing how they must respond.
A key element of the Bill is the establishment of a duty holder regime and requirement to maintain the ‘golden thread of information’ throughout the life cycle of high-risk residential buildings
We have been working with care homes to update their contracts and advise on the risks of charging the resident a regular “top-up” or additional fee where a resident is funded through NHS CHC
The parliamentary processes are complete and the Restriction of Public Exit Payments Regulations 2020 (“the Regulations”) which cap exit payments in the public sector at £95,000 will be in force from 4 November.
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.
Friday 16 October marks the 6th annual Wear Red Day in England, Wales and Scotland. Wear Red Day is the brainchild of the charity; Show Racism the Red Card (SRTRC). SRTRC aims to educate young people so they are equipped to recognise and challenge stereotypes, misconceptions and negative attitudes towards race.
Alongside the Building Safety Bill published in July 2020, the Fire Safety Bill is a key step in the Government’s strategy to improve building and fire safety in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy