Our national team of over 25 partners work extensively across the housing sector, bringing informed and pragmatic solutions to the challenges and opportunities that our clients face.
We have clients across the spectrum of organisations engaged in housing and regeneration:
- Registered providers
- Local authorities
- Private sector developers
We offer a complete service; able to support all clients on all all legal issues relating to the following matters: governance and corporate; funding and treasury; property and development; procurement and commercial; and tenant and leaseholder management.
But importantly, we offer more than just legal expertise. We offer an in-depth understanding of the housing market accumulated over decades of specialising in the sector.
Knowledge of market positions; what works and what doesn't; how technology could improve and reduce costs of legal services; what opportunities there could be in the market; what partnerships and introductions could add value to our clients.
As well as understanding this across the different client groups in the sector, we have expertise in key related fields such as health & social care and energy markets, providing us with a unique perspective and position as a law firm to bring more than just the law to our clients.
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Our innovative work with local authorities and health bodies in public procurement and regulation means that we can help registered providers structure and deliver the commercial opportunities to partner with other public sector partners. For example, we are market leaders advising on the setting up of joint ventures and housing delivery vehicles (for the development and/or ownership of open market, private rented, temporary accommodation as well as social housing).
We are well-placed to support Compliance and Governance requirements in an environment of increasing commercialisation and de-regulation. We help register provider and local authority clients pursue commercial opportunities for growth whilst core social housing assets are protected. For example, how social rented housing and private rented housing incorporate a commercial investment asset portfolio with different standards apply to these different asset categories and we will be able to help clients put in place appropriate systems to enable their businesses to operate as freely as they can to compete with market competitors which do not have such complexity in their operating models.
We have assisted over 30 Local Authorities in the set-up and funding of housing delivery vehicles, including a number of RSH-registered provider subsidiaries for the reinvestment of RTB receipts into social housing.
Our clients are increasingly requiring support for effective service charge collection. This is an area where the law is complicated and heavily regulated by statute. We have provided bespoke training to clients on this area. We have also developed a bespoke, highly competitive fixed fee solution to enable recoveries to be outsourced with confidence and cost certainty.
We advise both Housing Associations and Local Authorities on issues, including the introduction of fixed term tenancies, "pay to stay" arrangements, voluntary RTB, anti-social behaviour enforcement and rent repossession proceedings, as well as disrepair, service charge and succession disputes.
Redeveloping East Wick and Sweetwater
We advised on a joint venture by Places for People and Balfour Beatty, on one of the country’s largest regeneration schemes – two new neighbourhoods called East Wick and Sweetwater at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – enabled through £78 million loan funding from Homes England, the government’s housing delivery agency. The project is being carried out on behalf of the London Legacy Development Corporation and will provide 1,500 homes (including 450 affordable), schools, green spaces, business and creative space, leisure and community facilities. Phase 1 of the project is underway, with the first homes expected to be completed in summer 2020, delivering 130 new affordable homes, 105 homes for private rental, as well as over 35,000sq ft of business and creative space, community gardens and a crèche.
Image courtesy of Balfour Beatty
We advised Brighton & Hove City Council upon their c.£170m corporate joint venture with Hyde Housing Group to deliver 1,000 new homes, being one of the first such partnerships of its kind and scale in the country, and expected to be a model followed by others.
We are working on the project team with Peabody Trust to create a new waterside district in Thamesmead. The project is a critical part of a wider development programme and will transform 2km of previously undeveloped waterfront along with existing derelict stock, to deliver a new community, a revitalised town centre, and new leisure and commercial facilities.
Image courtesy of Peabody Trust
Re-energising urban spaces
We are supporting Birmingham City Council on its project to redevelop Smithfield - creating a dynamic area in the heart of Birmingham. This innovative regeneration scheme is a key element of the Council's ground-breaking 'Big City Plan', launched in 2010, containing their 20 year vision for the creation of 5,000 homes. The plan involves transforming Smithfield into a 'distinctive place', expanding the City's existing housing offering with 2,000 new homes and a wide variety of unique cultural attractions, as well as state-of-the-art leisure and retail facilities.
Image courtesy of Birmingham City Council
I am a property solicitor, working in Wendy Wilks' team. I primarily work on development transactions for Registered Providers, dealing with the acquisition of land and agreement of development agreements, together with advising on the associated planning and section 106 agreements.