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Browne Jacobson LLP’s ‘second-to-none’ team of ‘experts’ combines its public and private sector expertise to advise on matters ranging from housing management and property transactions to tax and regulatory advice on regeneration projects, joint ventures, mixed-use schemes and other developments. Major housing associations such as East Midlands Housing Group feature among its clients. The group assisted Local Space with the refinancing of over 1,300 properties worth £250m in London through a security trustee structure, and advised Clarion Housing Group and Morgan Sindall Investments on a major regeneration project for the London Borough of Haringey. Practice head Barry Sully is acting for New Linx Housing Trust on the development of 170 homes in Skegness involving collaboration with a private sector developer. Other highlights included assisting Homes & Communities Agency with the Gedling Colliery scheme for a mixed-use development project, including 200 affordable housing units, and managing the £18m acquisition and development of new affordable homes for the Metropolitan Housing Trust.

Freeths LLP’s ‘very experienced and well-connected’ group combines ‘great sector knowledge’ with expertise in real estate, planning, financing, construction and procurement. It acts for registered providers and arms-length management organisations on housing management, governance and regulatory matters, commercial transactions and partnership agreements. ‘Solution-oriented’ team head Gary Reynolds provides ‘practical advice’ to registered providers on property development matters such as promotion and conditional agreements as well as funding structures and joint ventures. Stephen Pearson is an expert in public-private partnerships, and Matthew Grocock specialises in residential and commercial development matters. The group continues to advise Bellway Homes on the North Solihull Regeneration Partnership, the development project for social rented apartments and houses for West Mercia Homes. It also managed the creation of a public-private joint venture company for housing development projects for Bolsover District Council. Other highlights included acting for Cambridge City Council during the establishment of a public-private partnership and assisting Helena Partnerships with the multimillion-pound acquisition of 34 houses and apartments on a leasehold basis from the Stewart Milne Group combined with the disposal of shared ownership units. Bromford Housing Association and Nottingham Community Housing Association are also clients.

Wilkin Chapman LLP’s group has ‘good knowledge of the sector’ and assists national and regional registered providers and developers, such as Acis Group, Longhurst & Havelock Homes, Galliford Try and Cyden Homes, with property sales and purchases. ‘Driven to achieve clients’ objectives’, Rachel Perry is recommended alongside Peter Hanson and Paul Tollerton.

Thomas Warrender leads the team at Wilson Browne Commercial Law, which also includes Jennifer Laskey. The group advises private and public sector landlords on tenancy matters, particularly in relation to troublesome tenants. It also handles site acquisitions, and as such, the team assisted East Midlands Housing with its acquisition of a site in Northampton and continues to handle shared ownership sales for the client. Other highlights included handling a repossession claim and an anti-social behaviour injunction against a tenant for Spire Homes (LG). Wellingborough Homes is also a client.

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