My role

I am a housing partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors. My role is to apply my skills, and the skills of my colleagues, to bring solutions to the issues faced in social housing. I have considerable experience in the housing sector, having acted for housing associations for over 25 years across property, housing management, supported housing and finance fields.

My experience

I have had the privilege of leading my colleagues on a number of sector firsts, including acting for: Derwent Living in the first ever housing association sale and leaseback arrangement through Aviva and have supported the subsequent sale and leaseback arrangements with other clients; Derwent Living in the first ever disposal of a Registered Provider's retained equity on a shared ownership portfolio; Pennaf Housing Group in the first Welsh sale and leaseback arrangement; and the associations participating in the Voluntary Right to Buy pilot (600 sales) and acting for the National Housing Federation in supporting the Midlands Pilot (approximately 3,000 sales). I have assisted my colleagues in several of our other ‘housing firsts’ on the Trafford Housing Trust/London & Quadrant joint venture (where the intention is to build at least 2,000 new homes) and the Red Kite “Twenty 11”, a new kind of charitable housing company creating an innovative solution for affordable rents, resolving anti-social behaviour cases and widening peoples’ housing choices.

I have lectured and published articles on a wide variety of housing topics, and was co-author of the NHF report, Many Landlords – One Neighbourhood; primarily suggesting cost-effective ways of delivering stock swaps, and contributed to the NHF publication service charges: a guide for housing associations.

I have been rated as “Band 1” by Chambers & Partners' Guide to the Legal Profession, and a “Leading Individual” by the Legal 500.

I am also a regular speaker at conferences at the Chartered Institute of Housing, the National Housing Federation and the National Housing Maintenance Forum.

My specialisms

  • Social housing
  • Property
  • Housing management
  • Supported housing
  • Finance fields
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Funding for supported housing: no change for now
Funding for supported housing: no change for now

The Government has published its’ response to two consultations on the funding of supported housing, stating that for now, there will be no change to the current systems in place.

Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market
Tackling unfair practices in the leasehold market

On 25 July 2017, the Government published a consultation which received over 6,000 replies, showing the vast amount of interest in the area. We were amongst those who sent a response...

Rents post 2020
Rents post 2020

As you will be aware, RPs are currently in the middle of a four-year regime of annual rent decreases through the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (the “2016 Act”). Until the recent announcement, the position post-2020 was not clear.

Transfer of Grant between RPs
Transfer of Grant between RPs

This clarification overrides the discrepancy in the Recovery of Capital Grants and Recycled Capital Grant Fund General Determination 2017 (the “Determination”) that indicates otherwise.

Anthony Collins Solicitors shortlisted for a HANA Award
Anthony Collins Solicitors shortlisted for a HANA Award

The HANA Awards were launched by the National Housing Federation to recognise excellence in housing association finance. Jonathan Cox, Partner, and sector lead of our housing team, said, “We are thrilled to be recognised by the HANA Awards, which are now in their fifth year.

Planning for a deregulated future
Planning for a deregulated future

Our expert panel gathered to discuss the possible opportunities the deregulatory measures offer, together with the likely hurdles.

Brexit and Social Housing - what next?
Brexit and Social Housing - what next?

Devaluations Operating and development costs At its core social housing is an asset management and home building activity and therefore the cost of building materials is very important.

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