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Ward Hadaway

5 WELLINGTON PLACE, LEEDS, LS1 4AP, ENGLAND
Tel:
Work 0113 205 6600
Fax:
Fax 0113 205 6700
DX:
14087 LEEDS PARK SQUARE
Email:
Web:
www.wardhadaway.com

John Murray

Tel:
Work +44 (0)113 205 6670
Email:
Web:
www.wardhadaway.com/lawyers/john-murray/
Ward Hadaway

Work Department

Property Litigation

Position

Partner, Head of Social Housing

Career

John is head of the Social Housing Group at Ward Hadaway and is Executive Partner for the firm's Leeds office.

The Social Housing Group offers a comprehensive range of legal services to the Social Housing sector and acts on behalf of Registered Providers of Social Housing throughout the North and nationally.

John has specialised in Housing Law since 1987, and has for the past 15 years acted for Housing Associations, local authorities and property owners in relation to housing management matters including litigation throughout the North of England and the Midlands.

He has considerable experience of all aspects of residential property litigation, from possession actions and injunction proceedings, to disrepair claims, advice on leasehold/service charge matters and shared ownership disputes.

He has a particular expertise in terms of action taken by Registered Providers in relation to anti-social behaviour, often with Equality Act and Human Rights Act issues.

The housing management unit of the Social Housing Group assists at all stages of a case – from initial advice right through to representation at trial.

John and his team provide training on Housing Law to housing management staff both in-house and externally.

John is a former member of the Law Society’s Housing Law Committee as representative of solicitors advising Housing Associations, and was involved with the drafting of the Housing Disrepair Protocol.

He has been appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber) determining a wide range of residential property disputes, including service charges, rent levels and refusals of the right to buy.


North: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Ward Hadaway’s broad expertise covers advice on property, employment and housing management matters, as well as regulatory and debt recovery issues and banking and corporate structures. Helen O’Neill assisted Inclusion Housing with five projects with Civitas Social Housing, a real estate investment trust dedicated to investing in social homes in England and Wales, which included various transactions and leases. Byker Community Trust instructed the team to assist with construction and procurement issues pertaining to the district heating system serving the grade II listed Byker estate. Other clients include the Home Group, livin Housing and the Mosscare St Vincent’s Housing Group. Leeds-based John Murray heads the team, which also includes Julia Thomson and Colin Hewitt.

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Yorkshire and the Humber: Real estate

Social housing

Within: Social housing

Ward Hadaway’s registered provider client base includes Inclusion Housing, which it advised on five projects with Civitas Social Housing; Livin Housing, which it assisted with an option agreement relating to a development; and Isos Homes, which is acted for on its merger with Derwentside Housing. Bernicia, Byker Community Trust, Home Group, Thirteen Group and Mosscare St Vincent’s are also clients. Key practitioners include department head John Murray, who specialises in housing management issues and has experience in anti-social behaviour, disrepair and leasehold disputes; and associate Simon Thirtle, who handles housing litigation. The practice works closely with the firm’s Newcastle office.

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