Our team of expert lawyers has a long history of working for clients in the affordable housing sector. This means that we have a special understanding of your business, we know that your main drivers are different from those of other housebuilders and landlords, and we appreciate the regulatory and governance framework within which you operate.

We provide a comprehensive service, advising housing associations and other registered providers of social housing, as well as charities and local authority development companies, on all aspects of affordable housing, including:

  • Land acquisition
  • Development agreements
  • Construction advice
  • S106 acquisitions
  • Planning agreements and planning advice
  • Nomination agreements
  • Shared ownership and shared equity
  • HOLD and OPSO
  • Independent living schemes
  • First tranche sales, resales and staircasing
  • Right to buy, right to acquire and voluntary right to buy
  • Housing management – nuisance, ASB, tenancy breaches, forfeiture
  • Property disputes, including boundary issues and adverse possession
  • Grant funding
  • Security and loan finance
  • Commercial contracts
  • Data protection
  • Employment advice

Once schemes are completed, we provide an ongoing estate management service, often helping providers to address nuisance, anti-social behaviour and other issues.

The social housing industry has experienced considerable change over recent years, and our team has helped our clients cope with those changes through in-depth legal knowledge and commitment to the sector. We combine a commercially sound and proactive service with an active interest in emerging legal and policy issues which affect the sector.

What our clients say

We pride ourselves on our service and this is what our clients say about us:

Extremely helpful and always mindful of costs. Happy to provide additional resource for projects and help with negotiations. Always provide practical and pragmatic advice.” - The Legal 500 2023 edition

“No job or question has been too much for them and they always approach us with a smile, even on the trickier cases.”  - The Legal 500 2023 edition 

"They are able to resolve a myriad of matters of varying urgency and complexity." - Chambers & Partners 2023 edition

"They adapt and are always up for the challenge and explain it in a clear and concise manner." - Chambers & Partners 2023 edition 

"The regular seminars provide valuable information for customers and demonstrate the breadth of awareness within the organisation." - Chambers & Partners 2023 edition

"They work efficiently through all matters we give them, being responsive to urgent matters whilst also ensuring all matters progress in a timely fashion."
- Client testimonial in Chambers & Partners 2023
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