Meet our team / Jonathan Cox

Jonathan Cox


Partner in the social housing team

My role

I am a housing partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors and lead the housing sector. 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.

‘Jonathan Cox is always helpful. His expert advice is realistic, timely and takes account of the wider picture’ – Chambers and Partners, 2023

‘He is determined, collaborative and very commercially minded.’ – Chambers and Partners, 2022

‘Jonathon Cox has a unique blend of vast and technical expertise and hands-on knowledge combined with an approachable, friendly manner. He stands out as one of those rare experts who is a pleasure to work with.’ Legal 500, 2021

‘[Jonathan] attracts an impressive roster of housing association clients. “He is an absolute star; creative, responsive and supportive and a real expert in the field.”‘ Chambers and Partners, 2021

My specialisms

  • Social housing
  • Property
  • Housing management
  • Supported housing
  • Finance fields


My latest articles

Great Homes for Greater Manchester report: Building back better homes and places
Great Homes for Greater Manchester report: Building back better homes and places

The Covid-19 crisis has demonstrated that there is great resilience and innovation in the housing sector across Greater Manchester, it has also brought shortfalls and other priorities sharply into foc

Social Housing White Paper: A new hope for tenants?
Social Housing White Paper: A new hope for tenants?

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

Lockdown 2.0 – what to expect and lessons learnt
Lockdown 2.0 – what to expect and lessons learnt

As England enters its second lockdown, organisations are once again having to adjust its ways of working to align with Government guidance.

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