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At Blake Morgan LLP, the ‘practical and pragmaticSian Jones heads a ‘strong team’ that includes ‘dynamic, forward-thinking and committed’ senior associate Louise Howells, who has a ‘depth of knowledge within property issues’, and Penri Desscan, who handles procurement projects for housing associations. Clients include Pennaf Group, Melin Homes, Newport City Homes, Merthyr Valley Homes and Coastal Group.

Headed by Iwan Jenkins, Hugh James has a longstanding position at the forefront of social housing law in Wales and acts for over 40 housing associations and RSLs. Along with Caroline O’Flaherty, Jenkins has been at the forefront of the firm’s flourishing relationship with Coastal Housing Group and has advised it on a number of city centre regeneration projects including the Rhiw Gateway project to regenerate Bridgend town centre. Yvonne Davies, consultant David Roberts and senior associate Bethan Gladwyn are also recommended.

At Acuity Legal Limited, team head Jonathan Geen has ‘a vast knowledge of the social housing market’, covering land acquisition through to funding models and land appraisals. Damien Cann is an expert in investment funded development and management structures for affordable housing and was part of a cross-disciplinary team that represented Principality Building Society on its collaboration with the developer and the Welsh government to provide affordable housing at the old paper mill in Ely, Cardiff.

Since opening its office in Cardiff in May 2015, Clarke Willmott LLP has rapidly gained traction in the market and is noted for the ‘responsive and knowledgeable’ service it provides to lenders and housing associations, including Melin Homes, Rhondda Housing Association and Lloyds Bank. Team head Vicky Kells and Fraser MacRae are ‘experts in their field and provide sound advice’ on secured lending and housing finance. Anne Hayward retired in December 2015.

At Darwin Gray LLP, team head Neil Morgan regularly acts for social landlords on their most pressing matters, and for housing associations on anti-social behaviour cases. The team was bolstered in January 2016 by the arrival of senior associate Jamie Saunders, who joined having previously had an in-house role at a housing association. Clients include NPT Homes and Coastal Housing.

Geldards LLP’s multidisciplinary practice ensures it is able to provide a comprehensive service to social housing clients across the gamut of issues including secured lending and development acquisitions. Michael Jeffs and Liz Ganderton are key contacts, while charity law expert Giselle Davies adds expertise in governance issues. Clients include NPT Homes, First Choice Housing Association and Cadarn Housing Group.

Headed by Heather Iqbal Rayner, Duncan Lewis Solicitors represents vulnerable individuals in a wide variety of cases against housing associations including disputes relating to anti-social behaviour and unlawful eviction cases. The team’s litigation expertise also includes judicial review challenges against public authorities.

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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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