Howes Percival has appointed social housing expert, Estelle Corner, as a Partner. Estelle joins the firm’s Norwich office from Spire Solicitors LLP.
Estelle, a specialist social housing solicitor, advises registered providers, housing associations, their subsidiaries, local authorities, and developers on all aspects of affordable housing acquisition, development, and disposal.
With over 20 years’ experience, she is an extremely experienced commercial property lawyer. Her practice includes acting for institutional landlords, real estate funds, Transport for London, NHS trusts, and national retailers before specialising more recently in social housing. Estelle acts on land-led and S106 acquisitions, advises on planning agreements and variations, easements, shared ownership, site set-up and sales.
Estelle is ranked as a ‘Leading Individual’ in the Legal 500. She delivers training on topical issues in social housing and has co-hosted a Lexis-Nexis webinar on shared ownership.
Commenting on Estelle’s appointment, Tessa Haskey, a Partner at Howes Percival said,
“I am delighted to welcome Estelle to Howes Percival. She is a very highly regarded professional within the sector and across the Eastern region. Her appointment is an important part of our strategy to grow our social housing specialism and further demonstrates our commitment to the commercial property sector. Estelle brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge that will further strengthen our offering to new and existing clients.
“In addition to the challenges presented by the pandemic, the real estate market is facing several key issues. Nationally, clients are facing challenges in providing much needed, affordable housing in a constantly changing legislative and regulatory environment. Specialist advice in property, planning, construction, and finance from lawyers who understand the issues faced by the sector is essential.
“On a local level, we’re seeing issues in respect of the rural supply of affordable housing, pressures on supply in tourist hot spots and second homes. In growing employment areas such as Cambridge, supply and cost are also key factors.”
Howes Percival has a strong reputation for its commercial property work – receiving top-ranking for three different Real Estate categories in the most recent Legal 500 guide.
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