Vicky Kells > Clarke Willmott LLP > Cardiff, Wales > Lawyer Profile
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Vicky Kells is a partner in Clarke Willmott solicitors’ Cardiff Social Housing team specialising in charging affordable housing portfolios.
Clarke Willmott LLP acts for registered providers and is also active on significant frameworks, both regionally and nationally. The team works closely with its property and development and the commercial property groups as needed. It also handles property disputes for which Kary Withers is a key contact. Oliver Smedley offers expertise in development matters and Helen Wittram specialises in transactions. Practice heads Lindsay Felstead and Vicky Kells are based in Manchester and Cardiff respectively.
At Clarke Willmott LLP, Lindsay Felstead and the ‘extremely knowledgeable‘ Vicky Kells jointly lead the ‘experienced, proactive, knowledgeable, practical‘ and ‘well-rounded‘ social housing team. It acts for both borrowers and lenders on social housing finance transactions, including those concerning development funding, private placements and aggregated bonds, as well as bilateral and syndicated facilities. Banking and finance partner Fraser MacRae advises on all aspects of secured funding.
Clarke Willmott LLP acts for registered providers on social housing matters concerning development, regeneration, construction, housing management and litigation. On the contentious side, the team provides ‘robust advice‘ on commercial lease issues, possession claims and fire safety matters. The ‘outstanding‘ Vicky Kells and Lindsay Felstead are the joint national social housing sector leads. ‘Stand out partner‘ Kate Silverman leads the London social housing offering. Kary Withers is the head of litigation, while Oliver Smedley leads the social housing property and development team.
Clarke Willmott LLP remains a market leader on social housing financing matters on behalf of both RSLs and lenders. ‘Knowledgeable and thorough‘ team head Vicky Kells is very adept at advising on the property security aspects of loan and bond facilities sought by housing associations, including as it relates to securitisation transactions. Leveraging her broad-based commercial property expertise, Clare Gregory is also regularly instructed by housing associations to advise on their transactional real estate requirements, including on development issues.
Appreciated for its ‘very accessible and can-do attitude‘, Clarke Willmott LLP has a narrower focus than many in the ranking, however, its expertise at social housing finance, for both housing associations and banks is market leading. ‘Knowledgeable and thorough‘ team head Vicky Kells is pivotal to this and has extensive knowledge on the property security aspects of bank loan facilities, private placements and securitisations. Clare Gregory is also a key member of the team and as well as advising on social housing-related property issues, including site acquisitions, has also been fundamental to broadening the scope of the work to include commercial property work for public and private sector clients.