Birketts LLP in Norwich provides 'the personal touch and always goes the extra mile to support and offer solutions to complex and difficult cases'. Its work spans housing development, contentious matters, advice on housing repair and Housing and Asset Management policy and procedure and regulatory compliance, as well as right to buy matters. Among the firm's key clients are Platform Housing Group and Cambridge Housing Society. The practice is led by Jonathan Hulley, who focuses on social housing litigation, and head of housing management Clive Adams, who work from both the Norwich and London offices. They are 'proactive and provide good advice'. Senior associates Emily Groom and Sarah Fish also play key roles in the practice.
Social housing in East Anglia
Jonathan Hulley; Clive Adams
Other key lawyers:
Emily Groom; Sarah Fish
‘Good value for money. Disrepair experts.’
‘Clive Adams and Jonathan Hulley are proactive and provide good advice.’
‘They have the personal touch and always go the extra mile to support and offer solutions to complex and difficult cases.’
‘Jonathan Hulley is a very respected and committed individual who has both the interest of the client and corporate at heart. He has excellent interpersonal skills, knowledgeable and is well respected.’
Broadland Housing Group
Cambridge Housing Society
Chelmer Housing Partnership
Platform Housing Group
Sovereign Housing Group
- Acted for Flagship on the acquisition of 111 affordable housing units at a scheme cost of a minimum of £13 million on a golden brick basis from a national house builder working in partnership with a regional development company.
- Advised on £60m refinancing for Broadland Housing Group.
- Conducting appeal to Court of Appeal in the case of client Aster Communities v Chapman and others  EWCA Civ 660. The case concerned five blocks of flats, each requiring a substantial scheme of works and together totalling circa £4.7m.
Buckles Solicitors LLP
The social housing practice at Buckles Solicitors LLP in Peterborough is ‘very experienced and knowledgeable in housing management and anti-social behaviour issues, providing very prompt and comprehensive advice and services for all cases‘. The firm counts among its clients Cross Keys Homes and Freebridge Community Housing Trust. Practice head Gail Sykes senior legal executive Julie Isaac ‘provide very prompt advice, progressing cases within appropriate timescales to achieve successful outcomes‘. For a Bedfordshire housing provider, they recently defeated a claim by a tenant for wrongful eviction and disrepair, the tenant having moved out, but claiming that he had still been in occupation when the landlord had changed the locks.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team are very experienced and knowledgeable in housing management and anti-social behaviour issues, providing very prompt and comprehensive advice and services for all cases.’
‘Gail Sykes and Julie Isaac are our main points of contact, providing very prompt advice, progressing cases within appropriate timescales to achieve successful outcomes.’
Cross Keys Homes
Freebridge Community Housing Trust
Hundred Houses Society
The Grand Union Group
Longhurst Group Ltd
Blue Skies Consortium
The Papworth Trust
YMCA (various branches in East Anglia)
Howes Percival LLP
'Their local knowledge and experience over a number of years and their commitment to diversity and inclusion is also appreciated', says a client of Howes Percival LLP. Another highlights the firm's 'genuine interest in our organisation, including their willingness to share experiences and knowledge of local resources that might be relevant and useful'. The firm has a four-partner team that counts Accent Housing and Chorus Homes among its clients. The practice is led by Estelle Corner in Norwich, who joined with a team from Spire Solicitors LLP and handles development, property and sales, and Cambridge-based Simon Murphy who focuses on housing management. They draw on the expertise of property partners including Michaela Henson in Cambridge, who frequently assists Hundred Houses Society with real estate matters.
Estelle Corner; Simon Murphy
Other key lawyers:
‘They have local knowledge and experience over a number of years. Their commitment to diversity and inclusion is also appreciated.’
‘They have genuine interest in our organisation, including their willingness to share experiences and knowledge of local resources that might be relevant and useful.’
‘Howes Percival have built a very knowledgeable team. The service we receive is second to none.’
‘Estelle Corner is responsive to our needs and our strange and complicated queries, and yet always manages to make us feel like we’re her only client… and the amazing thing is, I bet ALL her clients feel the same way!’
Accent Homemade Limited
Accent Housing Limited
Chorus Homes Limited
Crimson Development Homes Limited
Crocus Contractors Limited
East Cambs CLT
East Cambs Trading Company
Flagship Housing Developments Limited
Flagship Housing Group Limited
Hundred Houses Society Limited
Saffron Housing Trust Limited
- Completed acquisition of land for development of a 100% affordable housing scheme for a leading regional housing association and now instructed on shared ownership disposals.
- Advised housing association on the acquisition of 27 affordable housing units with associated development agreement with value of over £6.5m.
- Acting for a local authority trading company and a CLT on the acquisition and disposal of 15 shared ownership units within a framework of complicated lending arrangements.