Our social housing solicitors have an unrivalled reputation as a leading supplier of legal solutions to the social housing sector.
Our experience and knowledge of the social housing sector allows us to provide clients with legal solutions to help them mitigate risk and address common issues so they can concentrate on providing effective housing solutions.
Our clients range from registered providers owning anything from 50 to 50,000 homes, from traditional to stock transfer and from charitable to non-charitable organisations. We are well positioned and able to help all forms of registered provider.
Our expertise spans a range of legal disciplines including:
- Mergers and acquisitions
- Right to buy
- Housing management
- Corporate governance
- Funding and securitisation
- Commercial contracts
- Data protection
- Employment and HR
- Charity law
- Property development
- Planning (including 106 agreements)
- Housing management
- Avoiding and resolving disputes
Our legal team recognise the challenges faced by the social housing sector. Their approach focuses on your business as a whole, which allows them to use both their knowledge of the law and commercial expertise to offer you a unique legal approach to dealing with any issues you may encounter.
Andrew Dudley leads the team; he is recognised by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as an expert in housing law. He has been acting for housing associations since 1981. Andrew has a wide range of experience across all property matters and a strong focus on stock transfer, particularly the transfer of the housing stock of a local authority to a housing association.
Our team strive to immerse themselves in the sector and contribute to the social wellbeing of your customers through our added value and commercial awareness. We contribute each year to our clients’ social value initiatives and were instrumental in removing the burden of Section 133 of the Housing Act 1988 from the statute book which has substantially improved the balance sheets of all the stock transfer landlords giving them the freedom to do more
Our sector knowledge
We know the social housing world is changing rapidly. Many new opportunities and challenges are being created by moving away from Government regulation and grant to self-regulation and value for money. This approach means you are being encouraged to take more risks (in an environment that is faced with a zero tolerance policy to risk and compliance), while ensuring you have excellent governance and financial viability.
It is more important than ever that you have the right professional advice that meets the competing demands of the law makers, government, funders and most importantly your customers. You need legal advisers who can help you run your business more efficiently, understand the different types of registered provider and help you through the numerous changes in social housing legislation since 1965.
We are completely flexible in our approach and adjust our service to suit you and your changing needs. We recognise that sometimes you might want bespoke advice on a particular area of law. We know at other times this approach isn’t right, but you require cost effective solutions for volume work. We can also work with you as part of a project team set up to deliver that project from cradle to grave. We have the expertise, cost base and commitment to provide the right solution for you.
- We advised on the drafting, negotiation and completion of an overarching project delivery agreement to be entered into between a housing association and a council relating to the identification and assessment and subsequent development of several sites to provide 20 dwelling specifically designed for wheelchair users.
- The acquisition of Section 106 affordable housing units from a volume housebuilder across five different sites.
- We advised a housing association on the acquisition of a landmark building to be developed as a Private Rent Scheme. This involved a development services agreement with development partner; highly bespoke section 106 agreement; conditional agreement for building lease which also incorporated provision for collateral warranties; conditional agreement for surrender with existing occupational tenant; tripartite deed of surrender with the housing association, freeholder and existing occupational tenant all being party; overage agreement with existing occupational tenant; parent company guarantee.
- The acquisition of land to be developed for the 14 affordable units required by a developer’s section 106 agreement on a residential development scheme, which facilitated the reinstatement of a local canal.