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  1. Social housing: local authorities and registered providers
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Leading individuals

At the ‘excellentTrowers & Hamlins LLP, practice co-head Sara Bailey advised Thames Valley Housing Association on structuring its pioneering private rental arm, Fizzy Living. ‘Strategic’ co-head Ian Graham represented Kier Project Investment as the preferred bidder for a non-HRA housing PFI. The ‘straightforward’ Andy Barnard and ‘hugely experienced’ Catherine Hand are also recommended. Jonathan Adlington retired in March 2013, while Jonathan Jarvis moved to Devonshires.

Devonshires is ‘proactive’ and provides ‘first-class value for money’. Team head and firm chief executive Andrew Cowan advised Cosmopolitan Housing Group on its high-profile rescue by Sanctuary in March 2013. Construction expert Mark London and the ‘phenomenally hardworking’ Sharon Kirkham are also recommended. Jonathan Jarvis’ arrival from Trowers & Hamlins LLP strengthened the team’s council and arm’s-length management organisation (ALMO) practice.

Winckworth Sherwood’s registered provider clients include Genesis Housing Association, which the ‘charming, bright and efficient’ Emma Chadwick successfully defended against a judicial review application. The ‘first-class’ team includes development specialist Charlie Proddow and ‘calm communicator’ Louis Robert. Recent client wins include Battersea Power Station, First Wessex and Triathlon Homes.

At Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP in Birmingham, Victoria Jardine advised a mid-sized housing association group on innovative co-terminous governance arrangements. Practice head Jonathan Cox assisted Flagship Housing Group with a £21.5m stock acquisition. Helen Tucker and Peter Hubbard are also recommended. Ranjit Bassey joined from Shoosmiths LLP.

Led by the ‘knowledgeable and practicalLinda Convery, Lewis Silkin LLP is representing several major housing providers on London regeneration schemes, including Family Mosaic. Paul Hayes and Simon Bagg are highly rated for litigation. Planning specialist Judith Damerell joined from Eversheds LLP.

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP’s ‘proactive’ team advises private sector, not-for-profit and local authority clients on high-value housing transactions and developments. Andrew Yates is ‘well networked’ and heads the practice, which is appointed to the Homes and Communities Agency panel. Kirsty Corkum represented Aviva on the sale of 54 affordable homes on a prime central London site. David Battiscombe is also recommended.

The ‘experiencedWendy Wilks heads Maclay Murray & Spens LLP’s ‘approachable’ team, which advises housing and care providers on governance, employment, property and development matters. Highlights included providing potential liability and community infrastructure levy advice to a major landlord. Senior solicitor Theresa Ferguson is also recommended.

Penningtons Solicitors LLP provides ‘rounded opinion’ on a broad range of day-to-day matters including procurement, development and tenancy fraud. Linda Storey’s ‘proactive’ team recently won panel positions with Paragon Housing and Spectrum. Andrew Casstles and senior case manager Laura McCann are also recommended.

Pinsent Masons LLP’s development-focused practice acts for public bodies, homebuilders and developers. Practice head David Meecham is advising the HCA on several mixed-use developments, including at Connaught Barracks, a former Ministry of Defence site in Dover.

TLT LLP’s Kate Silverman acted on the establishment of a joint venture between contractor Mulalley and One Housing Group, and continues to advise it on an £80m regeneration scheme for Enfield Council. Silverman now heads the London housing team, following Lynne Murray’s retirement. Paul Butterworth heads the practice nationally.

Ashfords LLP (incorporating Rochman Landau) provides ‘efficient, high-quality’ contentious and non-contentious housing and asset management advice to housing associations, ALMOs and councils, including several London boroughs. The Exeter-based team includes ‘personable’ team head Sian Gibbon and associate Joanne Young.

Carter Lemon Camerons focuses on development, but also handles property transactions and housing management work for social landlords. Clients include Orbit Group and Shoreditch Housing Association. Miles Eckersley and Roger Yates are recommended.

The ‘value-for-money’ team at Clarke Willmott LLP advised Paradigm Housing after a contractor entered receivership. Jonathan Hulley heads the London housing team. ‘Knowledgeable’ national head of housing Anne Hayward ‘makes a real difference’.

DWF LLP recruited Mitch Brown and a team from Eversheds LLP in May 2013 to build a development-focused practice. Clients include developer Bellway.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP’s practice head Anne O’Neill advised Notting Hill Housing Group on the acquisition of the first affordable housing phase at Wandsworth Riverside. Other housing association clients include A2 Dominion and care specialist Look Ahead.

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