Leading Individuals

Social housing in East Midlands

Browne Jacobson LLP

Browne Jacobson LLP is known for providing ‘quality legal advice‘ on a complete range of social housing matters ranging from traditional advice on new developments to advice regarding acquisition of sites and securitisation of social housing schemes, as well as the growing areas of advice to private equity houses looking to invest in social housing developments and advice on joint ventures between social housing associations and private and public sector entities. The practice further features a dedicated litigation team which advises on issues such as insurance claims, personal injury and antisocial behaviour, and which has a specialism in defending disrepair claims. Barry Sully, who is experienced with mixed-use schemes and regeneration projects, leads the team together with Gabor Taller, who has ‘huge amounts of knowledge and understanding in the sector‘, in particular in relation to securitisations.

Practice head(s):

Barry Sully; Gabor Taller


‘The team continues to provide quality legal advice. One of the key strengths of the team is that their advice is always in the client’s best interest. Another aspect is that they are very professional and versatile, and their advice and support was extremely valuable.’

‘Gabor Taller has huge amounts of knowledge and understanding in the sector. Looking for solutions to any issues encountered and has the ability to process and describe the implications to allow informed decision making on our behalf.’

‘The team go above and beyond in delivering a quality service. They focus on the business’ best interests helping us to balance commerciality and security.’

Key clients

Midland Heart


EMH Housing and Regeneration Limited

Nottingham Community Housing Association

Ilke Homes

Longhurst Group

Local Space

Metropolitan Thames Valley

Minster Property Group

Bourneville Village Trust

Trident Housing Association Limited

Jessup Brothers Limited

Keystone Developments (LG) Limited

Great Wyte Limited

Community Housing Group

Tuntum Housing Association

Hibiscus Housing

Pelham Homes

EMH Care and Support

Peak Rural Housing

North West Leicestershire District Council

Chalkdene Developments LLP

Rollalong Limited

Freeths LLP

Freeths LLP acts for some of the most significant local authorities and national developers in the sector with support from the firm’s national framework. The team is best known for its track record in property development and construction, while also being experienced in planning, securitisations and procurement matters. Sarah Rowe leads the social housing team and the key relationship partner for all clients in the sector, where she acts on social housing site and property acquisitions. Rachel Clarke is experienced in residential development, while Holly Chadwick specialises in the acquisition of large development sites.

Practice head(s):

Sarah Rowe

Other key lawyers:

Rachel Clarke; Holly Chadwick

Key clients

Cambridge City Council

Warrington Borough Council

Nottingham Community Housing Association Limited

Partner Construction Limited

Living Space

Midland Heart Limited and Midland Heart Development Limited

Kirklees Council

Jigsaw Homes Midlands

MyPad 2020 Limited

Sedgemoor District Council

London Borough of Ealing

Sefton Borough Council

London Borough of Richmond upon Thames

Consilio Property Limited

Bellway Homes Limited

Inside Land

London Borough of Camden

Barratt David Wilson Homes Limited

Torus Group

North-East Lincolnshire Council

Milton Keynes Developments Limited

Davidsons Developments Limited

Work highlights

  • Acting for Cambridge City Council in the setting up of the Cambridge Investment Partnership which is a JV between CCC and Hill Investments that is delivering, on a 50/50 Public Private Basis, a number of major Housing Developments across the city with a mixture of private and public funding.
  • Acting for Partner Construction Limited on a tri-partite (landowner, contractor and buyer) sale and purchase agreement, conditional upon the grant of planning permission, in Carterton.
  • Acting for Warrington Borough Council in its role as lender in relation to a loan to be made to Auxesia Homes Limited to fund the purchase of social housing in the north-west of England.

Wilson Browne

The social housing team at Wilson Browne acts for a range of private and professional landlords, including charities and housing associations. The firm handles all issues concerning housing providers, such as land acquisitions, planning documents and affordable housing sales, while also advising on employment contracts and tenancy issues. Practice head Tom Warrender advises on all aspects of non-contentious property deals for housing associations. He is supported by Emma Oliver, who is experienced in the acquisition and disposal of freehold and leasehold properties.

Practice head(s):

Tom Warrender

Other key lawyers:

Emma Oliver

Key clients

Abbeyfield Dorcas Society Limited / Amani Care Limited

EMH Housing & Regeneration Limited

Park Lodge Project

Work highlights

  • Acted for EMH Housing & Regeneration Limited on the acquisition of land for the development of 112 affordable housing units with a development value of circa £22m with an option for to buy a further 78 units.
  • Acted for EMH Housing & Regeneration Limited on the affordable housing development and acquisition of 55 units with a development value of £7.1m.
  • Acted for EMH Housing & Regeneration Limited in the grant of numerous shared ownership leases with an aggregate transaction value of over £3 million.