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Ashfords LLP

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South West > Real estate > Social housing

At Ashfords LLP, the ‘excellent’ social housing team handles both contentious and non-contentious work for large registered providers, housing associations and local authorities. In 2018, the firm strengthened its social housing offering by hiring practice co-head Paul Butterworth, associate Isabelle Clement and legal director Derek Moore, who all joined from TLT. Butterworth specialises in property and development work in the social housing sector, which is also an area of focus for Exeter-based Tim Heal. Led by Sian Gibbon, the practice also has a strength in housing litigation and tenancy management. Elizabeth Gibson advises on procurement and planning. Associate Marjorie Hill is recommended for contentious matters.

South West > Real estate > Property litigation

Ashfords LLP handles commercial landlord and tenant matters, property development and investment, professional negligence claims and claims for breaches of banking covenants relating to property. Its team is also experienced in leasehold enfranchisement matters, mortgage repossessions and restructuring claims. ‘Experienced’ practice head Sian Gibbon acts for both commercial and public sector clients. Robert Horsey is recommended for his work on contentious trust and probate disputes.

London > Real estate > Social housing: local authorities and registered providers

Ashfords LLP demonstrates strong capabilities in the contentious and non-contentious aspects of social housing. The success of the firm’s practice is evidenced by the fact that it acts for some of the largest social landlords in the country, as well as numerous London Boroughs and other local authorities. Its team includes Sian Gibbon and legal director Joanne Young, who are among a number of individuals with experience advising social landlords on housing litigation and tenancy management; the scope of their contentious work includes cases involving anti-social behaviour, disrepair claims and EPA claims, and homelessness reviews. Tim Heal and Michael Gay are active in property and development work, and their experience covers matters such as construction, site purchases and shared ownership. Elizabeth Gibson heads a team that assists public and quasi-public sector clients with public procurement and planning issues connected with residential-led developments. Vanessa James is an expert in employment law and data protection, while Patrick Blake is the head of construction.