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Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Social Housing

6 ranked lawyersBand 1West MidlandsUK 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Offers a wide breadth of experience across the social housing field, calling upon a deep team of distinguished sector experts. Equipped to advise sizeable local and national clients, including a number of housing trusts, on sophisticated matters. Regularly provides property management advice and handles financings and tenant disputes, among other issues. Also notable for its advice on governance and corporate restructuring.

Strengths

One client appreciates that "they are really reliable and really customer-focused, and give very practical advice in a very timely way."

Another adds: "They are very good at explaining issues to the lay person and are quick to respond."

Work highlights

Advised Futures Housing on its acquisition, by way of a development agreement, of 120 affordable housing units from a house builder.

Notable practitioners

Andrew Dudley advises registered providers on property development projects, housing transactions, governance and stock transfers.
"Andrew Dudley is hands-on, practical and readily available - he is committed to providing a first-class service and is an excellent communicator."

Andrew Millross is a notable construction and procurement specialist who frequently advises registered providers and local authorities on large-scale development projects. He also handles negotiations of maintenance contracts.

Baljit Basra acts on behalf of registered providers on wide-ranging housing litigation issues, offering notable strength in areas such as possession and disrepair damages claims. She has further experience of statutory nuisance claims and compliance matters."She is fantastic and incredibly focused on client care."

Helen Tucker frequently handles complex housing disputes, including breach of lease and possession proceedings. She has further experience in anti-social injunctions and closure orders.
"She gives extremely good, practical advice."

Peter Hubbard maintains a strong reputation for his longstanding sector expertise, which enables him to advise registered providers and local authorities on a range of regulatory concerns.
"He is very responsive, proactive and supportive when issues become a challenge."

Victoria Jardine acts for housing associations and trusts on a wide range of matters, including transactions, regulatory matters and governance issues. She also advises clients on development projects, with further strength in charity law.

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Overview

ACS has the largest social housing team in a law firm outside London and has grown to be one of the top UK firms supporting Registered Providers, currently working with circa.120 housing associations. 

We continue to service clients from across the UK whilst upholding our social purpose: “to improve lives, communities and society” which is exactly what the social housing sector is about.

Recent and ongoing work includes:

  • ​Governance and corporate:
  1. Mergers – several of which completed in 2019 with two confidential ones ongoing;
  2. Group restructures – including consolidation and rationalisation matters;
  3. Joint ventures and other collaborations – acting for clients on formal joint-venture companies, contractual consortiums, and special purpose vehicles or informal arrangements;
  4. Regulatory engagement – advising on breaches of legal and regulatory obligations.
  • Funding: from bond funding to securitisation, ranked 3rd for RPs;
  • Housing management and litigation: service charges, VRTB pilot, training, asset management and various types of litigation;
  • Procurement and construction: repairs and servicing contracts as well as advising the national trade body (NHF) on fire/building safety issues following the Grenfell Tower fire;
  • Property: stock rationalisation, joint ventures and development. 



Social Housing

Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

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Location

134 Edmund Street

Birmingham

West Midlands

UK

B3 2ES

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

West Midlands

Social Housing


Andrew Dudley
Band 2
Andrew Millross
Band 3
Baljit Basra
Band 3
Helen Tucker
Band 1
Peter Hubbard
Band 1
Victoria Jardine
Band 2