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TLT had a prolific year advising a number of housing associations on big-ticket deals. Recent highlights for property regeneration specialist Paul Butterworth include acting for Swan Housing Group on the variation of a major development agreement with the HCA and Basildon Borough Council, and assisting Aster Communities and Aster Homes with the acquisition of 328 affordable dwellings across eight schemes. Kane Kirkbride is highly recommended for housing and property disputes for registered providers and other housing clients.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’s ‘highly experienced’ team is ‘extremely reactive to clients’ needs’ and provides ‘appropriate levels of expertise’. The team acted on a number of site acquisitions and regeneration projects. In a recent highlight, Joseph Acton acted for North Devon Homes on its acquisition of a site for mixed-use development. Recently promoted partner Rachel Carter is also recommended.

Ashfords LLP is praised for its ‘excellent client-care skills’. The five-partner team, led by Sian Gibbon and Tim Heal, has particular strength in housing litigation and property development work. Cornerstone Housing, Sovereign Housing Association and The Guinness Partnership feature in its client list. Victoria Bonnet has ‘an excellent understanding of housing and local authority law’.

Bevan Brittan LLP’s clients praise its ‘pragmatic, commercial and creative approach’ and its ability to ‘resource advice at an appropriate level’. The firm’s client base features both housing associations and local authorities such as Sovereign Housing Group, Bournemouth Borough Council and Coastline Housing Association. Matthew Waters, Jonathan Turner and Alison Buckingham are the main contacts.

Oliver Smedley’s team at Clarke Willmott LLP has a wide range of expertise in all areas of housing and asset management, including development and securitisation matters. Property litigator Kary Withers is ‘very good at identifying solutions to overcome difficult situations’; in 2015 Wither represented a number of housing associations on contentious matters and property portfolio management. Anne Hayward retired in December 2015.

Foot Anstey’s recent highlights include acting for a registered provider on an acquisition of land under a sub-sale land acquisition structure, and entering into an immediate build contract with the seller to develop residential units. Michael Gay and Georgina Savill are key contacts.

At Stephens Scown LLP, the ‘approachable and knowledgeable’ Hillary Pitts advised Hastoe Housing Association on a number of site acquisitions, as well as right to acquire and enfranchisement issues. Keith Wright has notable strength advising rural housing associations.

Stephen Burtchaell at Tozers Solicitors LLP advised on sale of shared ownerships and property refinancings. Other areas of expertise for the firm include advising housing sector clients on employment matters.

Humphreys & Co. acts for individuals on shared ownership transactions. Name partner Robert Humphreys is the key name to note.

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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.

    - Falcon Chambers

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