Richard Macphail > Hugh James > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile

Hugh James
Two Central Square
CF10 1FS

Work Department

Social housing


Richard is head of our social housing team, coordinating the work of over 50 lawyers, paralegals and support staff. An integral part of this role is to lead on the firms work with communities to ensure that social value remains a key priority in all of our activities.

Richard acts for a variety of public and private sector clients for all aspects of commercial property work and has over twelve years’ experience of acting for social housing clients, with a particular focus on development work, including land acquisitions, option agreements, development agreements, package deals, planning agreements and infrastructure agreements.

Richard has acted for a number of housing associations such as Newydd Housing Association in relation to the acquisition of 190 properties across three phases representing the allocation of affordable housing units pursuant to a section 106 agreement and has acted for Melin Homes Limited in relation to the acquisition of a former school site from a local authority for redevelopment and is continuing to act for Cardiff Community Housing Association in relation to the £20m regeneration of the Maelfa Shopping Centre, Cardiff. He has advised Bron Afon Community Housing on a number of option agreements relating to potential development sites across South Wales.

Richard also advises a number of community groups in relation to the lease of properties under the Community Asset Transfer scheme from a local authority and disposing of sites and surplus land by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Richard is the lead advisor to E G Carter & Company in relation to its land led package deal transactions to South West based housing associations.

Richard regularly delivers training sessions and seminars to clients and at conferences on matters relating to property development and disposals.

Richard is a member of the business support group for the Duke of Edinburgh Award and is on the committee of Penarth Rowing Club.

Lawyer Rankings

Wales > Real estate > Social housing

(Next Generation Partners)

Richard MacphailHugh James

Social housing work is one of the core strands of Hugh James‘ business services offering and work for a huge number of Wales and England-based RSLs permeates throughout different practice areas within the firm, including commercial property, construction and employment. Team head Richard Macphail  specialises in development matters and continues to represent key client Pobl in relation to an innovative mixed use development, providing affordable new homes and workspace alongside a community urban farm. Caroline O’Flaherty is also a key member of the team and advises a number of high profile multimillion-pound regeneration schemes within the sector. Associate Bethan Gladwyn heads up the firm’s housing management team and is particularly well-versed in assisting RSLs and local authorities in measures to combat nuisance and anti-social behaviour.