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Browne Jacobson LLP's social housing sector expertise covers property and development work, as well as matters involving banking, planning, environment and construction. Key figures include practice head Barry Sully and recently promoted partner Gabor Taller. The practice acted for Local Spaceon a two-tranche private placement raising £75m for the purpose of supporting the client’s plan to build or acquire 800 new homes by 2020. It also advised Westleigh Partnerships on a scheme to deliver 270 new homes on a site near Leeds. Waterloo Housing Group and Metropolitan Housing Trust are also clients.

Freeths LLP’s wide-ranging expertise spans not only property development, securitisation, planning, construction and procurement work, but also extends to housing management governance and employment, especially for registered providers and arms-length management organisations. It also handles shared ownership sales. Gary Reynolds leads the team, which recently experienced an uptick in golden brick development agreements and alternative funding structures such as joint ventures; recent highlights include advising Nottingham Community Housing Association on a development which the client acquired jointly with the local council, involving separate golden brick agreements, but separate infrastructure. Matthew Grocock is also noted. Bellway Homes, Longhurst & Havelok Homes and Greensquare Group are also clients.

Wilkin Chapman LLP advises registered providers and developers on the property aspects of social housing, but also on governance issues and housing management matters. The team is adept at sales and acquisitions, acting for both regional and national clients, but with a strong client concentration in the East Midlands. Peter Hanson led advice for Boston Mayflower on its acquisition of 62 affordable housing dwellings on a new mixed-use scheme by Chestnut Homes, structured as a golden brick agreement and involving the provision of tailored transaction documents for these first sales of the new development. Other key figures include Rachael Perry and commercial property head Ruth Brewin. Galliford Try, Linden Homes and Cyden Homes are also clients.

Wilson Browne Solicitors¬†‚Äėholds a great amount of industry knowledge and can be wholly relied on to guide clients through any arising matters or legislative changes‚Äô. ¬†Tom Warrender¬†heads the team, which includes Jennifer Laskey¬†‚Äėwho goes above and beyond‚Äô. The practice acts for private and professional landlords, including local authorities and housing associations, on work ranging from tenancy issues, arrears, demotion and possession instructions to anti-social behaviour orders and high-value acquisitions. Recent highlights include advising EMH Housing and Regeneration on the acquisition of a site in Wellingborough, involving the purchase of the land and a design and build contract, and securing a warrant for eviction on behalf of Spire Homes against tenants on the grounds of breach of a previous suspended possession order relating to the management of the tenancy. Rockingham Forest Housing Association also features on the client roster.

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