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Bond Dickinson LLP’s practice is led by residential property specialist Nigel Emmerson. The team’s specialisms include contentious and non-contentious housing and property services, acting for local authorities on their house building activity, development and regeneration, finance aspects of social housing, and governance and strategy. Recent mandates include advising on a number of statutory lease extension claims.

Following the departures of Mitch Brown and Adrian Stanley, DWF’s key contact is Lee Pickett, who focuses on regeneration and public sector development projects. The team acts for local authorities such as Northumberland Council, Stockton Borough Council, and Sunderland Council.

David Gray Solicitors LLP’s team is led by Paula Harris, who recently defended a high-net-worth mortgage repossession case. In addition to acting for not-for-profit organisations, the firm also receives referrals from local authorities and local courts. Natalie Kidd is the key contact in the South Shields office.

Muckle LLP’s ‘very knowledgeable and engaging’ team is led by Russell Hall and acts for a variety of registered providers, local authorities, house builders and funders. Bernicia Housing, Two Castles, YMCA Sunderland and North Tyneside Council are new clients.

Ward Hadaway’s recent highlights include assisting a national housing association with a complex leasehold service charge consultation under the Landlord and Tenant Act. Leeds-based John Murray leads the group and Helen O’Neill is the key contact in Newcastle.

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