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The ‘outstandingAlistair Fletcher leads the ‘expert’ governance team at Brabners LLP, while housing management and disputes team head Ian Alderson is ‘highly knowledgeable and experienced, with a practical approach to problem solving’. The Riverside Group, The Symphony Group, ForViva Group and Your Housing Group are among the key clients. Angela Clearkin heads the development team alongside Peter Barlow who joined from Cassell Moore in January 2016, while Nigel Williams heads the home ownership team.

The specialist housing and regeneration team at Croftons Solicitors LLP acts for more than 45 social housing providers. Jo Savage heads the governance and regulatory team, and the ‘exceptional’ Melanie Dirom heads the housing management team. The ‘proactive’ Arthur Chapman and Julie Loggenberg, who is ‘knowledgeable, quick to respond and approachable’, jointly head the development and property team.

The ‘holistic, fastidious and effective’ team at Forbes Solicitors is noted for its ‘wealth of sector knowledge’. The ‘brilliant’ Stuart Penswick heads the housing litigation team and the exceptional’ Lucy Worrall heads the housing and regeneration team. Daniel Milnes leads on contracts and projects, and Lachlan McLean specialises in housing management and leasehold matters.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s ‘diligent’ team is noted for its ‘sheer depth of experience’ and ‘speedy response times’. Clients include Adactus Homes, Homes & Communities Agency, Your Housing Group and The Guinness Partnership. Department head Mike Gaskell has ‘layers of experience’, and Janet Winrow leads on major regeneration projects. Also recommended are Adrian Bode, who has strong transactional expertise, the ‘excellent’ Kate Bouchier, and Suzanne Benson, whose ‘advice is always crisp and concise’. Richard St John Williams joined from DWF in May 2015.

Clarke Willmott LLP’s ‘effective’ team has ‘a real hands-on approach’. Team head Lindsay Felstead has ‘tremendous knowledge of the housing sector’ and senior associate John Cox* is ‘first-rate’. Consultant David Percival left the firm in October 2015. *Since publication of The Legal 500 UK 2017, John Cox has joined Bevan Brittan LLP.

Weightmans LLP delivers an ‘excellent service’ and provides ‘accurate and appropriate advice’. Highlights included advising Equity Housing Trust on two schemes to be acquired from Cheshire West and Chester Council. The ‘experiencedSian Evans heads the team, which includes Sheila Whitton.

The ‘responsive’ department at BLM includes Matthew Hyam, who is experienced in housing management litigation. Former team head Sarah Mansfield left the firm in January 2016.

Stephen Lintott heads the team at Slater and Gordon, which is recommended for development work and provides ‘speedy, concise responses’.

David Baybut’s ‘expanding’ team at Stephensons Solicitors LLP has shifted its focus onto advising registered social landlords and housing associations. Kate Bullen heads the property and development team, and Louise Hebborn heads the housing management team.

Specialist housing firm Knox Ellis Solicitors has an ‘increasingly strong reputation in the social housing field’. Tom Knox has ‘in-depth, technical knowledge’ and Sarah Ellis is noted for her ‘innovative approach and an approachable manner’.

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