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Bevan Brittan LLP

Social Housing

3 ranked lawyersBand 1South WestUK 2021 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Robust social housing practice that advises clients including housing associations and local authorities. Multidimensional offering that covers litigation, employment law matters, housing management, development and regeneration. Also noted for its strength in the social housing finance space, which includes providing counsel on loan agreements. Additional expertise in handling joint ventures between housing associations and shared ownership schemes.

Strengths

Sources note: "They are consistently excellent, with a genuine commitment to relationship management, and they add value by optimising outcomes and overcoming challenges."

One client comments: "I find them very good to work with. They are very happy to explain things and take questions."

Work highlights

Advised Orbit Housing on a £150 million national programme of funding under its strategic partnership with Homes England.

Notable practitioners

Alison Buckingham maintains an excellent reputation for her work advising social housing providers on complex, high-value development schemes. She leads the social housing team for the South West region.
"She is very experienced and able to represent us very well, fully understanding both the sector and our commercial realities."

Jessica Church regularly advises registered providers and their lenders on a range of financing transactions, including securitisations and bond issuances.
"She is very knowledgeable, efficient, helpful and good to work with."

Jonathan Turner leads the firm's housing practice and is recognised for his experience representing clients in joint venture agreement, development and regeneration matters.
"He is particularly skilled at thinking strategically and handling relationships." "He was very amiable, client-focused and good in negotiation meetings."

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Overview

Housing sector participants, in particular registered providers and local authorities, are experiencing significant upheaval and disruption. The structural change across the housing sector is resulting in dynamic and innovative responses from registered providers and local authorities who are rising to the challenge of saving costs and generating flows of capital and revenue to deliver the housing the nation needs.

Some of the biggest challenges are:

  • UK Government's call for registered providers to contribute towards the building of the 200,000+ homes needed to meet demand.​
  • Registered providers and local authorities needing to compete with private sector developers and housebuilders for key development sites.
  • The impact of new policies, including universal credit, the 1% annual rent reductions until 2019, the capping of Housing Benefit (and its payment direct to tenants), and changes to Right to Buy (RTB), which all impact significantly on funding and delivery strategies in business plans.
  • The Social Housing Regulator's increasing focus on registered providers delivering tangible value for money in their core activities.

Social Housing Department

Bevan Brittan LLP

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Department location

Kings Orchard

1 Queen Street

Bristol

Bristol

UK

BS2 0HQ

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South West

Social Housing


Alison Buckingham
Band 2
Jessica Church
Band 3
Jonathan M Turner
Band 3