There has never been a more exciting – or challenging – time to be working with registered providers. Deregulation has not only opened up many more innovative ways to deliver affordable housing to communities across the country but is also the driver for a change in the way registered providers manage themselves.
Funding changes and welfare reform have accelerated the transformation of the sector by encouraging a much more commercial outlook among RPs. Our extensive experience of advising businesses across all legal disciplines and our in depth knowledge of the housing sector is a winning combination. Whatever you are trying to achieve, we can help you.
Our sector knowledge
Our social housing team operates at the sector’s coalface: in a recent example, one of our partners, Carol Matthews, a leading housing lawyer, was instrumental in lobbying for the repeal of S.133 restriction in title, now incorporated as an amendment in the Housing and Planning Act 2016. As a result of her pioneering work, the borrowing capacity of many of our LSVT clients has been significantly improved by the consequent uplift in the value of their portfolios.
But we know that funding is just one part of the picture: the move away from government regulation and grant, to self-regulation, value for money, and an imperative for RPs to ‘sweat their assets’ has created a different set of pressures. You are being encouraged to balance risk taking with good governance and financial viability – but in a risk intolerant environment. The senior members of the team, led by Andrew Dudley, are all recognised by both Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as well-respected lawyers with long-established reputations in the sector.
How can we help you?
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 navigate the legacy of over 50 years of social housing legislation (particularly critical for advising LSVTs).
Our legal team focuses on your business as a whole, allowing us to use our knowledge of the law and our many years of commercial experience to help you manage all the issues you encounter in the course of running your business.
We are completely flexible in our approach and adjust our service to suit you and your changing needs. Sometimes you might want bespoke advice on a particular area of law; at other times you require volume work carried out cost-effectively. We can also work with your in house team to deliver a project from beginning to end. We have the expertise, cost base and commitment to deliver what you need and how you need it.
And it’s not just our unrivalled understanding of the housing sector and its history that is important to our clients but also the fact that our housing team works very closely with all the relevant legal disciplines:
- Mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures
- Funding and securitisation
- Corporate governance
- Employment and HR
- Procurement, contracts and outsourcing
- Property development
- Planning (including 106 agreements)
- Housing management
- Data protection
- Dispute resolution
- Charity law
- Right to buy