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Bevan Brittan LLP's dedicated housing practice focuses on property and development work with a substantial housing association and local authority client base. The group also handles social housing finance and governance work, property sales and resales, and housing management issues. Richard Stirk leads the Leeds-based security, property development and sales team alongside Julie Cowan-Clark, who focuses on housing association clients. Hugo Stephens is a key contact for finance work, and John Cox handles housing management work.

Practice head(s):Richard Stirk; Julie Cowan-Clark

Other key lawyers:Hugo Stephens; John Cox

Testimonials

'Bevan Brittan fields a team of strong practitioners, which stands out in the market'.

'Julie Cowan-Clark is a sound operator'.

Key Clients

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Together Housing Association Limited

Connect Housing Association Limited

Leeds and Yorkshire Housing Association Limited

Unity Housing Association Limited

Torus Group

Warrington Borough Council

Acis Group

Places for People

St Annes Community Services

Work highlights

  • Advising Yorkshire Housing Limited on a multi-party acquisition of a key development site in Helmsley.
  • Assisting Together Housing Association Limited with the refinancing of its £210m loan facility from Dexia Credit Local by increasing its loans with four other lenders.
  • Acting for Yorkshire Housing Limited on multiple development sites across Yorkshire to achieve its corporate plan commitment to acquire and develop 3000 homes by 2021.
  • Advising Together Housing Association Limited on the full recertification of 1,300 units of stock to facilitate moving the stock to a security trustee arrangement.
  • Assisting Warrington Borough Council with the consent to Helena Partnerships and Golden Gates Housing Trust conversion to a community benefit society and the subsequent merger with Liverpool Mutual Homes.

Pinsent Masons LLP regularly advises on complex national housing renewal schemes and has notable expertise in social housing PFI work, finance issues and London housing zone matters. Clients encompass national housing associations, local authorities and government departments. Group leader Anne Bowden acts nationally for housing clients with significant experience in London housing schemes, legal director Nick McDonald has specialist expertise in site assembly and vacant possession matters, and Stephen Glass counts housebuilders and developers as clients.

Practice head(s):Anne Bowden

Other key lawyers:Nick McDonald; Stephen Glass

Testimonials

'Pinsent Masons is easily one of the best firms in the region for social housing work and is led by the exceptional Anne Bowden'.

Key Clients

Homes England

Westminster City Council

London Borough ofLambeth

London Borough ofHaringey

Galliford Try Partnerships

Lovell Partnerships

Countryside Properties

London Borough ofWandsworth

London Borough ofHackney

London Borough of Brent

Places for People

London & Quadrant

Hyde Housing Association

Work highlights

  • Advising Westminster City Council on its Church Street regeneration project, which involves over 1,750 homes and Church Street market.
  • Assisting London Borough of Wandsworth with the creation of a joint venture to deliver the 2,000-home Winstanley and York Road project.
  • Acting for Leeds City Council on its Eastern Leeds Orbital Road extension to facilitate the urban extension of 5,000 new homes.
  • Advising Homes England on multiple housing development projects including the procurement of a new development partner for the regeneration of Standish Hospital in Gloucestershire, and the procurement of a developer for the construction of a residential scheme.
  • Handling the 1,100-home regeneration of Alton Estate in Roehampton, London for London Borough of Wandsworth.

Walker Morris LLP's client base spans housing associations, local authorities, registered providers, contractors, arms-length management organisations and finance clients. The team regularly assists with development and construction transactions, procurement work, joint ventures, housing regulation, housing management, disputes, affordable housing disposals and finance work. Chris Woodthorpe leads the department, which also includes Karl Anders, who heads up the housing management and litigation team; and public sector expert David Kilduff.

Practice head(s):Chris Woodthorpe

Other key lawyers:Karl Anders; David Kilduff

Testimonials

'Walker Morris is dedicated and responds quickly to client requests, and tries to add value to the matter wherever possible'.

Key Clients

Homes England

Hyde Housing Association

Anchor Hanover Group

St Leger Homes Doncaster

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing

Broadacres Housing Association

Bpha

South Cambridgeshire District Council

Rykneld Homes

Harrogate BC

First Choice Homes

Work highlights

  • Advising Home Group on the construction of multiple developments across the UK including 66 dwellings in Darlington and 66 dwellings in Carlisle.
  • Assisting Harrogate Borough Council with its strategy to acquire and potentially develop affordable housing.
  • Advising South Cambridgeshire District Council and its housing company on its development opportunities.
  • Acting for Homes England on its acquisition of a site for a mixed-tenure housing development in Plymouth.

Rollits LLP focuses on the regional market, with notable strength in East and North Yorkshire. The team, which is led by Douglas Oliver in York, handles development issues, construction matters, general residential property issues including landlord and tenant work and shared ownership mandates, and charity law. Oliver primarily acts for registered providers. David Myers is a key name for construction work.

Practice head(s):Douglas Oliver

Other key lawyers:David Myers

Testimonials

'Rollits has excellent relationships with its clients thanks to a wide knowledge of the subject matter, and a professional, efficient and reliable approach'.

'David Myers is a dedicated professional. He has excellent attention to detail and expert knowledge of conveyancing and contract law. He deals with the clients personally and is trustworthy and efficient'.

Key Clients

Yorkshire Housing Limited

Leeds Federated Housing Association

Pickering & Ferens Homes

Boston Mayflower Limited

Hull Churches Housing Association

The Abbeyfield Society

Work highlights

  • Advising a Hull-based charity on the auction sale of a portfolio of properties, which the registered provider considered unsuitable in its holdings.
  • Assisting Yorkshire Housing Limited with its purchase of a development site in West Yorkshire.
  • Acting for a Hull-based charity on the transfer of multiple units from one part of the charity to another, which is a registered provider.

Ward Hadaway's Northern team handles all aspects of the social housing sphere, including development work, governance issues, housing management, planning matters, finance mandates and litigation. In the Leeds office, John Murray heads up the social housing group and the housing management team; he specialises in housing management and contentious matters including anti-social behaviour work, disrepair claims and leasehold disputes. Associate Simon Thirtle is also recommended and counts registered providers as clients.

Practice head(s):John Murray

Other key lawyers:Simon Thirtle

Testimonials

'Ward Hadaway is a strong team in the North and is dedicated to getting the best results for its clients'.

Key Clients

Livin Housing

Thirteen Group

South Lakes Housing

Yorkshire Housing

Byker Community Trust

Home Group

Mosscare St Vincent's

Home Group

Bernicia

County Durham Housing Group

Work highlights

  • Advising South Lakes Housing on its acquisition of tenanted stock in Kendal from The Guinness Partnership.
  • Assisting Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council with a project to bring empty houses back into use.

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