Shoosmiths Edinburgh appointed to Dumfries & Galloway housing panel

Shoosmiths Edinburgh appointed to Dumfries & Galloway housing panel


Author: Graeme Smillie

Shoosmiths has become one of five law firms that will provide legal advice to Scotland's second largest housing association.

The national law firm will advise Dumfries & Galloway Housing Partnership (DGHP), which owns and maintains more than 10,200 homes.

Shoosmiths is now part of a panel providing external legal services and support on social housing matters concerning:

  • real estate 
  • housing law, governance and regulation, charity law 
  • corporate, contracts, procurement and data protection 
  • employment

It was successful following a competitive tender process, along with Simpson & Marwick, bto Solicitors Anderson Strathern, and Harper Macleod.

DGHP marked its 10th anniversary in 2013, and in the past decade has spent more than £192m improving and maintaining tenants' homes.

Shoosmiths partner and social housing specialist Janette Speed said: "We're looking forward to working with DGHP and bringing to bear 20-plus years' knowledge of the social housing sector in Scotland."

The Edinburgh-based firm advises many of Scotland's most enterprising housing associations, and acts for some of the country's largest, most active registered social landlords.

It advises on matters including employment, acquisitions and disposals, large-scale, complex urban regeneration projects, corporate governance, commercial leasing, and litigation.

Covering almost 2,400 square miles, DGHP directly employs 237 people, and through maintenance and investment contracts is responsible for the employment of many local construction workers.