Social housing

Social housing

Our specialist social housing team works with a wide range of clients on instructions that feature rigorous, client-focused service delivery with the right outcomes.

We work with you to build sustainable communities and to deliver solutions in a creative and commercial way.

Based within a full-service commercial property team, our social housing lawyers are sector aware yet alive to developments and opportunities in the broader commercial environment.

We take time to understand our clients, their business and their sectors, while maintaining an edge in delivering practical, pragmatic and commercially astute advice for the challenges you face.

We know that the property lifecycle brings different challenges at different times. We can help at each stage, with timely, ethical and innovative input.

The team acts on land acquisitions, development and construction contracts, plus more complex structures such as joint ventures and local asset-backed vehicles.

We also advise on planning, environmental and construction issues, and have acted for a number of clients where tenure mixes have needed changes to fit market conditions.

We back this with a dedicated plot sales team that understands the issues with shared ownership and shared equity products, working with you to complete plot sales quickly and cost-effectively.

Funding continues to present challenges for social housing providers. The team has acted on many funding instructions for registered providers, and advises lenders on charging and management issues, so is well placed to look at them issues from both sides of the table.

Sometimes things go wrong, whether it is contractors not delivering on promises, suppliers failing to deliver, or tenants not behaving in an acceptable way.

Our dispute resolution team includes specialists in property and construction disputes, and can call on expertise from other specialist litigators in our banking and commercial teams if required.

Whatever the dispute, we can help; whether talking through options, exploring alternative dispute resolution routes, or pursuing complex multi-party litigation.

Overall, whatever the challenges you face, our aim is always to work with you to achieve your objectives in a considered, cost-effective, conscientious way.

Work highlights

Acting for a major housing association on the acquisition of a £20m mixed-use project providing West Bromwich town centre with high quality affordable homes, office space and retail units.

Acting for numerous leading registered providers on the acquisition of affordable dwellings ('off the shelf' and 'golden brick' basis) from leading housebuilders

Acting for developers (affordable housing divisions) in the development of affordable units using developer grant funding and disposal of such units to registered providers