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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLPdelivers accessible and practical advice’ across a full range of areas, including corporate, finance, housing management, procurement and property. Jonathan Cox and Peter Hubbard lead the ten-partner team, which includes procurement specialist Andrew Millross and housing litigator Helen Tucker. In one highlight, Victoria Jardine advised Gloucester City Council on the transfer of 4,800 homes to Gloucester City Homes.

At Gowling WLG, Jacqueline Knox’s team was once again active on behalf of key client Sanctuary Housing, advising it on the acquisition of a care home from Shropshire Council. On the investment side, the team’s expertise is growing, with Cheyne Social Property Impact Fund a newly won client. Richard Beckingsale leads on regeneration work.

Pinsent Masons LLP continued to advise key client Homes and Communities Agency on various matters, including the procurement of a development partner for the regeneration of Standish Hospital in Gloucestershire. Practice head David Meecham and associate Rebecca Pendlebury are both recommended.

Louise Drew leads the Stratford-based team at Shakespeare Martineau LLP, where key clients include Midland Heart and Bromford Housing Association. Residential development specialist Samantha Orluta has a ‘great level of knowledge on the land-buying process’, and Geraldine Haden is recommended for contentious work. Paola Gorrara left the firm.

Trowers & Hamlins LLP’ practice is led by property specialist Jeremy Hunt, who divides his time between the firm’s Birmingham and London offices. Hunt advised Hyde Housing Association on the sale of its 50% interest in over 1,500 units at the Roundshaw Estate, Sutton. Rebecca McGuirk ‘comes up with pragmatic solutions’ to employment issues, and Yetunde Dania is recommended for housing management work.

Wright Hassall LLP has ‘longstanding experience in the social housing area’ and acts for clients such as Orbit Group and Housing & Care 21. Practice head Carol Matthews advised West Mercia Housing Group on the vacancy and redevelopment of a site, while Claire Waring handled a number of development acquisitions for registered providers.

Senior associate David Perry at Shoosmiths LLP advises registered providers such as Accord Group and Bromsgrove District Housing Trust on acquisitions and development work, asset management and funding. The team is also experienced in housing management, with associate Bukola Aremu the main contact in this regard.

Weightmans LLP’s practice focuses on housing management, disrepair, fraud and personal injury. In a recent example, the ‘extremely diligent’ Jane Plant successfully acted for Circle 33 in relation to an unlawful sublet of a property in London. Sian Evans leads the team from Liverpool.

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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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