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Anne Bowden leads the practice at Pinsent Masons LLP, which counts the Homes and Communities Agency as a key client, and is strong across housing regeneration schemes, renewal schemes and advice to local authorities. Highlights included assisting the London Borough of Wandsworth with an estate renewal scheme. Kate Orviss is recommended for PFI housing project work.

Chris Woodthorpe leads the department at Walker Morris LLP, which provides ‘an excellent service and high-quality advice’. The practice acts for a substantial number of housing associations and registered providers including Anchor, Hyde Housing Association and Broadacres Housing Association. Also recommended are housing litigator Karl Anders and Elizabeth Wood, who is experienced in procurement matters.

Addleshaw Goddard LLP’s practice regularly acts for lenders including AIB Group, Abbey National Treasury Services and Barclays. Finance experts Lee Shankland and Ruth Snell are the key names.

Bevan Brittan LLP is a new entrant to the Leeds market in 2015, and has had a strong start in the social housing arena, recruiting Richard Stirk, housing finance specialist Hugo Stephens and Julie Cowan-Clark from DWF. Clients include Places for People, Home Group, and Chevin Housing Association, which the firm is advising on a £15m loan and bond from Lloyds Bank.

Rollits LLP’s team primarily assists social housing clients with site acquisitions, options, conditional contracts and site assembly work. Douglas Oliver leads the department and recently advised the Hull Churches Housing Association on its acquisition of affordable units in a larger development. The firm also has notable charity sector strength.

Bradford-based Andrew Hurst leads the practice at Schofield Sweeney, and regularly acts for registered social landlords and funders such as QSH, Leeds Federated Housing Association and Horton Housing. Simon Petchey is strong in refinancing matters.

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  • Parking rights: here to stay? Consent might be the surprising answer 

    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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