Michael Owen > Capsticks LLP > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Capsticks LLP
1 ST GEORGE'S ROAD
LONDON
SW19 4DR
England

Work Department

Social Housing.

Position

Experience

Michael is head of the Housing Management Team at Capsticks. In addition to leading the team, Michael works with Registered Providers and Councils nationally on all aspects of Housing Management. He also previously advised private landlords and tenants.

Expertise

Michael advises social landlords on all aspects of housing management from drafting and interpreting tenancy agreements, policies and other documentation to advising on complex succession disputes, disrepair matters and high-profile anti-social behaviour cases. He represents clients on Public Law, Equality Act and Human Rights Act challenges and advises on complaints handling. He has also represented clients at coroner’s inquests and frequently oversees multi-agency approaches to resolve matters including through alternative dispute resolution.

Michael undertakes training nationally for clients and sector leaders such as the Chartered Institute of Housing, Resolve, National Housing Federation, Housemark, Lime Legal and Capita. He is also a regular contributor to housing media.

Notable projects

  • Regularly speaks at and chairs national housing conferences
  • Legal advisor to the CIH knowledge hub
  • Asked by the Home Office to help stress test the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
  • Represented Registered Providers on many leading cases

Career

Qualified as a solicitor in 1995 with The Andrew Isaacs Practice, a legal aid firm acting mainly for tenants and homeless applicants. Became a partner 9 months after qualification. Then developed a private and social landlord client base on joining Dutton Gregory as a partner in 2003 before joining Coffin Mews’ long established social housing team in 2009. Joined Capsticks in 2014 as a partner to help develop a new social housing niche alongside the nationally renowned health brand. The housing team is proud of its previous number 1 rankings.

Memberships

SHLA and CIH

Education

Vaynor and Penderyn Comprehensive; Bournemouth University; BA (Hons) Law.

Lawyer Rankings

South East > Real estate > Social housing

(Leading individuals)

Michael OwenCapsticks LLP

Capsticks LLP offers the full spectrum of housing advice to its large client base, with specialisms including management, regeneration and redevelopment, and portfolio management. Michael Owen heads the Housing Management team, while Spencer Vella Sultana leads on Housing & Regeneration. Owen now acts solely for registered providers and local authorities, and provides advice on issues extending to antisocial behaviour policy. Sultana, meanwhile, is adept at advising on major development projects from inception through to completion. Legal directors Katrina Day and Mike Regan are recommended for their work in procurement and commercial portfolio management, respectively, while associate Sarah Christy is a key contact on matters relating to antisocial behaviour. Suzanne Smith has broad experience, and was promoted to partner in 2021.

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

The ‘great‘ social housing team at Capsticks LLP acts for registered providers on a variety of matters, including bespoke private development, land-led development and joint ventures as well as mergers and acquisitions. ‘Exceptional leaderChimi Shakohoxha specialises in property development and regeneration as well as mixed use developments. Michael Owen and Katrina Robinson lead on housing management matters, including serious anti-social behaviour and succession matters as well as policy reviews for landlords and leasehold litigation. ‘Stand out impressiveJames Howard is the unit’s practitioner for development acquisitions, site assembly and stock rationalisation, and new arrival Sarah Waite acts predominantly on development transactions for registered providers.