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The ‘strong and experienced’ team at Batchelors secured several panel appointments over the course of 2015, cementing its position as ‘a leading provider of housing law services’. Thaine Wilson represented Sutton Housing in an unlawful subletting dispute. Andrew Harmer, ‘industry expertAnne Nurse, Mary Martil and Gavinder Ryait are also recommended.

Capsticks LLP’s ‘first-class’ practice acts for clients including Paragon, Guiness and Spectrum. The group covers the full ambit of social housing, including transactional matters through London-based Susie Rogers; asset management and charging under the direction of Jennifer Bennett; and housing management, which is headed by Michael Owen, who is valued for his ‘knowledge’ and ‘robust approach’.

Blake Morgan LLP’s ‘impressive’ sizeable social housing team assisted with some 2,500 purchases in 2015 for clients including Raven Housing Trust and Sentinel Housing Association. Key figures include practice head John Russell and Penny Rinta-Suksi, who is a key name for governance advice.

Judge & Priestley LLP has a ‘strong heritage in the housing management space and is regularly called on to handle housing management litigation and leasehold and service charges. Mark Oakley has ‘an excellent ability to grasp and master issues’. Pamela Bachu, Nitika Singh, Patricia Walters and Suki Dhoopher are also recommended.

Penningtons Manches LLP has a strong track record advising on shared ownership schemes, with ‘very good’ practice head Linda Storey a key name in this space. Storey led advice to Southern Housing on developing a product aimed at existing shared owners seeking to purchase a property on the open market.

Perrin Myddleton is experienced in handling social housing acquisitions; highlights included Sanjeev Shah’s advice to APNA GHAR Housing Association on the acquisition of a portfolio of tenanted residential properties across seven sites; and Adele Scrivens’ assistance to a housing association on its acquisition of 74 affordable housing units from four developer companies. Frederick Perrin and Colin Bosher are other names to note.

Cripps LLP’s Andrew Harbourne regularly acts for Family Mosaic Housing on contentious and non-contentious property portfolio matters, while Sarah Ferguson handled several matters for Golding Homes, including assisting with a stock acquisition of 50 units.

Housing Law Services specialises in housing management matters and is adept at handling outright possession orders, injunctions and suspended possession orders, as well as disrepair claims. Tim Crook is the key name.

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    In the field of the acquisition of easements by prescription, little has caused more consternation over the last decade or so than the question of whether a right to park cars can be acquired by twenty years user as of right. The types of property capable of being adversely affected range from individual residential units all the way up to major development sites. The establishment of such a right can have a devastating impact on the value of the burdened land.

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